Baking molds come in all shapes, sizes, and textures. They’re exposed to extreme temperatures and are commonly covered in thick, sticky residues during use. These contaminants can be difficult to clean using soap and water, but abrasive methods such as sandblasting can damage the surface material of the molds — degrading the final product. In some cases where abrasives are ineffective or not suitable for cleaning, laser ablation is a better alternative.
HOW LASER SOLUTIONS FOR BAKING MOLD CLEANING WORKS
Cleaning conveyor baking ovens can require a significant amount of downtime. That’s because conventional cleaning methods require a halt to production and often damage the surface of the baking molds. This means you’ll be replacing baking molds every so often — which can be expensive and inefficient.
Our laser cleaning systems can reduce — and in many cases eliminate — downtime and clean without damaging the molds. That’s because our laser solutions use thousands of pulses per second to absorb into and remove baking residues and contaminants from the surface of your molds. Not only does this minimize downtime and protect the lifespan of your baking molds, but it also lowers costs. In fact, you can operate a laser cleaning system for less than $1 per day.
WHAT TYPES OF BAKING MOLDS ARE IDEAL FOR LASER CLEANING?
Most of our laser systems can be customized to operate consistently inside hot ovens during normal production. Like baking trays, they use specialized optic packages to withstand these high temperatures. From sugar cone and waffle molds to product handling components and conveying systems, laser solutions can effectively remove sticky or thick contaminants. It can clean flat or textured molds, but works most effectively on products made from:
- Cast iron
- Chrome-plated metal
BENEFITS OF LASER BAKING MOLD CLEANING
While the most important advantage of using laser cleaning for baking molds is that your product won’t be damaged during the cleaning process, there are a variety of other perks. Since a special optic is used to withstand high temperatures used during the baking process, you can automate your laser cleaning solution to clean without halting production. This translates directly into more finished goods and less costly downtime. Additional benefits include:
- Clean molds for uniform production every time
- Safe alternative to media blasting options — such as sandblasting
- No secondary cleanup required
- Environmentally-friendly cleaning alternative
- Systems clean up to 15 times faster than some other options
HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT LASER SYSTEM
We offer a range of low-, mid-, and high-powered laser solutions. Each of our laser cleaning systems can be handheld or automated, and it’s customized to fit your unique needs — including environmental and operational factors. To determine the best laser system for your baking molds, we begin by testing your product in our on-site laboratory. This is the safest and most effective way to pinpoint a laser system that will work most efficiently for your needs. The most common laser systems used for baking molds are: