LASER COATING REMOVAL FOR AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS
Coatings give aircraft many advantages — from branding and visual concealment, to protection from environmental factors, to increased performance and sustainability. However, even the best coatings must undergo reapplication eventually. When that time comes, you can’t paint layer upon layer without adding weight to an aircraft, which threatens its performance. While the need for removing coating from aviation and aerospace parts is a given, what cleaning method you choose will have a significant impact on the performance and longevity of your product.
The ability of laser cleaning to remove coating layers without damaging the underlying materials makes it an ideal solution for aerospace cleaning applications. Traditional methods of cleaning — such as plastic media blasting or abrasives — not only threaten substrate materials, they also come with considerable environmental and safety concerns. Since aircraft coatings often contain hazardous materials such as hexavalent chromium, it is important to choose a cleaning method that doesn’t put your operators at risk.
Laser cleaning — in addition to having minimal setup and teardown times — is a safer cleaning method for both workers and the surrounding environment. Additional, cleaning lasers can not only be used for targeted areas, they can also be outfitted with state-of-the-art robotics and processing cells in order to automate routine processes in aircraft manufacturing and maintenance.
LASER COATING REMOVAL FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS
One of the biggest challenges to automotive manufacturing is the need for repetitive cleanings. Fortunately, cleaning lasers can be integrated into your manufacturing process, creating higher efficiency levels across the board. Laser ablation can be used for a number of automotive applications, including:
- Laser wire stripping
- Treatments for gear welding
- Structural frame bonding
- Electronic control unit bonding
- Door frames welding treatments
- Fuel-cell conductivity in electric cars
Also — unlike blasting and stripping methods — there is no downtime needed between cleanings. Laser decoating can also improve welding and bonding treatments by removing the need for masking/demasking and can be used in tandem with rust removal applications.
LASER COATING REMOVAL FOR DEFENSE & MILITARY APPLICATIONS
Our cleaning lasers have a proven track record when it comes to improving the coating removal process for defense and military applications. From removing hazardous paint from warships to creating a more efficient decoating process for branches of the United States Armed Forces, leaders from the Army, Navy, and Air Force are increasingly turning to our laser cleaning for their difficult cleaning needs.
Coatings on military equipment are difficult to remove and can be very dangerous to both the operators and to the environment, which is why it is important to select the right cleaning method. Laser ablation provides a low-maintenance, operator-safe, and environmentally-friendly cleaning solution that can remove hazardous coatings without compromising the warfighting ability of military vehicles/equipment. Additionally, our cleaning lasers can be automated to further increase the efficiency of routine cleaning tasks.
LASER COATING REMOVAL FOR POWER GENERATION APPLICATIONS
Laser cleaning can improve both the safety and the production efficiency of power plant operations. Before laser cleaning technology was available, methods like sandblasting and chemical stripping were seen as the primary cleaning options for industrial coating removal applications. These methods were not only slow, inefficient, and potentially harmful to the worker and environment, they also carried the burden of intensive cleanup and the risk of mixed waste. As such, these older methods of cleaning were suboptimal for many power generation needs, especially in the nuclear power space, where safety and reliability are top priorities. Radiological environments can be extremely hazardous, so precision cleaning and minimal waste must be a priority. With the expert knowledge of our laser specialists, we can craft a specialized laser cleaning solution that is perfectly calibrated for your cleaning needs.
Laser cleaning can also improve operational efficiency, safety, and the overall environmental footprint of the industry. It requires minimal setup and teardown, and is safer both for workers and the surrounding environment. Since laser cleaning can remove hazardous coatings with no damage to the substrate, it can also increase the longevity of your equipment and minimize the downtime in your facility — which equals money back in the pockets of energy generators.
LASER COATING REMOVAL FOR OTHER APPLICATIONS
If you have a coating removal project or have previously used sandblasting or chemical stripping for cleaning projects, laser cleaning can improve both the safety and efficiency of your operations. Cleaning lasers range from handheld lasers that can target specialized areas to processing cells that can automate routine cleanings entirely. At Adapt Laser, we craft customized laser cleaning solutions for even the most complex projects.