An Automated Line for Painting and Coating / 1988

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An Automated Line for Painting and Coating / 1988

Visionary Efforts by the Painting/Coating Departments of Honda's Factories

The process of finishing an auto body where the white bodies assembled in the welding line are coated and painted, is critical to the exterior quality of the completed car. It is a process that puts the final touches on the vehicle to ensure its value to the consumer.

Visionary Efforts by the Painting/Coating Departments of Honda's Factories

The sealing process used a robot with a larger operating range that was ideal for wide application areas.

Honda's coating/painting technology was cultivated from know-how acquired through the production of motorcycles, and then applied to automotive manufacturing. Yet, Honda actually began its effort to develop a dedicated coating/painting technology for automobiles in the 1960s, when the company was just getting started in the production of cars.

The Honda Sports S500, which went into production in 1963 at Hamamatsu Plant (currently Hamamatsu Factory), adopted the industry's first anionic electrodeposition undercoating material, which was actually a water-based material charged with a negative electric current.

Then, in 1967, Honda installed a dual-coating line at Suzuka Factory (where two coats, electrodeposition coat and overcoat, were applied), for the production of the TN360, its first mini truck. The next year Honda adopted innovative pearlescent and gold metallic paints for the Honda 1300, which of course was the company's first compact car. These were the earliest in a series of efforts to develop innovative coating technologies.

Honda introduced its NHP movement throughout the corporation in 1972. As part of that movement, Sayama Factory (currently Saitama Factory's Sayama Plant) implemented structural reforms based on the 4RPK (Four-Wheel Vehicle Production Kanto) project. Commensurate with the Civic's shift to production in 1973, the factory made the transition from being a production facility for mini automobiles to one for compact passenger cars. Along with that shift, Sayama Factory's Painting/Coating Department adopted the industry's first dual-coating, dual-bake (two coatings plus two cycles of baking/drying) process, which was based on electrostatic powder coating. In fact, this application technology for powder coating in automotive production earned the Technology Award from the Japan Coating Technology Association in 1976.

Suzuka Factory, on the other hand, introduced a water-based intermediate coating in 1974, moving toward a triple-coating process. As described above, though, Honda's technology for painting and coating evolved through a constant effort by engineers in the respective factories working on behalf of painting and coating operations. The specialists employed the techniques of highly qualified suppliers in order to refine their achievements. The unique technology created from such efforts was a combination of three different undertakings implemented at the Saitama, Sayama, and Suzuka factories, and these facilities competed among one another to hone their own expressions of that technology.

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1990 - 1999
  1. The Birth of Twin Ring Motegi / 1997The Birth of Twin Ring Motegi / 1997
  2. Entry to Champ Car Racing / 1994Entry to Champ Car Racing / 1994
  3. Odyssey / 1994Odyssey / 1994
  4. Establishment of Honda Taiyo, Kibo-no-Sato Honda and Honda R&D Taiyo / 1992Establishment of Honda Taiyo, Kibo-no-Sato Honda and Honda R&D Taiyo / 1992
  5. Hosting Hosting "Orei-no-kai" / 1991
  6. The NSX / 1990The NSX / 1990
1980 - 1989
  1. The VTEC Engine / 1989The VTEC Engine / 1989
  2. Honda EV Plus: The Dream of an Electric Vehicle / 1988Honda EV Plus: The Dream of an Electric Vehicle / 1988
  3. An Automated Line for Painting and Coating / 1988An Automated Line for Painting and Coating / 1988
  4. Four-Wheel Steering System (4WS) / 1987Four-Wheel Steering System (4WS) / 1987
  5. The Airbag System / 1987The Airbag System / 1987
  6. The ZE Engine (GX110 / 140 / 240 / 270 / 340 Series) / 1983The ZE Engine (GX110 / 140 / 240 / 270 / 340 Series) / 1983
  7. Formula One Entry / 1983Formula One Entry / 1983
  8. Development of Honda's Franz System Car / 1982Development of Honda's Franz System Car / 1982
  9. The World's Smallest Welding Line / 1982The World's Smallest Welding Line / 1982
  10. Transfer Lines for Modular Components / 1981Transfer Lines for Modular Components / 1981
  11. The Car Navigation System / 1981The Car Navigation System / 1981
  12. City / 1981City / 1981
  13. The F200 The F200 "Komame" Mini-Tiller / 1980
  14. Establishing Honda of America Manufacturing / 1980Establishing Honda of America Manufacturing / 1980
1970 - 1979
  1. The Oval Piston Engine / 1979The Oval Piston Engine / 1979
  2. Returning to the World Motorcycle Grand Prix / 1979Returning to the World Motorcycle Grand Prix / 1979
  3. The HR21 Lawn Mower / 1978The HR21 Lawn Mower / 1978
  4. Creating Hometown Forests / 1977Creating Hometown Forests / 1977
  5. The ME Engine (G100 / 150 / 200 / 300 / 400 Series) / 1977The ME Engine (G100 / 150 / 200 / 300 / 400 Series) / 1977
  6. Introducing the Accord / 1976Introducing the Accord / 1976
  7. CG125 / 1975CG125 / 1975
  8. Establishment of Honda Engineering / 1974Establishment of Honda Engineering / 1974
  9. Company Leaders Honda and Fujisawa Retire; Kawashima Assumes Presidency / 1973Company Leaders Honda and Fujisawa Retire; Kawashima Assumes Presidency / 1973
  10. Announcing the Civic / 1972Announcing the Civic / 1972
  11. Introducing the CVCC / 1972Introducing the CVCC / 1972
  12. Holding All Honda Idea Contests / 1970Holding All Honda Idea Contests / 1970
  13. Launching the Office of Safe Driving Promotional Operations / 1970Launching the Office of Safe Driving Promotional Operations / 1970
1960 - 1969
  1. The Dream CB750 FOUR / 1969The Dream CB750 FOUR / 1969
  2. Launching the Honda 1300 / 1968Launching the Honda 1300 / 1968
  3. The Hondamatic Transmission / 1968The Hondamatic Transmission / 1968
  4. Entering the Auto Market at Last / 1966Entering the Auto Market at Last / 1966
  5. The E300 Portable Generator / 1965The E300 Portable Generator / 1965
  6. Formula One Entry / 1964Formula One Entry / 1964
  7. Kyoto: Celebrating the Company's 15th Anniversary / 1963Kyoto: Celebrating the Company's 15th Anniversary / 1963
  8. Establishing Belgium Honda / 1963Establishing Belgium Honda / 1963
  9. Launching the S360 and T360 / 1962Launching the S360 and T360 / 1962
  10. Employing the Employing the "My Record" Project and Expert Certification / 1960
  11. The R&D Center Goes Independent / 1960The R&D Center Goes Independent / 1960
1950 - 1959
  1. Establishing American Honda Motor Co. / 1959Establishing American Honda Motor Co. / 1959

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