How to clean a robot – without getting wet

Aug 18, 2013

It is important to keep industrial robots clean in order to extend their service life to the fullest. When a robot works in an industrial setting, it is normal for it to get dirty and grimy. experts use dry ice to help clean the robots of debris.

Indus­tri­al robots work in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent indus­tries, and many of them can have dirt and dust-filled envi­ron­ments. But how do you clean a robot? It’s not as easy as hos­ing off your car or boat.

Clean­ing a robot is a com­plex process that takes time and effort – with­out using any water. When a robot has been work­ing in an indus­tri­al set­ting like an auto­mo­bile plant or a foundry, it can get very dirty and grimy. Unlike oth­er mechan­ics, like the cars and boats men­tioned above, robots are run by com­plex sys­tems and parts that can be dam­aged or ruined if they get wet.

So, instead of using water, com­pa­nies like Robots​.com use a dri­er option. Dry ice, to be exact. When Robots​.com gets refur­bished robots in to the plant, they are cov­ered with residue, old paint and grease, as well as oth­er types of debris. The com­pa­ny uses a dry ice blast clean­ing sys­tem from Cold Jet get the robots look­ing squeaky clean.


Robots​.com uses these dry ice pel­lets dur­ing the robot clean­ing process by shoot­ing them through a spe­cial noz­zle using com­pressed air. This expul­sion rate allows the ice impact the sur­face of the robot in a way that removes the dirt with­out dam­ag­ing the robot, or the del­i­cate elec­tron­ic equip­ment held inside.

Not only does this process save on the pos­si­ble dam­age that can be done by clean­ing a robot with water, which can dam­age elec­tron­ics through mois­ture buildup, but it can also save com­pa­nies mon­ey by cut­ting down on the amount of clean­ing sol­vents need­ed dur­ing the process. Robots​.com, which has an envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly facil­i­ty, reduced its robot clean­ing sol­vents by 75 per­cent with this dry ice blast­ing process.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of robots from Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, and KUKA, has sev­er­al new and refur­bished robots in the ware­house ready for pur­chase and cus­tomiza­tion. Robots​.com puts all refur­bished robots through a thor­ough refur­bish­ing process, includ­ing the dry ice robot cleaning.

For more infor­ma­tion on clean­ing a robot, or buy­ing a new­ly refur­bished robot from Robots​.com, con­tact us today at 8777626881.

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