Frequently Asked Questions : Greentech E6
What does the ETL listing you have mean?
The ETL listing certifies the E6 machine to run in both American and Canadian booths covering Hazardous Locations, UL and Gas Compliance. The E5 is designed for a prep-deck and the E7 operates within the workshop environment, therefore doesn’t require Hazardous Locations certification. See all of the ETL listings here. There are now a significant number of installations in North America, Europe and the Middle east of these machines, all operating under the regulations specified within each country and locality. We have equipment in California, so if it can operate there, it can probably operate anywhere!
How do I find out more about the E6 Robot?
We suggest you either fill in the online form, email or call us on the number most local to you and we’ll arrange to visit you to discuss your requirements further. Some of our clients wish to see one in operation, and we can arrange that for you, hopefully reasonably locally. During our visit we will carry out a technical site survey in order to make sure we have all the information to implement a smooth installation.
Can I buy a Greentech E6 robot without the Bodyshop Revolution Production Logic process?
Yes of course, many of our customers do. If you have a specific issue with booth capacity, then the E6 is an ideal first step to greater throughput. For some, our Production Logic process is too much to take in one step, so an easy way to make significant changes to your workflow in the paint department would be to install an E6 robot in your existing booth. Adding Production Logic later on is an easier step if you wish to do so.
Can a E6 Greentech robot be fitted into my conventional spraybooth?
An E7 robot can be retro-fitted into almost any existing spraybooth (typically very low height or excessive width are the only showstoppers) and does not need to be supplied as a combo booth/robot, nor talk to the control systems of your booth. We would need to carry out a technical site survey prior to installing the equipment, so that we can ensure it will fit and build the robot to your specification.
How long does it typically take to fit an E6 robot into my booth?
Expect two of our certified engineers to take approximately 2-3 days to carry out the installation, pre-testing and calibration of the equipment. You will need to make sure that you can let us have the booth for this amount of time.
How much gas does the E6 save over a conventional booth?
Obviously it depends how new and efficient you current booth is, but for most people we see a 70% saving in gas, which often pays for the complete lease payment for those that buy the equipment in a lease plan – thus making it cost neutral, but being able to double booth throughput.
How many vehicles can I dry in a day with an E6 Booth robot?
If you are able to supply cars to the booth, and you work with efficient processes to load and unload vehicles we typically see a doubling of booth throughput with a robot. This equates to about 10 vehicles per day through one booth. Our co-owned San Diego bodyshop processes about 11 vehicles per day through its single E6 equipped Garmat booth. It’s important to note that this is also achieved by utilizing the Bodyshop Revolution Production Logic process throughout the business.
Can the E6 Robot dry displaced parts?
Absolutely, you can dry almost any part under the arch of the E6 machine. Many of our clients paint most parts off the vehicle and the E6 is an idea way to facilitate that and speed up paint production.
What types of paint will the E6 dry?
All solvent or waterborne paints used in the automotive industry including but not limited to; Sealers, Primers, Epoxy Primers, Basecoats, Clearcoats, etc. You do not need to change any of your products to work with the E6 machine, however we may use slower hardeners in some of your materials as adding accelerators increases die-back and gloss drop, and they have little benefit under the equipment anyway – it dries within a minute or so, without expensive additives.
How quickly does an E6 dry paint?
Quicker than any other method within the automotive industry including conventional convection drying or electric IR. Its 3.5µm wavelength is specifically to dry automotive paints extremely fast. Typically, exposure to the catalytic lamp for just over a minute will cure paint to 98% (normal spraybooths after about 30 minutes cure to about 80%). Because the robot has to move over an area of the vehicle, this time will be extended. Note that the robot moves about 1m (3ft) per minute as an average. We have many calculation methods for the timings, however as a rule of thumb you can double your throughput from a booth, if vehicles are loaded and unloaded efficiently.
What happens if I get a paint defect while spraying?
The incredible thing about the E6 is that you can just bake it off with the robot, rectify the issue and carry on painting, with minimal booth downtime. No waiting, no unloading, no reloading or significant hold up of other work upstream.
How easy is it to operate?
First snap our magnetic stops onto the rail denoting the start and stop position you wish to dry. You can have up to 3 magnet sets, each can apply a different treatment for different coatings types. There are no need to remember numbers or type stuff into the computer.
