Laser ablation system
Coldwater, Ohio – Coldwater Machine Co. has announced its laser ablation system design and build capability. Systems can be designed to stand-alone or for integration into any manufacturing process that requires cleaning of parts prior to another operation.
Laser ablation can serve as a good alternative to traditional surface finishing solutions. Compared to grinding, lasers create a cleaner, smoother surface by eliminating burrs and nicks without increasing surface roughness. And, compared to fluid washers, laser ablations stations typically have a significantly smaller footprint, require fewer components, and are easier to maintain.
The company recently integrated a 3ft x 3ft laser ablation station around existing automation within a laser welding cell. Components needing cleaning travel on a conveyor into a Class 1 laser enclosure. The door comes down to enclose the part and shield the light emitted from the 100W laser.
Situated on a servo-driven powered slide unit, the part is raised up and rotated 360° to ensure that any dust, oil, coolant, or debris is removed from all sides.