Laser surface cleaning is the removal of contaminants, paint, rust and other impurities on the surface of a material. The laser physically removes a layer of the substrate using laser irradiation.
A high powered laser pulse is used on the surface of the material to be cleaned, this laser energy when applied ablates the surface.
The area of the removed material is vaporised although some remains as particle duse and can be collected by one of our filtration systems. This process is then repeated until the desired effect and required depth has been achieved.
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The process of laser surface cleaning is a non-contact and non-abrasive process replacing the need for the use of chemicals or traditional abrasive cleaning methods. This means no secondary waste is produced, giving the user a more sustainable approach to surface cleaning. The cleaning process can also be controlled remotely, allowing the avoidance of radioactive materials by workers.
Size is irrelevant when it comes to laser surface cleaning our N-lase systems can be used for small or large scale cleaning of several materials. A wide range of contaminants can be effectively removed using laser cleaning including radioactive elements, paint or dust particles.
Applications can vary from something as large as a commercial aircraft to something as small as a microchip. In the electronics industry, laser cleaning is used to remove the insulation layers of cables to clean the contacts areas of plugs and pads. In other industries, the applications can be stripping large areas of paints on buildings, bridges, aircraft or boats where the use of chemical solvents can be restricted.