SelfPaint – A self-programming paint booth

F. Edelvik, O. Tiedje, J. Jonuscheit, J. S. Carlson. In proceedings from 51st Conference on Manufacturing Systems - CIRP CMS 2018, Stockholm, May 2018, Procedia CIRP, 72:474-479, 2018.


In this paper we present a unique Fraunhofer approach that aims towards a vision to automate the product preparation in paint shops by automatically generating robot paths and process conditions that guarantee a certain wanted paint coverage. This will be accomplished through a combination of state-of-the-art simulation technology, inline quality control by novel terahertz thickness measurement technology, and surface treatment technology. The benefits of the approach are a shortened product preparation time, increased quality and reduced material and energy consumption. The painting of a tractor fender is used to demonstrate the approach.

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