Mining in more ways than one is big business with big assets. Keeping that equipment producing is what we do with absolute efficiency.
Vortex Dry Ice Services offer the most environmentally friendly way to clean Electrical equipment, Power Generation equipment, Draglines, Electrical cabinets, Wheel and Traction Motors, Radiators, Sulphur Spills, Crusher and Sizer shafts, bearings, Superstructures, Weld lines for inspection, Pre-NDT prep, Surface prep for new coatings and many other cleaning applications in the Mining, Oil and Gas fields and power generation industry.
Power Generation / Electrical / HVAC
Large Electric motors can be cleaned onsite without chemicals effectively removing contamination from areas such as windings without damaging the underlying varnish, increasing efficiency and minimising risks. Turbines are also regularly cleaned to allow for NDT to be performed quickly and easily in a fraction of the time, without the worker injuries and potential damage to the equipment. Electrical industry users and users of electrical equipment face a constant battle with maintenance, efficiency and equipment uptime.
Oil and Gas Industry
Dry ice blasting safely removes old paint, rust, carbon buildup, debris, and corrosion from silos, pumping stations, machinery and electronics, holding tanks, air conditioning ducting, piping and much more. Dry ice blasting is ideal for oil and gas because it is non-abrasive, non-flammable, and non-conductive. It is capable of getting into tight and confined spaces and crevices that other methods cannot. Dry ice blasting does not contribute to secondary waste and is therefore an environmentally responsible solution.
Dry ice blasting is ideal for cleaning most industrial surfaces and equipment including machinery, tools, conveyors, presses, electrical panels, and more. Dry ice blasting is nonconductive, nonabrasive, and nonflammable, which makes it ideal for all types of industry and equipment. Since dry ice sublimates on contact there is no grit or media to contend with after the cleaning process. Dirt, grease, grime, and residues are removed in a fraction of the time it takes other methods, in many cases up to 75% faster.
Dry ice blasting can cut mold cleaning time by as much as 50%. Dry ice effectively removes sand and buildups as well as grease and residues that can be labour intensive and tedious to clean. Dry ice effectively permeates cracks and crevices to remove debris resulting in a higher quality end product and increased lifespan of machinery and equipment.
Mold and Mildew
Dry ice blasting removes mold spores from wood and does so up to 70% faster than traditional cleaning methods. Dry ice blasting is capable of getting into hard to reach places, in crevices, and around nails and screws. Dry ice can be safely blasted around wiring, plumbing, and pipe fixtures without causing damage.
Dry ice blasting has become the preferred method to remove toxic residues, soot, and odors associated with fire damage. A fire can cause smoke damage and charring of wood, bricks, concrete and metal, not to mention the musty, burnt smell it leaves behind. Dry ice blasting removes soot and char on surfaces without causing damage to the substrate and reduces or removes unpleasant odors.
Cleaning below deck, around engines, and in close quarters is difficult and often creates less than desirable results. Dry ice blasting is effective in removing grease, grime, oil, paint, barnacles, salt deposits, mold, mildew, and rust from interior and exterior surfaces. Completely removes algae, sea slime, mussels and anti-fouling paint from ship hulls, seawater intake valves, engine rooms, etc. Since dry ice sublimates on contact, surfaces are left clean and ready for paint, sealant or refurbishment.
Dry ice blasting is very effective in removing graffiti from all types of surfaces including steel, concrete, and painted surfaces. In most cases our equipment is sensitive enough to remove graffiti without impacting the original painted finish.
Maintaining a clean kitchen, food processing, and conveyor equipment is essential to producing quality food products and services. Dry ice cleaning can remove grease, contaminants, food residue, buildups, and is used where water or solvents should not be used. Conveyors, production ovens, boilers, grills, hoods, smoke houses, food processors, venting systems, mixers and piping can be cleaned without disassembly and often while still in operation.
Dry ice blasting is an ideal solution for historic restoration because it is nonabrasive, chemical-free, and can remove layers of coatings and aging while restoring surfaces to their original splendor. Our process will also clean in a fraction of the time compared with other methods and avoid the laborious tasks of scraping, sanding, and brushing surfaces. Dry ice blasting is highly effective and efficient in restoring the detail of historic structures.
Dry ice blasting enhances equipment performance and improves productivity in the Printing Industry. Dry ice blasting significantly reduces downtime of equipment and personnel because printing equipment can be cleaned on-line without the expensive process of disassembly and reassembly.