The food industry is held to a very high standard with regard to the cleanliness of their food processing areas. They are charged with removing grease, food, soot, and other contaminants from production equipment in order to avoid bacteria growth and to guarantee safe, high quality products.
Traditional cleaning involves the use of harsh chemicals. Ultimately this can impact the taste, cooking, processing, and overall quality of the food that is produced. It is not very effective, it is time consuming, and can be costly. The quicker method of cleaning is the use of dry ice blasting which is quick, cost effective, environmentally friendly, and FDA, USDA, and EPA approved.
Dry ice blasting is a very efficient method of cleaning all contaminated surfaces. The process uses pelletized pieces of dry ice (or frozen CO2) and uses high pressure air to accelerate the pellets on the surface being cleaned. When it impacts the surface, the dry ice freezes the contaminants, which ultimately eliminates their adhesive qualities, removes the pollutants, and leaves no secondary waste to clean up.
The main benefit is that there is no need to fully disassemble the equipment. In fact, the surfaces can be cleaned while still hot and/or still running which makes it more efficient. In addition, the process does not involve the use of water (which can promote bacteria growth such as mold and E. coli as well as Salmonella).
Dry Ice Blasting is very effective at cleaning industrial and production equipment. Unlike other types of media blasting, Dry Ice Blasting generates no additional waste or secondary contamination. Upon contact with the surface to be cleaned, the dry ice pellets transform directly from a solid to a gas (no liquid phase) in a process known as sublimation, leaving no residue behind. This also makes it ideal for situations where moisture is not an option. It is nonabrasive, non-conductive, and nonflammable. Dry Ice Blasting is especially effective at reaching hard to reach places reducing the need for disassembly of the equipment.
Dry Ice Blasting is clearly the superior alternative to sand blasting, shot blasting, soda blasting, water blasting & hand cleaning. It substantially reduces downtime, the high costs of secondary waste disposal, and costly wear and tear on equipment.
It is truly the best choice in maintaining industrial facilities. With regular cleaning, the process can help maximize tooling life, minimize downtime, reduce cleaning labor costs, and helps meet environmental safety standards.
Dry Ice Blasting can clean nearly any piece of equipment without taking anything apart or introducing water or chemicals. The process is a fast and effective method for removing even the toughest dirt, grease, sludge, and other sediment from commercial and industrial equipment. It is also an effective solution for preparing a surface to be painted.