Dry Ice Blasting to Clean Molds in Place

IceTech (NPE Booth S20167) is a manufacturer of high-performance, reliable dry ice blasting and dry ice production equipment. At NPE Booth S20167 the company is highlighting its Evolution Line.

IceTech (NPE Booth S20167) is a manufacturer of high-performance, reliable dry ice blasting and dry ice production equipment. At NPE Booth S20167 the company is highlighting its Evolution Line. Comprised of the Elite 20 and the Xtreme 40, the Evolution Line uses a dry ice blasting process that cleans molds with a nonabrasive, eco-friendly media.

IceTech dry ice blasting equipment allows end users to clean molds in place, preventing potential damage caused by equipment’s removal and reinstallation. Molders can clean critical parts of their equipment while they are still at operating temperature and without water or chemicals.

Dry ice blasting machines are an effective tool for eliminating blemishes and unwanted flash that occurs in the parting line of mold halves. Dry ice blasters are a common deflashing tool in plastic parts as well as other sectors of manufacturing.   

Vent clogging, a common problem in the plastics industry, is easily solved with the utilization of dry ice blasting because it allows equipment to be cleaned on a more regular basis. The regular cleaning, which keeps vents opened, helps protect metal components of the mold from damage due to these gases.

Dry ice blasting provides an excellent cleaning solution for extruder screws because it allows equipment to be cleaned quickly and without damage. Most screws can be cleaned directly out of the barrel, which reduces downtime and subsequent costs as parts can be cleaned without cooling.

The dry ice pellets, made from recycled carbon dioxide, sublimate, or turn back into carbon dioxide gas, when they come into contact with equipment, providing a multitude of environmental benefits. The production of dry ice gives the recycled CO₂ a “second life” before it is released into the atmosphere, thereby delaying its effects on the environment.