We offer three processes to refinish your machines and equipment and make them look like new. These services can be ordered separately or combined together depending on the work that is required and the item that will be worked on.
Dry Ice Blasting
No-Mess, Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning
Dry ice blasting, also known as CO2 blasting, is an extremely effective form of blasting for industrial cleaning and professional restoration. It is a cleaning process in which a blasting gun fires dry ice particles, about the size of rice, at extremely high speeds to impact and clean the surface. The particles are accelerated by compressed air. When the dry ice hits the surface, it goes from a solid state to a gas state without passing through a liquid phase and cleans the surface. The dry ice that is used for standard blasting is about the size of a grain of rice. Bigger and smaller sizes are available for special purposes.
The dry ice blasting process causes a “micro thermal shock” on impact. This shock is generated from the dry ice’s temperature of -79°C. The shock breaks the bond between the coating and the surface it clings to then vaporizes, leaving a clean dry surface. Dry ice blasting is a relatively new process with many advantages:
- Increased up time: The process is fast and thorough. There is no need for disassembly of machinery and has no drying time since the CO2 vaporizes on contact.
- No damage to underlying structures: Dry ice is non-abrasive. It can remove most contaminants without damaging sensitive equipment or components.
- No solvents: Dry ice blasting replaces most if not all chemical or solvent-based cleaning methods, making it safer for blasting technicians and anyone entering the area once the job is done. Without the threat of harmful vapours, trained workers can perform their tasks safely.
- Faster and more thorough than hand cleaning: With dry ice blasting you can get into the tightest spaces that are not accessible by hand and do a much more thorough job. The dry ice evaporates, thus removing the need to clean up any additional blast media from the cleaning process.
- Safe around electrical components: Dry ice blasting is the most versatile process available. It can scour away the heaviest industrial build up without harming electrical switches, wiring and sensors. It also means that properly trained technicians can work on certain electrical components live, preventing downtime.
While dry ice blasting is more expensive than traditional hand cleaning with solvents and rags, in many cases the advantages far outweigh the additional cost. The final cost of the service depends on several factors:
- Surface Area: The blast rate of dry ice is usually about 115 kg (250 lbs) per hour.
- Labour Hours: Dry ice blasting can significantly reduce the number of hours required to complete a project. Many times the savings can be 70% – 80% in comparison to hand cleaning.
- Location: Our service can be performed on-site or at our facilities. The final location will depend on your timing, budget and scope of work.
- Type of Contaminant: Some contaminants are tougher to remove than others and as such take longer to clean.
- Work Environment: In most cases on-site work can be done in the original location where the item is. Nevertheless, while dry ice blasting produces on waste, the contaminant coming from the item needs removed. Depending on the proximity to other items a contaminant area may need to be setup or created.
- Special Needs or Requirements: Due to the wide variety of projects that are possible with dry ice blasting need to know if you have any special needs and requirements before we can quote
- Expected Results
- Your Budget
Sometimes the Traditional Cleaning is the Best Solution
There are times that only hand cleaning will to a proper job. The factors vary based on your budget, lead time, the surface area, the item being cleaned, the shape and structure, the delicateness of the item and complexity. These and other factors are taken under consideration when we present you a proposal.
Increase The Look and Lifespan of Your Equipment
As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. However, when it comes to machines and equipment, the look has deeper significance. The fact is that most machinery takes a beating. Painting your machines and other items of equipment with a durable coating will help the equipment resist the kind of damage that is common to industrial machines and thus preserve its integrity and function. Further, paint can create an attractive, uniform look to assembly lines and company equipment. In this way, value can actually be added to your equipment – and it is certainly much less expensive to paint an item than to replace it.
We offer several methods of painting:
- Airless Spraying: Also called Electric Piston Pump Spraying, offers high application rates with minimal overspray. Paint is typically drawn into the pump by vacuum and is pressurized up to several hundred PSI before it enters the spray hose. At the spray gun, this pressure is forced through a small orifice, making the point accelerate to a high speed and atomize when it hits the surrounding air. Since paint is delivered to the point of application by pressure there is minimal overspray.
- Electrostatic Spraying: This method allows the paint to “wrap” around an time being spayed by charging the paint with a static charge. Once charged the paint will we attracted to the nearest grounded object and will disperse evenly over the surface. On small items, pipes, tubes and so forth the paint wraps completely around.
- Hand Painting: Sometimes the most ideal method is hand painting. This is especially true with items with multi-colours and certain complex structures.