If there is an industry that knows about residue buildup, it’s the printing industry. When printing machinery gets mired down in built-up ink residue and other contaminants associated with the average production shop, the scrap rates begin to soar and equipment failures increase. Traditional cleaning methods include the use of water, chemicals and abrasive scrubbers that can damage equipment surfaces. What’s emerging as a more effective solution is Dry Ice Blast Cleaning.
Polar Tiger uses the Dry Ice Blast Cleaning technique to rid printing businesses of the build up of contaminants through the use of compressed air over dry ice. When the compressed air is forced over the dry ice pellets, they turn into gas, skipping the liquid stage in a process called sublimation. The resulting stream of CO2, which comes out of the nozzle at negative 109 degrees Fahrenheit, changes the contaminant at the molecular level, essentially erasing it from surfaces.
It’s not unusual for printing employees to avoid cleaning the side frames and print deck mechanisms in their shops due to the time it takes and disassembly required in traditional cleaning methods. However, when utilizing Polar Tiger’s Dry Ice Blast Cleaning technology, there is no disassembly required, and the process is far less tedious than hand cleaning.
Instead of spending several hours going over the equipment by hand with scrubbers, scrapers and chemicals, Dry Ice Blast Cleaning can clean the sides and deck in as little as 15 minutes.
Printing facilities that use high-speed printers are familiar with the build up of ink on surfaces that comes from the ink mist that’s created when it comes out of the printer head. This buildup can also be taken care of quickly and easily with Polar Tiger’s Dry Ice Blast Cleaning technology.
Typical components that printers clean with dry ice blasting includes: drums, feeders, ink Trays, grippers, rollers, anilox rolls, side walls, compressor coils, copper rollers, steel rollers, bearings, plates, and many others.
Print quality increases after printing equipment has been cleaned with Dry Ice Blast Cleaning, and there is no secondary waste generated, which means there is less time and money spent on cleanup. Polar Tiger clients also attest to the technology’s ability to increase production with fewer misalignment mistakes.
Because the process is non-abrasive, there is no worry about damaging the surfaces that take a beating with traditional cleaning applications. It’s also a non-conductive process, which means Polar Tiger’s technology can be used on motors, switches and electrical components.
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Dry Ice Blast Cleaning compared to traditional cleaning methods
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