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Ford has developed a computer scan technology that they use to help eliminate particles in the vehicle paint job:

Ford says its all-new technology developed in-house is proving successful in helping eliminate fine particles of dirt during the paint process to ensure an optimal finish.

The dirt-detection technology, which Ford says is an industry first, uses a high-resolution camera to generate a 3-dimensional model that can be used to identify and eliminate dirt particles smaller than a grain of salt.

The imaging system applies varying degrees and angles of light while scoping the paint surface of the vehicle body to identify dirt in paint and other irregular conditions, cueing operators where to polish and buff out imperfections.

High-resolution images – 3,150 are captured in 15 seconds on every vehicle – are stitched together for a full 3-D image that is compared to a perfect computer model.


Ford data shows the new system leads to an 82% improvement in paint quality, helping boost customer-satisfaction metrics for surface finish.

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