The polished pieces are placed on frames in such a way that the liquid can flow out of the products without running between the tanks.
The frames are placed in the system by an automated process which manages them based on the priority of the orders and organises the timing and movement between tanks.
Prior to being chrome plated, the piece has to be chemically washed.
This is achieved via two chemical degreasing washes using ultrasound and one high
pressure hydrokinetic wash. In the first three tanks the washes serve to remove impurities
deriving from the polishing process and the abrasive pastes. The wash is carried out using special purpose products with caustic
soda, phosphates, silicates and surfactants which saponify fats and emulsify oils.
At the end of the wash cycle the products move into a electrolyte degreasing tank in order to activate the surface of the brass.
#02 ELECTROLYTIC PROCESS
Two electrodes are placed in a tank, the so-called galvanic bath which contains an acquous solution of the salt of the metal
to be deposited - the cathode is made from the object to be covered and the anode from the metal to be
deposited or rather the insolvable anodes for example grafi te o steel.
This activates the electrolytic process, which is the electrodeposition of a
flash of metal via the passage of an electric current in the Chrome III bath.
The nickel process consists in the deposition of two layers of nickel – one opaque and one polished – making the finished product
highly resistent to corrosion and giving it a higher gloss. The pieces stay for an average of 7
minutes in the opaque
nickel and 14 minutes in the polished nickel.
For some of the special pieces these timings may increase. The longer times guarantee an average thickness
of 18/20 microns giving a higher quality product than the average 10/15 microns.
#04 CHROMIUM PLATING
Chromium plating is a chromium covering obtained by a galvanising process which gives the tap it's typical mirror-like finish.
It's main use is to protect the tap from corrosion.
Fima uses trivalent chromium. Unlike hexavalent chromium which is used in 90% of cases,
trivalent chromiun has no cancerogenous elements and sharply reduces the percentage of waste
products. The adequate thickness of the chromium plating (0,5 microns) guarantees the product greater resistence.
Following a correct process of Nickel ,chrome and gold the material need to be dried with
the immersion of the frame charged with the products into a oven with hot air.
This process with the good reason to eliminate
any possible residue able to cause spots on the surface.
Moulded and casted items
In the machinery department all casted and forged bodies are machined, drilled and threaded. All the passages of the production are automated with optical recognition robots and continuously controlled by the integrated informatics systems. Any residue from the processing is collected with a phased vacuum system that immediately collects all the shavings of brass with a reduced consumption of energy. After several washing treatments, the shavings are collected in dedicated silos and are ready for being transformed again in new brass bricks or bars in full respect of the environment according to the #green philosophy of the company.
Brass rod with numerical-control lathe
The CNC department is equipped with 8 CNC multi axis lathes able to machine different sections of brass bars in an extremely precise way and with high efficiency. All brass shavings are collected also in this department with the innovative vacuum system and are divided automatically on the basis of the typology of brass. In this department we produce all brass components that are part of FIMA Carlo Frattini products in order to guarantee a complete control of the production and a total reduction of the wastes by reusing the 100 % of the production scraps.
Metal polishing systems
In the polishing department, automatic machineries grind, buss and polish every single piece in order to get the best brilliant and shiny surface. An efficient integrated aspiration system provides a clean environment without durst and the collection of all brass powders ensures a total recycle of materials with no wastes. All products with a particular #design are entrusted and one by one manually processed by expert operators in order to guarantee an incomparable quality, brilliance and details.
Automated galvanic system
The galvanic department is equipped with an automated galvanic system composed by 44 different baths and able to produce all the unique chrome, black chrome, nickel and gold finishes of FIMA Carlo Frattini. The system, realized with the most innovative technologies, is totally #green thanks both to the use of trivalent chromium, completely safe for the health and the environment, and to the scrupulous ecological plans and closed cycle treatments able to clean all discharged water with some cleaning resin systems.
The assembly department is divided into 12 different assembling centers. The 6 automated centres are dedicated to the production of large lots. Here each product is assembled and tested one by one with a pressurized air system that allows to detect even the smallest imperfections and micro losses that could evolve into defects in the product during normal use. Each assembling centre has its own warehouse that makes it totally self-sufficient and is daily supplied on the basis of the orders and according to a logic aimed to optimize the material handling.
The manual assembling centres are dedicated to the production of specific products made directly according to the customer's order. Here the materials are supplied on the basis of specific orders, but each island can even assemble in only 12 hours any FIMA Carlo Frattini product thanks to the monitoring of the stocks in the assembling centre and the optimization of material handling. Products assembled and tested one by one by a qualified staff with a pressurized air system are then transferred to the transit warehouse, ready to be packaged.
The packaging department is made up of 6 different centres for a total of 12 manual packaging tables. Here, the products from the assembly centres are cleaned, subjected to a final check of the finishes and then packaged with a special bar code that allows the traceability of the production lot. Even the cardboard packaging used follows the company's #green philosophy and are made of 100% recycled materials which are in turn recyclable, minimizing waste and enhancing the reuse of environmental resources. The attachment of the guarantee seal on each package guarantees the 100% made in Italy.
The shipping department is composed of 4 automated packaging lines where the operators can simultaneously carry multiple shipping orders using electronic pads connected to the central system. The material is picked up directly from the finished product warehouse which is daily supplied on the basis of sale trends and according to the inventory optimization. Also in this department, the use of recycled materials is prerogative and each single packet is sealed through the unmistakable red strap to ensure the integrity of the content to the end customer.