One of Geico’s competitive advantages is their commitment to creating new solutions capable of rising to the ongoing challenges set by innovation.
The main software and tools at the disposal of Geico’s team of highly qualified, specialist engineers includes:
Geico uses the most advanced software packages to perform simulations of the flow of bodies inside a paint plant, allowing the cycle times, the timescales for the different parts of the plant and the critical points of the production flow to be assessed, allowing the simplest, most economic and efficient layout solution to be identified.
Thanks also to the simulations it is possible to check the correctness of the throughput of the plants and the sizes of the areas dedicated to the selection of bodies by colours, reducing significantly the paint colour changes inside the booth and the costs associated with this.
Thermal fluid dynamic simulations
The thermal fluid dynamic software makes it possible to verify and optimise the selected engineering solutions, improving the operational quality of the process and its achievement; in this way it is possible to identify the optimal designs and the best pathways that will reduce load losses and noise caused by the movement of fluids such as air or water.
The simulations may also be used to verify the correctness of the circulation in the treatment tanks and its effects on the body, simulating the dipping into the bath process to optimise the expulsion of the air from the piece to be processed phase; the correctness and uniformity of the temperature distribution over the body during the baking phase or to verify the temperature gradients on those parts of the plant involved in the process; the structural behaviour of the body during the process of dipping into the tanks.
4D is a software that Geico has created for viewing the different installation phases by means of a 3 dimensional model, at the same time as viewing the assembly planning.
The 4D can be viewed in the state-of-the-art IEL (Interactive Engineering Laboratory): during the screening of the plant in 3D it is possible to link the different parts of the drawing to the planning and assembly activities. By analysing the planning and simulating the passage of time, it is possible to visualise, in 3D, the different part of the plant as they take shape or as they are removed from the model (depending on whether this is a question of assembly or dismantling activities) in the sequence defined by planning.
In the 4D simulation it is also possible to, in addition to viewing the sequence of the assembly phases, highlight which parts are missing or have been delayed with respect to the original planning.
The tool is particularly useful both for verifying the complex assembly sequences, highlighting the installation priorities, and for analysing the work in several phases, with dismantling and assembly operations that alternate and overlap each other.
Recreating the model of a particular area in 3D by scanning may prove particularly useful for carrying out measurements or undertaking planning activities directly on the relief model itself, above all when it is necessary to carry out work on existing plants.
The laser scanner can be viewed, worked on and adjusted in the Interactive Engineering Laboratory (IEL)