When the UTA’s onsite paint system reached the end of its useful life, it was clear to management that an upgrade was necessary. The original booth was designed for a semi-truck configuration, which limited the bay’s lighting and its utility for painting buses. It simply did not have the size to accommodate the 60-foot articulated buses recently purchased by UTA.
“We were painting in that booth for about five days per week for almost 40 years,” said Kyle Stockley, Vehicle Support and Capital Program Manager for UTA. “We paint buses and other vehicles, as well as vehicle parts, which we manufacture. So, obtaining a right-fit solution was very important for daily operations.”
Additionally, the old system was not energy-inefficient. It featured an outdated, inadequate filtration system and presented a sealing problem, allowing dirt into the system and paint materials.