The 13,000th robot manufactured by Durr will be deployed in a new paint shop at General Motors’ plant in Changwon, Korea.
This is the first installation of the new third-generation Durr robot for GM, and it is part of the company’s biggest order in Korea to date.
The EcoRP E043i robot will be used to paint car interiors at Changwon. The equipment for the paint shop, which Durr was commissioned to build, includes a total of 78 third-generation robots that will paint both the interiors and exteriors of the car bodies. GM relies on fully automated painting with the latest application technology, Durr says.
GM will bring the paint shop on line in 2021, painting the new Chevrolet Spark mini-car as well as compact SUVs using the 3-wet method.
Seven-axis robots using Durr’s EcoBell3 atomizer technology will paint the interiors of the vehicle bodies, while the exteriors will be painted using six-axis robots.
Solvents are removed from the exhaust air using Durr’s Ecopure RTO regenerative thermal exhaust air-purification system together with the Ecopure CRC VOC concentrator.
“We’re proud that GM chose us for this important project. This shows the high customer benefit of the new features of the third-generation robots: top quality and availability with optimized costs,” says Lars Friedrich, member of the Board of Management of Durr Systems and responsible for the Application Technology Division.