5 Most Common Uses of Dry Ice in Commercial Industry
When Prest Air Devices pioneered commercial dry ice production in the United States in 1925, they probably didn’t know how much the industrial sector would demand. Yet, today, barely a century after the first mass production, dry ice is used in nearly all the commercial sectors. Some of the industries largely depend on dry ice. Continue reading!
Dry ice is widely used in the healthcare sector. For instance, solidified carbon dioxide has frequently been used to substitute liquid nitrogen for minor procedures in skincare, destroying or freezing superficial growths such as warts, moles, freckles, and other skin defects.
In addition, blood, vaccines, and different biological samples are kept for a long time using dry ice. Still, dry ice is an economical alternative for specialized freezers and can also be used in a power outage.
Also, transporting organs, biomedical samples, blood, and other temperature-sensitive materials can be pretty expensive without dry ice. Dry ice is colder than regular ice, does not melt into a liquid but evaporates into a gas, making it a good fit for use in the medical industry.
To be precise, dry ice is at -109 ⁰F (approx. -80 ⁰C), while regular ice is at 32⁰F (0 ⁰C). In this regard, dry ice takes a long time to heat up and lose its coldness.
Shipment Of Perishable Goods
Dry ice has been a game-changer for the transportation of perishables. It has enhanced international trade allowing countries to export or import perishables. Examples of goods that rely on dry ice include fish, flowers, herbs, etc.
Dry ice slurry in an organic solvent is a valuable freezing mixture in scientific laboratories for cold chemical reactions and condensing solvents in rotary evaporators.
Industrial food storage requires the use of dry ice as well. For example, dry ice is used in restaurants and supermarkets to preserve food. However, while dry ice is expected in the food sector, it can also be dangerous. Therefore, ensure enough ventilation and minimize direct touch with skin for safety reasons.
You see, dry ice blasting is a cleaning technique that uses solid carbon dioxide to clean surfaces. The process involves spraying high-speed dry ice pellets and pressurized air into the contaminated surface.
When the compressed air combines with dry ice pellets in a blast stream, it results in an explosive sublimation cleaning the dirty surfaces. Since dry ice sublimes into a gas and does not require clean-up after use, it is preferred over sandblasting and other blasting methods.
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