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.
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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.