New technology improves Ford’s paint quality

To ensure that imperfections on a vehicle’s surface are found and eliminated, Ford has developed a new technology capable of detecting dirt located on the body of a car before paint is applied.

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Published on 2013/08/23

This technology, a first in the automotive industry, uses high-definition cameras to create a three-dimensional model of a car before it goes to the paint shop. Called 3D Dirt Detection Technology, the device can detect a particle of dust or dirt the size of a grain of salt on the paint surface.

Before a car is painted, the system analyzes more than 3,000 images in less than 15 seconds to detect any debris that could impact the quality of the paint. The images are combined to create a 3D model of the car which is then compared to a model of a car without any defaults. Before 3D Dirt Detection Technology, the pre-paint inspection had to be done visually.

The Ford F-150 will be the next Ford vehicle to benefit from this new technology. It is already used in three Ford assembly plants around the world and will be implemented in five other plants in North America, including in Oakville, Ontario, in the upcoming year. 

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