Laser Cleaning Technologies make light work of heavy cleaning

Laser Cleaning Technologies make light work of heavy cleaning

Cape town-based Laser Cleaning Technology offers a range of cleaning solutions to the printing, marine and aeronautical industries in the area. From surface preparation of metals for binding to mould cleaning and maintenance of Anilox rollers for the printing industry, Laser Cleaning Technologies offers a futuristic, environmentally-friendly and cost effective solution.

“The company was borne out of a need to service a variety of industries in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Namibia’” according to Managing Director, Jannie de Goede. “Some of the industries we currently service include printing, marine, and aeronautical. We also provide oxygen equipment cleaning and some that we are still to discover.” “Within the printing industry, there are no challenges as we are the only company that can offer unmatched quality in cleaning the rollers,” de Goede adds. “Laser cleaning is the future. It is here to stay. It is quiet and green and so your carbon footprint can be shrunk by just replacing chemical cleaning with laser.”

With no moving parts and no chemicals to dispose of, the laser is the most economical way of cleaning printer anilox rollers. Once the roller is clean, the laser reflects off the ceramic and becomes ineffective. Thus, without heat being generated and no damage to the ceramic, printer companies can effectively run rollers on low pressure. Laser also increases roller longevity. One of the major advantages of the laser cleaning system is that it can clean big rollers in situ and therefore save on downtime. No more large roller removal for cleaning. Some of the services and products Laser Cleaning Technology provides are: Cleaning with laser offers an environmentally friendly, precise and profitable means of surface cleaning for bonding in industrial production applications. Powerful, very short, rapid moving laser pulses produce micro-plasma bursts, shockwaves and thermal pressure, resulting in sublimation and ejection of the target material.

The focused laser beam precisely ablates the target coating or contaminant without generating heat to the substrate. Models Lasers come in a variety of sizes, from the small handheld 12 Watt and portable backpack 20 Watt single phase models up to 1kW, three-phase machines. SHEQ Safety is always of concern and being a new industry, Laser Cleaning Technology has set stringent standards for the operators of the laser machine. This German Technology is class 4 laser and staff have had all the necessary training at Laser Clean Africa Pty Ltd in Johannesburg, with full Department of Labour endorsement. The company’s “Greenest Clean” logo was derived from the use of vacuum and filtering of the ablazed material and the quiet operation of the machine.

By Kristy Jooste

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