Permanent Molds & Core Boxes
Dry ice blasting is used in the foundry industry because it allows molds, core boxes, and slot and screen vents to be cleaned hot and in place. Cleaning with dry ice significantly reduces down time compared with conventional cleaning. No added solvents or water are needed and dry ice leaves no secondary waste or residue so clean up is minimal. Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and will not profile molds and core boxes, increasing their useful life.
Before cleaning After Cleaning
Dry ice blasting can be used to clean many general maintenance applications throughout a typical foundry operation including:
Equipment & Conveyors
Dry ice cleaning is used in foundries to clean dirty production equipment and conveyors. The process safely removes grease, dirt, and oil without disassembling the equipment. Compared with other blast medias (sand, soda, glass, etc.) dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, preventing damage to bearings and other moving parts.
Cleaning fixed 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.
Dry ice blasting is generally considered a "Best Practice" for cleaning fans throughout a foundry. 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.