Automated painting cell benefits from Yaskawa Motoman robots

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The latest example of motion control and robotics specialists Yaskawa Motoman's expansion into new manufacturing applications is the company's involvement in a new state-of-the-art automated robotic painting technical centre in Derby.

Yaskawa Motoman has contributed to the development a new fully automated centre. Other collaborators in the project were centre's owners Peak Contracts Ltd and paint supplier Graco.

The technical centre offers the flexibility of a full turnkey solution for those requiring either a new automated facility or the ability to upgrade to a current manual or automatic installation; it enables customers to apply both solvent- and water-based paints using Yaskawa Motoman's painting robot and the Graco ProBell.

An important focus of the technical centre is its support of the full turnkey approach. This includes: painting robots, electrostatics, rotary atomisers, air guns, up to 3k auto mix, paint mix and supply, complete booths, conveyor systems, 3D programming, safety planning and ATEX. Also, it can be used to provide customer training in all aspects of automated painting, from mixing and paint supply, through to robot programming and maintenance.

The engineers at Peak Contracts will work with 3D offline programming to understand the Yaskawa Motoman robot requirement in terms of reach and available cycle time. The 3D models, which can be imported into Yaskawa MotoSim, enable rapid reach studies and robot programming. Customers can therefore choose from the wide range of Yaskawa robots to ensure the most suitable and cost-effective option for each application.

An in-house design team then develops a booth design to house the required robots and equipment, together with the controls department to size and design any conveyor system of handling equipment required for the turnkey system.

Peak Contracts offer full paint trials in the new centre and working together with paint supply companies and the customer means that the full set of painting parameters can be tested, thereby helping to establish film builds, appearance and laydowns of the desired coating. The various settings of the Yaskawa robots, such as path speed, tool centre point and atomiser settings, can be calculated and approved by all stakeholders in the project.

Commenting on the collaboration with Peak Contracts, UK Sales & Marketing Manager Jonny Grey said: "Yaskawa Motoman offers manufacturers a wide range of robotic solutions for today's automated paint finishing applications as demonstrated by this successful collaboration with Peak Contracts and their paint delivery partner Graco."

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