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2006-12-01 - Gasworld Article

Celebrating 20 years of dry ice technology and innovation

Loveland, Ohio - based Cold Jet is celebrating 20 years as the leader in dry ice blasting and dry ice production technology. The company has now expanded globally by opening two new locations.

Cold Jet was founded in 1986 by Dave Moore and Newell Crane. Their goal was to create an alternative cleaning method that did not create waste, unlike existing methods such as sand, soda or plastic bead blasting.

Since then, the company has grown to over 4,000 customers and 250 different applications worldwide. It now has 20 years of experience in developing and recommending dry ice solutions to meet the needs of a large variety of industries.

Cold Jet employs a talented global support team of approximately 90 employees with a depth of knowledge and experience in the industry. The company’s wide product range allows it to tailor a solution for each application and budget. It aims to meet its customers’ needs by reducing operating costs, improving production quality and increasing productivity.

The company focuses its product development on flexible, mobile systems for use in the manufacturing environment. The company is currently working with a very large disaster remediation contractor (mold, fire and historical restoration) in the US.

Solutions and products for many industries Cold Jet manufactures dry ice blasting equipment and dry ice production equipment. The industries served include: Automotive, Aerospace, Contract Cleaning, Electrical, Fire Restoration, Food and Beverage, Foundry, Historical Restoration, Mold Remediation, Plastics, Packaging, Printing, Rubber and Wood.

Dry Ice Blasting Equipment - This equipment uses dry ice pellets or shaved dry ice block to clean various surfaces. Rubber Molders use this equipment to remove release agents and rubber residue buildup from their rubber molds. Disaster remediators use it to remove mold spores from wood. Printers use it to clean/remove ink buildup from their printing presses.

The technology is developed so that the dry ice is fed from a hopper through a blast hose and out a nozzle onto the surface to be cleaned. Because dry ice in its natural state is a gas (CO2) - it will explode upon impact and return to its natural state. This explosion is called the Thermal Shock Effect and it will lift the contaminant from the surface being cleaned. Since the dry ice sublimates into a gas there is nothing left to clean up but the contaminate you have now removed from the surface.

Engineered Systems - These are unique custom systems designed based on the end users’ specifications and needs. They can include a Dry Ice Blast system and a Dry Ice Production system, it could be a cleaning cabinet where the actual cleaning takes place inside a soundproof box. An engineered system is a system that Cold Jet engineers uniquely to customer requests - it uses the company’s technology/process to clean or prepare a surface for another process in the manufacturing cycle.

Dry Ice Production Equipment - these machines produce the pellets, nuggets and block dry ice used for blasting, but also used by food processors, biomedical and biochemistry labs, and other manufacturers and shipping companies for transport. Liquid CO2 is fed into the machine and through a series of engineering processes dry ice is extruded in various forms - pellets, nuggets or block depending on the system.

“We’re more sophisticated in product development. Now we’re engineering products driven by market segments that can generate the most potential for growth. We’ve transitioned from our original focus on improving and building a lighter, more effective machine to focusing now on market segment driven development.” Scott Gatje, COO.

Link to the December issue of Gasworld or to download the article Cold Jet: Celebrating 20 years of dry ice technology and innovation