Frequently asked questions about Dry Ice Blasting Michigan
Dry ice blasting Michigan is a great, environmentally friendly process used for cleaning hard-to-reach areas by showering them with extremely small pellets of dry ice. Although this method of cleaning is highly effective and safe for many things, it is still relatively unknown to those outside of the dry ice industry. This page is here to help with that! Daily Facility Services is willing to answer any questions you may have, below are some frequently asked questions about dry ice blasting Michigan to help clear up some preconceptions you may have about the process.
What is a dry ice blasting Michigan?
Dry ice blasting Michigan is a modern, ecological, non-abrasive method of industrial cleaning. It is a process in which dry ice particles are driven at high speed to hit and clean the surface. Particles are accelerated by compressed air, similarly as in case of other blasting systems.
How does it work?
The cleaning process uses three basic factors: kinetic energy, thermal shock and sublimation. At the end of the process, there is only the dirt removed and no further secondary waste, like for example in case of sandblasting. This makes this method of Michigan dry ice cleaning effective, gentle to cleaned materials and at the same time also environmentally friendly.
What is dry ice?
Dry ice is a solid state of carbon dioxide CO₂ with a temperature of -79° C. Carbon dioxide is found in gaseous form in nature. It is non-toxic and odorless. It is used to saturate drinks, which gives them a fresh taste and prolong their consumption.
Will dry ice melt?
No. Dry ice is a subject to the process called "sublimation", when a solid substance jumps over its liquid state and changes directly to a gaseous state.
How is Michigan dry ice stored?
Dry ice is supplied and stored in insulated containers. A typical storage container can contain 500 LBS of dry ice and should be used within 5 days of production for best results. It is best to store these containers in well-ventilated, cooler areas to maintain their quality. Due to sublimation, a loss of about 4% of the container contents should be expected every 24 hours
Hoes dry ice cleaning Michigan contribute to the greenhouse effect?
No. Dry ice is very ecological. Although it is made from solid carbon dioxide, it never produces or releases excess carbon dioxide into the environment and does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. In fact, dry ice is still more and more used as an alternative "technology" for processes that are harmful to the environment.
What happens to Michigan dry ice when it hits the surface?
It sublimes (changes from solid to gaseous state) and returns to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 is an element of natural origin, representing less than 0.04% of our atmosphere
What happens to contaminants and impurities?
Contaminants can be solid, viscous or liquid (paint, carbon deposits, glue, grease, sugar, ink, impurities ...). During the dry ice blasting Michigan process most of the dirt falls on the floor or on the ground, from where such dirt can be removed by vacuum-cleaning or sweeping.
Can dry ice cause damage to the cleaned surface?
We offer blasting equipment that allows very fine cleaning (e.g. printed circuit boards) and equipment designed for aggressive cleaning (cleaning of wood, graffiti, chassis, etc.).
Does the dry ice blasting Michigan process create condensation?
Condensation occurs when the substrate temperature drops below the dew point. Dew point varies according to climate and daily weather. Condensation rarely occurs when cleaning hot substrates, because the surface temperature remains above the dew point.
Does dry ice blasting Michigan generate static electricity?
Yes, a certain degree of static electricity is not an exception in dry ice blasting Michigan. The device is designed with integrated earthing. If the blasting unit and object are properly grounded, it is very unlikely that you will have static discharge problem
Dry Ice Blasting Michigan Frequently asked questions
Is ice blasting Michigan safe?
At the temperature of -78.3 °C (-109 °F), we recommend wearing of gloves when in contact with dry ice - you may get burned. You must always wear eye and ear protection when working with dry ice and ventilate the room in which it is handled.
What equipment is needed for Michigan dry ice blasting?
It is essential to have a dry ice blaster, access to a power supply and a source of compressed air.
Is an external source of compressed air necessary?
Yes. The dry ice blaster must be connected to an external source of compressed air that is normally always stronger than standard plant air.
How fast is it possible to clean the surface from dirt by using blasting process?
The speed and efficiency of dirt removal depends on a number of factors, including: surface profile of the substrate, thickness of the dirt, strength of the adhesive bond of the coating and the cohesiveness of the coating, etc.
Can dry ice blasting remove rust?
Dry ice blasting removes all loosely adhering oxidation and salts, but does not remove deeply adhering oxidation.
Is it possible to use dry ice blasting on wood?
Yes. However, blasting of wood with dry ice can increase its roughness - especially of soft wood. Hardwoods generally respond much better to dry ice blasting.
Does dry ice blasting have any environmental consequences?
Dry ice is completely non-toxic. In contrast to other cleaning methods which use water or high-pressure hoses, contaminated water does not leak into the environment. Loose cover film can be swept / vacuumed. Dry ice blasting does not produce toxic fumes from solvents and other chemicals during cleaning.
Does Michigan ice blasting have thermal effects on cleaned items?
No. Temperature changes in machinery during dry ice blasting are generally small compared to changes that occur during the normal operation.
Can I minimize downtime, or avoid them totally?
Yes. In many cases, it will be possible to clean the machinery without switching it off. In other cases, it will be possible to shorten duration of downtimes due to cleaning, because the cleaned surfaces remain dry.
What can I clean with dry ice?
Dry ice blasting is a universal technology that can be used in almost any industry and application.
What about Michigan ice blasting compared to other methods?
The advantages of dry ice blasting are the following: time saving, cleaning directly in the production without a need for disassembly, without a need to shut down production, non-abrasive method, non-toxic, non-conductive - also suitable for cleaning of electronics, environmentally friendly. More information...
In which industries is dry ice blasting used?
Dry ice blasting Michigan is used in various industries. Automotive industry, energy production, food, pharmaceutical industry, plastics and rubber, aviation, navy, packaging, foundries, printers, wood and paper, disaster recovery, etc.