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ABB launches newest paint robot in Berlin

ABB Automation Technologies : 17 March, 2007  (New Product)
A few days after the World Cup final ended, another band of world class players entered Berlin to take part in the fifth International Strategy Conference on Car Body Painting.
Joining ABB’s global paint management team in the German capital was Tormod Gunleiksrud, managing director of ABB’s robot factory in Bryne, Norway, and the vice president sales and marketing, Udo Grohmann.

ABB's new FlexPainter IRB 5500 robot paints a car body faster than today’s industrial standard, while maintaining quality and reducing losses, says Udo Grohmann, vice president of sales and marketing at ABB’s robot factory in Bryne, Norway.

In Berlin, Grohmann unveiled the latest news from Bryne - a new car body painting robot called the FlexPainter IRB 5500, and a new generation of rotary atomizers.

This combination of ABB technology paints a car body faster than today’s industrial standard, while maintaining the highest level of quality and reducing paint losses to a minimum.

“This is an important venue for ABB,” said Grohmann. “Just receiving an invitation confirms our position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of car body painting robots, and attending an event like this helps us strengthen our position by putting us in contact with the decision makers of the automotive industry.”

The Berlin conference attracted more than 220 paint experts from all over the world, including auto manufacturers, material and system suppliers and service providers.
In addition to speed, reduced paint losses and high quality results, the FlexPainter IRB 5500 is designed for tight installation, taking up less space on the production line.

Here they could see the FlexPainter IRB 5500, and learn that in addition to speed, reduced paint losses and high quality results, the robot is designed for tighter installation. That means less spray booth space is needed on the production line, while customers can maintain production volumes with fewer painting robots and associated equipment.

A tailor-made painting solution
“The IRB 5500 is a tailor-made painting solution for the automotive industry,” Grohmann explained. “With its fast acceleration and unique design, we have pushed back the boundaries of auto body painting technology. The FlexPainter is cost cutting in practice.”

At the conference, Grohmann spoke of the challenges of exterior car body painting, and described how customers can benefit from ABB’s FlexPainter, and reduce their costs.

“I think we managed to communicate that ABB’s painting robots live up to our vision of making our customers more effective, while at the same time lowering the impact on the environment. We have the right products at the right time with the newest technology, and that is exactly what the industry wants,” Grohmann said.
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