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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.


Laser cleaning technology would be interesting for companies that use stainless steel in production. The laser beam helps to prepare the surface for welding, to treat the surface after work to give it its original appearance. Pokkels equipment has successfully accomplished these tasks in various industries.

Nuclear power industry

Company objectives:

One of the key components of a nuclear power plant is stainless steel plumbing systems. When manufacturing such systems, stainless steel surfaces must be cleaned and welded joints must be prepared. Traditional cleaning methods take longer than laser cleaning and also add a number of complexities associated with waste disposal.

Pokkels solution:

Company uses F-Clean laser equipment in the construction and maintenance of power plants. Pokkels devices restore the appearance of stainless steel surfaces after use and eliminate tarnishing. The company was able to save money that they used to spend on chemical treatment, storage and disposal of waste.

Laser cleaning of the weld

Food Industry

Company objectives:

Company specializes in the production and repair of food processing equipment, where stainless steel is a key material. The company performs continuous processing of various steel structures and surfaces. The use of chemicals is prohibited and mechanical processing leads to deformation of an accessory.

Pokkels solution:

Laser equipment is used in repairs to clean the cases and interior surfaces of stainless steel equipment. Stamps and baking dishes are effectively cleaned. Reduces the surface roughness of the die cutter, which helps reduce friction and pressure on the food product during die cutting.

Laser cleaning in dairy production

City transportation services

Company objectives:

Public transit stops are made of stainless steel sheet, which oxidizes over time, rusts on the fixtures, and graffiti marks remain. Chemical cleaning means additional difficulties with cleaning up chemical waste. The mechanical method does not allow the stops’ surface to be cleaned evenly because of the complex shape.

Pokkels solution:

Laser technology removes dirt without damaging the metal and cleans surfaces of all shapes: blunt angles, hard-to-reach places. After surface treatment with the F-Clean laser equipment, there is no need for additional mechanical grinding and polishing of the surface.

Laser cleaning of bus stop parts

Manufacturers of stainless steel products

Company objectives:

Making equipment from stainless steel sheet requires cleaning of welded joints and restoration of the material surface after storage. The chemical method proved to be insufficiently effective.

Pokkels solution:

Laser equipment is used for preparation for welding and cleaning of welded joints from oxides and traces of tarnishing. The weld is cleaned without impurities or damage.

Pokkels equipment can also be used in other areas. Large pipe rolling companies use our installations for descaling large-diameter pipes. Automotive repair and restoration companies use F-Clean laser systems for body parts and exhaust systems.

Laser cleaning of stainless steel sheets

Pokkels equipment is also used in other fields. Large pipe rolling companies utilize our systems for cleaning scale from large-diameter pipes. Companies engaged in car repair and restoration use F-Clean laser systems when working with body parts and exhaust systems.

Laser cleaning of car mufflers

How the laser works

Thanks to the wide range of settings, the laser equipment can achieve various results: from cleaning dirt to creating surfaces with a specific morphology.

During cleaning, the laser beam affects the contamination layer without damaging the metal. A high density of laser light on the surface is created and the contamination evaporates. Laser cleaning leaves no residue: the polished surface, textures and patterns remain as they are.

You can read more about the laser cleaning process in a dedicated article.

Automation of laser cleaning

Pokkels develops customized automated laser systems.

Our specialists design complex automated systems. The robotic complex can weld the product and prepare the weld, and then clean the finished weld from oxides and tarnish marks. The result is identical, marketable products with no need for post-treatment. The system can be integrated into an existing production line.

The automation process allows adjusting the cleaning parameters, laser operation mode, laser beam sweep parameters: changing the beam width, switching on and off at specified moments of time.

It is possible to use existing conveyor lines as well as to develop all kinds of coordinate systems for cleaning automation.

Pokkels develops systems in different form factors. For example, in the form of a hand for processing metal surfaces along different trajectories. The robotic system can also create texture, roughness on stainless steel surfaces.

The main advantages of an automated laser system:
  • twofold productivity increase 
  • continuous operation without stopping production 
  • increased treatment accuracy

Advantages of laser equipment

  • Selective surface treatment. For example, the weld is cleaned of tarnish without affecting the base metal, eliminating the formation of craters or cracks.
  • Laser cleaning is one of the most user-friendly, environmentally friendly and highly resource-efficient ways to treat surfaces. Service life of our devices is at least 10 years.
  • Competitive advantage: reduced production time and improved product quality.
  • Pokkels devices do not require additional costs other than electricity: at the rate of 1 kW per 1 m2. The equipment can be leased.
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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.

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.

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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