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5 Tips For Maximizing Your CO2 Rental

Posted by Amanda Bunch on Jan 24, 2018 1:39:49 PM

CleanLogix offers, through its reseller partner Clean Imagineering, CO2 composite spray cleaning equipment rentals.  Renting provides the opportunity to test-drive our CO2 spray cleaning technology in the lab or on the production floor before you consider moving to the next step.  Develop proprietary cleaning processes for your parts cleaning applications confidentially in your own facility. 

Renting our equipment helps to create internal support and development of a CO2 champion that will insure successful adoption – from lab to production floor.  Invite your production, quality, environmental, and procurement associates to understand the mechanics and benefits of this technology.

The CleanLogix technical team is available to help you successfully develop your proprietary cleaning application and to understand the elements needed for production-scale equipment using the cleaning process you have developed.

Let's look at 5 tips to better maximize a CO2 composite spray equipment rental and ensure a productive and enjoyable testing experience.




1. Try Before You Buy

Most people test drive a vehicle before they buy. So why not test drive our CO2 technology before you purchase a system? The main benefits of renting are the small initial investment, ability to test various applications in-house, and discounts off the purchase price. 

Companies do not adopt new equipment and processes without testing first.  In this regard, CleanLogix offers two ways to achieve this: 1) In-house sample parts and analysis and 2) Cleaning equipment rentals. 

Renting can be the best way for companies to adopt new technology, allowing the lead process development engineer to demonstrate efficacy and benefits directly to all interested departments and colleagues.  Our team can work with you develop a test plan that provides the best chance of success.  Indeed, we have found that many of our customer success stories started with a rental for on-site R&D tests before making the transition to purchasing a system. Practice makes perfect and renting can determine the perfect product to meet your company's needs.

2. Get Consulted


With over 30 years of experience in the CO2 technology field, our team is ready to provide you with all the guidance you need to be successful in using our CO2 rental equipment. This program works well, particularly if you are new to the technology or have used different CO2 technology in the past.

The CO2 consultation program provides an introduction of CleanLogix, our various CO2 technologies, and commercial products we offer.  The consultation is a platform for us to learn about your cleaning challenges and what we think might help you.  Customers who engage with our team before renting or buying have a higher success rate than those that go into the process blindly and execute solo. All consultations are free, so why not take advantage!

A typical consultation takes between 45-60 minutes. We will cover a brief background of CleanLogix and then focus on your application.  Our discussion will range from your current cleaning application and challenges, to potential CO2 cleaning and contamination control options.  Specialty areas include build-clean and surface preparation for bonding applications. 

To get an idea of how the meeting will go, following are a few of our questions:

“Please tell us about your cleaning application and what you are looking to achieve using our CO2 technology?”

“Please tell us a little about your current cleaning system and process?”

“Do you have an active budget for this project?”

"How soon are you looking to solve your cleaning problem?”

“Now that we have heard about and understand your cleaning application and cleanliness challenge, we will provide a detailed recommendation as a follow-up.”

“Here are what probable next steps should be based on your timing and budget.”

We are here to help you be successful using CO2 technology. We want your experience with our company to be informative, actionable, and a return on your investment.

3. Plan for Success

To achieve any goal you must have a plan that guides you to the desired result. The main reason customers seek our technology is because they are looking to solve a problem that cannot be solved productivity or economically using an alternative technology, for example aqueous cleaning.  As evidenced by our global partnership with Hitachi High-Tech, we are recognized experts in CO2 precision cleaning and pride ourselves on having the most experience and knowledge as compared to our competitors.  Over the past 30 years, we have solved hundreds of unique cleaning problems for companies representing nearly every precision product manufacturing market and industry.

We collaborate with our partner Clean Imagineering ( who specializes in laboratory samples testing, rentals, demos and testing/analysis. We don’t ship you the system and say good luck! Before you begin your trials you will be given a test plan, operation and maintenance manual, and a Quick-Start operations set-up training video. In addition, you have the option to have Clean Imagineering test samples in-house and provide you with a concise test and analysis report.  We want you to be completely informed and confidant that the system you want to rent will resolve your cleaning challenge.  The CleanLogix and Clean Imagineering teams are here to answer your questions and work through any issues step by step.

Below is an example test plan and analytical report:

The sample test plan outlines the procedure - both cleaning and analytical testing - that will be performed for your application. If it is decided during the consultation that the testing should be performed by our in-house laboratory team, we will provide you with a final laboratory report in conjunction with the plan.

4. Apply What You Have Learned

If we achieve success during in-house test trials (yes, it worked!) now what? It would be beneficial to perform a simulated production line or tool test using our rental equipment. Step 1 validates efficacy of our cleaning technology with regards to your application and Step 2 validates that this cleaning technology will perform in production (with proper scale-up and facilities).  If the demo equipment trial meets and/or exceeds expectations then our scaled production systems will do even better.

However, with that said it is important to keep in mind that the rental systems have limited capacity and are used systems. If the qualification gets to the point of production trial, then it would be the time to start looking into purchasing a production capable system.

