Thanks to some important working partnerships with major paint producers and suppliers of robots and application machinery, Geico is now one of the key players when it comes to systems for applying paints, mastics and different protections.
Working in partnership with the major paint producers, Geico is constantly developing new application technologies that improve the qualitative performances of the painting processes.
These are the powders that provide paints with their colour and consistency. They are neither water nor solvent soluble. They can be organic, inorganic, metallic or micaceous.
This is the transparent part of a paint that binds the pigment and gives it its brilliance, hardness, adherence and other characteristics. They can be either natural or synthetic.
Their purpose is to dissolve the resin, to allow the resin and pigment to mix better and to provide the right viscosity for application.
These are chemical compounds that give the paint its special characteristics.
Preparation and distribution of paints
The systems for storing and preparing the paints must guarantee the preservation of the products at the correct temperature, the dilution of the products in solvents, co-solvents and other additives where necessary, their distribution to the application booths whilst maintaining unaltered those characteristics that determine their quality. All of this without stressing the paint and complying the time limits recommended by the products’ major suppliers and agreed upon with the client. The paint unit and the distribution systems are specifically designed for solvent or water-based paints. The latter of these presents different features and must be treated in a manner that is appropriate to each individual situation.
Geico has developed the skills required for responding extensively to the demands of the major paint suppliers, in order to guarantee the shelf life of the products as well as their performance.
If the client requests it, the paint unit can be equipped with a wide range of fixtures, and systems for the handling and shaking the drums.
Water-based paints arrive from the supplier in a ready-to-use form, but they must nevertheless be checked and corrected where necessary. Solvent paints, on the other hand, must be diluted in order for them to reach the required viscosity. This is made possible by using the systems supplied by Geico, including the pumps, which guarantee very high performance levels.
The distribution of the paint and the conditioning are designed to adapt to the booths’ layouts, guaranteeing accessibility and ergonomics when intervention is necessary.
Having arrived in the booth the products are applied by spray guns that may or may not be electrostatic.
The manual stations have been designed and integrated into Geico’s painting booths in accordance with the client’s different requirements.
It is possible to choose an automatic colour change system which will avoid the need for operators having to undertake any cleaning work during the actual change, but the gun will always be ready and loaded with the pre-set colour. Warning systems such as touch panels or coloured lights will provide information about which of the automatic operations is under way.
These systems that can be set with a broad range of flexibility allow lengthy down times, when the machine is not using a colour, to be managed automatically through the use of specific wash cycles.
An alternative to automatic systems are those where operators have one or more pipes at their disposal so that they can change the connection using quick release fittings, and then proceed – if necessary – with the washing of the pipes using a solvent.
These washing operations require the use of discrete quantities of solvent.
Geico has devised systems specifically for the recovery of the washing solvent that is sent to the paint unit and placed back into cisterns where it can be easily disposed of and treated.
The guns employed are produced by major manufacturers and are chosen in accordance with the client’s requirements, allowing the widest range and diversity of applications.
The stations within the booth are designed in such a way that they guarantee the station’s ergonomic requirement integrating it with the structure of the painting booth itself.