ABB PixelPaint Optimizes Automotive Painting Efficiency

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ABB Robotics’ PixelPaint cuts custom automotive painting job times in half and eliminates overspray.


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ABB Robotics' PixelPaint
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PixelPaint from ABB Robotics (Cary, N.C.) increases automotive painting speed by 50% and enhances painting sustainability. Instead of using a traditional spray, PixelPaint uses an inkjet head that eliminates overspray and applies two-tone paint and individual designs in one pass without masking or demasking.

Millennials’ desire for greater individualization has increased the need for customized vehicle paint schemes using a second color, different paint finish or special design. Customized designs have historically been a labor-intensive process requiring multiple trips through the painting line and wasting between 20 and 30% of the applied paint to overspray.

ABB’s PixelPaint solution incorporates a high-painting inkjet head, dosing control package and RobotStudio programming software for two-tone and decorative painting applications. Michael Larrson, managing director automotive OEM for ABB Robotics, says this approach eliminates overspray, allowing shops to “reduce operating costs and improve environmental performance.” He also says PixelPaint will speed up jobs around 50% through removing the need for masking and demasking cars. 

Pixelpaint is available as a cell using two ABB IRB 5500 robots.  The technology prints paint directly onto a target area using the printing nozzle head instead of spraying with a conventional atomizer, resulting in 100% transfer efficiency. This approach allows shop owners to carry out customized paint jobs in a single pass.

ABB received a Technology award for its PixelPaint solution at the SURCAR annual conference in Cannes in June 2019.

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