ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3M™ Finesse-it™
Robotic Paint Repair System, developed by robotics experts in the
3M Abrasive Systems Division, has
been recognized once again for its groundbreaking innovation.
The team behind the automated paint repair system was awarded
"The Award for Technique" at the 2022 SURCAR Shanghai Congress.
SURCAR is the world's leading automotive body finishing community,
leveraging the experience of its members to provide insights, share
ideas and best practices on surface finishing.
"Customers continue to demand increased automation as part of
their quest for the 'lights-out' paint shop," said Carl Doeksen, Director, 3M Abrasive Systems Division. "This new system
improves productivity and quality in automotive manufacturing. We
have completely digitized this critical operation, which allows for
continuous real-time analysis and improvements via the vast amount
of data generated in the automated process."
3M, a pioneer in the automotive
industry's paint repair process more than 100 years ago, is
revolutionizing the field with its 3M
Finesse-it Robotic Paint Repair System. After years of research and
testing – and drawing on 3M's decades-long expertise in robotics –
the system was commercialized earlier in 2021. It is centered on
proprietary software that fixes defects, identified by a qualified
vision system, by providing robots the right repair process to
enable them to sand and polish the vehicles
using 3M abrasive products.
It's the latest innovation from the 3M Abrasives
System Division, which has developed numerous robotic abrasive
processes, across several industries, that use automation to help
increase productivity, consistency and cost savings, benefits made
even more critical by a shrinking workforce.
This the second SURCAR award won by 3M in as many years. In 2021, took home "The
Award for Technique" at the SURCAR Detroit Conference.
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