VOL. 18 September ISSUE YEAR 2017
in Vol. 18 - September Issue - Year 2017
A South German Automotive Manufacturer Received Its 100th EcoCFlex
The custom-painted 100th EcoCFlex system operates in a production line for spark ignition engines at the BMW Group′s Steyr engine plant
Dürr Ecoclean is a leading supplier of advanced cleaning technology and surface treatment and activation systems to automotive manufacturers and their tiered suppliers as well as to a broad and diversified industrial market. Dürr Ecoclean's tailor-made technology enables customers to tap savings potentials, e.g., at the level of per-unit costs, energy demand and cycle times. Dürr Ecoclean currently employs around 800 people at more than 10 sites in eight countries around the globe.
In the 100th year of its history, 2016, the BMW Group ordered the 100th EcoCFlex system from Dürr Ecoclean. The anniversary specimen of the flexible robot cell forms part of a three-unit package and has received a special painting. The machines have been serving in a volume production environment at the Steyr engine plant since May 2017.
The first EcoCFlex machine for cleaning and deburring engine components went into service at the BMW Group in 2005. Eleven years later, when the company was celebrating the 100th anniversary of its foundation, BMW ordered the 100th cleaning machine of this type as part of a major order. Representing the third generation of Dürr Ecoclean's flexible robotized cells, this anniversary specimen was launched in production at the Steyr engine plant (Austria) in early May 2017 along with two other EcoCFlex 3L systems. These cleaning machines are adapted to BMW's latest specifications for technical cleanliness, replacing the transfer systems previously employed on a production line for petrol engines.
Along with the special painting specified to suit the occasion, the BMW Group opted to order the new EcoCFlex 3L systems with handling technology comprising the Scara manipulator developed by Dürr Ecoclean. This rugged robot was purpose-designed for use in cleaning machines and convinces, among other features, with its innovative control approach. Instead of the separate robot control unit commonly adopted, the EcoCFlex 3L relies on just one single CNC controller to operate both the Scara manipulator and the cleaning machine. This simplifies and accelerates programming, service and maintenance of the overall installation. Overall, the EcoCFlex 3L sets new standards for not only cleaning quality and ease of operation, but also in terms of energy efficiency.