We provide comprehensive technical services for developing and implementing effective clean manufacturing programs. We provide the creative aspects such as assessment, analysis, brainstorming and process (product) ideation, as well as the practical aspects such as design, reduction to practice, and testing new methods, processes and apparatuses. Our creativity, experience and capabilities are broad-based and provide numerous innovation opportunities.
Contract Cleaning Services
Our contract cleaning services provide initial sample testing before rentals/purchases are recommended. We develop precision cleaning test plans that consider all aspects of contamination control technology. Our premier CO2 technologies include CO2 Composite Spray™, Centrifugal CO2™ Immersion, CO2 Pellet Blasting, Atmospheric Plasma Surface Treatment and Microabrasive Surface Treatment. In addition, environmental control and ionization may be recommended with our green manufacturing equipment. Finally, our assessment may determine that robotic automation provides the optimum quality, consistency and through-put needed for your particular manufacturing operation.
Rent2Clean. Our rental services allow customers to try our technology before purchasing a machine. We offer 1-3 month rental trial periods. Since renting is meant for trial testing, rentals are manual benchtop units. If the customer is looking for more capacity, we offer for purchase automated systems.
Our rental equipment includes:
• CO2 Composite Spray Cleaning Systems
• CO2 Composite Spray Cooling Systems
• Atmospheric Plasma Treatment Systems
• CO2 Pellet Blasting Systems
Clean Imagineering™ is a developer and value added reseller of lean and green (clean) manufacturing solutions utilizing unique combinations of state-of-the-art CO2 based cleaning, oxygenated machining fluid, non-contact inspection, robotic automation, and 3D printing technologies.
We bridge the technology, knowledge, creativity, and implementation gaps between the clean manufacturing technology suppliers and the end-user (you)!
Our applications engineers and OEMs work with your team to develop and implement clean manufacturing solutions tailored to your specific needs. We provide turn-key process development and customized equipment designs – including 3D design and printing, robotic automation and implementation, lab testing, contract cleaning, and short-term equipment rental services for on-site process development.
Together, we implement transformational ideas and state-of-the-art clean manufacturing technology to reduce or eliminate various forms of manufacturing waste present in your production operations.
Waste #1. Overproduction
Overproduction is defined as manufacturing an item before it is actually required. Overproduction is costly to a manufacturing operation because it prohibits the smooth flow of materials and actually degrades quality and productivity. A clean manufacturing approach involves the use of smaller, simpler, dedicated machines or cells rather than “super machines” or “super production lines” that have to handle every product in the factory. Clean Imagineering advanced CO2 technology provides required precision cleaning, surface treatment or dry cooling functions common to many manufacturing and assembly operations.
Waste #2. Motion
Motion is related to a range of ergonomics and is seen in all instances of bending, stretching, walking, lifting, and reaching while transporting products through the manufacturing operation. Unnecessary motion is wasteful and also a health and safety concern, which in today’s litigious society is becoming more of a problem for organizations. A clean manufacturing approach involves the minimization of other manufacturing wastes such processing and transport – which results in in less motion. Clean Imagineering advanced CO2 cleaning technology replaces aqueous cleaning operations and related deionized water generation, drying operations and wastewater treatment operations.
Waste #3. Defects
Having a direct impact to the bottom line, quality defects resulting in rework or scrap are a tremendous cost to an organization. Associated costs include quarantining inventory, re-inspecting, rescheduling, and capacity loss. In many organizations the total cost of defects is often a significant percentage of total manufacturing cost. A clean manufacturing approach involves the improvement of manufacturing quality related to process contamination such as outgassing agents, extractable contaminants, submicron surface particles, thin film surface residues, or excessive heat generated by a machining process. CleanLogix advanced CO2 cleaning and machining fluids technology produce cleaner manufactured products while reducing or eliminating many forms of manufacturing waste, including defects.
Waste #4. Transport
Transporting product between processes is a cost incursion which adds no value to the product. Excessive movement and handling cause damage and defects (i.e., contamination induced) and are an opportunity for product quality to deteriorate. Material handlers must be used to transport the materials, resulting in another organizational cost that adds no customer value. A clean manufacturing approach involves the reduction of transport through elimination of unnecessary product transfers. CleanLogix advanced CO2 technology provides precision cleaning, surface treatment or dry cooling functions common to many manufacturing and assembly operations. These functions can be clustered with one or more manufacturing operations to reduce transport waste. For example, elimination of conventional wet cleaning and machining chemistries eliminates transport of product through a sequential aqueous cleaning, rinsing, and drying operation – typically located off of the main production line.
Waste #5. Environmental
Companies usually do not target environmental wastes such as energy or water use, solid or hazardous waste, or chemical hazards in their lean initiatives. Typically environmental costs and impacts are considered overhead. Thus these impacts tend to be hidden from the cost evaluation of a specific production process. However, environmental waste such as energy has a definite impact on the company’s bottom line and excess water usage has a definite impact on the communities in which they operate. A clean manufacturing approach involves the reduction of environmental wastes such as air pollution, wastewater, spent solvents and filters, sludges, spent metalworking fluids, and scrap materials. It also entails the reduction of resource inputs such as water and energy.
Waste #6. Inventory
Work in Progress (WIP) is a direct result of overproduction and waiting. Similar to overproduction, excess inventory tends to hide other waste generation activities on the plant floor, which must be identified and resolved in order to improve operating performance. Excess inventory increases lead times, consumes productive floor space, delays the identification of problems, and inhibits communication. By achieving a seamless flow between work centers, manufacturers are able to improve customer service and slash inventories and their associated costs. A clean manufacturing approach involves the idea of Just in Time (JIT) production. The main cause of inventory waste is due to overproduction waste. Production should be optimized and balanced to ensure that work in progress does not build up between processes.
Waste #7. Waiting
Whenever goods are not moving or being processed, the waste of waiting occurs. Typically more than 99% of a product’s life in traditional batch-and-queue manufacture will be spent waiting to be processed. Much of a product’s lead time is tied up in waiting for the next operation; this is usually because material flow is poor, production runs are too long, and distances between work centers are too great. A clean manufacturing approach involves linking processes together so that one feeds directly into the next – or better yet both processes occur simultaneously.
Waste #8. Processing
Many organizations use expensive high-precision equipment where simpler tools would be adequate, or use large multi-step processes and equipment where single-step tool and processes would be satisfactory. This often results in poor plant layout because preceding or subsequent operations are located far apart. In addition they encourage high asset utilization (over-production with minimal changeovers) in order to recover the high cost of this equipment. Investing in smaller, more flexible equipment where possible, creating manufacturing cells, and combining steps will greatly reduce processing waste. A clean manufacturing approach involves the use of advanced clean technology to create different forms of clustered multi-processing capability. Combining clean manufacturing technologies such as CPU® (CO2 Processer Unit) for precision cleaning and machining, robotics, surface inspection technology, and 3D printing can completely change the way products are manufactured. Clean manufacturing technology enables unique on-the-line, in-the-tool, or cellular production solutions.
Clean Manufacturing Solutions: On the Bench, On the Floor, On the Move
Bright and Logical Ideas
Clean Imagineering™ is the practice of developing and implementing bright and logical ideas for eliminating various forms of manufacturing waste.