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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

Device Features

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.

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

Process automation

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

Back to applications

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 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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