WHO IS RAF?
RAF ARMATURY s.r.o. is a leading Czech manufacturer of a complete range of lever, washer and special water taps, including accessories, with more than twenty years of tradition.
The company was founded in 1994 with its registered office in Olomouc.
In its early years the company operated on relatively small premises, but by 1999 market interest and company expansion had led to the need for the company to move to its own new building at “Zelená Louka” (“Green Meadow”) in the newly emerging industrial zone in the municipal district of Hodolany.
An extended 5-year warranty is provided with our taps, demonstrating the faith we have in our own products and abilities.
Our company is aware of the fact that only quality products succeed on a competitively demanding market, and therefore places great emphasis on quality.
For that reason, water taps from our production and sales programme undergo demanding tests at an accredited testing laboratory – Výzkumný ústav pozemních staveb Praha, Certifikační společnost a.s. (Prague Building Research Institute, Certification Company Ltd), so that the product certificate demonstrates compliance with Czech and European technical standard 817 for lever taps and 200 for washer taps and a “Declaration of Conformity” is subsequently issued.
Based on these product certificates and tests carried out, it can be noted that our products have always fully complied with current legislation, which today comprises:
Act No. 22/1997 Coll. on technical requirements for products, as amended
Government Order No. 163/2002 Coll. which lays down technical requirements for selected construction products, as amended
Act No. 258/2000 Coll. on the protection of public health, as amended
Ministry of Health implementing Decree No. 409/2005 Coll. on hygiene requirements for products coming into direct contact with water.
Sale of the company’s products is implemented via a network of contracted professional water-heating wholesalers, retailers, DIY stores and internet stores, as well as at the company sales room in Olomouc where customers can see all our products with their own eyes while they shop.
Servicing of taps (both warranty and post-warranty) is ensured by a network of contracted service centres across the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Our aim is to increase the number of these centres, so that new locations for RAF tap sales are also covered for servicing.
Within our company, we also place special emphasis on servicing as an integral individual service connected with our products and customer satisfaction.
Our company has implemented and maintains a Quality Management System in accordance with ISO 9001, supported by a Certificate of Quality issued by the reputable company URS – United Registrar of Systems.
How is a RAF faucet born ?
Raf it’s a member of a big italian group: WTS Group.
WTS stands for the Italian excellence of sanitary taps. The industrial group represents the best brands in the sector, which are Made in Italy but at the same time are projected to the international market.WTS means: reliability, practice, cutting edge design, and attention to the surrounding environment.There are several stages in the entire production process of a refined design, in its functional, eco-sustainable structure and of course in Made in Italy.
Each RAF tap is produced by intelligence and experience of WTS Group and every step of the production cycle is excellent expression of his Made in Italy. After the approval of the concept design, in the planning phase, tap is engineered by the technical office of WTS: for that purpose, it’s required the use of sophisticated 3D design software. Then we move to the next step, the prototyping …
Now it’s time for the second phase of RAF tap’s production, thanks to the excellent and innovative work of WTS Group.
Today we talk about prototyping, the passage that allows to create the prototype of the new tap: for this, you need a 3D printer, defining the shape from the analysis of the real 3D model in ABS plastic.
Our approach to learning about how born a RAF faucet continues with the third phase, the sand-core preparation, always under the excellent work of WTS Group. It’s an mixed element of sand and special synthetic resins and it’s designed in a special mold, the sand core box. The sand-core is extracted once hardened: the element obtained is used to create the internal cavity of the faucet body, when it’s inserted into the mold for the fusion, called the “shell”.
During the foundry phase, the special mold, said shell, is filled with a molten brass cast, a copper and zinc alloy, the raw material used to blend the faucet body. From the shell (in which, before to casting, the previously described soul is inserted) the shape of the desired body is then extracted.
We talk about machining, leading products, obtained from previous merger, to be processed with automatic lathes, allowing, thus, to create the mechanical shut-off devices, mixing and deviation, characteristic of the taps; the faucets, then, pass through the Transfer machines line, to be the subject of the various machining processing requested.
The polishing cycle, allowing you to sand finely (using abrasive belts with different grain size and discs made of suitable fabrics) surfaces of machining products: these processes are executed with automatic robotized systems islands, allowing it to pass to the next treatments chromium plating.
Chrome plating is one of the basic steps of making a RAF tap : WTS’s dedicated and innovative work emphasizes that galvanic treatment is important both to protect and preserve the faucet as to make it a unique design element. Chromium consists of the deposition of double nickel and chromium coatings, through the diving of the pieces to be chromed into a series of baths of electrolytic solutions. The WTS ECO GREEN SYSTEM also stands out in the ecologically zero-emission chrome plating process.
The Quality control is careful and detailed assessment of taps making: it consists of a series of strict controls on the components, just out of the stage of production, performed both in dimensional level both in the aesthetic (for example, the chromium plating must not have imperfections). All this takes place by means of specific tools, which check its compliance with the initial technical drawings.
From meticulous and strict Quality Control switches to new phase, Assembly, in which the necessary components are mounted inside the faucet body.
Homonymous department in charge, the various operations are performed by “islands” with the necessary equipment, to ensure a high level of product quality.
Assembled the RAF tap, in all its essential components, it’s time of TESTING, the necessary step that provides a record of the entire functional characteristics, by the prestigious quality standard. In this important production phase, the assembled products are subjected to 100% to a test of sealing air, which is performed with measuring equipment of high accuracy.