2013-02-05

Dry Ice Blasting - rising star in industrial cleaning applications


When I was talking to a friend, he mentioned that he is thinking about starting a new business, a dry ice blasting rental.

I'm not really familiar with dry ice blasting, so without hesitation, I asked for more information.

According to my friend, dry ice-blasting is a form of non-abrasive blasting, where dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and directed at a surface in order to clean it. It's similar to to other forms of abrasive blasting such as sand blasting, plastic bead blasting, or soda blasting but substitutes dry ice as the blasting medium.


He also explained that dry-ice blasting is very safe since it leaves no chemical residue as dry ice sublimates at room temperature. Actually, it is clean and approved for use in the food industry. It can be as gentle as dusting smoke damage from books or as aggressive as removing weld slag from tooling. Amazing!

Dry ice cleaning removes paint/varnish, oil, grease, tar, bitumen, dirt, ink, resin, adhesives, wax, binders and solvents. Silicon / rubber residues, chewing gum, graffiti, and much more.

In addition, the cleaning process decontaminates surfaces of Salmonella enteritidis, E. coli and Listeria.

There are limited companies that offer dry blasting in the Philippines, that why it will be a great business opportunity, my friend added. For this business, he needs to invest in these items: Ice blaster, compressed air, dry ice pellets and of course, safety equipment.

Although, my friend might need a lot of money for this business. I searched online and I found out that an Air prep unit (designed specifically for dry ice blasting) alone costs $4500 new. Too expensive! But he is determined to start this business since he believes that it will be very beneficial at profitable. Though I still recommend that he must Read more about dry ice blasting before he begins purchasing.

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