The 10,000th Dürr robot is heading to Spain
Bietigheim-Bissingen, April 2016 – The 10,000th Dürr painting robot will be delivered to Spain. The milestone model of the EcoRP E033 will be applying primer to different Opel car bodies, along with 15 other robots in Zaragoza. The success story of the world's best-selling automotive painting robot began 18 years ago – also in Spain.
In 1998 Dürr delivered its first RP7 robots to Nissan in Spain, which impressed the customer with their high painting quality, quick color changes and great process reliability. Compared to the previous machinery, they reduced the material consumption – and thus the cost of disposal and recycling – by more than 50 percent. The 5,000th robot was produced in 2011 – it was already a second-generation model with optimized hose and cable routing, lower energy consumption and improved accessibility.
Dürr's painting robots are now used across five continents and have become indispensable in the factories of automotive manufacturers and suppliers. "It took 14 years to sell the first 5,000 robots, but only five years to sell the next 5,000", says Dr. Hans Schumacher, Head of Dürr's Application Technology division, describing the success story of the robots, which were specifically designed for the advancing trend of full automation in painting Technology.
Dürr's robot family has a modular design and thus meets all market requirements for fully automated paint application. The robots apply water-based and solvent-based paints and come as floor-mounted or raised versions. They are suitable for both continuous transport of car bodies through the paint booth (tracking) and stop & go stations. They are also versatile for use in interior and exterior painting.
Dürr robots can do even more
As 8- or 9-axis swing-arm robots, they also paint the cargo spaces of commercial vehicles. In addition, the Dürr robots function as door and hood openers during interior painting. Other areas of application include automatic coating thickness measurement and painting of plastic parts, including flaming and CO2 cleaning.
Milestone robot number 10,000 will be installed in the Zaragoza plant. In total, Dürr will deliver two primer stations with 16 painting robots as well as three sealing stations for rocker panel coating with six EcoRS 16 robots. The mechanical and plant engineering firm will also modernize the material supply system, booths, paint recesses and conveyor systems. Furthermore, Dürr has taken on the tasks of dismantling the existing machinery and teaching the new robots.
The machines currently used at Opel to apply primer paint are no longer flexible enough to adapt to today’s car body geometries. After the upgrade, the process will be much more efficient thanks to the EcoRP E033 robots. The Dürr application equipment installed on robot arm 2 will also reduce the consumption of paint, solvents and flushing media.
Dürr already delivered 12 robots for the top-coat line and eight robots for two-tone roof painting and refinishing to Zaragoza in summer 2015. For base-coat and clear-coat applications, Opel has been working with Dürr robots at this plant for years.