Ferrari records a higher production output
Maranello, September 2014 – The rotational dip coating process Ecopaint RoDip from Dürr features a small footprint and high coating quality, with low energy and material consumption. Dürr modernized an existing RoDip facility at Ferrari in Maranello; as a result, this Italian sports carmaker now has state-of-the-art technology in the field of pretreatment (PT) and cathodic electrocoating (EC). The higher availability of the converted RoDip E facility has led to a higher production output.
Ferrari already came to appreciate the fundamental benefits of RoDip since the paintshop was commissioned in Maranello in 2004: car bodies are rotated 360° in a dip tank. This rotation optimizes the entire process of immersion, flooding and draining. Contaminant particles are almost completely flushed out, and cavities are flooded to an optimal degree. The coating film thickness is constant and there are fewer runs and sags, leading to less sanding work being required. The low bath volume reduces energy, water and chemical consumption compared with other PT and EC methods.
The project at Ferrari was the most extensive conversion of a RoDip plant that has ever been carried out. It is the oldest electrically driven RoDip plant in operation to date. The modernization was urgently required so as to ensure an ongoing high level of plant availability for the future. In the process, a number of system components of the newer RoDip generation were installed. Dürr completely modified the plant’s supply system, transport unit control and transport unit equipment. In addition, the operating interface and plant visualization EcoScreen was augmented, ensuring comfortable process monitoring of the PT/EC area.
Using the RoDip technology, car bodies are transported through the process independently from one another. Each of the freely programmable carriers contains a conveying drive as well as a drive for rotation. The drive units are positioned via an absolute path measurement system, and communication with the control unit via a WLAN system ensures optimum control. RoDip E is particularly flexible; individual processes are capable of being skipped where necessary.
An international team from Dürr in Italy, Poland and Germany was responsible for the project at Ferrari. The conversion was thoroughly prepared several months in advance so that the work could be carried out during the customer’s three-week vacation period. Dürr met the tight time schedule, and the production launch commenced on time. After that, the Ferrari employees were given assistance in learning to operate the modernized plant for another three weeks.
The Italian carmaker was highly satisfied during the final acceptance phase. The company benefits from the fact that the plant is easier to operate, with a higher reliability and first class corrosion protection.
The dip painting system RoDip from Dürr is an absolute classic in vehicle finishing. In the past five years alone, over 30 million cars across the globe were given their corrosion protection by RoDip.