Engineering by-products and residues from adhesives to swarf, oil to emulsions can build up over time, impacting upon machinery performance and potentially damaging expensive assets through corrosion and abrasion.
Kärcher’s Ice Blaster range offers a portable, non-aggressive, but thorough method of cleaning surfaces, tools, moulds and machines without causing damage to the substrate or the environment.
Ice Blasting uses dry ice to effectively clean and decontaminate surfaces at an output temperature of -79°C. Its gas state enables it to access the nooks and crannies of equipment with complex geometries without the need for disassembly or risk of producing fire or electrical hazards. Injected into a jet of compressed air, accelerated to speeds in excess of 150 m/s and then fired at the surface to be cleaned, the abrupt cooling of the surface causes a thermal shock and produces fine cracks in the top layer. The dry ice pellets penetrate these cracks and instantly sublimate (turn into a gas without becoming a liquid), thus lifting the contaminant from the surface, before returning to the atmosphere as CO2 gas leaving only the contaminant behind.
Because cleaning with dry ice is performed without chemicals or detergents and leaves no waste water, it is environmentally friendly, can be used indoors and out – even in areas where cleaning with water is prohibited or inconvenient.
In production systems, effective cleaning not only ensures cleanliness and process safety, but also serves to maintain machines and contributes to value retention. The impressive time saving ice blasting delivers has a huge impact on production hours – as a result it is fast becoming a mainstream cleaning staple for manufacturing and food processing environments alike.
As the world’s leading cleaning technology provider, Kärcher has both the products and the knowhow to provide the very best cleaning solutions for a wide variety of industrial environments, from removing vehicle tyre marks to vacuuming hazardous dust, to tidying up after a spillage.
Kärcher’s innovative ice blasting cleaning products improve safety, reduce costs, and offer new levels of blast cleaning standards. This superb technology is available from Kärcher’s officially appointed Ice Blaster specialists, all of whom can offer expert advice on your ice blasting requirements.