When it comes to selecting a new, long-term critical cleaning process, the challenge is to sort through all the conflicting claims made by the manufacturers of the cleaning products being considered. Many companies only look at the cost of a machine or a drum of solvent, believing the lowest priced machine or the cheapest cost per gallon as the best choice; this is completely wrong as there are many other factors to consider. You should have your desired outcomes in mind while choosing. Cycle time and total throughput are important to know up front. The labor required to operate, inspect, test, clean and maintain the equipment is important too. Not to mention other costs like electricity and water consumption, any consumables, like filters, needed and any costs associated with the safe and complaint disposal of spent fluids. To measure the economies of cleaning, a good method is to start a cleaning scorecard checklist based on total cost-per-part cleaned. Its focus is to ensure a product is cleaned efficiently at the lowest total cost, not just cost per gallon of cleaning fluid.