Laser Photonics Offering AI Laser Cleaning Tech

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2023


Earlier this year, laser system manufacturer Laser Photonics Corporation began taking orders for its new programmable and artificial intelligence-capable robotic cell enclosure.

According to the company, the CleanTech Robotic Cell Enclosure is aimed to eliminate safety concerns for human operators. The new offering is available to customers for pre-order, with initial deliveries anticipated in early 2024.

About the Company

With sustainability and safety becoming major talking points in the abrasive blasting industry, laser technology from companies such Laser Photonics hope to create a greener environment and protect worker health.

The industrial laser products reportedly aim to provide a modern alternative to sand and abrasive blasting industries, as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines place parameters around use based on air quality, noise pollution and waste production, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration describes “significant risk” to worker exposure and health to blasting materials.

LPC creates high-tech laser systems for laser marking, laser cutting, laser engraving, and other material processing applications in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, defense, electronic, semiconductor, flat panel and medical industries.

Specifically, its CleanTech Laser Cleaning Systems reportedly offer an advantage over traditional cleaning methods like sandblasting, dry ice blasting, and other abrasive blasting techniques because the laser cleaning systems are eco-friendly, energy-efficient and complete the job in half the time.

According to the company, this method removes paint, contaminants, rust and residues with a high-energy laser beam that leaves the substrate untouched. CleanTech is available in a variety of sizes and strengths for many applications.

Last year, LPC completed an order of its CleanTech Handheld LPC-1000CTH to the U.S. Navy, where it will be utilized at the Kingsbay Trident Re-fit Facility. According to Tupuola, eight systems have been sold for a total of $750,000 to the Fairchild and Hurburt Airforce Bases, the Army depot and supply core, the Navy Special Warfare Group, SOCOM and the Department of Veteran Affairs over the past 18 months.

Shortly after, the company received an order from Baltimore Gas and Electric in Maryland to provide a handheld laser cleaning system for paint removal from various tanks. For this, the CleanTech 2000 JobSite system was selected due to its “cost-effective, efficient and safe method of industrial cleaning, rust removal, paint removal and surface preparation.”

Robotic Cell Enclosure

Laser Photonics explains that automated environments require precise beam positioning and focus. The CleanTech Robotic Cell Enclosure is reportedly optimized for these jobs, while also creating smaller power demands than handheld laser cleaning solutions and potentially eliminating safety concerns.

Its programmability and AI capability can fulfill multiple tasks simultaneously, including serving as a cleaning operator, quality control inspector, engineering programmer and process engineer.

Several options are anticipated to be available, with the most productive model being equipped with an AI module, 3D scanner and visualizer, vision system and a Class I Safety shroud or enclosure.

The company says that, due to the AI algorithms, laser process paths are optimized to ensure the most efficient route, reducing unnecessary movement and process time. Additionally, it can provide real-time monitoring of processes to detect defects or deviations.

   

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