Dry ice innovator Cold Jet has developed a new pellet-to-slice reformer.
Built by combining technologies of the SL1000H slice maker and R3000 reformer, the R1000H pellet-to-slice reformer is equipped with numerous technological innovations. The US-based company said it is an ideal solution for dry ice pellet businesses who want to diversify dry ice production capabilities by adding slice and mini-block dry ice to their product programme.
The R1000H has the flexibility to reform from three mm to 16 mm (1/8 in - 5/8 in) dry ice pellets into high quality dry ice slices/mini blocks - ranging from 0.25 kg (0.55 lbs) up to 3.3 kg (7.28 lbs). The R1000H reformer can run up to 1,000 press cycles per hour and reform up to 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs) of dry ice per hour, depending on slice format and the pellet volume supply. The stainless-steel machine has special features, such as an enclosed cabinet and insulated hopper, which ensure dry ice density and low sublimation rate.
“Our collaboration with leading industrial gas companies around the world has helped us to meet our customers’ needs,” said Wim Eeckelaers, Senior Vice-President of Global Dry Ice Manufacturing at Cold Jet. “We developed a reliable solution that will have a great impact on their business growth. This is a major advancement for the future of dry ice production.”
The R1000H utilises the Beckhoff Industrial PC, which includes a 15 in colour touch panel optimised for easy and intelligent operation via multi-lingual context. Via the HMI screen, the user can adjust slice thickness from 16 mm up to 90 mm (5/8 in up to 3 ½ in). The R1000H reformer incorporates a unique Quick Change Press Head that enables the slice dimension to be changed in less than 15 minutes. Additionally, dual and triple slice press heads provide optimal production capacity at slice formats as low as 0.3 kg (0.66 lbs) slice.
“The R1000H is equipped with remarkable improvements,” said Bjarne Nielsen, Technical Director of Global Dry Ice Manufacturing at Cold Jet. “The critical compression process, the filling-shuttle and slice-eject functions are controlled by a new powerful hydraulic cylinder and two servomotors, which ensure precise and fast movements in the optimised ˂7 seconds slice cycle. The machine is driven by a powerful hydraulic system, which combines a frequency-controlled piston pump with a power regulator and cartridge valves for high flow on low pressure movements.”