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Firefighter Turnout Cleaning and Decontamination using Liquid CO2

August 18, 2023

Cancer is the #1 leading cause of death among firefighters

Firefighter turnout cleaning is crucial to firefighter safety. After realizing the negative impact that cancer is having towards firefighters in the line of duty, a solution was needed to decontaminate turnout gear free of carcinogens. Turnout gear, also known as bunker gear, or fire kit and […]

Liquid CO2 Extraction of Free Silicones

May 2, 2023

A common problem related to the use of silicone elastomers is outgassing of unreacted volatiles. The compounds that outgas can coat surfaces, contaminate processes, or leach into adjacent fluid streams. An accepted method to minimize these escaping volatiles is to apply an extended curing process to the elastomer. Once the volatiles have been removed from […]


January 7, 2022

Linde (NYSE: LIN) and Cool Clean Technologies have announced a new collaboration that combines the core competencies of each company into a comprehensive offering for a variety of industries. Customers will have access to Cool Clean’s portfolio of carbon dioxide (CO2) technologies which includes everything from precision cleaning and surface preparation to dry machining and […]

COVID-19 Updates

October 21, 2021

Back in March 25, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5:00 p.m. to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Over a year later, there are still impacts to our business, but we have been able […]

Manufacturing and the Great Recession

November 30, 2017

Manufacturing is alive and prospering! After surviving the Great Recession, manufacturers are finding new ways to bounce back from the challenges of a relatively slow-growth economy. A panel of professionals from different industries came together to share their experiences when dealing with the recession and how it affected their respective businesses.

The event comprised of a long discussion featuring corporate culture, labor, the rise of robots, as well as corporate growth initiatives, R&D goals, smart innovations and ways to mitigate risk in the months ahead and year ahead. The panel of business professionals fielded questions from the audience to gain insight into business during the Great Recession, while sharing their experiences. Midway thru the event, the audience was engaged with a few real-world problems. Each table was tasked with finding a solution to the problem, based on what was discussed during the panel. Splitting up the room not only involved audience participation, but it forced conversation among tables that resulted in networking.

Overall a lot was learned, and the panelists had fun digging at each other to garner thoughtful discussion. There was no holding back! Continue reading to learn why Cool Clean Technologies’ founder was invited to be on the panel and other highlights gathered from the event. Enjoy!

2017 Panelists
Eric Gibson, President, Ultra Machining Company
Tom Schabel, CEO, Alexandria Industries
Joan Schatz, Co-President, Park Industries
Jon Wikstrom, President & CEO, Cool Clean Technologies


Automated CO2 Spray Cleaning of Automotive Parts

April 6, 2017

CO2 spray technology offers unique particle and organic residue removal benefits.
Requirements of component cleanliness are constantly increasing and the automotive industry is no stranger to these stringent guidelines. Improper cleaning can lead to expensive rejects, labor intensive re-work, and restrictions in functionality. High level standards for cleanliness of components in the automotive industry has introduced new alternatives to improve the cleaning process for pretreatments, finishes, varnishes, and coatings.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) based spray technologies have been successfully implemented to meet these requirements, along with other precision cleaning and surface preparation applications. CO2 spray cleaning is a waterless solution adaptable to various shapes and sizes of parts, including, but not limited to bumpers, dashboards, head lamps, spoilers, and other interior and exterior parts.

CO2 Spray Nozzle Configuration

A close-up of a CO2 spray nozzle configuration

CO2 spray cleaning uses solid CO2 particles, or dry ice, to remove particulate matter and organic material from critical surfaces.The CO2 particles mix with a heated and pressure-regulated inert propellant to form a non-condensing mixture. This integrated spray allows for both controllable spray composition (particle size and density) and energy. […]

A New Look for the New Year! Cool Clean Redesigns Website for Enhanced Experience of CO2 Technology

March 1, 2016

Cool Clean Technologies officially kicked off 2016 by doing an overhaul on the current website. As the market for CO2 expands, more people are interested to know how this innovative technology will play a factor in manufacturing applications. Being a leader in CO2 technology solutions, Cool Clean has stepped up to make the information relevant and industry specific. Improvements in content, pictures, videos, and overall layout will make it easier for interested visitors to enhance their education on CO2 technology. This blog will describe the reason behind the new layout, introduce the “Solutions” tab, and explain the adjustments to the “Industries” tab. After reading, please make sure to check out the new layout and let us know what you think!


Business & Government Come Together to Put Recycled Carbon Dioxide to Good Use

July 30, 2015

PartnersThere’s a lot to be said for carbon dioxide. CO2 is one of the most abundant chemicals on the planet and yet it’s the least understood. This is due to the negative associations it has with climate change.

Over the decades, we’ve come up with terms like “carbon tax” and “carbon footprint,” which may have you convinced the compound is public enemy No. 1. While it may be true that much of the recent changes in our climate is due to an increase in industrial CO2, that doesn’t mean the gas can’t also be used in a way that has a positive impact on the planet.


5 Ways Robotics Dramatically Improves Your Manufacturing Processes

July 28, 2015

Capitalism begs for improved efficiency and productivity. As the race to produce better products at more efficient rates heats up, more and more manufacturers are turning to robots to drive the next wave of manufacturing.

Companies from around the world are utilizing robotics to improve their manufacturing processes right now, and here are the benefits:

1.  Predictable Production

Robotic manufacturing units are everywhere from an assembly line of cars to material handling and packaging. Even Apple supplier Foxconn is planning to reduce human labor and increase robotic manufacturing by bringing online a million units in their factories in the next few years. […]

Come See Cool Clean Technologies speak at the CCMPP Workshop July 29-31, 2015

July 21, 2015

NasaCool Clean is proud to have been invited by NASA to participate in an upcoming event at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt in Maryland as part of the Mechanical Systems Division, specifically the Contamination and Coatings Engineering Branch.

NASA Contamination and Coatings Engineering Branch

This branch of NASA supports projects with a cleanliness and coatings program that allows the science community to accurately obtain scientific measurements required for mission success. The focus is on preventing spacecraft performance degradation and promoting development of new technologies. […]