Achieving high-integrity, high-gloss automotive finishing depends heavily on adequate curing of coatings between multiple layers. Curing time is necessary for drying and for chemical reactions to complete before application of the next coating layer. Gas catalytic infrared radiation (IR) is emerging as a preferred heat source for curing, but maximum curing is limited to those areas that are directly in the line of sight of the IR beam. U.S. Autocure, an Arizona-based coating and automation specialist developed an automated system that delivers IR beams evenly across contoured automotive surfaces but had to overcome a major challenge: moving heavy metal booms and shutters smoothly, quietly, and in compliance with stringent safety regulations for spray booths.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Advanced Manufacturing International (AMI) has been awarded a $2M grant