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The Blasted News: Dry Ice Blasting

Dry ice blasting is a relatively new form of blasting which most have heard of though few are familiar with. The most advantageous aspect of dry ice blasting is the savings to you. In fact, the typical operator sees a dramatic increase in productivity and an equally impressive drop in costs.

With this type of blasting, dry ice pellets are accelerated by a jet of compressed air similar to typical blasting. The difference, however, is this method of blasting is more delicate approach than the sledgehammer approach to conventional blasting.

This type of blasting incorporates well into almost every type of industry, though the food service and mold remediation industries having taken advantage in the early stages of the technology. It has proven itself ideal in the reduction of salmonella and other food borne diseases.

Other industries finding cost savings with dry ice are medical, semiconductor and the printing industry. It is ideal for cleaning machinery and replacing cleaning methods that use hazardous chemicals or dangerous solvents.

Dry ice blasting offers many advantages over conventional blast methods. These include lower air pressure requirements, reduced and simpler maintenance, improved production and lower operator fatigue. Further, you have no environmentally damaging chemicals and no clean up of grit.

In addition to the above-mentioned assets, it can easily blast in environments typically inappropriate for traditional methods. For example, if you use dry ice in a molding injection facility, grit doesn’t become trapped in corners and nothing is left on chains and drives.

Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, so surfaces are handled gently, and wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and the like is avoided.

A large number of nozzles are available for virtually any job you might face, including ninety degree angled nozzles.

It’s not often we find a technology quite so versatile and useful at the same time. If you’d like to see how this performs on your blasting issues, give us a call at J.H. Norton, and we’ll arrange your personal demonstration.