Automating spray painting tasks, particularly for complex three-dimensional objects such as vehicle bodies, has been a tedious, elaborate procedure involving multiple, hard-to-calculate parameters and ever growing demands in terms of quality and material efficiency. Recent developments now promise much more efficient process simulation applications to replace the often empirically developed painting processes used until now. Together at HANNOVER MESSE 2014, fleXstructures and Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM are presenting the extensive advantages of their innovative IPS Virtual Paint software.
IPS Virtual Paint is a new simulation method for analyzing and optimizing automated painting processes. Its specially designed software performs calculations including electrostatic charge, particle size, speed and air current in a single process, to determine and evaluate layer thickness distribution for complex surfaces. Time-consuming preparatory grid generation work is not needed. The method is more comprehensive and reduces the customary development times from several weeks to a few hours. The process also supports significant energy and development cost savings, and improves product quality at the same time.