City: Villefranche sur Saône – FRANCE
Application market: Industry 4.0 / Field robotics / Technology
PaintUP is a Startup founded in November 2015 with the ambition to provide the industry with a revolutionary tool to easily, accurately and safely handle very large vertical surfaces.
The construction industry is currently using very few robots. In most cases, workers clean, paint or coat surfaces manually.
These operations are painful for operators. The French personal injury prevention account recognizes painful factors associated with postures, mechanical vibrations, repetitive work, contact with chemicals and exposure to extreme temperatures.
In France, there are nearly 2,000 injured people every year due to their falling from working at height. An operator spending his professional life on scaffoldings takes a significant risk of becoming disabled.
Finally, operations on vertical surfaces are expensive, as indicated by the French BT46 index for painting, wall hangings and wall coverings. Nearly 60% of the costs are dedicated to the workforce. For operators, PaintUP reduces pain and improves safety. For the company that employs them, PaintUP solutions increases productivity and boosts production capacity.
Our ambition is to become the world leader in façade processing robots. Development has started in the Lyon area, then we intend to equip other large cities in France, in Europe, then in countries with high labor costs
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PaintUP unveils for the first time its demonstrator which is still under development. This version is designed for cleaning very large vertical surfaces (dimensions >3000 sq ft). PaintUP platform is attached at the end of a rotating telehandler boom will enable precise positioning of a hot water high pressure nozzle to clean surface at a rate of 30 000 sq ft per day on heights up to 100 ft for a cost of 30% lower than existing alternatives.
Such a first application will allow us to field test and fine tune our technology. Other applications, such as sandblasting and painting will follow in a near future. On longer-term, PaintUP plans to expand its activities in 3D printing or machining directly on site.
By combining an industrial robotic arm, a rotating telehandler and a laser tracker, PaintUP technology is creating a system with an unrivaled range of several hundred meters and a precision of less than ½ inch.
The PaintUP process starts with computer assisted operations planning on a digital mockup. This mockup can be issued from a surface 3D acquisition by using a laser scanner in case of renovations or directly from a BIM (Building Information Modeling) computerized design in case of new constructions.
Once on site, only a single operator remains on the ground, comfortably sitted in an air-conditioned cabin. The PaintUP user interface assists him in controlling operations. The operator is only in charge of macro displacement of the robotic system next to the façade. Once close to the target area, the robotic arm automatically recalculates trajectories to reach all points within its range. Indeed, prior to generating its trajectories, it integrates real time dynamic compensation to correct any wrong initial positioning or any potential external disturbances such as those due to wind for example.