From tires to door frames, there’s a lot of moving pieces to car manufacturing. And, when something is underperforming, it can bring your whole production to a standstill. While there are many contributing factors that could cause your production to derail, the cleanliness of your products shouldn’t be one of them. When your tire molds and other parts are covered in contaminants, it can delay your production and cause all sorts of problems. Laser solutions help clean your tire molds for a more efficient product. How does it work, and can you use it on rubber tire molds?
HOW LASER CLEANING WORKS
Laser cleaning — also known as laser ablation — uses thousands of laser pulses per second to absorb contaminants and remove them from the foundation of your product(s) without damaging the substrate. With no additional waste and little to no risk when used properly, laser systems are an ideal solution for cleaning tire molds. Plus, laser cleaning doesn’t degrade itself or your product — making it a cost-effective solution for cleaning metal and non-metals alike.
OPTIONS FOR LASER CLEANING
Our laser solutions are custom-built to order. There is no one-size-fits-all solution — which is why we provide three categories of lasers: low-, mid-, and high-powered. Each differs slightly in size, capability, and effect, but all laser solutions optimally perform when appropriately implemented.
While low-powered lasers work best for small, targeted areas, mid-powered lasers cover more surface area and are often ideal for tire mold cleaning. High-powered lasers are also effective for larger tire molds and surface areas. To determine the best laser cleaning solution for your needs, you should test your product in our on-site lab.
LASER CLEANING FOR TIRE MOLDS
Tire molds are a critical part of the car manufacturing process. But, after days of use, contaminants may begin to build-up on your molds. This not only ruins the finish of your tire but can slow down your production process. Laser cleaning helps remove contaminants without damaging the substrate of your molds so that you can streamline tire production while expanding the lifespan of your product. From handheld to automated options, laser cleaning solutions offer:
- Use flexibility for a variety of mold and profile geometries
- Lower running costs — when compared to media blasting options
- A noiseless alternative that won’t damage your mold
- An easy-to-use solution where spacing is limited
WHEN IS LASER CLEANING USED?
While laser solutions are typically used for removing contaminants, there are other specific cases where it’s more ideal than other media blasting options. These often include:
- Automated cleaning of tire molds in the removed condition
- Hand-guided cleaning of tire molds in disassembled condition
- Marking and labeling of molded parts
- Laser marking of tires
- Adhesive pre-treatment of tire insides for the application of air pressure control systems and RFID sensors
- Full-surface adhesive pre-treatment of tire inner surfaces for the application of run-flat structures
- Cleaning of steel molds for the rubber mold article industry — such as o-rings
- Adhesive pre-treatment of metal parts for rubber-to-metal part production
WHATEVER YOUR NEEDS, ADAPT LASER HAS A SOLUTION FOR IT
Adapt Laser specializes in the know-how and application of laser cleaning solutions. We offer products with a range between 20 and 1,600 watts and provide training to ensure your employees can get the most from their laser cleaning solutions. We’ve equipped a variety of industries and companies with laser cleaning solutions — including military and defense for the US Airforce and Navy — and hundreds of organizations trust our state-of-the-art laser cleaning solutions.