FIO’s embraces the principles of TOYOTA WAY, applying the principles of lean manufacturing with a view to continuous improvement, aiming at two major final objectives: customer satisfaction and ethical business management.
We reflect this trend in the continuous attention to technological implementation, the investment in our machinery so that our machines comply with the principles of industry 4.0 with the specific purpose of reducing their environmental impact and making their use safe and simple for the ‘operator.
This important technological equipment is enhanced by the skill of specialized craftsmen who, thanks to their knowledge, ensure that every single detail is translated into a distinctive element of the eyewear produced.
This desire to always be at the forefront in the use of production technologies, led to the synergy with AUTONOMA INNOVAZIONE SRL , an innovative start-up created in 2019 with the aim of establishing itself as a market leader in the design and construction of the latest production lines in the eyewear field that ensure extremely high precision performance.
Thanks to this close collaboration we have acquired new industry 4.0 machinery which has allowed us to modernize and speed up the production process, as well as to reduce tooling times.
It has allowed us to create a well equipped workshop inside our two factories in which to produce the necessary equipment, independently and quickly, such as thermoforming moulds for the temples, positioning tools, wire-core pushers, pliers for the shooting machines, moulds for cutting the temples and the fronts etc.
Always focused on increasing the productivity, precision and quality of our work and the final product, consistently with our philosophy that marries the principles of lean production, we manage more precise and reliable processes that give the product a higher quality and consequently reduce the waste due to the reworking of a non-compliant product.
To carefully plan and monitor production we use tools (MRP, Gantt charts, load histograms …) that allow us to investigate in real time the need for raw materials, our workers’and each machine’s workloads, the progress of the production phases and allow us to promptly resolve any problems in the production process.
Our choice to produce cellulose acetate frames is specific and it’s due to its incredible characteristics, not only as regards to the unique colors and its adaptability to mechanical processing but above all because it represents a renewable and biodegradable material since it is plant-based.
Each phase of acetate eyewear processing takes place within our factory, from the milling of acetate sheets with numerically controlled machine centers to the tumbling, assembly, polishing, quality control and final packaging process.
Not only is the entire production process 100% made in FIO, but we have also sought out suppliers who can allow us to enter a 100% made in Italy certified product to the market.
Consistent with our philosophy of a sustainable business and to better meet the demands of our customers, we have set up three dedicated production lines:
For the top line we have sought raw materials from leading companies in their respective sectors, we have prepared machinery that uses tools with minimum tolerances, thermoforming molds, diamond miils , rigid and frequent control phases to return to the customer a product of the highest quality, attention to the smallest detail and suitable for a niche market.
In the basic line we wanted to find the right combination between a careful production and faster and more fluid processing phases, where we use raw materials recognized for their quality, which give us a product for a more accessible market.
The organic (BIO) line is our most recent installation, in which both the acetate as well as the products used for the treatments are totally organic . In addition, specific machines have been dedicated to this (e.g. tumbling machines, cnc …) with the aim of avoiding contamination during the production phases and diversifying the disposal of processing residues, for a production cycle that is as environmentally friendly as possible.
The organic (BIO) production line is applicable for both the top line and the basic line production.