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.
How the laser removes the paint
Process: During laser cleaning, the coating is removed in layers. The paint coating evaporates, so smoke can appear. The treated surface remains undamaged. The thickness of the layer affects the speed of surface treatment: the thicker the layer, the longer the cleaning process will take. F-Clean devices can clean any type of surface: blunt corners, hard-to-reach areas, and the smallest details.
Types of surfaces to be cleaned: metal, stone, glass.
Paint removal from a piece of a car body part
Local paint removal
For: tube-rolling mills, aviation industry, repair organizations, etc.
What is F-Clean useful for: allows you to locally clean a surface area, for further work: painting, welding, cutting, threading, examination.
Examples: An oil company uses laser equipment to examine the condition of an oil and gas pipe welded joint. Pokkels company together with the Airlines company conducted an experiment to clean the fuselage of an airplane for further painting.
Laser cleaning of aircraft parts
Cleaning of special equipment and car parts
For: construction companies, machine shops, automotive industry, railway industry, shipbuilding, etc.
What is F-Clean useful for: it can clean tower cranes, trucks, locomotives, ships and other types of machinery. It allows to work at height, remove paintwork, treat corrosion spots, remove traces of rust.
Examples: A construction company uses laser equipment to remove paint from the surface of a tower crane and remove corrosion. A special equipment engine repair company uses the F-Clean laser system to repair the engines of Caterpillar bulldozers: they clean the engine of traces of use and paint during overhauls.
Treatment of antique equipment and objects
For: museums, restoration organizations, antique stores.
Paint removal from a piece of special equipment
What is F-Clean useful for: Thanks to the non-contact method of surface treatment, it is successfully used for working with antique equipment and antique objects. It allows you to operate with thinned metal, to clean non separable and fragile objects, remove paint and traces of corrosion.
Examples: Museum of Technology restored a military aircraft that had been in the swamp for 70 years. The F-Clean laser system helped clean the surface gently, removing paint and corrosion without deforming the metal. The restoration organization used laser equipment to clean an antique gilded chandelier 6 meters in diameter at the height.
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Operation outdoor without waste
For: city utilities, organizations that maintain outdoor facilities.
What is F-Clean useful for: leaves no incidental contaminants in the form of abrasive, dirt or chemicals. Allows to clean the surface of metal structures, glass and street tiles from paint and natural dirt.
Examples: laser equipment has been tested for cleaning graffiti marks from city stops and street tiles. The laser equipment helps to remove dirt without damaging the material and cleans all shapes of surfaces: blunt corners, hard-to-reach places. After treating the surface there is no need to grind or polish it mechanically.
Laser cleaning of street tiles
Pokkels develops customized automated laser systems. The robotic complex can work without stopping, removing paint and dirt at set intervals. The system can be customized. Different form factors and capacities of the equipment are possible.
Examples: The printing house has ordered an automatic laser cleaning system for anilox rolls. The roll has small cells that collect paint. Over time, more and more dried paint remains in the cells, which increases the number of defects. The customized robotic system cleans cells of contaminants at specified intervals without stopping the printing press.
Automated cleaning of the anilox roll