Painting the 3DayCar: developing a new approach to automotive coatings and lean manufacture

M. Howard, A. Graves

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Abstract

Automotive painting is essential not only for providing a flawless and emissions free system of body coating, but as a key enabler of customer order fulfillment. Paint shops in the UK and Europe continue to require large batch-sizes, long lead-times and suffer from high levels of defects. This represents considerable waste in the system, contrary to the principles of lean manufacture and building-to-order. This research suggests that the role of the paint shop may be changing, where the emphasis on production is moving towards customer-pull, total system reliability and batch sizes of one. Whilst the advance in water-borne and powder technology are likely to remain of an incremental nature, new manufacturing concepts such as alternative body construction and thermoplastic in-molded color panel technology, may radically change how coatings are applied during vehicle production.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventAutomotive and Transportation Technology Congress and Exhibition - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 1 Oct 20013 Oct 2001

Conference

ConferenceAutomotive and Transportation Technology Congress and Exhibition
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period1/10/013/10/01

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