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Dry Ice Blasting FAQ

Dry ice blasting, which is a media blasting method employing CO2 pellets expelled at a high velocity, is suitable for a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Mold cleaning
  • Food processing
  • Ethanol plants

Review the questions below to learn more about dry ice blasting - or click here for an FAQ on abrasive blasting. Contact Mole•Master for assistance with all of your media blasting needs.

Q. What is dry ice?
Q. What is dry ice blasting used on?
Q. What is needed to run a dry ice unit?
Q. Does dry ice blasting warp metal?
Q. Can production equipment be clean in place or does it need to be removed?
Q. Why is there no secondary waste with dry ice blasting?

Q. What is dry ice?
A. Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Q. What is dry ice blasting used on?
A. Dry ice blasting is appropriate for all of the same types of projects as other media blasting methods, as well as a wider variety of specialty applications, due to its non-toxic nature, which meets EPA, USDA, and FDA guidelines that other forms of media blasting don’t.

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Q. What is needed to run a dry ice unit?
A. Dry ice blasting requires a standard 110 volt plug-in and a minimum 80 psi @ 150 cfm air supply.

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Q. Does dry ice blasting warp metal?
A. Because dry ice blasting doesn’t generate heat like traditional blasting methods, it will not warp metal.

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Q. Can production equipment be cleaned in place or does it need to be removed
A. Production equipment can be cleaned in place, because dry ice doesn’t create a secondary waste stream, which eliminates concerns about harming equipment or bearings close to the project.

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Q. Why is there no secondary waste with dry ice blasting?
A. During dry ice blasting, the CO2 evaporates on contact with the surface being cleaned, leaving only the removed contaminants behind.

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Mole•Master has all the answers to your media blasting questions. View our full list of FAQs here. Contact us now to put our expertise to work for you.

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