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Laser cleaning in the automotive industry

The speed and accuracy of cleaning is the most important aspect for the production and repair of vehicles and special equipment. Pokkels’ advanced laser technology solves many problems, including the efficient cleaning of parts and surfaces of any size and complexity, as well as the preparation of products for welding and painting. In this article you will learn more about the features of the F-Clean laser cleaning system.

Machining for welding auto-parts

Welding body parts is an important step in the car manufacturing process. The F-Clean laser system is effectively used for surface pre-treatment before welding. Cleans the heat-affected zone from traces of various contaminants and conservation materials to ensure a secure joint.

After the welding work is complete, the laser device helps to clean the surface of faded paint and oxide films. The precise positioning of the laser beam ensures machining without visible marks. The weld does not change its shape during subsequent processing.

Cleaning of the weld

Paint removal without side effects

The F-Clean laser cleaning system operates with all types of paints and polymer coatings. The cleaning is done in layers. During treatment, the coating evaporates. After cleaning, just wipe the surface with a rag and you can start repairing or painting. Deep processing of the product’s smallest details will ensure reliable adhesion of the paint coating.

Local laser radiation allows to clean a certain fragment of the product without damaging the adjacent coating.

Paint removal

Cleaning parts without damage

The laser light affects only the contamination layer. The treated surface remains intact. F-Clean equipment is successfully used to clean engine parts, suspension components and to restore the vintage cars. The device will help clean the rust under the windshield frame without damaging the interior of the cabin or the body.

Cleaning of internal combustion engine piston

The case of an auto-parts repair company

Issues: The company is in the business of restoring the condition of auto parts. Sandblasting was used primarily for cleaning. The company was no longer satisfied with the quality of cleaning and the problems associated with using this technology: the cost of the abrasive required regularly, the time it takes to remove it, the damage caused when the sand gets into body or engine parts.

Pokkels’ solution: Using the F-Clean laser cleaning system made it possible for the company to clean bodywork and vehicle parts faster and better without accidental contamination. The company’s costs have been reduced by eliminating the need for consumables. 

Laser cleaning of a car body

Cleaning and welding automation

Pokkels develops automatic cleaning systems. It is possible to create a robotic system that will be integrated into an existing production line or to develop a system from scratch. 

The automatic cleaning system is created according to your individual requirements and designed to work around the clock while keeping operating costs low. The robot can be made in any form factor depending on the application: from a robotic arm to a magnetic robot.

It is possible to create a device that will completely do the welding and cleaning work: pre-clean the product, weld the parts, treat the surface after welding, removing tarnishing colors and oxide films.

Key advantages of Pokkels automated cleaning complexes: 

  • precise and repeatable results 
  • non-stop operation 
  • increased productivity
  • integration into the existing system
  • radiation power from 50 to 5000 W

 Advantages of Pokkels F-CLean

  • No consumables, sand or chemicals
  • High cleaning speed
  • Removing contaminants without damaging the surface
  • Pre-treatment and post-treatment for welding
  • Local cleaning of dirt and paint
  • Competitive advantage
  • Device service life 100,000 hours
  • The equipment can be leased
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Other applications

Laser cleaning of molds

Find out how laser equipment cleans molds of dirt in less than half an hour. Why molds can be cleaned without removing them from the machine and how to automate the laser cleaning process.

Laser cleaning of stainless steel

Fast cleaning, no consumables, no waste and no dust are the reasons why laser technology is increasingly being adopted in factories that process stainless steel. Learn more about the uses and capabilities of laser systems from our article.

7 reasons to use F-Clean in a food processing plant

Laser cleaning technology is actively implemented in the food industry. This is due to the high speed and efficiency of cleaning, the absence of collateral contamination or additional costs for consumables. This article briefly describes the main advantages of the F-Clean laser system.

Laser paint removal: technology and capabilities

We continue describing the possibilities of using the F-Clean laser cleaning system. Previously we wrote about cleaning molds and stainless steel. This time we will tell you how the laser equipment removes paint and polymer coatings.

Laser cleaning of the weld

Traditional methods for surface treatment of welding materials are time-consuming and expensive. You have to dispose of chemicals and clean the room from accidental contamination. Laser technology makes it possible to forget about these problems. Learn more about using laser equipment in our article.

Laser cleaning for public utilities

The cleaning process of urban infrastructure takes a long time, even if you need to remove a small advertising inscription from a street tile. But there is a way to solve this problem quickly, without using brushes or chemicals. The F-Clean laser complex is such a solution. The main thing about it will be briefly described in our article.

Laser metal degreasing before soldering or welding

Degreasing is an important step that determines the quality of the future connection. Alkalis and solvents as well as mechanical brushes are often used for metal degreasing. Let’s look at the typical problems with conventional degreasing methods and compare them with laser equipment.

Laser cleaning systems for restoration

Art and architectural restoration is a laborious and time-consuming process. It is important to properly clean and not damage the piece. In this article, you’ll learn what tasks the F-Clean laser system can handle, and it deserves your attention

5 reasons to use F-Clean to clean large metal structures

Laser cleaning technology is increasingly entering various business areas. Even today, construction companies and industrial cleaning companies use laser devices to clean metal structures. In this article we will look at the 5 main advantages of the F-Clean laser cleaning system for the treatment of large metal structures. 

Laser cleaning of shop primer

Rolled metal producers are gradually adopting laser cleaning technology at their factories. The main reason for this choice is the efficiency of cleaning and the lack of the need for consumables. In this article we will tell you about three companies that use the F-Clean laser system.

Laser cleaning in ship construction and maintenance

Rust is a product of corrosion that is encountered in both the maintenance and construction phases of operating ships. Laser cleaning is a modern solution to these problems. Read more about what the F-Clean laser system can do in our article.

Selective laser cleaning

Local cleaning of surface areas is another advantage of the F-Clean laser system, which extends the scope of the device. In our article we tell you more about what selective treatment tasks can be solved with laser equipment.

Laser cleaning of molds for the Pirelli plant

Pokkels’ goal is to create laser devices that are easy and comfortable to use. To do this, we select the optimal equipment, optics and adjust the parameters. In 2021 we solved a similar task for the Pirelli tire factory. You can find details of our work in this article

Case: Automatic conveyor furnace cleaning system

In 2021, Pokkels developed a special automatic laser cleaning system for moving deck plates in a confectionery. In this short article, we will explain more about the steps and the solution to the customer’s challenges.

Laser cleaning of surfaces with complex shapes

Treating surfaces of any shape and complexity is one of the key advantages of the F-Clean laser cleaning system. In this article we will tell you more about the features of laser cleaning of volumetric objects and surfaces of complex shape, as well as introduce additional options in this direction.

Experiments on the laser treatment of radiators

A significant segment of Pokkels’ work consists of research and experiments on the application of laser equipment. Since the end of 2021, we have been performing a series of tests on the laser treatment of heating elements of electric convectors at the request of a thermal technology plant. We invite you to get acquainted with the work process and the interim results of our work.

Removal of intermetallide layer from pipe threads

The wide range of settings of the laser device is one of its main achievements. It is possible not only to clean surfaces from contaminants, but also to process by changing the morphology of the surface. Our company is regularly approached by enterprises with a proposal to experiment with the use of laser equipment. In this article we will tell you about the experiments for Majorpack company.

Laser cleaning of surgical meshes made of titanium threads

F-Clean laser cleaners have a wide range of applications. They are equally effective for small items and large metal constructions. The application options for laser devices are constantly expanding. In this article we describe the development of a special cleaning technique for the finest titanium strands of surgical implants.

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