Over the years, traditional craftsmanship together with a deep knowledge of building materials and practices fundamentally important to the creation of an instrument based on folklore such as the accordion, has determined the business growth of Studiologic.
Far from dissolving, the relationship between technology and handicraft culture has been seen to get stronger with the passing of years and in a modernising industry now defined by the use of new polymers and mass production fixtures.
FATAR has been progressively winning a position of prestige by taking great care with putting specific expertise into all phases of the production process from the original design, the engineering and ultimately the construction of keyboards tthat meet both a high technical and quality standard.
The most popular and influential trademarks on the global musical instrument market as well as the musicians themselves, attach technical importance to the FATAR keyboard and highly regard it for its superior built qualities.
The binomial sensation/emotion and technical quality is not an illusion any longer.
The business success achieved so far, encourages us to offer wider options, providing parts and accessories for musical instruments such as furniture, pedals, function keys, control knobs and instrument-cases.
Our initial passion and commitment to this industrial adventure are currently combined with research and implementation of new techniques that we hope will be able to refine the interaction between the performer and the system.
Going beyond traditional building techniques in order to innovate the production models, has always been at the very basis of the FATAR’s business strategy.
The choice made was about organizing a “test” area specifically aimed at quality control by testing procedures that immediately had positive effects on the production, achieving as a result some remarkable standards.
Goal of market quality
● Monthly defect rate < 0,10%
● Yearly defect rate < 1,20%
Basic quality guarante standard
● Operation temperature 5-45 °C (operation after 4 hours)
● Storage temperature 25-65°C (non operation, 24 hours)
● Humidity strength 40°C, 95%, 24 hours
● Keyboard endurance 3 million times (push strength as it makes fortissimo sound)
● Drop strength (with package non damage height=75 cm
● Vibration strength 10-50Hz, 3 min both ways, acceleration 2G, X/Y/Z 30 min.
Keyboard is the interface to play the electronic musical instrument.
The touch is “weighted” through lever and spring systems that emulate the effect and sensations produced by the action of acoustic pianos. The key challenge is one of guaranteeing an excellent expressive articulation and a good dynamic answer. Since the 1980s, the major musical instrument companies have been trying to imitate the piano.
Integrated circuits and the introduction of sampling technology have speeded up the simulation of the sound, while the results of the simulation of a dynamic related to the action of a hammer-moving key has yet to be expressed.
Fatar took great pleasure in being asked to directly invest its energies in the study and development of a new hammer-action keyboard in 1989 and as a result, Fatar took out a patent on its own prototype.
In 1990 Fatar introduced the conductive-rubber contact, thus making obsolete the traditional spring-loaded contact.
In 1996, Fatar decided it was time to invest more in order to improve its trade expansion.
This initiative not only involved a rationalization of the production area, but also resulted in some relevant actions in support of manufacturing excellence.
In 2001, after deep analysis and studies, the wooden key was applied to the modern mechanic of the digital pianos, thus enhancing the background of experience by joining it to innovative technologies.
Currently, the Fatar’s models have been structured into different lines of production.They have acheived the following highlights:
Fatar in figures
● Sales 15 million euros, 70% export (Japan, Korea, China, the USA, Europe)
● Keyboards for Digital Pianos, Synthesizers, Organs, Classical Organs.
● Furniture in Technopolymer for Synthesizers, Loudspeakers.
● Pedals Sustain/Switch/Volume, Pedalboards, Buttons, Bi-material Knobs, Accessories and Component Parts.
Factory of 36.000 square metres
● Injection Printing Machines from 10T to 1800T
● GAS Injection Printing technology
● Bi-material printing technology