Dürr installed the first paint robot at Nissan in Barcelona in 1998. Compared with the paint machinery available in those days, the new technology represented a quantum leap – both in terms of paint quality as well as speed, paint consumption and process reliability.
Demand for the Dürr robot grew in response to the ongoing automation of vehicle paint technology. Dürr sold half of its past 10,000 units since 2011; in addition to the outer shell, Dürr robots today are increasingly being used for painting the interior of automobiles. Dürr also uses robots to make other production stages of the automotive industry more efficient, such as sealing off weld seams, gluing vehicle sheets and panes or cleaning of components. Dürr most recently embarked on new approaches with a system for human-robot collaboration that speeds up the installation of fuel tanks during final vehicle assembly.
Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG: “Our paint robots are leading technology worldwide because they are especially aligned to the requirements of the painting process. Robotics will also feature as a focal point of innovation work at Dürr in the future – apart from paint technology, also in many other parts of our range of products and services.”