Industrial Cleaning

Dry Ice Works |21421 Hilltop St 25SouthfieldMI48033 | (248) 356-9616

Efficient & Environmentally Friendly

Dry ice cleaning should be your first choice in maintaining your facility. With regular cleaning, Dry Ice Works can help you maximize tooling life, minimize downtime, reduce cleaning labor costs, and help you meet environmental safety standards.

Dry Ice Works can clean nearly any piece of equipment without taking anything apart or introducing water or chemicals. Our system is fast and effective, removing even the toughest dirt, grease, sludge, and other sediments from commercial and industrial equipment.

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Dry Ice Cleaning is a Highly Efficient Alternative to Steam, Water, or Sandblasting

Unlike water or steam blasting, the dry ice method allows you to immediately put your equipment back into service, as it requires zero dry time. It also doesn’t result in dirty, contaminated water that must be safely removed to reduce the risk of mold or mildew forming after cleaning.

Unlike sandblasting, dry ice cleaning is entirely non-abrasive and will not wear away the surface of your equipment, nor does it require your equipment to be moved — reducing the potential for damage caused in transit. We can keep your equipment in place throughout the entire cleaning process!

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The Science Behind Dry Ice Blasting

C02 Blasting

CO2 blasting works because of three primary factors: pellet kinetic energy, thermal shock effect, and thermal-kinetic effect. Dry ice blasting machines optimize blast performance for each application by combining these forces.

Pellet Kinetic Energy

The process incorporates high velocity (supersonic) nozzles for surface preparation and coating removal applications. Since kinetic impact force is a product of the pellet mass and velocity over time, the delivery system achieves the greatest impact force possible from a solid CO2 pellet by propelling the pellets to the highest velocities attainable in the blasting industry.

Thermal Shock Effect

Instantaneous sublimation (phase change from solid to gas) of CO2 pellet upon impact absorbs maximum heat from the very thin top layer of surface coating or contaminant. The very rapid transfer of heat into the pellet from the coating top layer creates an extremely large temperature differential between successive micro-layers within the coating.

This sharp thermal gradient produces localized high shear stresses between the micro-layers, which in turn causes rapid micro-crack propagation between the layers leading to contamination and/or coating final bond failure at the surface of the substrate, meaning that, for lack of a better term, the sudden, intense temperature change causes the surface coating to crack and peel away.

Thermal-Kinetic Effect

The combined impact energy dissipation and extremely rapid heat transfer between the pellet and the surface cause instantaneous sublimation of the solid CO2 into gas. The gas expands to nearly 800 times the volume of the pellet in a few milliseconds in what is effectively a "Micro-explosion" at the point of impact.

The "micro-explosion," as the pellet changes to gas, is further enhanced for lifting thermally-fractured coating particles from the substrate. This is because of the pellet's lack of rebound energy, which tends to distribute its mass along the surface during the impact. The CO2 gas expands outward along the surface and its resulting "explosion shock front" effectively provides an area of high pressure focused between the surface and the thermally fractured coating particles. This results in a very efficient lifting force to carry the particles away from the surface.

Dry Ice Cleaning Has Many Benefits Over Traditional Methods:

  • Completely Non-Toxic & Requires No Harsh Chemicals
  • Allows Most Equipment to Be Cleaned in Place Without Disassembly
  • Highly Effective at Cleaning Grease, Paints, Oils, Residue, Biofilm, and More
  • Sublimates Upon Impact
  • Approved for Use in Commercial Food Processing Facilities
  • Customizable for a Wide Range of Cleaning Applications
  • Adjustable to Be as Gentle or Aggressive as Needed
  • Poses No Fire Hazard or Risk of Damaging Electrical or Mechanical Equipment
  • Faster Than Cleaning by Hand

Dry Ice Cleaning is Effective for a Wide Range of Industrial Cleaning Applications:

  • Molding Equipment
  • Weld Cells
  • Process Equipment
  • Tanks
  • Ship Hulls
  • Manufacturing Equipment
  • Printing Presses
  • Boiler Tubes
  • Aircrafts
  • Robotics
  • Oil Field Equipment
  • And Much More

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