Dry ice blast cleaning equipment is widely applied in industrial manufacturing commonly to the removal of oil, paint, rust, and carbon adhesives in mold, automotive, electronics, petrochemical parts, and other workpieces.
The laser cleaning machine is currently the most cutting-edge new industrial cleaning equipment. In the last two years, it has also been rapidly applied to the cleaning or removal of paint, rust, oil, and Dry ice blast cleaning equipment and laser cleaning machines have their own advantages and disadvantages although they play a highly similar role in cleaning.
Dry ice blast cleaning equipment and laser cleaning machines have their own advantages and disadvantages although they play a highly similar role in cleaning.
Advantages of dry ice blast cleaning equipment：
1.No chemical agents are used in the cleaning process of dry ice blast cleaning equipment, thus not creating pollution to the environment.
2.The cleaning effect of dry ice blast cleaning equipment is more effective and environmental-friendly than that of cleaning methods using cleaning agents, as well as no damage to the material cleaned.
3.The cleaning time of dry ice blast cleaning equipment is less than that of cleaning methods using cleaning agents because it does not need to be shut down and disassembled and can also be operated online.
4.It is easy to operate dry ice blast cleaning equipment because its procedures are simple. Automation can also be actualized, thus reducing labor costs.
Disadvantages of dry ice blast cleaning equipment：
1.The cleaning effect is poor if equipment cleaned cools.
2.Strict operating environment is required for the use of dry ice blast cleaning equipment. It is necessary to wear the protective suit due to the danger generated during the operation of dry ice blast cleaning.
3.The cleaning cost of dry ice blast cleaning equipment is high. Dry ice blast cleaning machines are usually equipped with the dry-ice storage tank, the dry-ice-making device, the air compressor, and the air storage tank.
As new industrial cleaning equipment, laser cleaning machines are more advantageous than dry ice blast cleaning devices and also solve the drawbacks of dry ice blast cleaning. In addition, its application is more extensive. The laser cleaner is usually considered the upgrading and enhancement of dry ice blast cleaning equipment and the best alternative.
Laser cleaning machines work by instantaneously heating and evaporating contaminants with laser energy through ablation.
As an advanced substitute for traditional cleaning, the laser cleaning machine has a variety of benefits: no use of any chemical and cleaning agents, no photochemical reaction, no generation of noise and environmental pollution, no mechanical stress, no damage to precision instruments or parts, no influence on operators’ health, no need to disassemble, online cleaning operation, support of twenty-four-hour operation, easy actualization of automatic control, remote-control cleaning, accurate control of cleaning accuracy (micron level), and removal of specified paint layers in accordance with demand.
Price is the main disadvantage of laser cleaning machines. The starting price of the smallest power laser cleaning machine by well-known R & D producers is more than 50,000 RMB. High-power laser cleaners cost hundreds of thousands and the most sophisticated equipment millions.
As a new advanced replacement, the laser cleaning machine has a promising prospect. However, there is still a long way for it to be widely popular in various industries because customers tend to choose traditional cleaning devices that they are familiar with and the laser cleaner is still not well-established and it is expensive to some degree.
The total cost of laser cleaning machines is basically the purchase cost since the subsequent consumption is only power supply, which can be negligible, that is, high first investment but low use cost. By comparison, the consumable cost of dry ice blast cleaning equipment accounts for a large proportion of the purchase of the device. It can be said that more substrates to be cleaned and more frequent use of dry ice blast cleaning machines generate more expenses while laser cleaning is more cost-effective.
With the rapid development of the laser cleaning field, it is believed that in the next few years the laser cleaner will go mainstream, be accepted by the market, and become the most efficient cleaning method to replace traditional cleaning and dry ice blast cleaning.
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