5. Take Credit

Rentals are loaned out for one to three months at a time. Make the best use of your rental time to decide if this technology works for your application. One of the greatest advantages for renting before buying is that if you rent a unit for a minimum of two months, you will be credited the two month rental fees off the total purchase price.

Renting allows a potential customer to test the technology in a short time period with little investment and provides the qualitative results to procure a purchase approval.


Ready for next steps? Try our free CO2 Consultation.


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Topics: Surface Preparation, CO2 Cleaning, CO2 Precision Cleaning, CO2 Composite Spray, CO2 Technology

Why Is Surface Preparation Something To Care About?

Posted by Amanda Bunch on Jun 22, 2017 9:54:13 PM

You may be asking yourself what does surface preparation have to do with CO2?

Appropriate surface preparation is the essential first step in providing consistent and reliable adhesive or cohesive bond strength.  In preparation of bonding surfaces, precision cleaning is required to achieve a high degree of surface cleanliness. Surface cleanliness is the absence of foreign materials deposited on bonding surfaces.

Conventional surface treatment options for joining substrates pose different constraints in terms cost of ownership, environmental compliance, and performance. Carbon dioxide (CO2) based processing alternatives offer an effective, eco-friendly and robust platform for preparing many types of substrates surfaces for numerous medical, aerospace, automobile, ophthalmic and microelectronic bonding applications.



Conventional Surface Preparation

How Clean is Clean?

Removing contaminants such as fingerprints, particles, manufacturing process residues, vapors, machining oils, loosely adhering oxides and other surface contaminant layers are crucial for creating a surface for bonding.

Conventional industrial cleaning techniques pose various constraints that allow for product damage, contamination, materials wastes and not many are adaptable to automated manufacturing tools. Bonding technologies are numerous and include: adhesive bonding, mechanical fastening, laser welding, soldering, brazing, acoustic bonding, diffusion bonding, isothermal solidification bonding, transient liquid phase bonding, exothermic bonding, dip coating and thermal spray coating.

Hence, there is a need to have a more comprehensive surface treatment process that can address contamination challenges using one method as opposed to secondary treatments.


The CO2 Factor

Why is bonding essential?

There are various industries that require strong joints or durable surface adherents such as paints and coatings that can survive challenging environments such as pressure, strain, heat, cold, UV, ozone, steam, moisture and the human body. CO2 surface treatment technology provides robust bond line surface preparation using numerous singular and hybridized treatments which are completely dry, selective, safe for the environment and easily adapted or integrated with new and existing manufacturing processes, tools, lines and automation.




Manufacturing a strong bond

Manufacturing a strong bonding surface requires three aspects:

1. Maximize mechanical interlocking - increase the surface roughness in order to physically anchor bond between adhesive and surface.

2. Matching cohesion energy - degree of cohesion energy matches the adhesive with surface to create a highly wettable bond.

3. Increasing surface absorption and reactivity - surfaces should have sites that are polar or contain chemistries for the adhesive reaction.

CO2 Surface Treatment Technology

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) based surface treatment technology can manufacture a consistent and reliable bond surface and address the various limitations of conventional cleaning and modification processes for bonding.

 Precision CO2 cleans surfaces to remove hydrocarbon and silicone oil films, particles, and loose oxide layers, provides selective spray or bulk immersion treatments and pre-cleans surfaces for more uniform and effective atmospheric plasma surface activation.





There are three CO2 processes that precision clean surfaces for bonding:

  1. CO2 Composite Spray Treatments - CO2 composite sprays provide precise control of spray cleaning energy both mechanical scouring and chemical cleaning power. CO2 composite sprays are very useful for delicate substrate surfaces such as thin metallic or polymeric coatings, or surfaces containing fragile mechanical features. 
  2. Centrifugal CO2 Immersion-Extraction Treatments - Centrifugal CO2 immersion treatment techniques utilize liquid or supercritical CO2 to remove both external surface and internal subsurface contaminants and are also used in cooperation with other dry techniques such as UV/Ozone, vacuum plasma and eco-friendly additive chemistries.
  3. CO2 Hybrid Treatments - the surface scouring and solvent cleaning actions of a CO2 composite spray are used in cooperation with atmospheric plasma CO2 to form a process called CO2 particle-plasma cleaning. The CO2 composite spray controls surface temperature and cleanliness working with plasma to simultaneously remove debris and excess heat from the treated surface.


Ready for next steps? Try our free CO2 Consultation.


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Topics: Surface Preparation, CO2 Cleaning, CO2 Technology

CO2 Tech Pioneers

We set the bar

For over the past 30 years, CleanLogix LLC has been the forerunner of CO2 technology exploring all facets and propelling technological evolutions. Our technology portfolio is the only of its kind, offering a breath and depth of CO2 spray, immersion and particle-plasma patents that has in turn created multiple product platforms.


  • Over 30 years experience
  • CO2 eliminates manufacturing wastes
  • CO2 is the solution for your contamination challenges


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