Composite Tool Cleaning - Dry Ice Blast Cleaning
Cold Jet Technology, provided by Dry Ice Scotland, have helped manufacturers meet stringent industry demands by providing a composite tool cleaning solution that is fast, delicate and does not use solvents.
Dry ice cleaning uses recycled CO2 in the form of solid dry ice particles that are accelerated through high-velocity nozzles onto the surface being cleaned. The combination of the kinetic and thermal gradient effects breaks the bond between the contaminant and the substrate. The dry ice particles sublimate on impact, transitioning from a solid to a gas, leaving no secondary waste behind. Cold Jet dry ice cleaning extends the life of a mold by eliminating the need for harsh chemicals, wire brushes and coarse pads. It is a non-abrasive mold cleaning solution that protects the critical dimensions and geometric shapes of parting lines and sealing surfaces and preserves the mold surface finish.
There are a variety of materials utilized in the composite tooling industry, from epoxies and urethanes to aluminum and steel, including Teflon-coated tools and tools that are highly polished. Tooling used for, but not limited to, compression molding, resin transfer molding, extrusion, pre-pregging and wet-layup are all exceptional applications for dry ice blast cleaning. It can also safely remove a variety of residual process contaminants from the molds, including mold release agents, epoxy, Teflon tape, silicone, phenolic, carbon, graphite and many more without damaging the tooling.
Dry ice cleaning is faster and more effective than traditional methods of tool cleaning such as solvents, abrasives and elbow grease and modern dry ice blasting systems require less compressed air and consume less dry ice than in the past. In many instances, it is possible to clean tooling in place, at processing temperatures, without causing mold wear or damage, thus unlocking hidden production capacity and improving the quality of the finished product.
Cleaning Composite Tooling with Cold Jet Dry Ice Blasting Provides:
- An environmentally responsible clean
- Decontaminated and sanitized production surfaces
- A cleans in-place method with no cool down required
- Reduced cleaning downtime
- No secondary waste
- Elimination of wear and tear
- A non-abrasive process
- Enhanced Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) & Six Sigma programs
Proven Composite Tool Cleaning Applications for Cold Jet Dry Ice Blasting Include:
- Compression Presses
- Resin Transfer & Mixing Equipment
- Resin Spills
- B-Stage Resin
- Pre-pregging Equipment
- Post processing Equipment
- Autoclave Flooring Walls
- Hand Tools
- LIM Molding
- Product Finishing