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PRE-TREATMENT AND CATAPHORESIS
On the pre-treatment (PT) line the body is cleaned of any oils and impurities that may be present (due to the preceding processes) and prepared for the subsequent cataphoresis phase. In this part of the system the piece is dipped into a sequence of tanks containing chemical products – the temperature and uniformity of which are maintained – that will wash and prepare the body that is to be painted. Following the pre-treatment, the body undergoes a process of electrodeposition (ED) on the cataphoresis line, during which the body is dipped into a tank containing paint in which its adhesion to the body’s external and internal parts is facilitated by an electric field. The main purpose for the cataphoresis paint, the only paint that is also applied to the inside of the box sections, is that of protecting against corrosion.
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PAINTING BOOTHS
The booth represents the most “notable” part of painting plants: it is there, in fact, that the body’s colour and brilliance become reality. On the back of the know-how and expertise acquired from the historic mother company, Carrier-Drysis (the world’s first manufacturer of painting booths), Geico developed products that meet the functional needs of some the most important motor manufacturers and they also provide an atmosphere controlled environment that is in keeping with the quality of application and the operators. Geico’s painting booths are suitable for either manual or automatic paint applications that employ solvent, water-borne or powder-based products.
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OVENS AND COOLERS
The baking of paints and other materials used in a painting plant represents one of the most important and delicate processes in the production cycle and a large part of the qualitative success (aesthetic or compliance with anticorrosion parameters) is dependent on this process. The baking ovens supplied by Geico, for paints, sealants or anything else, are designed to guarantee the polymerisation of the products applied to the body and they are capable of ensuring temperature uniformity on the body and compliance with the baking parameters: these are key elements when it comes to the polymerisation of the product. New devices for the release and distribution of hot air into the oven, baking systems with high efficiency transfer of thermal energy and different types of construction are the projects that have been created and that have led to a further improvement in this sector, resulting in reductions in energy consumption. Protection of the environment is achieved through the use of thermal oxidisers, both recuperative as well as regenerative, that allow both the distribution of solvents and the recovery of residual heat for the requirements of the process.rnrnForced air coolers, on the other hand, combine simplicity and efficiency, bringing the body to the required temperature after the baking process.
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SEALING AND WORKING DECKS
The words “Sealing area and working deck” are used for identifying all those areas and parts of the plant where the aesthetic sealing and functional operations on the body and the additional and preparatory operations prior to the painting phase take place. In addition to the sealing lines this includes, in particular, the areas for applying the PVC to the sub-body, reviewing, checking and inspection, retouching, the body’s masking and de-masking and the application of protective oils. These booths and work areas can, depending on the type of work being carried out there, be either open or closed.
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AUTOMATIC SYSTEMS FOR THE APPLICATION OF PRODUCTS AND CLEANING
Over the years Geico has developed and consolidated its expertise in the areas of manual and automatic application of the different products used in the automotive sector, the cleaning systems and those for preparing the body for the painting phases.
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PREPARATION, DISTRIBUTION AND APPLICATION OF MANUAL PRODUCTS
When it comes to systems for applying sealants, sound proofing materials, paints, mastics and different types of protection, Geico can proudly boast that it is a market leader. The guaranteed elimination of waste and the cutting back on imperfections translate into savings in terms of time and raw materials, as well as in a drastic reduction in the number of manual retouches on the bypass lines, which contribute significantly on the entire production of economy.
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PRODUCTS CONTROLS AND AUTOMATION
For Geico both the electrical and automated processes are phases that are an integral part of the process of creating the plant. The choice of tools and logic associated with their operation are already decided upon in the initial stages by the different departments, in order to maximise the result, the simplicity of creation and the operation. Thanks to established working partnerships with leading companies, Geico is in fact in a position to offer totally automated solutions for the control and management of painting plants, through the use of innovative hardware and software technologies, focussing in particular on energy saving. Highlights:
  • Modularisation of the automation systems correlated with the parts of the plant
  • Capability of offering a tendency in architectural solutions for hardware and software that is capable of covering the entire automation market
  • Increasing the operational efficiency of the automation systems
  • Increasing the integration with production management
  • Reducing the costs of maintaining automation systems
  • Capability of offering a wide range of supports on the hardware, on a global scale
  • Reducing engineering and commissioning times
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Engineering
Over the years Geico has acquired considerable know how that allows it to be a sector leader and produce turnkey paint plants.The engineering phase is when the processes for treating the bodies, the paint application cycles and the layout, the flow of workers and consumable materials, the energy needs and emissions in compliance with environmental limits are all determined and studied.
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Building & facilities
Geico is capable of involving itself in all aspects associated with the building of a paint plant. Industrial building, electrical supply units, water networks, ventilation, fire-prevention systems and alarms, building services and civil work are an integral part of a paint plant which Geico is able to offer and create.

Geico’s paint plants minimise the spaces on the basis of the production required: for this reason passages, clearances and pathways are studied and optimised in order to guarantee that the flow of production materials, the work operations, those for maintenance and the escape routes are all compliant with the safety and environmental protection regulations.

Geico’s pain plants include the auxiliary facilities, the offices and the section services, as well as the basic equipment for production and handling, the treatment of pollutants and the control/monitoring of the installed systems and sub-systems.

Geico has international expertise in the construction of industrial buildings in iron or concrete in accordance with the client”s needs, of the costs and of the place on which the plant is built.

Where the buildings and auxiliary services are not Geico’s responsibility, the company and its engineers are in a position to help the client with this work by providing all the information required and the support for putting the project together.