Surface Cleaning and Structuring

Lasers provide a valuable tool in a number of

manufacturing applications that require

surface removal or modification.

 

From paint stripping to aluminum-silicon

coating removal, lasers provide a

cost-effective and controlled

alternative to conventional

processes.

Laser coating removal is an ablative process whereby laser energy is focused and absorbed by the surface, resulting in vaporization of the coating with minimal effect to the underlying substrate. This process can be applied to various materials including metal, plastics, composites and glass.

Several new grades of press-hardened steels (PHS) have been developed for the body-in-white (BIW) structure in the automotive industry that combine desirable properties of strength and formability. Prior to assembling PHS components, the aluminum silicon coating must be removed to allow better weld surface capabilities. IPG’s high power pulsed lasers successfully remove the coating without affecting the mechanical properties produced by the weld bond.

  laser coating removal for aerospace

Coating removal applications are also used in heavy industries such as aerospace and ship building for their cost-effective and environmental-friendly alternative to conventional abrasive and chemical processes. Because lasers operate as a non-contact surface removal application, there is no need for a secondary medium that contributes to waste streams.

IPG manufactures intergrated systems for ablation including Micro Material Removal Systems, Hand-held Laser Cleaning System and Ablative Coating Removal Systems.

Types of Applications

Paint Stripping Contamination Removal Building Facade Cleaning
Surface Preparation Mold Cleaning Art Restoration

 

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