GLASS MOULDS Glass moulds have very specific needs when it comes to cleaning. Some of the most important difficulties when it comes to glass cleaning are: ⦁ There shouldn't be any increase in volume of for example bottles. Because of this the base material cannot be affected. ⦁ Closing edges have to be preserved to make sure no burrs are introduced. ⦁ A lot of small holes can be found in glass moulds to make sure air can get out. Laser cleaning ensures good cleaning of these holes and of course no residues are left behind. Best solution High Power systems are often needed in the glass industry, just because speed is the determining factor.
INJECTION MOULDS Just like with rubber moulds, speed is a crucial factor when it comes to cleaning. Laser cleaning succeeds in reaching this speed without damaging the base material. A lot of plastic moulds have a specific structures that may not be damaged when they are cleaned. Traditional cleaning methods like sand-blasting cannot guarantee this preservation, laser cleaning can. On top of that, a lot of moulds are designed with a high gloss finish to transfer to the final product. Laser cleaning makes sure this high gloss is not affected by the cleaning. Best solution Compact solution is a good option for small moulds cleaning and High Power solution if cleaning speed is an important factor.
RUBBER MOULDS Speed is the decisive factor when it comes to rubber mould cleaning. For example, cleaning a tire mould (for a passenger car) takes eight hours of machine down-time and the same amount of manual labour time if done in the traditional way (blasting or chemical cleaning). Laser cleaning systems can clean 2m² per hour, a drastical improvement. A lot of aluminium moulds are used in the rubber industry. Laser cleaning makes sure the base material is not affected by the technology, surpassing sand-blasting. On top of that, laser cleaning technology is able to clean thicker and sturdier contamination, which is very difficult using the traditional methods. Best solution High Power solution as cleaning speed is an important factor.
COMPOSITE MOULDS In Aeronautics, laser cleaning is used to clean the wing moulds of airplanes. The structure of the moulds has to be preserved, so sand-blasting is not a good option if you want to clean these giants. Using chemicals can be very dangerous because the base material might be harmed by the toxic chemicals. Apart from that, the chemical waste would be outrageous. Because of the large surfaces that have to be cleaned, high speeds are demanded. Best solution High Power Systems will deliver the speed that is demanded.
STRUCTURE CREATION Laser units could be successfully used for structure repair jobs for the mould cavities and for surface structure creation for totally new mould cavities. In many different situations during the moulding process, it’s necessary to repair the mould cavities (scratches, flares, spots etc). With our laser solution it is possible to perform an essential repair quickly and qualitatively. At the same time it is a powerful tool for total new surface creation for toolmakers to use on a daily basis. It saves time and money, while delivering quality moulds to the market. Best solution Compact solution makes the process flexible and mobile for operator.
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