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  Dry Ice Blasting...A Better Cleaning
                      Superior to Solvents or Abrasion
Dry Ice Blasting - An Overview                               The Process
Dry ice blasting is a relatively new cleaning process        Dry ice blasting is similar to conventional shot
using solid Co2 pellets (known as dry ice). It is            blasting except that the shot is replaced by pellets of
primarily used for industrial use in a variety of            dry ice which literally disappear as soon as the
applications. The pellets sublimate (convert directly        cleaning cycle is complete. The dry ice particles are
from a solid blast pellet to a Co2 vapor) leaving no         propelled to supersonic speed, to impact and clean a
residue, hazardous waste or toxic fumes.                     surface. The particles are accelerated by
                                                             compressed air, available from standard industrial
Today, the dry ice method of cleaning is quickly             compressors.
becoming favored for environmental as well as
production reasons. Because of tremendous                    When the pellets impact on a substrate with a tightly
environmental regulations, industry has need to              bonded layer of surface contamination, or unwanted
minimize wastes. Further, there is a growing                 coating, the dry ice creates a micro-thermal shock
consciousness that many are placing now on the               (caused by the dry ice temperature of -79º C)
global environmental impact of their production              between the substrate and the surface layer. The
practices. However, these benefits are accentuated           temperature differential contraction plus the kinetic
due to the tremendous performance gains through              energy of dry ice pellets and the air pressure crack
dry ice blasting -- little or no production downtime,        the surface layer and allows the pellets to penetrate.
quality of clean and minimized damaged to                    Once between the surface layer and the substrate,
equipment.                                                   the pellets complete their sublimation creating a
                                                             large volume of Co2 gas which rapidly expands and
What Is Dry Ice                                              simply pops off the contaminant or coating from
Dry ice pellets are made by taking liquid carbon             inside out and the air stream removes it from the
dioxide (Co2) from a pressurized storage tank and            surface and into the airstream.
expanding it at ambient pressure to produce snow.
The snow is then compressed through a die to make            Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting Technology:
hard pellets.                                                ˆ Decreased downtime through Cleaning In-Place
                                                             ˆ Faster and more thorough cleaning
The dry ice, although hard in appearance, does not           ˆ Elimination of equipment damage
rely on its abrasive properties for effective cleaning.      ˆ Reduction or elimination of solvents
                                    This minimizes the       ˆ Reduction in waste disposal
                                    risk to the              ˆ Increased safety
                                    substrate, or the        ICEsonic Dry Ice Blasters
                                    areas adjacent to
                                                             The ICEsonic brand is the most economical on the
                                    the item to be
                                                             market, both in initial cost and in continued use. You
                                    cleaned making dry
                                                             can expect to save 50% or more over competitor’s
                                    ice blasting ideal for
                                                             models.
                                    cleaning delicate
                                                             In addition, ICEsonic
                                    substrates such as
                                                             Systems are designed for
                                    printed circuit
                                                             everyday industrial
                                    boards, or certain
                                                             applications. The units
                                    molds.          And
                                                             are made from all
                                    regarding molds,
                                                             stainless steel
                                    cleaning can be
                                                             construction and superior
                                    done while still hot
                                                             components to insure
                                    and in-place.
                                                             many years of trouble-
                                                             free operation.
                                                             With ICEsonic, you will find both quality and value.

				
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