The company BASF has launched M-ROB, its application robot, at its Würzburg site. The multifunction application robot allows application that simulates conditions at the paintline and as such, meets the requirements of the automotive industry.
M-ROB permits BASF to develop new colors for automotive customers and to design solutions for OEM products. The M-ROB application unit consists of control software developed by BASF itself, as well as a large booth and oven room. M-ROB can simulate and apply the primer, basecoat and clearcoat layers, as well as all of the integrated processes. It is able to apply the coating not only vertically and horizontally, but also three-dimensionally, for instance, for mirror housings. The robot offers users the possibility to change between various types of atomizers quickly and easily. The software specially developed for the robot also offers particularly efficient paint application. Starting in 2012, BASF will be launching M-ROB in other countries as well. Plans for start-ups at the sites in Totsuka, Japan, in 2012 and Guadalajara, Spain, in 2013 are already in place. Other robots are to follow in the coming years at sites including Shanghai, China, Clermont, France, and Sao Bernardo, Brazil.