Coulson Ice Blast
Coulson Ice Blast is a privately owned family company based in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. The company has revolutionized the ice blasting technology, while striving to create a cost effective, environmentally friendly and safe solution to industrial and precision cleaning. In 2017, Coulson Ice Blast launched the IceStorm90, an innovative portable wet ice blasting machine. The IceStorm90 utilizes 10 of the water that would be used for pressure washing, while using no environmentally harmful abrasives; as well as using no expensive blasting media such as dry ice and sand. In 2019, Coulson Ice Blast then launched the IceStorm45, a dual wet & dry ice blasting machine capable of cleaning with ice cubes or dry ice. The IceStorm allows for the flexibility in cleaning media while also providing a lighter more portable machine for cleaning solutions.
Coulson Ice Blast, the leading innovator in the industrial cleaning industry, is a subsidiary of the Coulson Group, a family owned and operated group of companies with roots in the forestry industry dating back to 1960. Passionate about the environment, the Coulson family has continuously pursued innovations to make their operations more environmentally sustainable and improve the world around them. The Coulson Group now includes Coulson Aviation, a division that has the largest aerial firefighting fleet in the world, and Coulson Ice Blast, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of industrial cleaning through wet ice technology.
Under the innovative leadership of its Founder and President, Foster Coulson, Coulson Ice Blast has harnessed the power of ice to revolutionize the cleaning industry as the only manufacturer in the world to offer industrial cleaning machines that blast and clean with real ice cubes. This award-winning wet ice cleaning technology, which was one of the most technologically significant innovations in 2017, utilizes 95% less water than traditional pressure washers without the need for environmentally harmful or expensive media such as sand or dry ice, making the IceStorm system the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution on the market.
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Superior Cleaning Power
Ice has a superior cleaning power to any other media and is the only medium to use all three states of matter during blasting; solid state to hit with maximum impact, liquid state to trap and contain airborne contaminants, and gaseous state to minimize waste streams.
Cost-Effective - Minimal Media Cost & Lower Operational Cost
Ice is the lowest media cost and can last forever if stored correctly. This helps you reduce both media costs and operational costs. Additionally, it saves you from supply shortages (as frequently happen with dry ice) or rapid increases in media cost.
Environmentally Friendly - Minimal Waste & Contaminants
Ice is environmentally friendly with minimal levels of airborne contaminants (0.003 MG/m3), less water requirement (up to 95%), and minimal residual water waste. It releases no greenhouse gases (compared to 259,200 lbs for dry ice blasting*) and only needs minimal ground containment (compared to full containment*). This will help you to meet the more stringent environmental regulations enacted since the development of traditional blasting (1870-1947).
Health Risk Elimination
No chemicals are required throughout the cleaning process, which eliminates worker health risks and increases overall safety.
Time Saving - Unique Cleaning Mechanism
Ice is the only medium with three cleaning mechanisms (bulk removal, detail clean, final rinse). You can decontaminate and clean in one step rather than two steps for traditional dry ice blasting.
To become the worlds most trusted and relied on cleaning technology by reducing operational costs, providing an environmentally friendly solution and increased health & safety for employees.
We will deliver for our customers:
- High quality cleaning
- Lower operating costs and total cost of ownership.
- Lower environmental impact achieved through reduced waste, minimal airborne contaminants, low water usage and low energy use.
- Lower operator health and safety risks.
- Minimal contaminate disposal costs
- Innovation – We will continuously improve our technology to achieve a greener future.
- Accountability – We will deliver reliable equipment to our customers that will be fully supported. We believe that our technology will have an influence in minimizing the environmental impact of our current and future generations.
- Health & Safety – We will continue to innovate to improve workplace safety for workers.
- Environmentally Friendly – We believe in leaving the world a better place and providing solutions that are friendlier to resource usage.
- High performance – We encourage our employees to be innovative and to deliver the most desirable products.
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Ice blasting is an industrial cleaning technology, like sandblasting or pressure washing. However, ice blasting uses 1/10th of the water compared to pressure washing and is more aggressive. Unlike sandblasting, there is much less airborne contaminants during blasting and much less resultant waste to clean up after blasting. Regular (wet) ice is more accessible, can be made onsite and is much cheaper than dry ice, while being more aggressive for blasting. Waste capturing and containment is, in general, much easier than with competing technologies.
This makes it ideal for situations where excessive water usage, high levels of airborne contaminants and/or environmental contamination is unacceptable. This includes cleaning in enclosed spaces, regions with water scarcity, hazardous material removal, such as lead paint or asbestos abatement, and cleaning near environmentally sensitive areas.
In general, ice blasting technology is at its best cleaning off thick grease, loose/primerless paint, biological growth, dirt and mud, resins, nuclear decontamination, and hazardous material abatement, among others.
Regular (wet) ice is the only blast media that uses all three physical phases to advantage during blasting: its solid phase knocks off contaminants with maximum impulse, as well as scrubs the surface, its liquid phase dissolves and washes away ionic compounds, as well as helping to suppress dust, and its vapor phase evaporates, leaving behind minimal residue and dampness.
Much of the ice melts on impact and becomes a mist around the work area, making blasted off particulates damp and heavy, dragging them to the ground and leaving low levels of airborne contaminants. Due to minimal water usage and evaporation from impact energy, the only waste left behind is a neat, slushy pile of easily captured contaminant in a tarp placed beneath the blast zone.
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