Electromobility is changing the automotive industry. From manufacturing to retail and distribution, e-mobility is creating a new generation of cars. But, with the assembly of batteries, housing components, and other e-mobility parts, the field of electromobility still faces a contaminant issue. It impacts formed aluminum sheet components before welding and can prevent sealing areas from being optimally joined. Fortunately, laser cleaning can remove contaminants without impacting the integrity of your e-mobility parts. What is it, and how is it assisting the automotive industry?
WHAT IS LASER CLEANING?
Laser cleaning — also known as laser ablation — removes contaminants from your products using thousands of focused pulses per second. It preserves the integrity of your product while expanding its lifespan. Each laser solution is designed for continuous duty and high-reliability with technology that is virtually maintenance-free. And, our systems require no secondary cleaning — making it an environmentally-friendly solution.
HOW IS LASER CLEANING USED FOR E-MOBILITY?
The battery modules used in electromobility must be contacted at certain points on the battery tray. Our high-precision lasers pulse in less than a second, and with an accuracy of just a few hundredths of a millimeter — creating a reliable clean. For e-mobility, we created a two-stage process that strips enameled copper wire for contacting, and then a special optical system supports the all-round processing of wires or the all-round stripping of lacquer in the end area.
From adhesive pre-treatment of battery packs to module housings and flanges for batteries and housing components, our laser solutions clean and prep your products for bonding and welding treatments. Our laser systems can also be used for:
FREQUENT LASER CLEANING APPLICATIONS
For years, our laser solutions have been used by some of the biggest names in the automotive industry — including BMW, Michelin, and Toyota. While our solutions can be used in many ways, the most common use-cases include:
- Pre-treatment of aluminum components for the manufacturing of battery housings
- Adhesive pre-treatment of battery packs, module housings, and flanges for the assembly of batteries and housing components
- Pre-treatment of formed aluminum sheet components before welding
- Paint stripping of sealing areas at the connection point of the battery tray with the lid
- Partial paint stripping of enameled copper wire for contacting
IS LASER CLEANING SAFE?
Unlike other forms of media cleaning — such as sandblasting or dry ice blasting — laser cleaning is safer for both operators and the environment. It doesn’t produce additional waste and is environmentally-friendly. Plus, it’s non-damaging and non-conductive, making it safer for the product your cleaning.
Operating a low-, mid-, or high-powered laser is completely safe when used properly. In addition to training, your operator needs only protective eyewear and a designated hazard zone to keep themselves and other employees safe. Training also includes learning which settings work best for your specific cleaning needs, how to maintain your laser solution, and how to operate it to get the most effective clean.
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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.