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Automotive Industry


Under Body Coating

Under Body Coating (UBC) is a process to provide long-term protection from rust to the under chassis and underbody substrates from environmental impact and road abrasion.

Automated UBC station promotes vehicle sealing line through its substitution for traditional manual application, which is dedicated to higher efficiency of sealing processes and obvious reduced-cycle time. The precise-control automation solution decreases operating costs and optimizes quality.

  • High-level quality with airless process to enhance anti-chipping property
  • Less consumption of material and cost-saving
  • Safe and healthy working environment
  • Quick response due to highly internal integration of ABB Integrated Dispensing Function Package (IDFP) system
  • Considerably enhanced cycle time by ABB 3D(0°, 45°,75°) applicator
  • Optimize entire process with alleviating manual masking
  • Easy-to-use interface by integration directly to robot Teach Panel Unit (TPU)
  • ABB’s unique Integrated Process System (IPS)

Seam Sealing

Seam sealing classifies with UnderBody Seam Sealing (UBS) and Interior Seam Sealing (ISS), with application mainly on covering visible seams of underbody and inside car. This process can efficiently protect water ingress and electrochemical corrosion.

ABB offers automatic turnkey solution for vehicle seam sealing consists of UBS and ISS, which enables accurate process with high levels of consistency equipped with ABB Integrated Dispensing Function Package (IDFP) and track motions. 

  • High accuracy of bead appearance by precise ABB flow control and flat stream process
  • Considerable return on investment
  • Flexible module configuration of ABB products to meet customized requirement
  • Quick response due to highly internal integration of ABB Integrated Dispensing Function Package (IDFP) system
  • Easy-to-use interface by integration directly to robot Teach Panel Unit (TPU)
  • ABB’s unique Integrated Process System (IPS)

LASD

ABB is the world leading supplier to provide Liquid Applied Sound Damper (LASD) automated solution which applies water-based damping material, whose commitment is to fully use ABB’s expertise to reduce VOC emission by replacing manual soundproof pad and creates safe and comfortable inner-car environment.

  • Perfect bead quality of gapless LASD sealing appearance
  • Optimized sound-proof performance and heat insulation, providing a comfortable cabin experience
  • Quick response due to highly internal integration of ABB Integrated Dispensing Function Package (IDFP) system
  • Easy-to-use interface by integration directly to robot Teach Panel Unit (TPU)
  • ABB’s unique Integrated Process System (IPS)

Cosmetic Sealing

Cosmetic sealing is mainly focused on area of edges of doors and trunks, whose function is protection from vibration and corrosion.

ABB has introduced IRB4400, a high performance robot with slight arm designed specifically for reaching inside vehicle of large range, which yields stable and accurate path trajectory by control technology of TrueMoveTM and QuickMoveTM. Meanwhile, ABB advanced IPS software control enhances response time and promotes integration function.

  • Precise bead appearance with flat stream process
  • Enhance bead coherence compare to manual work
  • Integrated with laser equipment of top-class vision system, implementing double-rectification for precise vehicle positioning
  • Customized nozzle of high precision for easy-reachability to adapt different area sealing
  • Quick response due to highly internal integration of ABB Integrated Dispensing Function Package (IDFP) system
  • Easy-to-use interface by integration directly to robot Teach Panel Unit (TPU)

Rocker Panel Coating

Rocker panel coating (RPC) is the PVC process of rock panel, which avoids damage by foot stepping and corrosion.

  • Accurate bead appearance with airless process
  • Sharp-edge bead pattern due to rotated-disk masking tool integration, avoiding over-spray and simplifying cleaning work
  • Stable and fast robot operation through technology of TrueMoveTM and QuickMoveTM
  • Quick response due to highly internal integration of ABB Integrated Dispensing Function Package (IDFP) system
  • Easy-to-use interface by integration directly to robot Teach Panel Unit (TPU)
  • ABB’s unique Integrated Process System (IPS)

Cavity Wax

Cavity wax(CW) technology is dedicated to avoid corrosion inside the cavity due to inner electrochemical reaction by fulfill spraying for the whole cavity .

Robot-automated Cavity Wax (CW) station is the trend for upgrading plant automation next step. ABB has offered experienced CW solution for helping customer strengthen intelligent plant.

  • High precision with flow control
  • Evenly spreading within the whole cavity
  • Flexible installation compared to waxing machine
  • Customized nozzle to adapt target holes with different area

Cleaning

Cleaning is a preprocessing for painting, whose function is to reduce painting defects (such as particles, craters) and repair works.

Feather Duster is a unique solution for car body exterior cleaning developed by ABB. This solution integrated the robotics technology and characteristics of ostrich feather.

  • Compact design, less footprint
  • Low cost and high investment return
  • Flexible and precise movement
  • Stability (MTBF>50,000h) and easy to maintenance
  • Modular design
  • Simple to use by off-line programing software.

Exterior Painting

Exterior painting is to coat the car-body exterior surface with paints (water-borne or solvent-borne), to make the surface obtain right color and performance.

ABB have various types of painting robot and atomizer, which helps customer to achieve quality and appearance targets.

  • High acceleration and TCP velocity, less robots for the application
  • ABB’s unique Integrated Process System (IPS)
  • Compact booth dimension
  • Fully matching with ABB direct-charge/indirect-charge bell atomizer

Interior Painting

Interior painting is to coat the car-body interior surface (mainly door/cover frame and section) with paints (water-borne or solvent-borne), to make the surface obtain right color and performance.

ABB have various types of painting robot and atomizer, which helps customer to achieve quality and appearance targets.

  • High acceleration and TCP velocity, suitable for complex movement during application
  • ABB’s unique Integrated Process System (IPS)
  • Compact booth dimension
  • No need elevated rail for tracking line, easy to carry out maintenance
  • Match with ABB direct-charge/No-charge bell atomizer
ABB have abundant experience for interior painting application, and many solutions can be selected to meet customer’s expectation.

Quality Control

ABB is an experienced integrator for painting quality control, it is mainly focused on thickness, color and appearance in automotive industry. It is possible to get single or multiple function by integrating corresponding measuring head on ABB robotics, and all information can be shown and recorded in HMI screen and cabinet.

  • On-line wet film thickness measurement
  • Off-line dry film thickness measurement
  • Off-line color measurement
  • Off-line appearance measurement
Benefit from these system, the important data can be recorded and analyzed, this will also help customer reduce paint consumption (especially for compact process) and avoid batch rework by quick response.