PPG, a Pittsburgh-based paints, coatings, and materials company, Tuesday announced it will introduce a low-energy paint process for automotive OEMs during the inaugural SURCAR North American Congress June 13-14 at Detroit’s Roostertail event complex. PPG’s Automotive OEM Coatings is headquartered in Troy.
SURCAR is a series of regional technical conferences for the automotive finishing industry. Participants include vehicle OEMs as well as paint materials and equipment manufacturers.
PPG representatives will introduce a low-energy paint system developed through Project LEAPP, the company’s global initiative to help OEMs reduce paint shop capital requirements and operating costs. About 70 percent of total energy consumption at an automotive assembly facility currently takes place in the paint shop.
“Project LEAPP focuses on technology initiatives that can have a transformative effect on paint shop operations, sustainability, and vehicle appearance,” says David Fenn, PPG research manager, automotive OEM coatings. “We are eager to share the results of this important project during SURCAR and begin the process of commercializing the technology.”
The new process was developed in collaboration with Dürr Systems Inc. and can reduce energy consumption by up to 39 percent by permitting a lower curing temperature and faster flash and dehydration times. The new system can enable OEMs to reduce the physical footprint of their paint shop operations because fewer ovens are needed and cure temperatures are lower. The ability to coat metal and heat-sensitive parts such as plastics and composites at the same time can also simplify the manufacturing process.
The Project LEAPP presentation will take place during the event’s Paint Shop Innovation technical session on Thursday, June 14. Roostertail is located at 100 Marquette Drive.