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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.

Company producing liquefied natural gas

About the company: The company engages in the production and storage of liquefied natural gas. The backbone of this production infrastructure is the pipeline. Initially, the pipes are coated with shop primer. Sections of the pipes were mechanically stripped in the heat affected area for welding and then suspended from the frame. Over time, the stripped sections were covered with rust. Sandblasting could not be used because the frame was coated with flame retardant and the sand could damage it. Mechanical cleaning does not clean hard to reach areas.

Pokkels solution: The easy positioning and the possibility of local treatment with F-Clean laser equipment allowed to effectively clean pipe elements from rust without damaging the frame. The laser complex is used to prepare the surface of pipes for welding work.

Laser cleaning of rusted pipe

Manufacturer of escalators

About the company: The organization produces the escalator grounds. In the production process, there is a need to remove shop primer for welding work and subsequent paint application on the finished product. Previously, cleaning was done mechanically with an angle grinder. The company is no longer satisfied with the speed and quality of cleaning, because it is difficult to clean angular parts with a grinder.

Pokkels solution: Laser equipment helped to effectively clean complex-shaped products: laser light penetrates corners and other hard-to-reach places. The speed of surface treatment before welding and paint application has increased.

Metal production repair services

About the company: The company provides repair and maintenance services for a metal fabrication plant. Repairs regularly require cleaning surfaces of rust and old paint. The company’s main problem was the repair of the building’s metal frames. The frames were coated with a heavy-duty refractory compound. Traditional methods of removing the coating were time-consuming.

Pokkels solution: The F-Clean laser system helped the organization remove the solid flame retardant coating without additional effort. The company also uses Pokkels equipment for service and welding work.

How laser cleaning works

The laser cleaning process vaporizes the dirt layer without harming the surface to be cleaned. This effect is achieved through a wide range of laser parameter settings. The F-Clean laser cleaning system removes organic and inorganic dirt of all sizes and thicknesses. It requires only electrical power to operate. You can read more about the laser cleaning process in a special article.

Main advantages of F-Clean

  • No consumables — you need only electricity at the rate of 1kW per 1 m².
  • The competitive advantage is the advanced cleaning system.
  • One device for a wide range of cleaning jobs — surface treatment, product preparation for welding, post-processing and more.
  • Cleaning without damage to the surface — only the contamination layer is removed.
  • The device has a service life of more than 100,000 hours — more than 50 years if you work 8 hours a week, 5 days a week.
  • Flexible leasing program — fixed monthly payments.
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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

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 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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