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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.

Preparing for welding

Creating a quality welded joint is the most important step in the production of any metal structure. Small items sometimes require more preparatory effort than larger items. The quality of the future weld is directly dependent on the thoroughness of the pretreatment. Laser complex F-Clean can with the same accuracy perform pre-treatment of surface of any size: remove traces of dirt, rust, oxide films, preservation primer and other impurities. Learn more about the use of laser cleaning in welding work in separate article.  

Processing of the welded joint

Case: Nuclear power industry

Objectives: During construction of nuclear power plants, stainless steel connection crosses are welded on a daily basis. Cleaning of the welded joints is required. The mechanical cleaning takes a long time, causing construction work to stall. The delay in commissioning of the plant is costing the company billions of rubles. The company was looking for new methods that would speed up the cleaning process.

The Pokkels solution: The F-Clean laser system helped the company significantly reduce the time it takes to prepare metal surfaces for welding and to clean welded joints quickly, helping to speed up the power plant construction process.

Cleaning the weld

Local cleaning for surface diagnostics

Laser equipment is used by companies for research and diagnostics: checking the condition of a welded joint, nondestructive testing, etc. A wide range of settings of laser radiation parameters allows to interact with the surface in different ways. For example, to intentionally create the required morphology on the metal surface.

Case: Metal production

Objectives: The company is conducting an experimental study to create nickel alloys for electroplating lines. The metal is coated and circular holes are made in several areas. A different structure is then created at the holes and nickel is deposited on the cleaned metal. This produces nickel rondels that are used to deposit nickel in electroplating baths. The main task is to structure the surface so that the nickel begins to deposit and the rondel grows properly. Other than laser equipment, there are no alternative solutions to this task.

Pokkels solution: The F-Clean laser system helps to dissolve the metal by removing the coating with a stencil laser and to perform the patterning of the holes. The customer continues to experiment with different surfaces.

Reducing the coating layer

Overcoating a product causes the product to be defective. The F-Clean laser system can reduce the layer without damaging the surface due to the nature of the laser light: the coating is removed in layers, so you can adjust the height of the coating to be removed.

Case: Tube manufacturing plant

Objectives: Each pipe is treated with a protective layer of intermetallide. The finished pipes are connected with a coupling. If too much intermetallide has been applied, the pipe will not thread. It is not possible to remove the coating mechanically without damaging the threads. Such a product is scrapped.

The Pokkels solution: The F-Clean laser system makes it possible to normalize the thickness of the coating without damaging the threads, by applying it evenly over the entire surface. The manufacturer saves resources because there is no need to replace the pipe with a new one.

Cleaning the pipe threads from excess coating

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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.

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.

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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