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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. Several real cases are described.

Advanced technology

Companies that incorporate laser cleaning into their production gain an additional competitive advantage — advanced cleaning technology. In addition, the technical specifications for bidding documents are increasingly meeting the need to use exactly laser equipment. The laser cleaning market is just forming, so there is an opportunity to occupy a niche and get ahead of the competition.

Effective and fast cleaning

The F-Clean laser complex removes all types of dirt: all types of corrosion, scale, grease, store primer, etc. The unit treats the smallest surface elements, corners and hard-to-reach places without damaging the base material. The dirt layer evaporates, so there is no need for cleaning. Cleaning speed depends on the dirt complexity and the size of the surface to be cleaned. Learn more about cleaning technology in our special article.

Removal of rust from a large steel structure

No additional costs

Pokkels F-Clean is the ability to clearly forecast costs. The equipment requires only the cost of electricity at the rate of 1kW per 1 m². No consumables, no cleaning and no disposal costs. The device service life is 100,000 hours — that is more than 10 years of continuous use for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. A fixed-fee monthly leasing program is available

Case: Pharmaceutical factory

The current pharmaceutical plant needed re-painting of steel structures. The task was to remove the old paint. The work of the company could not be stopped, because it would lead to significant losses.

Issues: Sandblasting was not applicable because it would have required a plant shutdown. Chemical treatment was very expensive because of the high cleaning volume and the need for disposal.

Pokkels solution: The F-Clean laser system helped the company efficiently clean the metal structures for subsequent painting. And the company saved money because it eliminated the need for consumables and aftertreatment, was able to perform repairs without interrupting production, and was able to meet deadlines.

Local treatment

When doing repair work, sometimes there is a need for paint and rust local removal. The F-Clean laser cleaning system helps not only to prepare the surface for welding, but also to remove rust from the area without damaging the protective coating in the adjacent steel structure. You may read more about the laser cleaning process in a dedicated article.

Laser cleaning of steelwork

Upgrade option

Construction work often involves working outdoors, including in rain and sub-zero temperatures. The F-Clean system cannot work in the rain like any other power tool. A wet surface is not a hindrance in itself: the laser light first vaporizes the water and then removes the contaminant layer. It is possible to upgrade the device according to your needs. For example, we can add a heated laser system for winter operation

Case: Cleaning a bridge support

The automobile and railway bridge required cleaning the old paint. The bridge passes over a river, so it was important not to harm the environment when choosing the cleaning method.

Issues: Chemical cleaning was not possible because of the large size of the bridge and the river flowing underneath it. Sandblasting could cause complications and require costs associated with the use of a diesel generator, sand delivery and its disposal. One possible solution was to use waterjet cleaning. However, the surface of the metal was in close proximity to water, so it corroded quickly.

Pokkels solution: The mobility of the F-Clean laser system made combined cleaning possible: after the waterjet cleaning, the rust was removed before the primer coating was applied.

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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

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.

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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