The question of how surface coating plants can be optimally integrated into a production environment arises with ever increasing frequency. Rippert offers its customer an ‘everything from one source solution’ here. The company’s own engineers develop coordinated solutions for the transport and handling of parts together with the customer. Simulation is thereby often the right tool for recognising the full potential of these possibilities. From frying pans to heavy workpieces from the wind power sector, Rippert has already ‘taken it all in hand’. We work on concepts in which industrial robots substitute or supplement the classic conveying equipment in coating plants. For handling tasks we often see the necessity for systems that work adaptively; this means that, for example, image processing systems must recognise the accurate position of parts in two and even three-dimensions so that a robot can pick up inaccurately positioned parts.