Laser Oxide Removal

What Is Laser Oxide Removal?

Before coating or welding or other surface treatments, the side of a metal part must be clean and without laser oxide. The laser oxide removal brushes developed by Timesavers can be used to remove the laser oxide layer without damaging the metal part. An oxide layer, also called laser oxide, is created when metals are cut by a CO2 laser that uses oxygen as an assist gas. It is visible around the cut areas and needs to be removed by preferably a machine tool that delivers consistent quality. Our laser oxide removal machines offer the right solution.

Reasons to Remove the Laser Oxide Layer

-Pre-welding. Considering the laser oxide peels off easily, the metal components will need to be clean from oxide layers to strengthen the welds and prevent weld failures. It is one of the basic conditions of welding quality.

-Before coating process. Whether a powder coating or paint coating is applied, for both surface treatments it is necessary to remove the oxide skin, so that the coating adheres to the product and paint will not peel off.

Although the use of deoxidizers/chemicals or laser cleaning are removal methods of oxides and contaminants, Timesavers is offering the rotary brush machine as the ultimate solution for an efficient oxide removal process. The laser oxide removal brushes, which are made of steel wire, hit the part and remove oxides from the surface as well as the sides of the product. The brush reaches the interior and exterior contours of the product, for the optimal result.

Two large and shiny washers with oxide removed

How Timesavers Machine Help

The Rotary Brush (RB) machines from Timesavers are substitutes for laser cleaning solutions and replace the need for manual oxide removal, which is a labor-intensive process. A wide variety of metals can be processed in our machines, such as stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum and copper. Timesavers’ machines are designed in such a way that applications, like deburring or edge rounding, can be combined in one machine. The Timesavers Rotary Brush machines are designed and engineered to remove the oxide layer formed, when laser cutting parts through steel wire brushes that reach the interior and exterior contours of your part, providing optimal results. It is possible to add an abrasive belt before the rotary brushes or a finishing belt at the end of the laser oxide removal machine. Therefore, one side of the product is completely processed in a single pass.

If you have any questions about whether this application will suit your needs, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to share our knowledge and give advice, so you can achieve the best quality products.