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DRIVING AMERICAN INNOVATION: FORD UNVEILS
CLEAN, EFFICIENT PAINT SHOP OF THE FUTURE
- Ford's "paint shop of the future"
reduces VOC emissions by 10 percent; CO2 output by 20
- Cost savings are estimated between $7
and $11 per vehicle.
- Major technological solutions include:
- An advanced chemical
formulation of paint high-solids, solvent-borne
is better than water-borne paint for the
environment, the customer and the business.
- An innovative three-wet
application process eliminates steps, resulting
in a smaller, cleaner, more efficient paint shop.
- Patented Fumes-to-Fuel and
other waste-management technology conserves
energy and helps keep air clean.
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 1, 2005 Using
innovative technological solutions, Ford Motor Company today
unveiled a clean, efficient and quality-driven "paint shop
of the future," which reduces volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
emissions by 10 percent and CO2 by 20 percent. Cost savings are
estimated between $7 and $11 per vehicle.
Traditionally, automotive paint operations
have represented the industry's biggest manufacturing-related
environmental challenge. Industry-wide, 70 million pounds of
paint fumes annually are collected and destroyed by expensive
pollution abatement systems around the world before they are
emitted into the air.
And 24 million pounds of paint overspray
are captured in spray booths, treated and consolidated into
nonhazardous sludge that eventually finds its way to landfills
"Painting vehicles is arguably the
auto industry's biggest challenge," said Mary Ellen
Rosenberger, manager, Paint Strategy, Ford Motor Company. "Ford
has found the solution. It's environmentally sound. It's cost-efficient.
And it produces beautifully painted vehicles with long-term
Ford's Paint Shop of the Future consists of
three major technological solutions: an advanced chemical paint
formulation, an innovative three-wet application process and
patented waste management technology that converts paint fumes
into electricity and recycles paint sludge into car parts.
The new paint shop will be piloted at Ohio
Assembly Plant early next year.
Advanced Chemical Formulation
Ford and its suppliers have developed a
patented high-solids, solvent-borne paint formulation that
produces fewer VOC emissions than do current water-borne and
solvent-borne paints. The new formulation contains more color
pigment and, therefore, requires less paint to cover a vehicle.
Furthermore, it contains new polymers and other additives that
prevent running and sagging.
According to Ford internal quality data,
solvent-borne paint provides better long-term resistance to chips
and scratches than does water-borne paint.
Three Coats of Wet Paint
A patented three-wet paint process allows
Ford to eliminate one of the five steps in the paint shop,
resulting in a total estimated cost savings of $7 per vehicle.
Furthermore, the smaller paint shop consumes less energy,
resulting in fewer C02 emissions.
In the new paint shop, the prime-coat
application and its related processes are eliminated. Three coats
of wet paint are applied one after another without sags, runs and
other defects thanks to the new chemical formulation.
Ford is not only interested in managing
waste, but eliminating it. Innovative technology, such as the
patented Fumes to Fuel, nonhazardous sludge recycling, and high-transfer
efficiency are among the methods Ford is currently using.
A new bell-shaped spray applicator
minimizes overspray. As a result more paint adheres to the
vehicle. Even with more efficient applicators, there is overspray
which is consolidated into nonhazardous sludge. Ford is
installing a recycling system at Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne,
Mich., that dries the sludge and recycles it into auto parts that
help quiet the passenger compartments of cars and trucks. Instead
of going to the landfill, the sludge is recycled into a sound-deadening
Michigan Truck Plant features a permanent
installation of Ford's patented Fumes-to-Fuel technology, which
turns paint fumes into electricity that is returned to the plant
power grid. It's enough electricity to light a typical suburban
block of homes. The permanent installation follows a successful
pilot of the technology at the Ford Rouge Center in 2004.
VOCs are pulled from the paint air
emissions by carbon beads. The clean air is then released from
the facility. The scrubbed VOCs are sent to a generator where
they are transformed into electricity.