When you think about the future, there are just some aspects that always come to mind — the accessibility of space travel, the ability to teleport, and flying cars. While flying cars may not be in our future — at least not anytime soon — alternative models such as battery and electricity-powered vehicles are. Similar to traditional automotive manufacturing, the manufacturing process for battery and electric cars is relatively similar. As such, they require identical cleaning and pre-treatment cleaning options. That’s where laser cleaning comes in.
WHAT IS LASER CLEANING?
Also called laser ablation, laser cleaning uses thousands of pulses per second to absorb and remove contaminants. This is extremely useful for car parts that require bonding prep and pre-weld treatments. By removing contaminants before bonding or treating your battery or electric car parts, you can strengthen the chemical properties that hold the pieces together and expand the lifespan of your product. And, laser cleaning can also be used for:
BENEFITS OF LASER CLEANING
Unlike other forms of media blasting, laser cleaning is safer — both for the environment and your employees. It requires minimal safety precautions with most — if not all — risks being mitigated with training, safety glasses, and a designated optical hazard zone. Laser technology absorbs and removes contaminants safely without impacting the substrate. That means that your products will last longer and you’ll save on the expenses of repairing or buying new appliances. Plus, it produces little to no additional waste.
BATTERY/ELECTRIC CAR PARTS IDEAL FOR LASER CLEANING
Laser cleaning is typically used for removing oxides such as rust and other contaminants from metal products. While it’s considered a safer and more environmentally-friendly option for contaminant removal, bonding, and pre-welding prep, laser cleaning isn’t the most effective solution for everything. But, in terms of car manufacturing for battery and electric vehicles, laser ablation works best for:
- Gear welding
- Structural frame bonding
- Electronic control unit bonding
- Door frames welding
- Electric vehicle fuel-cell conductivity
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN LASERS CLEAN PIPES/TUBES?
Laser cleaning solutions work best for areas that you can see with the naked eye. Because the inside of pipes and tubes are more difficult to see, laser solutions don’t work as effectively for these scenarios. While we have some unique solutions allowing a few inside diameters to be cleaned, long lengths of pipe/tubes are not something that works well for our equipment — due to the many technical and equipment restrictions in the process.
CAN LASER CLEANING BE USED FOR CAR RESTORATION?
While laser ablation is the ideal solution for car manufacturing, it’s not as efficient for car restoration. Car restoration typically includes large surface areas and intricate hard-to-see areas that laser cleaning isn’t suitable for. Better alternatives for car restoration include sandblasting and dry ice blasting.
CAN I ATTACH THE LASER SOLUTION TO A ROBOT?
All of our laser solutions can be automated by robots. This option is a key part of our custom build process. If you think you may want this option with your solution, talk to our sales team when discussing the features of your custom build. And, connect us with your provider so that we may guarantee the fitting.
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.