The pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries are focused on cleanliness, but it’s not an easy task. In fact, there is a lot of downtime associated with cleaning, especially because these are organizations that work with micro molding, precision equipment and micro cavities. These are time-consuming parts to clean using traditional methods, but there is a better way.
Molds can be delicate, especially the smallest ones, which makes cleaning/decontaminating them even more difficult. However, by using a technique called Dry Ice Blast Cleaning, the most difficult tools, parts, molds and equipment can be cleaned efficiently and effectively.
First, lets define Dry Ice Blast Cleaning. Dry ice is a solid carbon dioxide (CO2), which has a low temperature of negative 78 degrees Celsius or negative 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry ice changes from a solid to a gas without going through the liquid stage, which is important in Dry Ice Blast Cleaning because it leaves behind no secondary waste or moisture. Polar Tiger utilizes technology whereby compressed air is forced over dry ice pellets, which causes the solid CO2 to sublimate after hitting the targeted area, which means it skips the liquid stage and turns into gas. The CO2 is shot through a nozzle at high pressure, creating a stream that’s negative 109 Fahrenheit. The shooting dry ice pallets effectively erase any contaminants from the tool, part, equipment, etc.
Here are just a few items that Polar Tiger’s solutions can work with: liquid silicone molds, thermoset injection mols, thermoplastic injection molds.
Polar Tiger can also assist in deburring the following: surgical tools and instruments, stents, catheter tips, implants, manifolds, plastic products, including acetal, nylon, peek, pbt, and lcp.
Dry Ice Blast Cleaning is non-abrasive and non-toxic, which means it won’t damage sensitive equipment. Furthermore, it will actually help improve product quality while increasing productivity. Some clients report time savings of up to 80 percent over their previous method of cleaning. When using Polar Tiger solutions, clients no longer have to manually scrape their tools and equipment, nor do they have to use water and chemicals.
Other forms of blasting use aggregates, which leaves behind secondary waste that has to be cleaned up. This equates to more downtime and more cost. By eliminating chemicals, water and aggregates, Polar Tiger offers an environmentally safe alternative that prolongs the life of molds, tools, production equipment and parts associated with medical devices and their production.
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Dry Ice Blast Cleaning compared to traditional cleaning methods
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