Outside the booth there is a simple intuitive touch screen used to operate the machine. Your current paint products will have already been preloaded for you, so it’s simply a matter of choosing the paint type (your primer, basecoat or clearcoats) choose which parts of the arch you want switched on (there are 3 banks of 4 catalysts), then hit the ‘Go’ button.
How much painter training do I get?
We charge training on a day-by-day basis, so you can have as much as you feel you need, and can always request more further down the line. Typically we would spend about 5 days at your shop in order to ensure you understand fully how to operate the equipment, and to deal with different substrates, paint systems and challenges that everyday body repair throws at you!
How many passes does the E6 robot make in order to dry paint?
It will range between one and three. For waterborne and solvent basecoats one pass is sufficient. Most Clearcoats have a quick cool ‘flash-off’ pass, then the machine comes back in the other direction on it’s hot ‘bake pass’. Note that Ceramic clearcoats do not require any additional time to dry over and above normal clears. There are a few clearcoats supplied by paint manufacturers that we will give a third pass to ensure complete dryness. Even so, the drying time is still significantly faster and cheaper than conventional drying.
How hot does the vehicle panel temperature get, and can it do any damage?
Basecoat passes are typically cool at about 50 degrees C (120F) and the hottest clearcoat pass would be at 115 degrees C (235F). Although this seems hot, it’s for only about a minute, and very localised, so there is no detrimental effect on fiber optics, plastics or electrical components. Gas catalytic machines from other suppliers often need items such as plastics, belt mouldings, headlamps and tail lamps to be covered with aluminum foil to reflect the intense heat they generate because of a shorter wave IR. This is not the case with the Greentech E6.
What on-going maintenance and housekeeping is required?
For the first year we service the robots within the purchase price every 6 months. After that you are encouraged to take our one of our maintenance and service plans to give you further coverage for year two and beyond. This will include two services per annum, and calibration of the equipment. We provide general housekeeping to be carried out once per week by your paint team, which isn’t onerous but keeps the machine clean.
Are there any additional things I should know about the E6?
We think this is the state-of-the-art drying equipment, which surpasses all of our competition as well as electrical IR or traditional convection based booth drying. Here are some things you might find useful:
- Our robot drives super smoothly on both sides, therefore eliminates any kind of jerky movement, especially from overspray build-up on the rails, eliminating dirt dropping in your beautiful paintwork.
- The E6 hangs from its rails so that overspray build-up is almost eliminated ensuring smooth operation and longevity of parts.
- Our Catalysts last about 12 years of use, and operate at a lower temperature ensuring nothing needs to be covered with aluminum foil or high temperature car covers.
- We dry the vehicle both on the way up the booth, and also on the way back down, saving valuable time.
- We can retrofit into most existing spraybooths, so no bespoke additional booth required
- Our touchscreen and setup is quick and simple to use, with the robot just requiring pop-on magnets to denote the drying area.
- Kick plates on the front lower surface of the arch detect debris or airlines left on the booth floor that might impede travel, and halt the robot safely if they are touched.
- All of our robots are ETL certified and meet local and national requirements for all countries that we sell into.
- The limited number of moving parts and the parabolic arch help achieve years of trouble-free running, with minimum maintenance required.
- If you don’t like our gorgeous green colour, you can specify it in mid-grey (unfortunately at a slight cost, as they are powder-coated individually for you).
- If you also require a new booth at the same time, we can put you in touch with sympathetic booth suppliers who will build the booth with strengthening in the side walls to support the robot to eliminate having legs. It can also be built with side-load doors and rail systems for super-fast loading.
- Our local team of trainers, telephone support staff and engineers are on hand to ensure you get the best, most prompt service – we speak your language.
- We keep most spare parts locally, and the equipment is specifically built to include as few bespoke electrical parts as necessary to ensure a local supply.
- Your E6 is supported by factory trained and certified engineers who have worked within the collision industry for many years, and understand your requirements and challenges when working with you.
- Finally, imagine you could put an additional 3 vehicles a week with an E6 (even though we’d expect at least 15) your return on investment would be only about 7 months (based upon an average severity of $2300 and 45% gross profitability) – and that doesn’t even include the 70% energy savings!