Our Quality Control is represented by two equally important groups:
Engineering group – supports new product launches, engineering changes to current programs and responds to Quality Problem Reports (QPR) from our customer Toyota, Cambridge, Woodstock in Ontario; Mississippi and Indiana, USA.
Inspection group – supports the day to day quality checks which include dimension checks and weld verification and colour scanning of parts from raw material to finished goods using a mobile Faro Edge Smart Arm (CMM).
FIO Automotive is a “just in time” environment. The production control/logistics group are responsible for the receiving and shipment of product as well as using several methods for moving raw materials and finished goods around our plant such as:
- Tugger Carts
- Automated guided cart (AGC)
Since 2015, the majority of our forklifts and tugger carts have changed to electric power which reduced our costs, propane use, and environmental impact.
In October, 2014, FIO Automotive Canada began a Cold Stamping Department which supplies body parts to the Welding Department.
Coiled steel is straightened and stamped into “blanks” or into finished formed parts by the 800 Ton blanking press.   Blanks are then brought over to the transfer press where they will be formed into a stamped component part.   Equipment includes: 500 Ton Blanker, 800 Ton Blanker, 800 Ton transfer and 2,500 Ton transfer presses.
In August, 2018, FIO Automotive Canada began a Hot Stamping and Laser Cutting Department which supplies high strength body parts to the Welding Department. In the drive to reduce weight and improve structural strength, the twin Hot Stamping and Laser Cutting Department is the newest advanced manufacturing process at the Stratford Plant.
Steel blanks are heated to 900 degrees C inside giant ovens. The red hot blank is then struck by 800 ton hydraulic presses, flash-cooled and laser cut before palletizing the parts and moving them to the Welding Department
FIO Automotive Canada supplies high quality welded assemblies for integration into mass production automobiles.   The highly automated welding process permanently joins stamped components in a cost effective process.   Team members set components into jigs to control assembly dimensions.   Robotic welding systems apply one of three types of welding processes: Electrical Resistance, Gas Metal Arc, and Laser Beam.   The finished product combines with other unibody components to form a vehicle chassis.
The Maintenance Department supports Production (welding and stamping) by maintaining and improving all equipment as well as the plant facility.
The Team of Millwrights, Electricians, Tool & Die Makers, Robotic and First Response Technicians work closely with the Production, Quality, and Engineering departments to maintain a high level of Safety, Quality and Productivity.
The Tool & Die Department operates multi-axis CNC Machining that perform grinding, milling and drilling procedures at high speeds to support the die and jig needs of FIO Automotive Canada.
The Stratford Plant Tool & Die Department operates multi-axis CNC Machining that perform grinding, milling and drilling procedures at high speeds to support the die and jig needs of FIO Automotive Canada.