Laser cleaning is a non-contact process that can replace the use of chemicals or abrasive cleaning. It can be applied to various materials, metal and more. Today large companies are moving away from sandblasting, chemical etching, and the use of solvents toward using lasers when it comes to cleaning their products. Laser cleaning reduces production time, increases safety and precision, and is more eco-friendly.
In the past, a company’s options were to use solvents to remove paints and grease, or chemical etching to remove solid composites, such as coatings, and to strip metal from the old coating. Physical etching processes are similar to sandblasting where layers are physically bombarded with a stream of abrasive material in order to shape a surface or remove contaminants; a vacuum pump system is then used to remove any resulting material. Laser cleaning is a non-contact/non-abrasive process that can replace the use of chemicals or abrasive cleaning.
Laser Photonics Corporation’s CleanTech™ laser cleaning systems are non-abrasive, safe, eco-friendly, and are an expedient alternative to using chemicals and other harmful and hazardous processes. With lasers, the cleaning process can be conducted remotely, and the laser head can be manipulated by robots, thus avoiding exposing workers to a potentially radioactive area. CleanTech™ systems are powerful and efficient in cleaning components used for painting and coating operations, cleaning surfaces, and removing rust. Contaminants ranging from radioactive elements to paint or dust particles can be effectively removed using these systems. The laser cleaning process can be applied to various materials, including metal, plastics, composites, and glass.