Cleaning the most delicate electrical equipment, such as circuit boards and control panels, can be one of the most challenging cleaning jobs in power generation facilities, especially when grime and dust accumulate. Some plant operators may spend time doing tedious hand cleaning, while others may put off cleaning breakers, switch gears, and motor windings due to the risk of damage. However, delaying the cleaning process can result in equipment damage, fire, and shorts caused by accumulated debris and dirt. So, how can power plant operators benefit from dry ice blasting?
Reliance on Dry Ice Blasting
Many power plant operators use dry ice blasting to keep their equipment clean. This cleaning approach can remove stubborn coatings and debris while safe for delicate electrical equipment. Dry ice blasting is also effective at cleaning debris like bird waste that can accumulate on exposed surfaces. Additionally, it can help power plant operators clean gas turbines and generator cores.
Dry ice blasting is a process that uses carbon dioxide ice pellets instead of water. This method is non-flammable, non-abrasive, and non-conductive, and it doesn’t leave behind any secondary waste or chemicals. Furthermore, dry ice blasting minimizes downtime quicker than water-blasting or abrasive chemical methods. The downtime for dry ice cleaning can be scheduled for a part of the day instead of multiple days. Depending on the application, different sizes of ice pellets can be used, from nuggets to rice-sized or shaved block ice.
The Benefits of Dry Ice for Power Plants
Dry ice blasting is a cleaning method that can be useful for power plant operators in several ways. It can enhance readings, increase polarization indices, and minimize cleaning time, which reduces production-line disruption. This means operators can dry ice blast while the machine runs, reducing downtime. Additionally, it removes wear and tear, and there is no need for complete parts disassembly. Dry ice blasting is an easy and environmentally safe cleansing practice that cleans every detail without harmful chemicals. It is also a water-free process that doesn’t require any cool-down time. Since dry ice is odorless, the electrical machine will not contribute to global warming during cleaning.
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Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge number of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200, or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter