News: USA - Cold Jet's dry ice blast cleaning system replaces traditional solvents to speed up robot refurbishing
A US company dramatically reduced its robot cleaning time by more than 80 per cent, saving the company more than US$60 in labour costs alone per cleaned robot.
Thursday, 12th June 2008
As one of the nation's largest robotic integrators, RobotWorx buys and sells hundreds of used robots each year. When the used robots arrive at RobotWorx, they are typically covered in grime, welding residues, paint, grease and other debris. To speed up the cleaning and refurbishing processes, RobotWorx recently replaced its traditional solvents and manual cleaning methods with a Cold Jet Aero Series dry ice blast cleaning system. The Cold Jet Aero system uses compressed air to accelerated recycled CO2 pellets at supersonic speeds through a specialized nozzle to create mini-explosions on the surface of the robots. This process removes the dirt and grime without damaging the hard surfaces of the robot or the sensitive electrical controllers, cables, and wiring. Upon impact, the CO2 pellets sublimate and do not create any secondary waste product. The system has helped RobotWorx with its green initiatives by allowing RobotWorx to reduce its use of cleaning solvents by 75 percent, as well as the costs of other supplies needed to clean the robots by hand. Today, RobotWorx has dedicated an area of its 100,000 square foot Marion, Ohio headquarters to cleaning robots with the Cold Jet system. The company has also trained multiple people on how to use the system, which allows RobotWorx to clean robots as frequently as necessary. In addition to being effective in the refurbishing and remanufacturing markets, Cold Jet's non-abrasive dry ice blast cleaning systems are used for a variety of industrial cleaning processes, from casting systems to wood processing equipment.