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Global Automotive Inspection Tunnels Market 2017-2021

Global Automotive Inspection Tunnels Market 2017-2021

About Automotive Inspection Tunnels

Paint finish, especially in a discerning industry as the automotive space, is a critical element of vehicle production. The slightest of blemishes in the finish of a paint job can get a vehicle rejected by manufacturers. Manufacturers have a requirement for high accuracy and precision in the surface coatings that can be achieved through modern painting processes. This is due to the high number of customer rejections of cars with poor paint jobs. Bare-metal gets painted only in factories, thus eliminating the complexities in the painting process that is later executed at body shops. Hence, manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have clear and strict mandates for a flawless factory paint finish.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global automotive inspection tunnels market to grow at a CAGR of 72.14% during the period 2017-2021.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global automotive inspection tunnels market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global Automotive Inspection Tunnels Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • EISENMANN
  • GigaTera (KMW)
  • Wenker
Other prominent vendors
  • LDPI
Market driver
  • Rise in need to prevent occurrences of poor factory paint jobs.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Need for efficient humidity control in the car painting process.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Adoption of inspection tunnels for automated paint inspection process.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors??
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors??


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Automotive Inspection Tunnels Market 2017-2021

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global automotive inspection tunnels market: EISENMANN, GigaTera (KMW), and Wenker.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: LDPI.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in market is adoption of inspection tunnels for automated paint inspection process. Inspection tunnels bring in a dimension of partial automation into the paint inspection process in the automotive industry. The development of revolving light sources, targeted lighting, and sensor-based detection of paint blemishes will likely lead to the emergence of fully automated inspection tunnels. There would be no requirement for personnel to perform quality checks since vision processing systems can perform the same activities at a much faster rate and with more accuracy. These systems enable optimization and cost reductions in terms of personnel, time, and rework. Ford has already embarked on its automated inspection journey with its AIS at its Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan. The AIS would be implemented in the F-Series pickup production. Ford has also rolled out this process to other locations worldwide, with the Kentucky Truck Plant being the newest one inducted.”

According to the report, one driver in market is rise in need to prevent occurrences of poor factory paint jobs. Paint jobs that are botched-up can create a disconcerting appearance on a vehicle. There can be various issues ranging from swirl marks to straight-out aberrations in the texture and grain flow of the paint. In addition, it is quite challenging to redo the paint work at any aftermarket paint shop, since it is difficult to get colors that match. There are some paints, such as the exclusive kinds for BMW that contain minuscule metallic flakes, which need to be perfectly aligned to give the desired finish to the car. Even a small misalignment in the flakes can throw the entire painting process into a disarray. Cars that display such defects are generally pulled out from the production lines and individually touched up or buffed as required. This prolongs the finishing process and can lead to cost overruns and delays in production. Such paint irregularities may occur in automatic paint shops due to the humidity in the surrounding atmosphere. Hence, it becomes necessary to constantly monitor the paint work at all stages to reduce the occurrences of such irregularities. Inspection tunnels are ideal for these purposes.

Further, the report states that one challenge in market is need for efficient humidity control in the car painting process. Relative humidity (RH) is an essential element that needs to be controlled as a local environmental factor in the painting booths of automotive manufacturers. There are different RH levels which are necessary for optimal paint adhesion, depending upon the painting process that is used. In the case of water-based liquid paint applications, an RH of 72% is maintained. Paints that come in the form of dry powders require an RH of 45%. In the case of water-based liquid paints, workers need to ensure that none of the water that is present in the paint is absorbed by the surrounding atmosphere when it is ejected from the paint gun and before it reaches the body surface of the vehicle. Since a lower humidity would mean that there is a higher chance of the water in the paint being absorbed, the RH is intentionally kept high in this case. In the case of dry powder paints, the buildup of external electrostatic charges should be avoided as they could interfere with the adhesion process. A bit of humidity is necessary since extremely dry conditions are conduits for electrostatic buildup. Hence, the RH levels for dry powder paints are kept at moderate levels. The artificial method of controlling humidity is performed by using evaporators and condensers or combined units. This is considered essential in preventing errors from being introduced in the paint texture.

Companies Mentioned

EISENMANN, GigaTera (KMW), Wenker, LDPI.

  • Executive summary
  • Scope of the report
  • Research Methodology
  • Introduction
    • Inspection tunnels: The vanguard of automotive painting quality control
      • Table Position of the paint shop with inspection tunnel in an auto-assembly plant
      • Table Principle of an inspection light tunnel
      • Table Ford's timeline for the Automated Inspection System (AIS)
    • Use of automotive sensors in the paint inspection space
    • The importance of paint to the branding and identification of an OEM
    • Importance of paint to a customer
      • Table Global popularity rankings of car colors
      • Table Personality reflections of various color choices
      • Table Feelings evoked by various colors
  • Market landscape
    • Market overview
      • Table Segmentation criteria for automotive inspection tunnels
    • Market size and forecast
      • Table Global automotive inspection tunnels market 2016-2021 (units)
      • Table Global automotive painting booths market 2016-2021 (units)
      • Table Penetration of inspection tunnels in automotive painting booths 2016-2021 (%)
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis of the global automotive inspection tunnels market
  • Market segmentation by geography
    • Market overview
    • Market size and forecast
      • Table Global automotive inspection tunnels market by geography 2016-2021 (units)
      • Table CAGRs in the global automotive inspection tunnels market by geography (%)
  • Market segmentation by end-user
    • Market overview
    • Market size and forecast
      • Table Global automotive inspection tunnels market by end-user 2016-2021 (units)
      • Table Global automotive inspection tunnels market: CAGRs of end-users 2016-2021 (%)
  • Decision framework
  • Drivers and challenges
    • Market drivers
    • Market challenges
  • Market trends
    • Adoption of inspection tunnels for automated paint inspection process
    • Increase in hardware capabilities and vision techniques to eliminate blind spots in paint inspection process
    • Rise in use of coating inspection tools instead of visual methods
    • Growing inclination toward incorporating IoT to monitor paint inspection process
    • Use of newer light sources to enhance the capabilities of inspection tunnels
    • Adoption of simulation approach to improve assembly line efficiency
    • Use of robot-mounted light microscopes and camera sensors in inspection tunnels for inspecting multilayer coatings
  • Vendor landscape
    • Qualitative ranking of key vendors
      • Table Qualitative ranking analysis of key vendors in the inspection tunnels market 2016-2021
    • Other prominent vendors and value chain members
      • Table Other prominent vendors
  • Key vendor analysis
    • EISENMANN
      • Table Schematic representation of the VarioInspect light tunnel
    • GigaTera (KMW)
    • Wenker
      • Table Schematic representation of the ERGO-LUX tunnel with its reflector units
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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