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What’s the Best Dry Ice Blaster? Aero2 PCS 60 vs. i3 Microclean


Which dry ice blaster is the right choice for your facilities management, machine maintenance, mold cleaning, or parts deflashing project? What if you need dry ice blasting for historic restoration, disaster remediation, or equipment cleaning instead?  Nitrofreeze®, a leading provider of contract dry ice blasting, serves customer across New England and other parts of the Northeast. We use dry blasters made by Cold Jet® and can help you choose the right technology for your next project.

Cold Jet Dry Ice Blasters

Recently, Nitrofreeze invested in an Aero2 PCS 60 dry ice blaster that has key advantages over an older Cold Jet technology, the i3 Microclean®. Introduced in 2009, the i3 Microclean was designed specifically for plastics manufacturers who wanted to protect their investments in delicate molds and expensive equipment while producing high-quality parts every time. The Aero2 PCS 60 debuted in 2019 and builds upon Cold Jet’s innovative approach while proving greater repeatability, portability, and flexibility for all of the industries and applications that use dry ice blasting.


Dry ice blasters use compressed air to accelerate frozen carbon dioxide (CO2) particles at surfaces that require cleaning. This non-abrasive media sublimates upon impact and lifts away dirt and contaminants without leaving behind any secondary waste. Both the i3 Microclean and the Aero2 PCS 60 deliver dry ice particles, but the Aero2 PCS 60 lets users fine-tune the particle size for different levels of aggression. Its patented Particle Control System (PCS) outputs 3mm to 0.3mm diamond-shaped particles in 28 distinct sizes.

With the Aero2 PCS 60, an operator can also program and save password-protected recipes with selected particle size, blast pressure, and feed rate. For plastics manufacturers, this means that the Aero2 PCS 60 can save parameters for cleaning different types of molds. The dry ice blaster can also save settings for cleaning specific types of plastic parts or injection molding equipment. Facilities managers, building remediation specialists, historic preservationists and others can benefit by returning to saved recipes and then modifying them for new challenges.

Portability and Flexibility

Both the I3 Microclean and the Aero2 PCS 60 are compact, lightweight, and ergonomic. Although the I3 Microclean can be transported on cart, it’s a tabletop unit that’s designed for stationary use. By contrast, the Aero2 PCS 60 has integral wheels, a braking system, and an easy-to-grip handle. This makes the Aero2 PCS 60 ready-to-roll and easy to control and maneuver. For facilities managers, this innovative design makes it the right dry ice blaster for projects such as cleaning large areas. Greater mobility also supports access to hard-to-reach areas such as corners.

The Aero2 PCS 60 is so flexible that it’s like having two dry ice blasters in one. The same machine can clean plastic parts, injection molds, and production equipment as well as facility walls and floors. That’s a significant savings if in the market for dry ice blasting equipment. Nitrofreeze® provides contract dry ice blasting services, of course, bud did you know we also sell, rent, and service Cold Jet equipment? No matter what you need, our Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) company has the right solution.      

Need Help Choosing the Best Dry Ice Blaster?

Which dry ice blaster is the right choice for your next project? Is it the Aero2 PCS 60 dry ice blaster, or is it a technology like abrasive ice blasting instead? The experts at Nitrofreeze are ready to review your technical drawings, photos or samples and then recommend the equipment that best meets your needs. The consultation is free of charge. To learn more, contact us at the phone number and email listed below.

(508) 459-7447 x109