The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs (ODASD(MPP)) and NCMS, in conjunction with the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG), are hosting a Laser Coating Removal Forum to share the experiences, challenges, successes, and benefits of DoD efforts to conduct laser coating removal operations.
Weapons systems are stripped of paints and/or coatings to enable substrate inspection, corrosion remediation, and repair/overhaul current traditional paint/coating removal methods used by DoD maintenance depots are costly, time consuming, labor-intensive, potentially hazardous, may cause substrate damage, and often result in undesirable environmental conditions.
DoD is actively pursuing laser coating removal as an alternative process due to its potential to reduce costs, reduce waste, and increase weapon system readiness. Laser energy is focused onto the surface and is absorbed into the coating, resulting in decomposition and removal of the coating and causing only a minimal increase in substrate temperature. Laser coating removal can be applied to a variety of substrates, including metal, composites, plastics, and glass. Key advantages include their non-contact nature and the fact that they use no secondary medium that contributes to waste streams. The DoD’s continued investigation and validation of laser coating removal systems has resulted in the technology moving from limited, niche applications to engineered systems using commercial, off-the-shelf components that are reliable, easy to maintain, and being used for mainstream applications.
On the first day, the forum will discuss the successful applications and experiences that NAVAIR and the USAF have encountered with the development and use of laser painting removal systems for small area applications to include handheld laser systems, large area coating removal applications such as rotor blades, and full aircraft applications that use powerful laser stripping tools and state-of-the-art mobile robots to automatically remove paint and coatings from an entire aircraft. The second day will consist of panels that discuss the challenges, enablers, transition, solutions and other lessons learned. Attendance is open to all DoD and industry personnel. Information about connecting to the event will be sent prior to the event. Be sure to check your email for this information.RELEVANT LINKS:
If you have any questions, please contact Ray Langlais <firstname.lastname@example.org> at (571) 633-8019.
|12:30-12:40||Welcome – Greg Kilchenstein – ODASD(MPP)|
|1240 – 1245||Forum Objective: Greg Kilchenstein
|12:30-12:40||Forum Rules of Engagement – Debbie Lilu|
|1250 – 1630 Presentation of Ongoing DoD Laser Coating Removal Projects (Military Services)|
|1250 – 1345||Automated Rotor Blade Stripping System (ARBSS) – Robbie Mehring / Ben Thompson – FRC-East at Cherry Point|
|1345 – 1415||
NAVSEA Laser Coating Removal from Ships Program -Kurt Doehnert / Randall Santiago – NAVSEA
|1415 – 1430||Break|
|1430 – 1545||
Air Force Laser Depaint Program – Rick Crowther / Jim Arthur – OO-ALC at Hill AFB
|1620 – 1630||Wrap Up – Greg Kilchenstein|
|Discuss Challenges, Enablers, Transition, Lessons Learned, and Possible Solutions|
|1230 -1235||Day 2 welcome – Greg Kilchenstein|
|1235 -1240||Review Forum Rules of Engagement – Debbie LiLu|
Laser De-Coating Technology Challenges & Enablers
Discussion of Similarities, Differences, Lessons Learned
|1500 – 1515||Break|
|1515 – 1600||
Identify significant unresolved issues and challenges, and develop courses of action designed to create solutions
|1600 – 1615||
Instill tools and processes to continue sharing of technologies, process steps, and lessons learned
|1615 – 1630||Wrap-up and Final Comments – Greg Kilchenstein|