Ford 3D Dirt Detection Technology (1)

Η Ford μας παρουσιάζει τη νέα διαδικασία βαφής των αυτοκινήτων της. Η τεχνολογία ονομάζεται 3D Dirt Detection με την Μπλε Οβάλ εταιρία να υπόσχεται πως με την διαδικασία αυτή μπορεί να βρεθεί οποιαδήποτε ατέλεια στο χρώμα του αυτοκινήτου πιο εύκολα και πιο γρήγορα από ποτέ.

Ford 3D Dirt Detection Technology (2)

Η διαδικασία χρησιμοποιεί 16 υψηλής ευκρίνειας κάμερες συνδεδεμένες με υπολογιστή που δημιουργούν ένα τρισδιάστατο μοντέλο του αυτοκινήτου ώστε να ανιχνεύσουν τυχών ατέλειες στο χρώμα και σωματίδια ρύπων μικρότερα από έναν κόκκο αλατιού. Συνολικά περισσότερες από 3.000 φωτογραφίες αναλύονται μέσα σε 15 δευτερόλεπτα από το σύστημα και σε περίπτωση που εντοπιστεί πρόβλημα, τότε υπάλληλος της Ford το διορθώνει με το χέρι. Σύμφωνα με τη Ford αυτή η νέα τεχνολογία μειώνει το χρόνο που χρειάζεται ο εργαζόμενος της για να ανακαλύψει αν υπάρχει πρόβλημα στη βαφή, προσφέροντας έτσι σε αυτόν, περισσότερο χρόνο ώστε να διορθώσουν τυχών ατέλειες.

Η τεχνολογία χρησιμοποιείται επί του παρόντος σε τρία εργοστάσια της, στο Dearborn του Michigan, στο Louisville του Kentucky και της Valencia στην Ισπανία, ενώ σύντομα θα τοποθετηθεί και σε ακόμη 5 εργοστάσια της στη Βόρειο Αμερική,

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The Dirt on Ford’s New 3D Dirt Detection Technology: There Isn’t Any

-Industry-first dirt detection technology uses high-resolution cameras to generate a 3D model so Ford can identify and eliminate dirt particles smaller than a grain of salt on vehicle paint surfaces

-Ford data show new automated vision system led to an 82 percent improvement in combined paint quality and customer satisfaction metrics for surface finish within one year

-Digital imaging system analyzes more than 3,000 images in 15 seconds to identify dirt particles. Previously, paint inspections were based solely on the human eye

-This year, the dirt detection technology launches at three more Ford assembly plants in North America, followed by two additional assembly plants in 2014

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 22, 2013 – Here’s the dirt on Ford’s new paint technology: There isn’t any.

New Ford F-Series models are the latest vehicles to benefit from the company’s industry-first dirt detection technology to ensure optimal paint and surface quality. The system uses high-resolution cameras and reflected light to digitally identify surface imperfections finer than a grain of salt in final vehicle assembly, and to cue operators where to polish and buff out imperfections.

By using dirt detection technology, Ford improved paint quality and reduced customer complaints of vehicle surface finish by 82 percent within one year, as measured by customer warranty data for F-Series models produced at the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich.

“This system ensures better paint jobs and surface finishes for Ford customers around the world,” said Tom Dougan, project manager, global paint applications at Ford.

How it works
Ford’s dirt detection technology takes microscopic scans of each painted vehicle surface, and then cues final assembly operators to address repairs where necessary. In the past, paint and surface inspections were based on human-eye examination.

The 3D imaging system applies varying degrees and angles of light while scoping the paint surface of vehicle bodies to identify dirt in paint and other irregular paint conditions. High-resolution images – 3,150 images are captured in 15 seconds for every vehicle made – are stitched together for a full 3D image that is digitally compared to a perfect computer model.

The dirt on the dirt
Dirt particles in paint are difficult to manage with conventional quality control methods. Minute particles can enter a shop floor from multiple environmental sources, machinery or workers, which makes paint quality one of the toughest variables to control in production. Along with Dearborn Truck Plant, the automated inspection system is now being used in the United States at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant.

“This is one of the most exciting integrations of optical science and digital technology in the automotive industry,” said Dougan. “By combining innovations in vision technology, processing speed and software, Ford continues to invent new technologies that give our customers better paint quality and surpass competitor offerings.”

Globally, dirt detection technology is used at three Ford assembly plants. Here are the plants and the vehicles built there:

-Valencia Assembly Plant, Valencia, Spain: Ford C-MAX (Grand C-MAX and compact models)
-Dearborn Truck Plant, Dearborn, Mich.: Ford F-Series
-Kentucky Truck Plant, Louisville, Ky.: Ford Expedition, Ford Super Duty

The technology launches later this year at these plants:

-Louisville Assembly Plant, Louisville, Ky.: Ford Escape
-Chicago Assembly Plant, Chicago: Ford Taurus, Ford Police Interceptor, Ford Explorer
-Oakville Assembly, Oakville, Ontario, Canada: Ford Edge, Ford Flex

In 2014, Ford will launch dirt detection technology at the following plants:

-Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Flat Rock, Mich.: Ford Mustang, Ford Fusion
-Kansas City Assembly Plant, Claycomo, Mo.: Ford F-Series