Most packaging cardboard boxes are printed with a wax or clay based graphic that is transferred onto the conveyor rollers and, as the coating builds up, disrupts production. Traditional cleaning methods for these conveyors require a complete dismantle every 4 to 10 days and then hand scrubbing with solvents and brushes. Dry ice blasting thoroughly cleans the wax or clay buildup from the rollers while the conveyor is still assembled, reducing the downtime and increasing line productivity.
Dry ice blasting also removes glue build-up from the belts without damage or wear and eliminates the cost and downtime of replacing the drive belts in the packaging process. Dry ice can easily removes ink over-spray that occurs during the ink-jet application process, thus preventing scrap or line shut-down.
Dry ice blasting has eliminated the cost of replacing the drive belts in the packaging process, as well as the down time required to replace the new belt. We can quickly and easily remove the glue build-up from the belts without damage or wear.
All packaged beverage containers have an ink-jet code applied for information transfer and tracking. As with most ink-jet processes, an unwanted over spray occurs on nearby machinery, conveyers, belt drives, and electronics. Consequently, the ink will redeposit onto the package and create an unacceptable finished product. The dry ice blasting process gently removes the ink over-spray and therefore prevents scrap or line shut-down.
Cleaning with Dry Ice Blasting in the Packaging Industry Will:
- Reduce Cleaning Time
- Eliminate Secondary Waste
- Reduce Water and Sanitation Costs
- Clean Hot and Online
- Provide a Non-abrasive Clean that Won’t Damage Equipment
- Eliminate Relubrication
- Reduce Production Downtime
- Be Environmentally Responsible
**Note: Food Grade Dry Ice is approved by FDA and dry ice cleaning has been effectively used in AIB inspected facilities
Proven Packaging Applications for Dry Ice Blasting Include:
- Slicers & Dividers
- Electrical components & motors
- Radial Feeders (Ishida Weighers)
- Pack-off Tables
- Labelers & Gluers
- Proof box grids
- Food molds