Watch how a car is painted… by 84 robots (video)
Seat has revealed how it uses robots to paint its cars and how it comes up with the colours it uses…
WHEN IT COMES TO PAINTING new cars quickly, robots can’t be beaten. Seat has revealed a video and stills of how it creates its colours and then how 84 robots apply the paint to the body panels.
When the Range Rover Evoque was first launched, I got to take a look around the factory in the UK, where it was being built. We didn’t get to see much, and we weren’t allowed to take pics but we did get to spend five minutes watching robots paint the new Evoque and it was mesmerising.
I never knew, but according to Seat it takes 1000 days for it to develop and sign-off a new shade of colour for use. “In addition to following trends, a lot of intuition also goes into defining a new shade. You have to feel the pulse on the street and run with it,” said Jordi Font from SEAT’s Colour & Trim department. Around 1000 litres of paint are needed to create a new colour, “by mixing 50 different pigments and metal particles we’ve created nearly 100 variations of the same colour to see which shade is the most suitable”, added Carol Gómez from the Colour & Trim department.
“Colours get more sophisticated every day and the demand for customisation is a growing trend,” said Font.
Once the colour has been selected and it comes to painting the car, the temperature is set to between 21 and 25 degrees. Two and a half kilos of paint is applied on each car in an automated process performed by 84 robots that takes six hours per vehicle.
“The paint booths feature a ventilation system that is similar to the ones found in a surgery room to prevent dust and other impurities from the exterior to settle on the freshly painted cars. Seven coats in all, each as thin as a hair width but as hard as a rock, which are baked in an oven at 140 degrees,” said Seat.