All Paintshop articles – Page 6

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    Volkswagen opts for sustainable dry separation

    2009-09-01T11:17:54Z

    The German carmaker and its supplier partner drive their green manufacturing message abroad by opting for Dürr’s EcoDryScrubber systemSupplier partner lead the wayUp to 150,000 vehicles a year will roll off the production line at Volkswagen AG’s new plant at Chattanooga in the state of Tennessee, US from 2011. EcoDryScrubber, ...

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    Eco-efficient and agile

    2009-09-01T11:08:31Z

    Geico's Ali Reza Arabnia explains how it is working to revolutionise its customers’ paintshop operations and of his dream of total plant energy self-sufficiencyGlobal expertise, local contentConcentrating on core competenceBalancing business with energy savingDr. Arabnia manages to combine the zeal of an ecowarrior with the sharp business sense of a ...

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    A green and better paint finish at Mazda

    2009-09-01T10:26:49Z

    Reducing VOCs and CO2 emissions have been contradictory aims in paintshop for many years, but Mazda has come up with a revolutionary solutionCleaner plant and brighter finishesEnergy saving flash off processMazda Motor Corporation recently announced the successful launch of the newly developed Aqua-tech Paint System for vehicle body painting at ...

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    Special customers, special cars, special coatings

    2009-09-01T09:40:36Z

    Audi uses a mix of robot and manual spraying, matching and inspection on mixed material substrates to give its customers a range of colours and effects, as two of its heads of paint operations explainSelling cars in the ‘mid-premium-sports’ sector of the market combines the challenges of satisfying increasingly sophisticated ...

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    Editor's Note: Automotive Paintshop Solutions

    2009-09-01T09:28:04Z

    Customer colour choices and expectationsIn the present tough economic climate, the paintshop community could be forgiven for concentrating on cost cutting, streamlining operations and even looking for opportunities to ‘manualise’ some paint operations.As equipment budgets tighten and line workers are laid off from assembly work, they could possibly be available ...

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    AMS 10th Anniversary: Paintshop

    2009-07-01T12:06:58Z

    Environmental concernsNew products for old plantsCutting emissionsNew plants lead the waySmooth finishThe early years of this decade saw paint solution providers introduce a series of new preparation and application techniques. For their part, OEM carmakers analyzed the new products and technologies with growing interest but, with the exception of a ...

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    In the heat of the moment

    2008-09-01T15:50:38Z

    Infrared heating has enabled the paintshop to keep up with the demands of increased production meaning that these days you can watch paint dry in next to no timeMedium-wave means minutesWide applicationFitting the billSince its introduction in the 1950s, the application of infrared heating has increased in the automotive industry. ...

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    Editor's Note: Automotive Paintshop Solutions

    2008-09-01T15:44:45Z

    Implementing effective paint shop strategies has never been more vital to capturing the customer’s attention and loyalty, and keeping cost down and efficiency up. From the ever-increasing expectations of the end user to the need to protect the environment in material and energy usage, the challenges for the automotive paint ...

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    Stuck on you

    2008-09-01T15:40:01Z

    How the process worksA new development from 3M is claimed to revolutionise paint detail on vehicles with its design possibilitiesAnew concept in vehicle enhancement solutions has been introduced by 3M, which will improve the appearance and appeal of vehicles. The concept offers unlimited design possibilities to OEM designers and stylists ...

  • c1
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    Coatings that are up to scratch

    2008-09-01T15:29:30Z

    Nature's wayRefinish with reboundOne-component marketTipping the nanoscalesEven a tiny scratch can spoil the look of a good paint finish, so BASF Coatings has studied how nature resists at the nanoscale and come up with a new optionIn addition to its original protective function, the marketing significance of a vehicle’s finish ...

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    Pigs in the paint shop

    2008-09-01T15:21:00Z

    VarioBell at Rehau Robots on the inside Plastic component supplier Rehau and BMW have both benefited from the latest paint line technology supplied by Eisenmann. And it’s based on a pigging system that enables rapid paint changes with little loss Surface finishing is one of ...

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    Mix and match and measure

    2008-09-01T15:12:09Z

    No more trial and errorProblem solvingThe growing catalogue of effect paints now flooding the automotive market means matching and measuring colour is more of a challenge than ever. X-Rite has come up with a new tool which it says will make the job easierX-Rite has launched its xDNA system with ...

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    Snow-jet cleaning system

    2008-09-01T15:05:47Z

    System had to be reliable, above allFast and flexibleOptimum results with the patented cleaning headA subcontractor is using a CO2 snow-jet cleaning system integrated into the manufacturing process, instead of a powerwash system to clean plastic parts for the motor vehicle industry. This reduces both operating costs and rejects caused ...

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    Keeping things under control

    2008-09-01T14:55:39Z

    Quick start upFast and flexibleABB has released its new IRC5P controller, an integrated system that makes painting processes more flexible, give users more control over the entire system and makes coating more efficientThe latest version of ABB’s PC-based software for configuring and operating painting installations – IRC5P – offers outstanding ...

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    Plasma for the perfect finish

    2008-09-01T14:20:02Z

    Activating and cleaning surfacesBonding to polymerVehicle partsCorrosion protectionIf a brand is to score it needs to look good and this means that pre-treatment prior to the final surface coating is essential. One way to achieve this is through the high activation of surfaces using atmospheric pressure plasma. The process, using ...

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    A new scheme for colour

    2008-09-01T13:58:14Z

    Increasing demandThermoforming and mouldingLearning processHigh-volume productionPaint-free technology for automotive applications is moving forward at a rapid pace, driven by a need for environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternatives to traditional painting operations. Paint films provide huge benefits, such as the elimination of paint lines and their associated emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds ...

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    Keeping down the costs

    2008-09-01T12:38:38Z

    New campusEnergy savingsCost controlCool ideasSmaller boothsChemicals and coatingsPaint-shop experts Dürr and Eisenmann are maintaining their position in the market during these difficult times by embracing the energy-saving and sustainable technologyWhen 90 per cent of your business is accounted for by one industry you have to be certain that it is ...

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    Gone in 60 seconds

    2008-09-01T12:17:37Z

    Finding the energyThree-wetPride in the pre-treatmentLocal solutions to legislationScratching the surfaceFinding the right cureLessons in lightnessFord’s first Model Ts came in grey, red and Brewster Green, but the paint shop that Mark Nichols, the OEM's Technical Leader of Paint Research, knows is used to a lot more varietyThere is no ...

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    Making a clean job of car coating

    2008-09-01T11:51:46Z

    Efficient coatingOstrich feathersPowder coat expertiseRust never sleepsBMW’s Leipzig plant employs up-to date paint shop technology to ensure each car finishes up to the highest standard and does so with minimal environmental impactNowhere is this more obvious than in the paint shop, which backs modern processes with the latest environmental credentials, ...

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    An industry up in the air

    2008-01-01T09:30:54Z

    Damage limitationNew European legislationRegulation outside EuropeSwitch to waterborne paints in EuropeEnergy costs and system choiceOxidizers and VOCsFuture legislationThe paint shop accounts for almost all the VOCs coming out of a car plant. AMS considers the range of air quality legislation around the world and the ways that vehicle manufacturers are ...