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Commercial Dry Ice Cleaning & Restoration

The Company ~ The Process

Dry Ice Blasting

Process Description

Dry ice-blasting is a form of carbon dioxide cleaning, where dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and directed at a surface in order to clean it. The method is similar to other forms of abrasive blasting such as sand/soda blasting or plastic bead blasting, substituted for dry ice as the blasting medium. Dry-ice blasting leaves no chemical residue as dry ice sublimates at room temperature. 

Services Offered

Services offered will be based on standard commercial cleaning practices scheduled on a regular (monthly/quarterly) basis, which will be offered with extreme care for the client's privacy, security, and assets. Services will be environmentally friendly as the dry ice blasting process, which utilizes compressed air to accelerate recycled solid carbon dioxide to clean/sanitize or strip various surfaces, is approved by the FDA, EPA and USDA. 

Focus Areas

FOOD PROCESSING:


Maintaining a clean kitchen - food processing equipment is essential to producing quality food products & services. Dry ice can remove grease, contaminants, food residue, buildups, and can be used where water or solvents should not be used. Conveyors, production ovens, boilers, grill hoods, smoke houses, food processors, venting systems, mixers, piping can be cleaned without disassembly and often while in operation. Dry ice eliminates the need for labor intensive scrubbing and expensive and potentially dangerous solvents. Since dry ice is 110 degrees below zero it is effective in eliminating contaminates, protein residues, mold and mildew.


GENERAL MAINTENANCE:


Dry ice blasting is ideal for cleaning most industrial surfaces and equipment including machinery, tools, conveyors, presses, electrical panels, and more. Dry ice blasting is NOT conductive, it is non-abrasive, and non-flammable which is ideal for all types of industry equipment. Since dry ice sublimates on contact, there is no grit or media to contend with after the cleaning process. Dirt, grit, grime and residues are removed in a fraction of the time it takes other methods, in many cases up to 75% faster. Our process is also an ideal solution because the surfaces and equipment are often cleaned in place without the tedious and expensive process of disassembly and reassembly. This allows production workers to spend more time on production and less time performing non-productive and non-revenue generating tasks. Also, since the process is dry, there is no prolonged down time waiting for surfaces to dry. 

History of the Process

In the early 1930's, the manufacture of solid phase carbon dioxide (CO2) became possible. During this time, the creation of "dry ice" was nothing more than a laboratory experiment. As the procedure for making dry ice became readily available, applications for this innovative substance grew. Obviously, the first use was in refrigeration, and dry ice is still widely used in the Food Industry for packaging and protecting perishable foods today.


1945 saw stories of the U.S. Navy experimenting with dry ice as a blast media for various degreasing applications. In May 1963, Reginald Lindall received a patent for a "method of removing meat from bone" using "jetted" Carbon dioxide particles. In November 1972, Edwin Rice received a patent for his "method for the removal of unwanted portions of an article by spraying with high-velocity dry ice particles". Similarly, in August 1977, Calvin Fong received a patent on "Sandblasting with pellets of material capable of sublimation".

The work and success of these early pioneers led to the formation of several companies in the early 1980's that pursued the development of dry ice blasting technology. In 1986, Cold Jet®, Inc. was founded in the State of Ohio by Mr. Newell Crane.


Dry ice pelletizers and dry ice blasting machines entered the industrial markets in the late 1980's. At that time the blasting machines were physically large, expensive, and they required high air pressure for operation (pressures greater than 200 psi or 13.8 bar). As the CO2 / dry ice blasting technology advanced, the dry ice blasting machines' size and cost dropped, and today, the latest nozzle technology has made blasting effective at shop air pressures (80 psi or 5.5 bar).

Our Mission

 "To provide the absolute best value in dry ice blast cleaning services to our customers utilizing environmentally responsible products and safe work practices"

Our Philosophy

>  Our philosophy is to treat our customers with respect.

>  Listen with the intent to understand what is being said and acknowledge that what is said is important to the speaker

> Responding in a timely fashion

> Making only agreements we are willing, able and intend to keep
> Operating in a responsible manner at all times
> Communicating honestly and with purpose
> Asking clarifying questions if we do not understand