Dry ice blasting has drastically changed the cleaning process in the plastic industry. From the assembly line to maintenance of finished products, dry ice cleaning can always be used in some way throughout the life cycle of a plastic product. Not only is it an environmentally friendly way of cleaning plastics, it also helps increase the usage time of the product, reducing the need for new plastics to be created. Here’s a look at more examples of dry ice cleaning benefitting the plastic industry.
Dry ice blasting is able to clean plastics “in place” while the mould is still hot, meaning moulds can be cleaned while the assembly line is still running, drastically reducing the amount of down time. Because no solvents or mediums are needed, plastics and other surfaces remain smooth and unblemished. It’s also more effective than traditional cleaning methods at removing surface residue left by plastic product mixes and sprays. These excess products left by the molding process can otherwise build up and slow down the assembly line. The waste can be easily disposed of, and the dry ice pellets will vaporize quickly, meaning they do not need to be cleaned separately.
Maintaining clean mould cavities and vents is a challenging task for plastic manufacturers who strive to maintain high quality standards. If left to buildup, the excess surface residues can quickly start causing problems when the mould is reused. Burning such residues is not an option, as the plastics can release harmful toxins into the air. Other methods such as using various solvents to dissolve waste often requires hand tools and are very time consuming. By utilizing dry ice cleaning, these problems can be avoided, drastically reducing labour and material costs. The pellets are highly effective at removing unwanted wastes without creating any secondary wastes. The moulds do not need to be disassembled and will not be damaged in the process.
We use plastics in our daily lives in many different ways. Plastic manufacturers strive to create high quality products that are long lasting and durable. Dry ice cleaning is an excellent way of keeping equipment clean and assembly lines running, which helps manufacturers achieve this goal. Scrub Zero Dry Ice Blasting is happy to answer any questions you may have about dry ice blasting. Give us a call today at (403)697-3127.
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