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2009-09-18 - Cold Jet Dry Ice Pellet-to-Slice Reformer Extends Market Opportunities for Industrial Gas Companies

New ecological reformer allows gas companies to economize via the production of customizable dry ice slice sizes in order to meet the needs of a variety of industries

CINCINNATI - September 18, 2009 - To further support the growing dry ice needs of industrial gas companies, Cold Jet, LLC today introduced its new fully automated dry ice pellet-to-slice reformer. The R3000 Reformer produces customizable dry ice slice sizes that can be used for a variety of applications, such as airline catering services and distribution of temperature sensitive goods. The first system was recently sold to ACP Belgium NV, a producer of high-quality carbon dioxide (CO2).

Cold Jet's reformer features a proprietary user-friendly design that allows users to reconfigure the dimensions of the press head assembly in less than 10 minutes. Reforming dry ice pellets into slices reduces dry ice (sublimation and waste) and eliminates the hazards associated with traditional ice block cutting processes. Cold Jet's R3000 is fully automated and can use both dry ice pellets and nuggets. The system can be easily integrated with a Cold Jet P3000 pelletizer to produce and reform high density pellets on demand into 1,000 "airline" slices per hour. Unlike traditional systems, Cold Jet's reformer helps to control the loss of CO2 gas by reliquefaction.

"Cold Jet is a reliable and trusted partner, and the new reformer is one more example of why the company is leading the charge for dry ice innovation," stated Jan Vansant, general manager at ACP Europe SA. "It is clear by the quality and performance of the reformer that Cold Jet has once again delivered, and we will fully leverage the system to meet the evolving dry ice needs of our customers."

"Our partnerships with leading industrial gas companies around the world, such as ACP, have allowed us to work hand-in-hand to develop the solutions that their customers are demanding and that will help grow their businesses," said Gene Cooke, president and CEO of Cold Jet. "Our Reformer was developed from the ground up for superior performance and reliability; characteristics that are synonymous with the Cold Jet brand. The system will provide our customers with the best output to footprint ratio and make it easy for them to quickly produce a variety of slice sizes to meet the varying needs of their customers."

Cold Jet services a broad customer base providing both dry ice blast cleaning equipment and dry ice production solutions to thousands of customers worldwide in the automotive, contract cleaning, food processing, industrial gas, medical device, packaging, plastics and rubber and printing industries. Today, every major industrial gas company around the world is using a Cold Jet dry ice production system. The Reformer complements Cold Jet's pelletizers, and like the company's production systems, is very durable, operating continuously for extended periods of time.

The following are key features and benefits of the Cold Jet R3000 reformer:

  • Capable of producing 1,000 airline slices per hour - the industries best output per floor area;
  • Vary slice dimensions in <10 minutes with proprietary quick change die design;
  • Vary slice weights via HMI between 0.5 and 1.0 kg (1 and 2 pounds )
  • Precision slice weights with proprietary SureFlow Hopper system
  • Minimal slice breakage or wasted dry ice;
  • Integrates with Cold Jet's P3000 high output pelletizer;
  • Full local diagnostic capabilities and remote diagnostics ready;
  • Low operational sound levels <84dBA;
  • Low energy consumption versus comparable units in the market;
  • Open frame design simplifies troubleshooting, service and maintenance.

About Cold Jet

Since 1986, Cold Jet has developed innovative, environmentally responsible cleaning solutions that help companies reduce maintenance costs, enhance product quality, prolong equipment life, and improve productivity and worker safety. Cold Jet's extensive line of dry ice blasting systems are used around the world in a variety of industries, making productive use of recycled carbon dioxide while eliminating the need for chemicals and water in the cleaning process. In addition to its dry ice-based cleaning systems, the company's dry ice production equipment is used by every major gas company worldwide to produce the highest density dry ice available. Cold Jet is a private company with global headquarters in Loveland, Ohio and international operations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.coldjet.com or call 1-800-337-9423.

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