Policy / Systems / Technology

January 24, 2009

 

Nissan's New Painting Technology Cuts Emissions in Half

Keywords: Chemicals Environmental Technology Manufacturing industry 

Japan's Nissan Motor Co. announced on September 18, 2008, that it has developed a series of breakthrough painting technology that mitigates the major environmental impacts of painting facilities. The new technology includes a streamlined process that requires less painting equipment than usual, thus cutting emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) by up to 50 percent.

The company was able to halve the number of painting machines needed, because the new technology can cover a larger painting area all at once with the newly developed technology which allows for more flexible control over coating width and volume depending on the autobody parts that need painting. This way the amount of paint and cleaning solvent used can also be reduced, resulting in fewer VOC emissions.

Autobody paint facilities that use air-conditioning systems for indoor heating, cooling, and humidification consume about one-fourth of the total energy used in the entire auto manufacturing process. The newly developed technology is expected to greatly reduce CO2 emissions by reducing the size of factories and reducing energy consumption.

- NISSAN APPLIES BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES IN MANUFACTURING PAINTSHOPS
http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/
2008/_STORY/080918-02-e.html

- Nissan's New Coating System Cuts Volatile Organic Compounds by 40% (Related JFS article)
http://www.japanfs.org/en/pages/026332.html

Posted: 2009/01/24 6:00:12 AM

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