Abstract

Automation is widely used for automotive paint application because of the repeatability of the resulting surface finish, as well as the benefit of removing humans from a hazardous environment. So the improvement of automobile coatings is significant. One compelling aspect of improvement is the paint transfer efficiency (TE), which is defined as the amount of paint that remains on a surface relative to the amount supplied to the paint applicator during coating operations. The effects of spray parameters namely shaping air pressure, atomizing air pressure, paint flow rate, spraying distance and spray velocity on paint transfer efficiency. A orthogonal experiment is designed to analysis the effects of spraying parameters on paint transfer efficiency. After the acquisition and analysis of all experiments, the relationship between spraying parameters and paint transfer efficiency is performed. Through variance analysis and regression analysis of experiment data, a conclusion following had been drawn: shaping air pressure has the strongest influence on TE, shaping air pressure and spray distance are inversely proportional to TE, atomizing air pressure is proportional to TE, paint flow rate and spray velocity nearly have no influence on TE.

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