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in Vol. 25 - May Issue - Year 2024
Less Paint Consumption: New Electrostatic Spray Gun for More Efficient Painting Processes
Picture 1: The electrostatic air spray gun comes in two versions of direct or external charging

Picture 1: The electrostatic air spray gun comes in two versions of direct or external charging

Picture 2: The EcoGun AS MAN DC/EC’s ergonomic handle and low weight make during comfortable work, even for extended periods

Picture 2: The EcoGun AS MAN DC/EC’s ergonomic handle and low weight make during comfortable work, even for extended periods

Dürr is adding an electrostatic air spray gun (ESTA Gun) to its range of manual spray guns. The new EcoGun AS MAN DC/EC is a more sustainable way of painting, reducing overspray by about 40%. The spray gun comes in two versions of direct or external charging. It is equally suitable for applying solvent and water-based paints, and its ergonomic handle and low weight make for comfortable work, even for extended periods.

The new spray gun is ideal for applications where workpieces, such as tubes, rims, two-wheelers or train parts, are painted manually. The advantage here is the electrostatic charging of the paint and components. Dürr offers the spray gun in two versions: The EcoGun AS MAN DC (direct charging) has an electrode on the spray gun needle, which charges and then applies the paint to a grounded component. The EcoGun AS MAN EC (external charging) positively charges the paint particles by passing through an electrostatic field. A negatively charged workpiece then attracts these paint particles.


Lower paint consumption and reduced work time

Electrostatics reduce paint consumption because the attraction between the particles and the workpiece results in less overspray during the painting process. As a result, the EcoGun AS MAN DC/EC consumes up to 40 % less paint than conventional air spray guns, significantly reducing paint consumption costs. Simultaneously, the electrostatic charge accelerates the painting process by creating a so-called wrap-around effect. “The charged paint particles follow the electric field lines. As a result, it even reaches surfaces on the back of the workpiece,” explains Tom Reiner, a Dürr product engineer.  

The maximum charging voltage for Dürr’s new spray gun is -60 kV for the direct charging version and -30 kV for the external charging version, delivering a high level of transfer efficiency. An integrated high-voltage LED indicates the electrostatic voltage state during painting. However, the manual air spray gun can also be used without high voltage and achieves fine atomization and same precise application in this state. 


Design optimized for comfort and functionality

The EcoGun AS MAN DC/EC’s optimized design offers additional comfort and functionality. The handle shape has been adapted to the natural shape of the palm for easier and more ergonomic handling and to prevent slipping. The housing is made from composite materials to guarantee low weight and long service life. Additionally, maintenance is simpler since the gun consists of just a few individual parts.


Dürr Systems AG

Carina Lachnit, Marketing

Carl-Benz-Str. 34 

74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

Tel. +49.7142.78-4899

E-mail: carina.lachnit@durr.com

www.durr.com