Laser Cleaning

Cost Effective Ice Blasting alternative

Laser Cleaning is a cost effective and environmentally friendly technology for the removal of rust, paint, adhesive,

weld imperfections and mould release agents from surfaces.

How Laser Cleaning Works

canLaser cleaning provides a novel & innovative approach to surface treatment, for cleaning rust, paint or other deposits from many different types of surface. Where traditional abrasive or chemical cleaning solutions cause problems with waste or surface degradation, laser cleaning does not create any waste by products and usually leaves the cleaned surface very close to its original finish.

Laser Cleaning is designed to replace surface blasting or high-pressure hosing and other traditional blasting methods that use materials such as dry ice, sand, glass or plastic as abrasive agents. In addition, however, a wide range of other cleaning methods that involve the use of hazardous chemicals, solvents, etc., can be cost effectively replaced by laser cleaning.

The unique feature of laser cleaning as a surface preparation solution is that it vaporises the matter to be cleaned immediately on contact. Treated surfaces are therefore left dry and clean, without any residues of detergents or blasting materials. The Laser Cleaning process is completely dry and can be used either online as part of a continuous process and can be combined into any production line requiring routine cleaning as part of the production cycle.

.Where periodic cleaning is required the cleaning laser is very portable and it can be moved into almost any location served by a 3 phase electrical supply.

LaserAge offers a contract Cleaning Service for routine maintenance and you can book a Laser Cleaning appointment here

Laser Cleaning produces no waste products as the cleaned material is effectively vapourised by the laser. The .

Laser Cleaning is ideal for removing coatings such as paint, grease, mould release agents and bitumen – to name but a few of the materials we remove daily using the process.

Laser Cleaning will often not require any disassambly and the laser cleaning head can access many tight locations.  There is a very limited requirement for PPE or protective chambers for personnel- a special pair of glasses supplied with the machine is all that is required.  Noise levels are also very low.

Laser Cleaning is non-abrasive, and surfaces are therefore treated very gently. The system can thus be used on easily-damaged surfaces like nickel, chromium and soft aluminium.

Who Can Use Laser Cleaning

 

Laser Cleaning is well suited to a wide range of industries, as can be seen from our customer portfolio, which includes such widely differing companies as Rail Companies, Motor Restoration, Precision Optics………

Laser Cleaning is ideal for removing coatings such as plastic, paint, adhesives, varnish, oil, grease, coal dust, soot and mould release agents– to name but a few of the materials we remove daily using the process.

As there is no cleaning agent, all of the removed material can be collected with a light vacuum and the whole process is extremely clean and portable. This makes the system highly suitable for industries that require a high degree of hygiene – the food and electronics industries for example.

Advantages of Laser Cleaning

Reduced Downtime

A machine can often be cleaned in situ either as an integral part of the operation cycle with the Laser Cleaner installed on the line.

Cleaning Downtime can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated when Laser Cleaning is employed.

No Waste & No CleanUp

Unlike traditional abrasive cleaning techniques there is no need to dispose of the removed material.

There is very little residue and any residue that is created can  be collected using a simple vacuum applied near the cleaning head, if cleanliness is critical to your application.

 

Improved Productivity

Very often the Laser Cleaning activity can be automated as part of your process and not only will this remove costly cleaning cycles with associated cycle time improvements , but it can also remove labour intensive cleaning processes.

No Consumables

Many traditional abrasive processes either require a large amount of costly consumables or special chambers to carry out the cleaning process. Laser Cleaning is completely self contained and most applications only require electricity to operate.

 

Completely Non Abrasive

Laser Cleaning is completely non abrasive and is a powerful solution for applications where the maintenance of tight tolerances is required after the cleaning process has been completed. In general Laser Cleaning will remove just the substrate that is being cleaned which is essentially vapourised and will not do any damage or cause any imperfections to the surface being cleaned.

Limited PPE

Laser Cleaning requires a limited amount of training to operate safely and the only real PPE required is a special pair of glasses to protect the eyes. 

The process is also quiet and doe not require any ear protection while in operation.