organized in 1992 to solve industry-wide problems in paint finishing
and coatings through innovative automation solutions. During the
research phase, prior to the company's official formation, it was
found that manufacturers were plagued by inefficiencies and quality
control problems in production due to the heavy reliance on manual
labor for certain tasks, such as paint finishing and coatings. At
that time, the robotics and automation industry had not provided
manufacturers with appropriate solutions. Based on these findings, a
new automation technology for paint finishing, powder coating and
dispensing was developed called ARTomation; a software that uses a
visual representation (or digital photo) of the object being coated
to generate robot motion and paint settings (such as gun trigger).
In 1994, the company
received a grant from the National Science Foundation to continued work on its
unique software solution. At that time, paint robots were still in their
infancy and were not always a cost effective solution. Over the next few years,
as the software was improved, ARTomation worked on designing a five axis
painting machine. In 1997, ARTomation built the first five axis robotic
painting machine for use with the software.
Business grew and in 1998,
ARTomation built a 7,200 square foot demonstration and development lab where
customers could visit to view their products being coated using this exciting
new technology. As a natural progression, ARTomation has introduced a number of
new machines ranging from reciprocators to robots to school bus painting
machines; all based on the ARTomation technology.
technology has been expanded to encompass all aspects of the coating process
such as conveyors, paint booths and fluid delivery systems. Applications where
this technology is being applied today include: laser engraving, RFI shielding,
protective coatings, the application of adhesives as well as paint and coating
application on appliance, automotive, aerospace and general industry parts.
ARTomation is currently in use in North America, Europe and Asia.
Our mission is to provide
the most cost effective, reliable solutions for our customers by evaluating the
specific requirements of each job; utilize our innovative technologies to maximize
benefit; and develop new, forward thinking technologies.
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