The compounding impact of increasing environmental regulations, rising material costs, and pressure to innovate are driving Boat, Swimming Pool and Caravan manufacturers to turn to robotic solutions for fibreglass and gel coat applications within the composite sector. The gains in product quality and reliability, material savings and wastage, labour savings, improved cycle times, increased employee safety and reduced emissions cannot be ignored. The Fanuc range of paint robots are the perfect choice to automate your gelcoat and fibreglass manufacturing facility.
Benefits of Fibreglass Robots and Gelcoat Robots
✓ Product quality and reliability
Gelcoat quality directly influences a product’s final appearance. If the application is applied too thick, the surface becomes susceptible to cracking, too thin and the gelcoat won’t cure correctly. Relying on a proven Fanuc paint robot gives you a repeatable outcome that can eliminate these quality concerns.
✓ Overspray wastage
With precise trigger timing and constantly repeatable motion, a robotic application pattern dramatically reduces variance in the amount of resin or fibreglass used, reduces overspray and ensures uniform coating thickness.
✓ Shorter cycle times
A fibreglass or gelcoat robot can repeat difficult ergonomic tasks with speed and accuracy. Fan patterns can be varied on the fly which enables improved coverage and higher deposition rates. With a Fanuc high speed painting robot, you can expect shorter cycle times and high equipment availability on every shift.
✓ Material Savings
Reducing waste at the point of origin is the key to material savings. Fibreglass and gelcoat robots and their dispensing systems are very accurate, with precise trigger timing and constantly repeatable motion dramatically reducing variance in the amount of resin or fibreglass used. Closed loop material delivery systems can be included in a robotic solution to monitor and provide consistent fibre chop application, adjusting the amount of fibre material delivered in line with minor changes in the manufacturing environment.
✓ Increased employee safety and environment
Fibreglass and gelcoat robots are designed to operate in Zone 1 Class 1 environments, meaning potentially hazardous tasks can be completed in a far safer manner, reducing the exposure of employees in a manufacturing facility to potentially hazardous environments.
Paint robots don’t need PPE, lunch breaks or suffer RSI injuries – all major issues in a fibreglass manufacturing shop.
ASA can assist with identifying gains in product quality and reliability, material savings and wastage, labour savings, improved cycle times, increased employee safety and reduced emissions for your fiberglass and gel coat processes.
Fanuc Industrial Fibreglass Robot and Gelcoat Robot Range
With over 20 years experience in robotics, ASA exclusively install Fanuc fibreglass and gelcoat robots for their superior quality and functional reliability. Fanuc also boasts a huge range of fibreglass and gelcoat robots for any fibreglass or gelcoat application. Fanuc fibreglass and gelcoat robots use state of the art technology in a form that is user friendly and simple to use.
Benefits of choosing Fanuc Fibreglass and Gelcoat Robots
✓ Highly Flexible
Fanuc fibreglass and gelcoat robots can be configured with a range of floor, wall, invert, angle and ceiling mounting options, in left or right-hand positions, offering huge locational versatility, the ability to optimize limited workspace and, when ceiling mounted, allow easy access for servicing.
✓ Maximum Adaptability
Fanuc fibreglass and gelcoat robots offer high arm and wrist payloads to support the chopper gun and the gelcoat applicators. Payloads of 15 kg are typical with a maximum of 45 Kg for the P-350 robot.
✓ Great Reliability
Fanuc fibreglass and gelcoat Robots can be configured with some of the application hardware packaged inside of the robot arm, allowing for rapid, accurate and consistent application performance.
✓ Cost Effective
The lightweight aluminium arm fitted to Fanuc fibreglass and gelcoat robots saves money by lowering energy costs, requiring less power to operate, and provides additional safety benefits since there is no risk of ignition should a collision occur.
✓ Hollow Wrist Design
Fanuc fibreglass and gelcoat Robots have a hollow wrist design. Cabling and services are routed through the robot arm and the fibreglass tow routed externally, eliminating both the risk of cable catching and contamination from debris that may fall from exposed hoses. The in-arm hose design allows for tight manoeuvring, while the narrow forearm allows for easy manipulation around parts.