Printing Equipment

Clean Your Presses In Place Without Shutting Down or Using Chemicals

  • Improve Quality
  • Reduce Downtime
  • Reduce Scrap
  • Increase Equipment Lifespan

Reduce Downtime & Improve Quality

In the competitive printing industry, maintaining clean equipment is essential for achieving optimal print quality, minimizing downtime, and extending equipment lifespan. Dry ice blasting offers a safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly solution for cleaning printing equipment, helping printing facilities enhance efficiency, productivity, and print quality.

  • Drums
  • Feeder & Delivery Units
  • Rollers
  • Ink Trays
  • Letterpresses
  • Flexography
  • Gravure Presses
  • Surface Preparation
  • Sanitize Equipment
  • Remove Labels and Adhesives
Wind Tunnel Before Dry Ice BlastingWind Tunnel After Dry Ice Blasting
Even grime on a 5,000-ton national Ajax forging press can’t withstand dry ice blasting.

Need an ongoing maintenance plan? Learn more about creating a custom cleaning program you can count on.

Common Printing Equipment Maintence Challenges

Printers often encounter stubborn residues, ink buildup, and equipment contamination, leading to production inefficiencies and quality issues. Dry ice blasting quickly and effectively clean:

Ink Residue

Ink residue can accumulate on rollers, plates, and other printing components, leading to print defects and reduced print quality.

Dirt and Dust

Dust and dirt particles can settle on equipment surfaces, affecting print quality and causing mechanical issues.

Plate Buildup

Buildup of ink and debris on printing plates can lead to plate wear, reduced image quality, and registration issues.

Cleaning Ink Trays

Ink trays and reservoirs may accumulate dried ink and residue, affecting ink flow and print quality.

Addressing Adhesive Residue

Adhesive residue from labels or packaging materials can build up on printing equipment, affecting print quality and performance.

Contaminated Rollers

Rollers play a critical role in the printing process, but they can become contaminated with ink, paper fibers, and debris, leading to roller streaks and other printing problems.

Contaminated Ink Delivery Systems

Ink delivery systems can become contaminated with debris or dried ink, affecting ink flow and print quality.

Clogged Nozzles

Print heads and nozzles can become clogged with dried ink, resulting in inconsistent prints and print head damage.

Maintenance of Drying Systems

Drying systems such as heaters and fans require regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and print quality.

See Dry Ice Blasting In Action

Baked on oils, grease, sludge and graphite are no match for dry ice blasting. A big thank you to Michigan Forge, a tool manufacturer in Lansing, Michigan, for letting Dry Ice Works serve them for their equipment cleaning needs.

Wind Tunnel Before Dry Ice BlastingWind Tunnel After Dry Ice Blasting

We prepared a hydraulic press utilized by an integrated manufacturer specializing in titanium metallurgical products for a fresh coat of paint | Detroit, Michigan

Why Choose Dry Ice Works for Printing Equipment?

Here’s why businesses across the printing industry are turning to dry ice blasting:

Improved Print Quality

Clean printing equipment leads to improved print quality, reducing defects and waste while enhancing overall efficiency.


Dry ice blasting eliminates the need for water in the cleaning process, reducing the risk of moisture-related damage to sensitive equipment and minimizing cleanup time and costs.

Minimal Downtime

Dry ice cleaning eliminates the need for disassembly of equipment, even while it’s online, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.


Dry ice blasting effectively removes residues and contaminants without causing damage to delicate surfaces, preserving the integrity of presses, ink trays, and other equipment.


Our streamlined process minimizes your labor expenses and gives a more thorough cleaning at a fraction of the cost of other cleaning methods.

Environmentally Friendly

No harmful chemicals or secondary waste are produced during the process.


These are just a few of the commonly asked questions about dry ice blasting in the printing industry. If you have any specific questions or would like to learn more about how dry ice blasting can benefit your business, please contact us.

Is dry ice blasting safe for sensitive printing equipment components?

Yes, dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and non-conductive, making it safe to use on sensitive printing equipment components without causing damage.

What are the advantages of using dry ice blasting over traditional cleaning methods for printing equipment?

Dry ice blasting is faster, more efficient, and gentler than traditional cleaning methods such as chemical cleaning or sandblasting. It provides superior cleaning results without causing damage to sensitive printing equipment components. View Comparison Chart

Can dry ice blasting remove ink and coatings from printing rollers?

Absolutely, dry ice blasting effectively removes ink, coatings, and other residues from printing rollers, restoring them to their optimal condition.

Will dry ice blasting damage printing plates or other surfaces?

No, dry ice blasting is a gentle cleaning method that does not damage printing plates or other surfaces. It removes contaminants without scratching or etching.

What types of printing equipment can be cleaned using dry ice blasting?

Dry ice blasting can be used to clean various types of printing equipment, including:

  • Printing Presses
  • Plates
  • Drums
  • Feeder units
  • Delivery units
  • Flexography
  • Gear and deck guides
  • Grippers
  • Rollers
  • Gravure presses
  • Ink trays
  • Letterpresses
  • Side walls
  • Vent slots
  • Electronic component

                          How long does the dry ice blasting process take for cleaning printing equipment?

                          The duration of the dry ice blasting process depends on the size and complexity of the printing equipment. However, it is generally a fast and efficient cleaning method, minimizing downtime since we can clean equipment in place and online and no secondary waste is created.

                          Is dry ice blasting a cost-effective cleaning solution for printing facilities?

                          Absolutely, dry ice blasting offers cost savings by reducing downtime, labor costs, and the need for harsh chemicals. It also extends the lifespan of printing equipment, minimizing the need for repairs and replacements.

                          Related Services

                          dry ice works_commerical cleaning_southfield michigan_dry ice cleaning_1

                          Equipment & Tool Cleaning

                          A fast way to clean equipment, removing built-up contaminants without disassembling the machinery.

                          paint prep-dry ice works_commerical cleaning_southfield michigan_dry ice cleaning_5

                          Paint Preparation

                          We remove old paint, rust, and other surface contaminants, providing a clean and smooth surface.

                          Dry Ice Works_Southfield Michigan Dry Ice Blasting

                          Facility Cleaning

                          We create a tailored cleaning strategy, ensuring the ongoing cleanliness, efficiency, and safety of your facility.