ORLANDO, FLA. (April 5, 6:10 p.m. ET) — A polyurethane-coated 2000 Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson motorcycle has gathered plenty of onlookers during the course of NPE2012, and it proved to be an effective come-on for IceTech America Inc.'s (Booth 54055) dry-ice blasting system.
“We started using the motorcycle as an eye-catcher, showing perfectly how IceTech works. It can clean any surface without damaging the surface,” said Bjarne Nielson, managing director of IceTech's parent IceTech A/S of Bramming, Denmark, during an NPE interview.
The bike was coated with polyurethane and parts of it were cleaned away, displaying a gleaming machine.
“We have four bikes and we bring them to all the trade shows,” said Kevin Gildea, sales manager for IceTech America.
He said they've been brought to NPE and the Germany K show in the past and always draw many leads.
The company offers a dry-ice program that can be used for mold cavities, screw barrels and other uses. IceTech said that the benefit is that it does not use water or chemicals, and there is no waste disposal afterwards.
The company makes both semi-automatic and automatic dry-ice blasting equipment.
“It replaces sandblasting, manual cleaning and solvents,” Gildea said.
In one case in which a screw barrel was previously cleaned manually, it lowered the time spent from eight hours to about 1½ hours, about an 80 percent difference.
Advantages of dry-ice blasting include reduced downtime, no waste disposal costs and reduced equipment wear and tear.
The company started in 2000 in Denmark as a way to clean foam off products. It now has 35 employees working in a 9,000-square-foot facility in Denmark. IceTech also has offices in West Chester, Ohio; Singapore and Nordosten, Germany, as well as distributors in 25 countries.