When it’s time to clean heavy equipment and manufacturing facilities, plant managers demand effective processes, limited down time and modern, safe technologies. IAQM uses Dry Ice Blasting to quickly clean machinery, work areas, and storage areas – without toxic chemicals, abrasion, or mess. IAQM services industries including manufacturing, energy, food processing, printing and mining.
Dry ice blasting is a form of pressure blasting where dry ice is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and directed at a surface in order to clean it. Dry ice blasting is clean, safe and leaves no residue behind.
- Dry ice has been approved by the EPA, FDA and USDA as an acceptable material in cleaning methods
- For food processors, dry ice blasting has been documented by the Food Standards Agency to effectively decontaminate surfaces of Salmonella, E. Coli, and Listeria
- Dry ice blasting does not release harmful gases into the atmosphere
- Dry ice blasting does not generate secondary waste
- Dry ice blasting is safe and non-toxic (once pellets impact the surface they dissipate)
- Dry ice blasting reduces or eliminates employee exposure to (and corporate liability from) the use of dangerous chemical cleaning agents
When using water for cleaning hazardous materials, the cleaning medium also becomes hazardous, thus requiring special handling, disposal and regulatory reporting. Dry ice creates none of these waste stream additions that sand, soda or water blasting can create.
In addition to being clean and safe, it is also important to remember that dry ice is obtained as a byproduct of other industrial processes – it is made from reclaimed CO2. It does not produce CO2 or add CO2 to the atmosphere and does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Dry ice blasting is the cleanest abrasive blasting method and is environmentally responsible.
Why dry ice over other methods?
- Sand, soda or water blasting can create downstream contamination that affects surrounding installations
- Soda blasting can kill surrounding vegetation
- Chemical and solvent cleaning methods are toxic, which creates toxic waste requiring disposal
- Workers are exposed to potentially harmful substances through the use of chemicals and solvents
- Dry ice does not produce the risk of creating rust the way water/power washing can
Using dry ice blasting reduces harmful air emissions and generally creates no addition to the volume of the cleaning process waste stream. In-process machinery can be cleaned online, resulting in decreased labor costs and less downtime.
Call IAQM today to see if dry ice blasting is right for you.