Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dry Ice Blasting For Mold Removal

On Friday, June 26th we had the opportunity to complete a dry ice blast cleaning job in the suburbs of Boston. Like many other dry ice blasting jobs, this one was dirty. The job site involved a newly acquired house that had undergone some problems last winter. The previous owner was hospitalized and the home ran out of heating oil. As a result, pipes burst leaving water in the basement. As the water evaporated, mold and mildew were left on the rafters in the ceiling of the basement. The photo to the right shows the job before we went into clean. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture taken after our work, but I can assure you that the wood rafters were clean of mold and mildew. After review of the site, it was apparent that dry ice blast cleaning would be an effective way to remove the mold both in time and cost.

Mold remediation requires several steps to be fully effective. The first step involves drying the area that has become moist, allowing the mold to grow. The second step involves removing the mold from the surface that is contaminated. This can be done via sanding, sand blasting, soda blasting, dry ice blasting and by other means. The third step is to use a mold remediation product that will ensure that the offending mold will not rejuvenate. The final step is to monitor the areas that had mold to make sure that the problem does not re-surface.

Here at the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc., we offer dry ice blast cleaning as a service. We are more than capable of cleaning mold from various surfaces. However, we do not employ mold remediation products to the surfaces that have been cleaned. The customer has the option to do this themselves or hire a contractor to complete the final steps of mold remediation.

Any person with a potential mold problem should consider the options before taking up the project. Utilizing sand blasting and soda blasting will result in a significantly larger clean up. Not only will the cleaned surfaces have run-off but so will the process. I can’t imagine blasting sand everywhere and then having to clean it all up. Sanding mold off will take a very long time and will be labor intensive. But, dry ice blast cleaning is different. The surfaces cleaned will result in run-off on the floor, but the dry ice will evaporate. Therefore, cleaning is limited to a sweep, vacuum, and mop. In terms of time, the clean-up will be much shorter utilizing dry ice blasting.

Next time you have a mold problem and need the mold removed, call us at 800-739-7949. We will come to your location and review the problem. Then we will provide you with a quotation for the job. When it comes to mold, you want it gone the first time with as little extra work as needed. Utilizing our dry ice blast cleaning service is a step in the right direction.

For more information about dry ice blast cleaning, please visit the link below.

Dry Ice Blast Cleaning for New England

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Import Wars Racing Event at the New England Dragway in Epping, NH

On June 20, 2009 I had the opportunity to head up to Epping, New Hampshire to the New England Dragway. Although, I have visited many car shows for both new and classic cars; I have never visited a race track. Since I arrived very early in the morning, it was very desolate with just a few cars around. I knew that by the end of the day, I would see massive rubber smoke plumes and many performance tuned vehicles flying down the track.

The reason I headed up to Epping, NH for the day was because one our authorized dealers, Team XXX Racing was running an event called “Import Wars”. “Import Wars” is a racing event with a total of four track days. The first two have already transpired. The first was on May 23 and the second was on June 20. There are two track days left for the event. One will be on Saturday, August 29 and the finale will take place on Saturday, October 24. The final event is supposed to be the best of the year with hundreds of cars attending for the day. Even better, the competitors will all be looking to bring home the gold, and with it being the last event of the season, they will do whatever is necessary. It can be expected that spectators will probably see some blown up engines and transmissions that day, because limits will be pushed. Hence the reason why they might want to get wear items cryogenically treated before the final event.

If you would like to join the upcoming “Import Wars” events, then take a look at the Team XXX Racing site here at http://www.teamxxxracing.com. “Import Wars” involves index racing which is simply old-school drag racing. The racer has to do two things very well to win. First, the racer must cut a light very well. Second, the racer needs to run close to the index to become the winner.

As a sponsor for Team XXX Racing, we provided gift certificates to the 1st and 2nd place winners, as well as the top two semi-finalists. The same will happen at the next two events and hopefully, for many more years to come. The owner of Team XXX Racing, Rob Ingles, set up a display in the vendor section at the dragway. Team XXX Racing, Nitrofreeze, and Boston Dyno (http://www.bostondyno.com) all joined in the booth to provide our products and services. We met a lot of good people who were interested in motor sports and high performance vehicles. Many of them had limitless knowledge on import vehicles and performance parts. It was fun to get out there and finally meet the die-hard fans of racing and see their vehicles as well.

During the day I was able to see several races. Some were just ridiculous with vehicles flying down the track that you never thought could go that fast. Some even bounced up in the air as they took off from the line due to high amounts of torque. As stated earlier, there was a lot of burnt rubber in the air, especially before the cars lined up to race. Each would get a chance to burn some rubber before moving up to the starting line. It was a great way to spend a sunny but cloudy morning and afternoon.

The “Import Wars – Showdown” event resulted with the owner of Team XXX Racing, Rob Ingles, taking first place with his Acura RSX. The second place winner and runner-up did a great job too. Overall, it was a small showing for the day, but fun nonetheless. Unfortunately, rain had been predicted for much of the weekend and it had already rained for several days this past week. This resulted in many racers not attending the event, even though we ended up with a cloudy but sunny, humid day.

I will be attending the next two events, so feel free to come by and visit our booth in the vendor’s section. Remember, the dates are August 29 and October 24. If you have to pick just one, go in October; we are expecting a blow-out. Below are the links to the sponsors of “Import Wars”.

Http://www.nitrofreeze.com - Cryogenic Treatment for Motor Sports
Http://www.teamxxxracing.com – Race Club and Performance Parts Sales

That’s all for now, but we hope to see you at the remaining events. Thank you.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shrink Fitting Tight Tolerance Parts

Shrink fitting has been one of our service offerings since our inception in 2002. We are capable of shrink fitting all types of parts and have seen some very diverse applications. We have shrink fitted parts that are only a few inches in length as well as parts that are more than 20 feet in length.

But why choose shrink fitting? Shrink fitting is the best method to insert parts into a housing when press fitting will not allow it. Shrink fitting is capable of creating assemblies that require very tight tolerances. The bottom line is that conventional press fitting methods have limitations as to what they can mechanically force into a housing.

Our shrink fitting process is often referred to as compression shrink fitting. We cool the insert utilizing a cryogen such as liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide. This allows the insert to contract in size due to the drop in temperature. At the same time the housing that the insert is to be put in is heated. By heating up the housing, the opening is expanded through the increase in temperature. After the insert has reached equilibrium and the housing has been heated; the parts are finally fitted to create one assembly.

Some shrink fitting jobs that we have completed have not required both heating and cooling. But in cases where tight tolerances exist, a multi-step approach must be employed. This multi-step approach simply involves cooling of an insert and heating of a housing.

When choosing a shrink fitting vendor, one should choose one with extensive experience. Shrink fitting certain types of metals can result in a need for further processing after the shrink fitting process is completed. Only experienced vendors are aware of these extra steps. Additionally, it is important to choose the correct profiles for heating housings made of different materials. Otherwise, thermal stresses can be induced on the parts to be shrink fitted.

We have completed hundreds of shrink fitting jobs for large multinational conglomerates, military contractors, research labs, and transportation companies. We are more than capable of handling your shrink fitting requirements and applications.

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