Robotic specialist YASKAWA is involved in a collaboration that supports customers’ requirements for automated painting solutions, as MEPCA discovered.
YASKAWA’s expansion into new manufacturing applications is demonstrated by its involvement in a state-of-the-art automated robotic painting technical centre in Derby. The centre represents a highly advanced automated painting solution as a result of collaboration between the centre’s owners, engineering solutions specialist Peak Contracts Ltd, Yaskawa and paint supplier Graco.
The 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, enabling 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 for all aspects of a 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 compliance. It can also be used to provide customer training in all aspects of automated painting, from mixing and paint supply to robot programming and maintenance.
The engineers at Peak Contracts will work with 3D offline programming to understand the Yaskawa Motoman robot requirements in terms of reach and available cycle time. The 3D models, which can be imported into Yaskawa MotoSim, support rapid reach studies and robot programming. This enables customers to choose from the wide range of Yaskawa robots to ensure the most suitable and cost-effective solution for each application.
The in-house design team is then able to establish 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 solution.
Peak Contracts offers full paint trials in the new centre, and working together with paint supply companies and customers, a full set of painting parameters can be tested, helping to establish film builds, appearance and laydowns of desired coatings. The Yaskawa robot’s various settings, such as path speed, tool centre point and atomiser settings, can be calculated and approved together with all stakeholders in a project.
Commenting on the collaboration with Peak Contracts, Yaskawa’s 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 its paint delivery partner Graco.”