Laser cleaning or ablation is an eco-friendly process used to remove rust, paint, oil, grease, oxides and other contaminants from metal surfaces without causing any damage to the substrate. Because of its efficiency, it is being used in an increasing number of applications like removal of contaminants, rust and residues from automotive parts, battery terminal, monuments, molds, aircraft, weapons etc. It offers advantages such as the possibility of remote control, high speed, dry cleaning and, importantly, more environmentally-friendly processing.
Traditional industrial cleaning methods are often observed to be tedious. Rust removal can be time and labor consuming. Oxide removal may involve hazardous chemicals specific to each material that needs to be removed. In some cases, paint removal by sandblasting can damage the metal underneath. Laser cleaning systems have a drastic advantage over traditional cleaning methods like sandblasting, dry ice blasting, and other abrasive blasting techniques as lasers are eco-friendly, energy-efficient and completes the job in much lesser time.
It is used as a pre-weld and post-weld process as well.
Laser cleaning before welding gives better weld strength to the welded joint.
Laser cleaning of the weld area after welding removes burn mark from the surface of the welded joint.
“flashclean” series laser cleaning systems from Light Mechanics is the most cost-effective, efficient, and safest method of industrial cleaning, rust removal, paint removal, and surface preparation.
The major advantages being:
- Non-contact process
- Material removal in highly selective way
- High quality cleaning
- No consumables, chemicals, or leftover residue
- Easy and safe to handle and operate
- Environmentally friendly
- Easily customizable
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