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Automotive

Dry ice blasting allows automotive parts suppliers and assembly plants to address a variety of cleaning challenges quickly, safely and economically. Dry ice blasting can reduce the time spent cleaning within an automotive plant and increase productivity. In addition to boosting productivity, dry ice blasting is also non-abrasive and a "greener" process, with secondary disposal and waste management minimized.

Dry ice blasting can help reduce scrap rate, preserve the integrity of fixtures, increase production time, improve overall employee morale and eliminate or reduce labor costs.  

Dry ice blasting cleans mold release agents from permanent core molds for:


Interior Auto Parts and Panel Molds

Dry ice blasting will clean molds that produce acoustic and vibratory mats, dashboards and door assemblies, headliners, steering wheels and more. Cleaning in place while molds are still hot leads to significant reductions in downtime and increases productivity.

Seat Molds

Dry ice blasting allows for molds for seats and seat parts to be cleaned on-line, reducing line slowdowns and the need to remove molds for cleaning. Dry ice blasting can reduce scrap rate while curtailing lengthy overtime cleaning with chisels and hammers.    

Tire and Gasket Molds

Major tire manufacturers typically use dry ice blasting to clean hot tire molds in place. Dry ice blasting results in significantly greater productivity compared to cooling the molds before moving them to another location for cleaning. Cleaning with dry ice is non-abrasive, eliminating wear on the molds while also removing build-up that can cause mold fouling and improper curling of tires. Dry ice blasting also clears the mold vents and micro-vents in the curing molds, allowing proper ventilation.

 Tire molds before being cleaned. Dry ice blasting cleans metal molds without damaging the surface of the molds.

Tire Mold before dry ice blasting  

 Tire molds after being cleaned. Dry ice blasting cleans metal molds without damaging the surface of the molds.

Tire Mold after dry ice blasting  

Other Automotive industry dry ice blasting uses are:


Autobody Weld Lines

Dry ice blasting is used to clean robotic welding arms, pins, and fixtures that hold parts in autobody weld departments. Dry ice blasting effectively cleans weld slag and spatter as well as epoxy sealer from surfaces such as transfer cases, shuttle jigs, and diamond plate. The process can be done during scheduled maintenance and in place. With no "metal-to-metal" hammering, expensive parts are not damaged or distorted, thus increasing useful life. Dry ice blasting does not damage fittings or connectors.

Welding robots can be easily cleaned with dry ice blasting                                             Weld slag can easily be cleaned with dry ice blasting.
Dry ice blasting is commonly used to clean robotic welding arms, pin and fixtures.   Weld fixtures can easily be cleaned with dry ice blasting.

 
General Maintenance
 

Maintain production equipment by removing grease and other residue buildup with dry ice blasting Dry ice blasting can be used throughout an auto assembly plant as part of a normal preventive maintenance schedule to clean grease, dirt, and oil from production equipment. Unlike conventional sand blasting, dry ice blasting does not leave sand and grit behind that must be removed to prevent damage to bearings and other moving machinery. The process is non-abrasive and minimizes secondary disposal and waste management.


Glue Applicators

With dry ice blasting, electrical, pneumatic and other connections need not be removed when cleaning glue applicators. Dry ice blasting is not an electrical hazard, and no toxic or flammable fumes are produced. Fittings and connections are safe and not damaged. The applicator's small, tight areas may be cleaned without disassembling equipment, saving time and possible damage.

 Glue Applicator Before Cleaning  Glue Applicator after Cleaning
Glue applicator before dry ice blasting Glue applicator after dry ice blasting


Lubricating System

Cleaning fixed lubricating systems or distribution areas may be nearly impossible with conventional cleaning methods. Dry ice blasting cleans impossible-to-reach areas without disassembling equipment or extended down time. No solvents are needed and cleaning is faster and less labor-intensive than other cleaning methods.

 Lubrication System Before Cleaning  Lubrication System After Cleaning
Lubricator before dry ice blasting Lubricator after dry ice blasting


Cooling Fans

Dry ice blasting has been identified as a 'best practice' for cleaning man-fans on auto production lines. Dry ice blasting is generally considered a "Best Practice" for cleaning fans throughout a plant. Fans are essential to worker productivity and a dirty fan can fail when it is needed most. Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, non-corrosive, and non-conductive to electrical wiring, motors and switches.


Spray Booths

Dry ice blasting is used in paint booths to clean paint over-spray from various parts. Using dry ice blasting to clean metal hooks in electrostatic paint operations assures a good ground for the part being cleaned. Cleaning with dry ice can save time and money when compared to power washing, chemical or manual cleaning, as there is no secondary solvent or water to clean up. Save 65% or more in cleaning time when compared to power washing, chemical or manual cleaning when using dry ice blasting to clean automotive spray booths