Speed and Accuracy – The benefits of painting automation for Boeing

Jul 29, 2013

Painting robots bring lots of benefits to the production line including speed and accuracy. When painting production lines integrate automation, users can expect decreased production costs while also increasing the product quality.


Robots have been used by the aero­space indus­try for years, and now, they are being uti­lized more than ever because of their speed and accu­ra­cy – the two main ben­e­fits of paint­ing automa­tion.

Accord­ing to a June 2013 arti­cle on Robot​x​world​.com, Boe­ing is using robots to paint the 166-foot wings on the 777 air­plane. While this process takes human work­ers up to four and a half hours, robots can have it fin­ished in 24 min­utes. This kind of speed is one of the more attrac­tive ben­e­fits of automat­ing the paint­ing process.

Anoth­er ben­e­fit of paint­ing automa­tion? Lack of over­spray. Since the robots are accu­rate and pre­cise, they do not waste a lot of paint. As a mat­ter of fact, not only do they not waste a lot of paint, they also use less paint on the object. The arti­cle stat­ed that since Boe­ing made the switch to paint­ing automa­tion, the amount of paint on each wing has been low­ered by 70 pounds.

A some­times unin­tend­ed paint­ing automa­tion ben­e­fit is the abil­i­ty to decrease the num­ber of work­ers need­ed on a paint­ing line. Boe­ing was able to reduce painters per shift from 30 down to 15. This saves pro­duc­tion costs. The labor­ers were assigned to oth­er tasks and no employ­ees were let go from Boe­ing dur­ing this reassignment.

With this speed and accu­ra­cy, the ben­e­fit of paint­ing automa­tion, in a nut­shell, is sav­ings to the man­u­fac­tur­er. Man­u­fac­tur­ers can reduce pro­duc­tion costs while increas­ing pro­duc­tion, which gets the prod­uct out to the con­sumer faster. This sav­ings may even be passed on from man­u­fac­tur­er to consumer.

For more infor­ma­tion about the ben­e­fits of paint­ing automa­tion with Robots​.com, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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