Laser ablation is used to strip away contaminants and clean your products. It does this by using thousands of laser pulses per second to absorb and remove surface materials — such as oxides, hazardous coatings, and more. And, while there are many reasons you may need Adapt Laser’s cleaning solutions, nobody knows those reasons better than the engineers who service them.
1. LASER CLEANING IS LESS DAMAGING THAN MEDIA BLASTING
Media blasting options such as sandblasting and dry ice blasting use abrasives to rip away contaminants. While these options can be used to clean your products, they can also cause damage to the surface — resulting in micro denting and operational inefficiencies.
With laser cleaning, you’re removing the surface materials without impacting the integrity of the substrate. That means — when used properly — the laser won’t damage your product. It’s because of its ability to pristinely clean surfaces that make laser ablation so effective at improving operations.
2. LASER CLEANING IS FAST & SAFE
Not only does using laser solutions help you avoid inefficiencies, but it does so by removing contaminants quickly — reducing downtime and improving your ROI. In most cases, laser ablation is 15x faster than media blasting options. This means that you’ll spend less time cleaning your products, and more time using them to fuel your operations.
Another way that laser cleaning is quicker is that it requires fewer safety measures than media blasting options. Your operators aren’t required to wear full-body protective gear — because laser cleaning only requires protective eyewear and an optical hazard zone. This makes it easier to remove contaminants quickly and get your product back to production.
3. LASER CLEANING REQUIRES NO ADDITIONAL CLEANUP
In addition to improving efficiency, laser cleaning solutions help you cut costs by avoiding the expensive process of secondary cleaning. Most media blasting options require a secondary cleanup process. That’s because they either use materials that need to be removed post-process — such as the case with sandblasting — or they create a new layer through their cleaning process.
Laser ablation avoids that secondary cleaning requirement. That’s because laser solutions create little to no additional waste. And, any hazardous materials like paint and other coatings are safely absorbed and removed — meaning you’ll never have to worry about properly disposing of them.
4. LASER CLEANING OFFERS LOWER COST OPPORTUNITIES
Most media blasting options require the purchase of additional equipment and materials to operate. For dry ice blasting, it’s the costs of and storage for dry ice, as well as the repair and replacement costs for when the dry ice damages the application used to clean your products.
Laser cleaning solutions require some consumables, but the cost for operating the laser — with electricity and consumables included — is less than one dollar per usage. That’s significantly less than the price required for media blasting options. And, our lasers pay for themselves within a year of purchase.
5. YOU NEED A PARTNER WHO PUTS YOU FIRST
Your equipment is only as good as the service behind it. That’s because problems — with any tool — are inevitable. Whether it’s normal wear and tear or an acute or unique issue, your laser solution may experience an issue. This is why it’s crucial to have a partner who understands your bind and works quickly to get you out of it.
Our field service engineers are trained to assist you with almost any problem. And, while you may not look forward to calling them, we know you’ll be glad that you did. Their vast knowledge of different laser systems, computer software solutions, and all the details of your laser cleaning solutions help them solve your problem in a timely manner — as outlined in your service contract.
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.