das-Nano and ABB provides unprecedented savings of time and quality improvements in industrial painting processes

Client: ABB
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Coating thicknesses are critical information in the surface treatment industry to ensure the quality and durability of the final product. Insufficient or inadequate thickness can lead to technical problems or high costs.

Solution: das-Nano Irys & GoFa™ from ABB

Inadequate lab systems to measure the coating thickness

One of the most common problems that laboratories have when characterizing coatings is that they do not have adequate systems to measure the thickness of the coating layers, because these systems are technically insufficient or they are different from those used in the manufacturing line.

Comparable online and offline (in the laboratory) measurements are necessary.

However, most of the current technologies used in manufacturing lines are manual or require contact, and therefore, are slow processes. Other systems do not allow measuring each layer thickness, but measure the total thickness of the coating instead.

Contactless, automatic and fast measurements of each coating layer of wet, dry and cured materials are a must for a R&D or quality control laboratory, to characterize test samples and correlate the thickness results with the production line results.

das-Nano Irys with an ABB collaborative robot is the solution!

The old way

Traditional manual methods that require contact and measure the total thickness of the entire coating, not of each layer and spots of the coating: LESS ACCURACY

The new way

das-Nano Irys & ABB: fully automated, fast, accurate and contactless system that measures each coating layer simultaneously

Direct benefits for your business

5% Material Savings thanks to thickness optimization.

3% Reduction of reworks.

Reduction of the environmental impact.

No need for cost extensive calibrations.

das-Nano Irys with ABB collaborative robot

Our patented technology has major advantages over other solutions on the market. It is a fully automated, fast and accurate system that measures each coating layer simultaneously, regardless of the substrate material.  In addition, there is no need for calibration stops during measurement, which saves a lot of time – And all this without contact!

Work has been carried out in different areas and, in particular, in developing complex algorithms based on artificial intelligence to extract thickness values from terahertz waves and optimize the hardware of the terahertz system to adapt technology to specific measurement needs.

das-Nano Irys system can be adapted to industrial robots to be exploited in production lines and adapted to ABB collaborative robots used in labs. The thickness results in both environments are obtained with the same terahertz technology and are therefore directly comparable.

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