The week before Christmas, we started a new dry ice blast cleaning project for the Vacumet Corporation. Vacumet makes metalized paper for labels, video game covers and other applications. One of their large printers was taken offline for yearly maintenance. This year rather than use sandblasting, they opted to try dry ice blast cleaning.
Over the course of three days we cleaned a multitude of components for this massive printer. We were required to clean mixing pots that had epoxy buildup, oven parts that had heat discoloration and buildup, and catwalks that had collected buildup over the years. We blasted outside for the three days to ensure that dust and debris did not get inside the plant.
The mixing pots had resin buildup in some areas that was at least 2 inches thick. We used a 375CFM air compressor that produces 150PSI to remove this buildup. The higher pressure allowed us to cut right through the buildup and reach the original substrate. Cleaning the pots took quite a long time though due to all of their intricacies.
All of the catwalks were in dire need of cleaning. Buildup and colorants had bonded to the catwalks making them very dirty. Some areas cleaned up quickly, but other areas required several passes to remove all the buildup. Regardless, the catwalks cleaned up very well (take a look at the photograph below).
The oven parts had a brown stain all over them from the high heat that they experienced. These stains needed to be removed. Previously, the company had scrubbed these with wire brushes to remove the discoloration. We were able to clean these parts to like new condition in a fraction of the time it took them to scrub down. Our customer was so pleased that he had us clean almost every single one of them.
If you need to clean your production equipment or simply need to complete a yearly cleaning, give us a call at (800) 739-7949. We would be happy to help you complete your cleaning project. Visit our dry ice blast cleaning page at Contract Dry Ice Blasting.