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Year-End Machine Maintenance with Dry Ice Blasting: Navigating the Path to Optimal Efficiency

Posted by Rachael Barnes on Nov 9, 2023 12:30:00 PM

It’s Q4 and industrial companies are relying on their machines and equipment to keep their operations running smoothly for the last sales push of the year. From plastics manufacturing to food processing and even automotive fabrication, machinery forms the backbone of production. However, these machines also require regular maintenance to ensure they perform optimally, preventing costly downtime. In this blog, we will explore how Cold Jet's innovative dry ice blasting technology can assist industrial companies in efficiently maintaining their machines throughout the year.

Understanding Dry Ice Blasting

Dry ice blasting, also known as CO2 blasting, is a cutting-edge cleaning and maintenance solution that uses solid carbon dioxide (CO2) pellets to blast away contaminants and buildup from various surfaces. The process is dry, non-abrasive, non-conductive, non-toxic, and has no secondary waste, making it ideal for industrial settings. Dry ice blasting leverages the principle of thermal shock: the ultracold temperature of the dry ice pellets (-78.5°C or -109.3°F) causes the contaminants to contract and loosen their grip, allowing for easy removal.

Key Benefits for Industrial Machine Maintenance

Environmentally Sustainable Cleaning Solution

One of the standout features of dry ice blasting is its sustainability. Unlike traditional cleaning methods that involve the use of harsh chemicals and generate hazardous waste, dry ice blasting is clean and environmentally friendly. It leaves no secondary waste, as the CO2 pellets sublimate upon impact, leaving only the removed contaminants to be disposed of. Dry ice is the product of a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) process in which CO2 is captured at industrial and biogas facilities, recycled, and converted to dry ice. The CO2 that would have otherwise been discarded as waste is given a second life as a cooling and cleaning medium through the use of our premium CO2 blasting equipment.

Safe for Sensitive Equipment

Industrial machinery often contains delicate electronic components that must be protected during maintenance. Dry ice blasting is a non-abrasive and non-conductive method, which means it can safely clean sensitive equipment without causing damage or electrical shorts. This makes it a go-to choice for maintaining intricate and expensive machinery. The process gently but effectively removes contaminants, preserving the integrity, longevity, and performance of complex machinery.

Reduced Downtime

In manufacturing, downtime is costly. Traditional cleaning methods can be time-consuming, leading to prolonged machinery maintenance. In some cases, companies will have to shut down production, wait until the machinery cools down, and then hand clean the machinery. Dry ice blasting offers a more efficient solution. It requires minimal disassembly of equipment, and it eliminates the need for drying time, as the CO2 pellets disappear instantly. As a result, your machines can be back in operation faster, reducing production losses.

Versatile Application

Dry ice blasting can be used on a wide range of industrial equipment, including conveyor belts, molds, heat exchangers, and more. It effectively removes contaminants such as grease, oil, surface rust, adhesives, and other residues, leaving equipment clean and ready for operation. Its versatility makes it an invaluable tool in any industrial setting.

Improved Health and Safety

Industrial cleaning often involves the use of hazardous chemicals, which can pose health risks to employees. Dry ice blasting eliminates this concern by providing a safe and chemical-free method of cleaning. It reduces exposure to harmful substances, leading to a healthier and safer work environment.


For industrial companies, the efficient maintenance of machinery is critical to minimizing downtime and ensuring consistent production. Dry ice blasting from Cold Jet offers an innovative, sustainable, and highly effective solution for year-round machine maintenance. It provides numerous benefits, including environmental sustainability, safety for sensitive equipment, reduced downtime, versatile application, and improved health and safety for operators.

By incorporating dry ice blasting into your maintenance strategy, you can extend the lifespan of your industrial machinery and improve the overall efficiency of your operations. With a commitment to sustainability and productivity, industrial companies can benefit from this advanced cleaning method that's changing the game in machine maintenance.


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