HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LASER CLEANERThorpe
Whether water has rusted the bulkhead of your aircraft or hazardous paint is beginning to chip from your equipment, you require a cleaning solution that is both safe and effective. Laser ablation uses precision cleaning to remove contaminants such as oil, rust, mold release agents, paint, and more — but how can you choose the right laser cleaner for your needs? Are there different types, and what should you know before you make a purchase?
ADAPT LASER’S SALES PROCESS
Before we can choose the right laser solution for your needs, first, we need to get to know you and the applications requiring cleaning. This involves asking a few questions and talking through the:
General size, area, and geometry of the parts needing to be cleaned
Coating/contaminant type and thickness
Current cleaning type, rate, and cycle
Desired cleaning rate
Previous processing steps in the part lifecycle
Next steps after cleaning
Operational details surrounding the laser process
Once we have a better understanding of your application and feel we have a solution, we’ll test our laser solutions to determine the best laser setup for your needs. Our lab provides the ideal conditions for testing our laser solutions, but we’re also able to test your product on-site at your location when needed. Ultimately, whether our laser solutions will work for you boils down to one thing: can we accomplish the desired result? This includes not only from a technical standpoint but also an operational one.
YOUR LASER CLEANING OPTIONS
There are two main options to consider when choosing a cleaning laser: delivery system and power level. What’s right for your project means understanding the needs of the project and the requirements of your operations. Your cleaning options are typically determined during our sales process. We’ll ask questions about your cleaning project as well as test our laser solutions to find out which application gets the desired result.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LASER DELIVERY SYSTEM
There are two delivery options available for laser cleaning: handheld and automatic. Handheld options work exceptionally well for projects requiring mobility, unique surface geometries, and varying parts numbers. For regular, repeated cleanings, however, an automated delivery system is the better choice. By working with several robotics options, we can create a laser cleaning solution that integrates into your production line and increases the efficiency of your processes.
WHAT PRODUCTS NEED LASER CLEANING?
From metal to nonmetal applications, if your product is covered by contaminants — including rust, grease, mold, oil, or others — then laser cleaning may be the right solution for you. Laser cleaning works best on targeted areas and uses laser light to absorb into and remove contaminants. With thousands of laser pulses per second, you can clean anything — from a small area on an aircraft to the bulkhead of an aircraft carrier. Plus, we provide laser solutions for:
Welding and bonding treatments
Surface prep for non-destructive testing/investigation