Like many of our industrial cleaning processes, hydrolazing is very versatile. We think you’d be quite surprised at the range of different projects that we have accomplished using this technique, often after the clients have been repeatedly disappointed by failed attempts to do the same job using other methods. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you the whole story for each of these projects, but we would like to give you an introduction to hydrolazing by explaining three things that it does very well. If any of these problems sound familiar to you, it might be time to contact our experts and arrange a meeting!
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1. Surface Preparation
A homeowner might feel like he has a big job ahead of him if he has to scrape “popcorn” texturing off the ceiling before painting it. But we are talking about jobs far beyond that—surfaces in commercial and industrial facilities that have been coated with heavy-duty materials such as non-slip coatings. These coatings are made to last, and removing them from a surface can be a prohibitively long, expensive process using traditional methods. Another common situation is the presence of multiple paint layers, all of which must be stripped away before the new surface coating can be applied.
Our hydrolazing experts have handled these surface preparation challenges with flying colors. One project even required our team to remove over 20 layers of paint from a very large surface area—to the client’s surprise, we wrapped up the job well within the estimated time frame.
2. Process Line Cleaning
Depending on the type of process line, debris buildup can be hard enough to withstand normal cleaning applications. The manager can easily come to the conclusion that the facility’s only option is to perform frequent “partial” cleanings, removing part of the buildup but leaving the toughest deposits intact. Even decades-old layers of debris, however, are no match for an experienced hydrolazing team. The ultra-high water pressure (“UHP”) generated by our equipment cuts through essentially all types of buildup without causing damage to the surface underneath.
Our hydrolazing approach is ideal for pre-commissioning system cleaning (e.g. steam piping, hydraulic and lube oil equipment), boiler tubes (internal and external), heat exchangers, pipe, reactor chambers and pressure vessel cleaning, restoring equipment to its full efficiency—this is no partial cleaning!
3. Automated Solutions
Part of the secret of our hydrolazing success is the arsenal of automated, robotic positioners and associated equipment that we use in tandem with our ultra-high pressure water blasting tools. The simple truth is that there are limitations to the accuracy and thoroughness that a human technician can achieve when handling an extremely hazardous hydrolazing tool in person. In addition, tight spots are difficult or impossible for a human technician to reach and clean completely. By planning the entire cleaning process ahead of time, setting up cleaning tracks, and mounting hydrolazing equipment on specially designed positioners, our teams aim not just for a successful job, but one that is completed on time, within budget limitations, and to a degree that exceeds the expectations of the client.
Hydrolazing is also referred to as ultra-high pressure (UHP) hydroblasting or water blasting. Obviously, it is similar in its basic concept to our standard hydroblasting services, but the extremely high water pressure (40,000 PSI) expands its capability to demolish layers of even the toughest deposits and surface coatings. Another major difference is the low total water volume that hydrolazing uses. A typical cleaning only uses two to four gallons of water per minute, and by utilizing our vacuum recovery equipment, our teams have the capability to avoid environmental contamination completely during a job.
Because hydrolazing removes layers of deposits so thoroughly, clients often find that they can cut back on scheduled equipment cleanings compared to past requirements. With fewer overall cleanings, reduced downtime for cleanings, and dramatically higher efficiency for equipment that is cleaned completely, hydrolazing offers huge financial savings for facilities that take advantage of its power.
To learn more about hydrolazing, our industry-leading automated solutions, or our additional hydroblasting services, get in touch with us today. If a surface preparation, process line debris buildup, or other difficult cleaning need has defied all attempts so far, our hydrolazing experts can tell you whether this revolutionary approach is the answer you have been looking for.