Geico’s Innovation Division has launched a project called J-Hive that consists in the development of an eight-sided cell designed for painting both the interior and exterior of a body in one single station. The structure of the cell – which takes up significantly less space than a traditional painting booth – makes it possible to adapt the painting line with a tailor-made layout in as much as the body can enter the booth from one side of the octagon and can leave with different angles.
This project is geared towards low production lines, niche models or retouch lines where the body is painted totally with the installation of one robot. This produces considerable savings both in terms of investment and operating costs.
J-Hive also allows for the elimination of the painting area of the trolley 7th axis for moving the robot: this leads to greater efficiency and cleaning of the cell.