Paint by the numbers highlighted in Honda’s first of many upcoming Environmental short films.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 22, 2012
Intelligent Paint Technology – “The largest amount of energy that’s consumed in a car factory is in the painting process … The painting process consumes about 60% of a typical car factory’s energy consumption…”
American Honda released the first in a series of short films that highlight environmental initiatives dreamed up by Honda associates that reduce the company's environmental impact and create a more sustainable future. The film series will include stories of environmental innovation across Honda in North America, focusing not only on Honda's automobiles but also its associates' efforts to minimize the impact of the company's manufacturing and logistics operations.
The first film in the series, "Paint by Numbers," tells the story of how a Honda senior staff engineer, Shubho Bhattacharya, is inspired to develop technology to reduce energy consumption in the automobile body painting process.
Bhattacharya conceived the Intelligent Paint Technology, and with help implemented the new system, which reduces CO2 emissions from painting operations by approximately 25 percent. This represents the reduction of approximately 10,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year at Honda's seven auto plants in North America.
Since implementation at the Marysville Auto Plant in 2008, Honda's patented Intelligent Paint Technology has been applied in Honda plants throughout North America. It is currently reducing the 2012 Civics and now new 2013 Accord’s carbon footprint before it has even reached your driveway.
Good for Honda and good for us.