Thierica Equipment introduces automated CO2 cleaning as a viable solution to plastic part cleaning prior to coating.
Thierica Equipment Corporation (Grand Rapids, MI) has introduced an automated solution to reinvent the cleaning process for plastic components in the automotive industry. Thierica is teaming with Cool Clean Technologies (Eagan, MN) to implement CO2 cleaning systems for automobile manufacturing in the cleaning of plastic parts prior to coating. Thierica is the world leader in paint finishing, product decorating and automated equipment technologies. They excel in automating systems to a wide range of applications. Cool Clean Technologies is the global leader in CO2 engineered solutions. They bring the innovation of incorporating CO2 into precision cleaning systems. The two companies work together for installation, design, and service of the machine.
Cleaning plastic parts prior to coating presents a difficult challenge for automobile manufacturers. Current cleaning methods include using expensive, aqueous power washing systems or manually hand wiping the part clean. Power washing requires large floor space and can leave water spots on the plastic part. Hand wiping is very monotonous for employees, and inconsistent. One way that companies are improving their cleaning process is by automating with CO2 cleaning systems. BMW and VW have implemented systems and greatly improved efficiency and cleaning efficacy.
Specifically, using the OMEGA™ CO2 precision cleaning system from Cool Clean Technologies effectively removes dust and light oils from the plastic part prior to coating. By cleaning the surface, the paint is able to adhere better, resulting in fewer defects. Companies have seen increased productivity and lower labor costs after implementing with Cool Clean Technologies.
The spray nozzle concentrates CO2 particles that are sprayed at the part removing dust and contaminants left from manufacturing. CO2 is harmless to employees and the environment. It’s nonabrasive and won’t cause any damage to the part.