Whertec Europe Laserclad

Whertec LaserClad™ provides Cladding Perfection in an imperfect World

LaserClad™ The Future of Laser Cladding is Here

Joining metal surfaces together in the extreme conditions of today’s industrial process equipment – boilers, tubes and walls – is a tremendous challenge. Pressure, heat, corrosion and erosive particles can create forces capable of breaking those metal bonds and causing dangerous and expensive boiler failures.

European Whertec laser cladding offers a superior bond that effectively eliminates the problems of traditional weld overlays. It uses a laser as its energy source, along with metal powder alloys, to form a true metallurgical bond between unlimited types of metals. Customised powder combinations, including both metals and ceramics, means that the proper materials can be applied to combat erosion and corrosion.

The Whertec LaserClad™ laser cladding system was developed to eliminate residual stress and to provide superior metallurgical bonding. Unlike conventional weld overlay, LaserClad™offers a virtually limitless range of material selections. Low heat input and wider thickness ranges, from 0.5 mm to any specified thickness, provide great flexibility and high performance. This makes Whertec LaserClad™ the ideal solution for the intricate and precise demands of boiler tubes in Europe. Unlike weld overlay processes, we can achieve dilution rates of as little as 1 to 3 percent. It virtually eliminates distortion and shrinkage in the base material, and has extremely high deposit efficiency rates.

Compare LaserClad™ to the other weld and coating alternatives

Thermal Sprays – Thermal sprays and ceramic coatings provide a layer of protection against corrosion and slagging, but they are mechanically bonded to the substrate and can be subject to spalling and other failure over time. LaserClad provides a metallurgical bond with the substrate, virtually eliminating spalling and its related repairs.

Weld Overlay – Weld overlays form a metallurgical bond, so they too eliminate concerns with spalling. However, the heat created during application result in dilution and distortion that don’t work in all applications, particularly highly corrosive environments such as pulp & paper recovery boilers. LaserClad requires much less heat, so it greatly reduces dilution and distortion, meaning you can apply laser welded resilience and reduced outage time to even the most extreme boiler environments.

Other Laser Cladding Systems – Whertec Europe LaserClad™ represents a new level of laser welding precision. Unlike other laser welding systems, which deposit powder ahead of the weld, or use wire, LaserClad™ uses a proprietary, numerically controlled delivery methodology that results in a uniform welded surface. This means Whertec Europe’s LaserClad™ has better performance and reliability than other laser weld services:

  • Less material waste – means lower cost
  • Uniform heat transfer – requires less time/fuel to achieve boiler operating temperatures
  • Uniform tube width – Less panel tensile stress, weak spots
  • Reduced distortion, dilution and shrinkage

With LaserClad™, you are assured of the most reliable, precise and cost-effective solution in the industry.