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What is it?

Dry ice blasting is an environmentally friendly process that began its development in the '70s. The technology uses rice grain sized dry ice (carbon dioxide) pellets propelled with compressed air at speed up to 600 miles/hr. What's different about dry ice is, that when the ice pellet hits the surface to be cleaned it instantly sublimes (converts directly from a solid to a gas) and causes a mini explosion and pressure wave, combined with the extreme cold (-79C -109F) it dislodges contaminants without altering or abrading the substrate. The biggest advantage as you have likely figured out by now is that there isn't any blasting material or water to clean up.

How it Compares

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10 Reasons You Might Want Dry Ice Blasting:

  1. Superior Clean: fewer cleaning cycles = less downtime

  2. Machines can be cleaned in place: dry ice blasting is a dry process and requires no disassembly/reassembly which means much less downtime.

  3. Quicker Clean: less resource = more runtime = more profits

  4. Non-abrasive, nonflammable and nonconductive: dry ice blasting won't damage most substrates and can be used safely on electrical components.

  5. No secondary waste saves cleanup labour and expense and may in some cases mean no containment is required equaling additional cost savings

  6. Can get into tight spaces that many other traditional cleaning methods can not.

  7. Environmentally friendly: meets CFIA, USDA, FDA and EPA guidelines.

  8. Operator safety: no exposure to chemicals or grit media.

  9. Operator efficiency: not as labour intensive as traditional cleaning methods.

  10. Clean enough for the food industry, strong enough for everything else.

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