Geico is considered a market leader in terms of everything concerning the various solutions for painting the interior and exterior of bodies.
It is in a position of meeting its clients’ specific needs by supplying totally automatic systems based on the type of application process for treating the surfaces with water-based, mono solvent or even bi-component paints. But there’s more: thanks to its vast expertise in the painting sector, Geico is capable of ensuring the best possible solutions (above all at a plant level) for minimising energy consumption and costs for the bodies produced.
The applications can be carried out with different types of applicators. Preferably internally loaded electrostatic atomisers are recommended because they significantly reduce paint consumption. What is more the automatic cleaning devices result in a significant reduction in the number of manual activities and in the production line’s efficiency being increased.
Every robot has its own its own integrated application control system, which makes it possible to optimally adjust the painting parameters on the basis of the characteristics of the surfaces to be treated. All of the application’s operating systems are integrated into the manipulator’s horizontal arm and therefore very close to the atomiser. This results in considerable savings in times and consumption in the colour change phases between the processed body and the subsequent one.
Housed inside the arm are the volumetric pumps that guarantee the perfect dosage of products and the colour change ramps where all the pipes that come from the main product’s distribution circulators are connected. The recirculation of the paint is guaranteed by specific connections in order to ensure that the product is always moving as well as to avoid sedimentation that can create problems with quality on the body’s surfaces.
Robotic painting of the body’s interior
The area dedicated to the interior of the body is located after the dust removal section and before that envisaged for the painting of the exterior parts.
The station for treating the interiors normally includes the painting of the following parts of the body: door contour and opening, boot, engine compartment and bonnet interior; the cycle can be created either with stop & go conveyor systems or with continuous forward movement of the conveyor.
The opening and closing of the moveable parts, which allow the robots arm to access the internal parts, can occur through manipulators designed for this purpose or by the painting robot itself, which can have either 6 or 7 axis. In this last case, the manipulator’s movement trailer is normally installed on the exterior of the painting booth in a “clean wall” version, noticeably improving the internal appearance of the booth wall.
Robotic painting of the body’s exterior
The area dedicated to painting the exterior of the body is located between the interior stations and the control area.
The application cycle envisages the painting of the body’s exterior by robots with either 6 or 7 axis and they normally have an electrostatic turbine atomiser integrated into the wrist. The atomisers proposed by Geico are state-of-the-art items and allow the highest values in terms of quality and performance to be achieved.
Different types of equipment are used for the painting of the exterior surfaces. The application of solvent-based products entails the use of internally loaded atomisers with which the highest levels of efficiency are achieved when transferring the product, resulting in much less product wastage. When using water-based products, it is possible to use either electrostatic externally loaded atomisers or separation devices that can in turn be divided into three different types and that will allow electrostatic painting with conductive or water-based paints.