Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tesla: Most advanced paint shop?

Eisenmann has secured the contract to build Tesla Motors’ new paint shop, the most advanced in the world, at the US automaker’s plant in Fremont, California.

The deal, running to nine figures, is the most valuable in Eisenmann’s chief executive officer, Matthias von Krauland. “Developing energy-efficient solutions is a goal both our companies share. We are extremely proud to be supporting this young, visionary enterprise on its road to success.”

Von Krauland claims Tesla awarded the contract on the strength of Eisenmann’s outstanding commitment and efficient, eco-friendly technical solutions.

Tesla plans to increase production capacity from 30,000 to 500,000 units annually in two stages – and two fully automated painting lines from Eisenmann will help to accomplish this goal, it is said.

One will be used for car bodies, and the other for components such as bumpers and rear-view mirrors.

The Böblingen-based engineering company’s flexible E-Shuttle 300 conveyor system will be deployed in the pre-treatment and electro-coating lines for the Model S and Model X, and at a later stage for Tesla’s third-generation car.

Moreover, two Eisenmann solutions will be deployed to remove paint overspray. The E-Scrub v.2 will be installed in the car body painting line. This high-end paint removal system requires only low air differential pressure, needs little maintenance, and is less susceptible to soiling than other technologies.

The E-Cube, with its sophisticated filtering system, will be employed in the coating line for plastic components. It operates without need for chemicals, water or other additives.

Eisenmann says both E-Cube and E-Scrub v.2 are “exceptionally energy efficient”, reducing water consumption. Moreover, the scope of supply includes skid conveyors and eight dryers.

The entire paint facility will be managed and monitored using E-MES, a modular, scalable solution for high-level control of subsystems in automated manufacturing.

Eisenmann, a leading global industrial solutions provider for surface finishing, material flow automation, environmental engineering and thermal process technology, develops and builds custom manufacturing, assembly and logistics plants.

The family-run enterprise is headquartered in southern Germany and has a workforce of approximately 3,600 worldwide, with subsidiaries in Europe, the Americas and the BRIC countries.

In 2013, Eisenmann generated annual revenues of €903 million, with total sales revenues of €774 million according to German commercial code.

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