A robot dips and tilts an entire vehicle structure into an industrial-sized tub of paint, where it is submerged for minutes. In close distance stands a figure dressed head-to-toe in a lint-free suit, manually inspecting frames for dirt and contamination. Grids situated along the floor remove excess paint from the area, while large air conditioning systems work tirelessly to ensure the entire room remains at a precise temperature, pressure and humidity. This is the modern paint shop, and keeping it ultra-clean is a highly complex, 24-hour operation.
One business with considerable experience cleaning paint shops is Leadec. With highly skilled personnel situated in 90 paint shops around the world working around the clock, the company is one of the few industrial services specialists that can meet this challenge. One of Leadec’s customer sites in the UK contains 23 kilometres of track, painting 84 cars an hour on three shifts for almost seven days a week. Trevor Thomas, Project Co-ordinator at Leadec, explains why cleanliness is so important in the facility.