Durr's Ecopaint painting robots are used in robotic painting stations for automatic surface coating of bodies and add-on parts in ESTA, AIR and powder applications.
Durr's Ecopaint painting robots are used in robotic painting stations for automatic surface coating of bodies and add-on parts in ESTA, AIR and powder applications.

Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany—Dürr’s Paint and Assembly Systems Division recently booked the 6,000th order for its EcoRP painting robot. This comes on the heels of reaching the 5,000-unit mark early last year. This latest unit is being installed, together with three “sister” robots, at Ford Motor Company’s plant in Craiova, Romania.

With over 6,000 units sold in 34 countries, Dürr’s EcoRP has been the world’s most successful painting robot since it was launched, according to the manufacturer. Dürr began developing it at its technology center in Bietigheim-Bissingen back in the mid-1990s. The first painting robots were installed at automobile plants in 1998.

“In the automobile industry, Dürr painting robots stand for greater flexibility, instant color changes, and reproducible results of the highest quality,” said Dr. Hans Schumacher, Head of Application Technology. Ever since their first introduction, he said Dürr robots have set the trend in automating paint application—starting with the coating of the body exterior and today increasingly extending to the painting of the vehicle interior and fittings.

Dürr’s expertise extends beyond robots. The company also has the capability to offer the entire application and paint supply technology. This includes high-tech products such as electrostatic high-rotation atomizers, paint-saving color changers, and software. Handling robots for opening vehicle doors and hoods in the paint booth round off the Dürr product portfolio.

Besides paint systems, Dürr Application Technology is also operating successfully in related fields. Nearly 1,000 fully-equipped robots have already been sold for weld sealing on cars and for applying underbody protection and sprayable sound damping mats. Another growth area is glueing technology for fitting panels and components in the body shop and final assembly.

Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the world market in its areas of operation. The company generates approximately 80% of its sales in business with the automotive industry. In addition, Dürr supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology.

The Dürr Group operates in the market with three divisions. The Paint and Assembly Systems division supplies production and painting technology, especially for car bodies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used in engine and transmission manufacturing and in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The third division, Clean Technology Systems, is focused on processes to improve energy efficiency and on exhaust air purification. Dürr has 49 business locations in 22 countries worldwide. The Group expects sales of about € 1.8 billion with approximately 6,700 employees in 2011.

Dürr USA, founded in 1970, offers the complete product and service spectrum of Dürr. Paint and Final Assembly Systems offers equipment for painting and assembly processes while Application Technology provides paint application systems. Dürr’s Environmental and Energy Systems is the global leader in air pollution control and environmental abatement. Dürr USA also offers Aircraft and Technology Systems for aircraft plants, Balancing and Assembly Products, as well as Cleaning and Filtration Systems for a variety of industrial applications.

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