ANDRITZ Powerlase has introduced the new Vulcan family of laser-based surface preparation and coating removal systems. The new Vulcan platform has been expressly designed to fully address the requirements for high-volume surface removal (ablation) processes at power levels above 1 kW – coating and paint removal, mold cleaning, surface pre-treatment, and restoration.
“Our goal with the development of the Vulcan systems is to satisfy customers asking for a complete ablation solution that can vastly increase process speeds” said Joe Kennedy, VP of Sales and Marketing. “And, in utilising the Rigel laser system within the platform, Powerlase’s Vulcan delivers high peak power and pulse energy, and thus fast process speeds.”
The Rigel laser system integration provides the Vulcan platform with the same level of pulse parameter flexibility, condition monitoring, beam stability and fibre delivery that helped shape the Rigel series’ success in a broad range of industrial applications. The Vulcan platform also includes a high-speed, compact, portable, fibre-coupled scan head that offers manual and robotic control, while the integrated platform control unit makes the task of investigating ideal process parameters much easier for the user.
While the Vulcan platform will initially operate in the IR, Powerlase will also offer green and UV-based systems that are capable of processing specialty and composite materials much more efficiently than infrared. A much wider range of industrial sectors need flexible high-speed surface preparation, such as aerospace and automotive, but so do precision industries such as architectural conservation. All sectors can thus expect significantly reduced processing times and greater overall efficiency – both factors that can serve to make a laser-based application approach considerably more attractive.