The new J-Hive coating cell enables the complete painting of a car body by a single robot, claims Geico. The octagonal spray booth allows the car body to rotate enabling the painting of the interior and exterior surfaces; with the movement of the body on the conveyor system controlled by an external axis of the robot.
At the end of the application cycle the body can leave the automatic zone at a different angle to that at which it entered. The company says this feature will make possible far more layout options than previously possible. Additional advantages include no trolleys are inside the spray booth; the robot positioned on side of the booth (no bridge); energy consumption and footprint both reduced.