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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.

Cleaning without stopping the conveyor

Traditional cleaning methods require a partial interruption of the food production process. The surface must be cooled before cleaning and heated again after treatment. Often the complete cleaning process takes more than one day. Equipment downtime means lost profits.

F-Clean advantage:

It does not depend on the temperature of the treated surface, does not require stopping the conveyor.

Removal of persistent contaminants

Polymerized oil is one of the most difficult contaminants in food processing to clean. It is almost impossible to remove mechanically and difficult to dissolve with chemicals.

F-Clean advantage:

Removes all types of dirt, including: burnt food particles, carbon deposits, and polymerized oil.

Laser cleaning in a dairy production

No dirt and no extra costs

Conventional cleaning methods require the use of consumables: brushes, abrasives, chemicals. After working surfaces are cleaned, additional abrasive and residual dirt must be removed. Chemical waste must be disposed of properly.

F-Clean advantage:

No by-products. Most of the impurities evaporate. No additional treatment of the room or waste is needed. The only expenses — electric power at the rate of 1 kW per 1m² of surface to be cleaned.

No surface damage

Regular mechanical cleaning over time leads to surface deformation, changes in its relief and as a result — rejected food products.

F-Clean advantage:

Laser emission affects only the contamination layer without damaging the main surface.

Laser cleaning of the bottom plate

Local cleaning for repairs

Equipment fails from time to time. It is necessary to repair the devices. This requires local cleaning of equipment components: removal of rust, grease and paint from the housing. The use of conventional cleaning methods increases the time required to repair the equipment.

F-Clean advantage:

Fast preparation of surfaces for welding operations. High-quality cleaning, which ensures a reliable welded joint. Restoration of the surface appearance after welding and elimination of tarnishing.

Weld treatment

In food equipment and dish production, as well as in repairs, welding is necessary. It is necessary to prepare the surface for welding: remove dirt and rust to ensure a secure weld. After welding, follow-up treatment is required to remove matting and oxide films.

F-Clean advantage:

Fast preparation of surfaces for welding operations. High-quality cleaning, which ensures a reliable welded joint. Restoration of the surface appearance after welding and elimination of tarnishing.

Laser cleaning of the weld

Process automation

Pokkels develops customized automated laser systems. Automatic laser cleaning is a combination of the laser technology’s efficiency and a robotic system. The robot performs the job itself and monitors the quality of the result.

Our specialists will develop a robotic complex for your production tasks, assemble and integrate the system into production.

The main advantages of an automated system:

  • increased productivity
  • non-stop operation
  • easy to operate
  • increased treatment accuracy
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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.

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

Laser cleaning in the automotive industry

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.

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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