OTLAV S.p.A produces and sells hinges for doors and windows and other accessories for frames.
Founded in 1956 by entrepreneur Angelo Padovan, Otlav has produced more than 2.2 billion of hinges since 1956.
Thanks to almost 100 filed patents, Otlav ensures high quality standards and is present with its wide range of products in more than 80 countries worldwide.
In 2007 the new headquarter in Santa Lucia di Piave became operative, created with excellent technologies and cutting-edge operational tools, it is a gem in the field of automation and allows cost reduction of both management and production.
MYRTUS: founded in 1990 in Maniago (PN) specialized in galvanic treatments.
SAMARCU: founded 2002 in Romania is focused on some high-tech producing processes.
In March 1956 Angelo Padovan is ready to take the leap and starts to work on his own in Casselon di Bocca di Strada, quarter of Saint Lucia di Piave (TV). Thus was born Otlav (Officina Torneria Lavorazione Articoli Vari, in English: Turning Machining Workshop Various Articles).
In 1960 OTLAV begins to produce hinges, so called “Anuba” from the 1st German producer, who manufactured hinges for doors and windows.
The new company offices become operative in Sarano di Santa Lucia di Piave (TV).
The first Otlav logo is realized, it will be used for 11 years.
A strict tradition imposes in Otlav massive and ongoing investments in cutting edge technologies: In 1967 Angelo Padovan as first in the world, managed in cold forming the hinges, passing from the output of 8 pcs/minute of the traditional lathes, to 100 pcs/minute of the cold forming machines.
Angelo Padovan’s genius begins to transform the hinges by adding technological value; OTLAV is the first company which realizes the pins with sawtooth thread which has an anti tear function. It 's the first of a long and uninterrupted series of patents.
The second Otlav logo is realized, it will be used for 19 years.
The undertaken route saw OTLAV playing the leading role in the creation of revolutionary hinges such as Sferal ( patented in 1984), which is still the most advanced technology in the production of hinges of the Anuba type. On the male part of which a sphere is inserted to allow the perfect rotation of the female-male couple.
Exacta was born: the first hinge which enables the 3D adjustment of fixed doors and windows, without dismantling shutters and frames.
The founder Angelo Padovan passes the way, the sons Massimo and Fabio succeeded him in the business.
Otlav creates Myrtus in Maniago (PN), Friuli. The company is specialized in galvanic treatments.
The first overseas branch is created; Samarcu Srl starts its life in Romania.
During the month of May the construction of the new plants starts, a further step towards future.
The third Oltav Logo is realized and is still effective.
Transfer to the current production site, created with prestigious technologies and cutting-edge operational instruments, and which is constantly visited by technicians coming from the 5 continents
OTLAV, with over half a century of history and always focused on high level technological search, is now on the market with a new line of concealed hinges for flush doors: INVISACTA
The workplace becomes an environment where lifetime is well spent and a space where each life leaves its unmistakable imprint and everything is always aligned with the highest degree of individual capacity. A single enthusiasm whose expression in a collective context identifies with a unique goal: to think, to act and to strive for progress.
Picture of the artist Giovanni Bisson from Santa Lucia depicting life scenes in Otlav, given to the owners by the workers in 1996. In the foreground right the founder Angelo Padovan
OTLAV new factory was inaugurated in 2007, in Via Angelo Padovan 2 in Santa Lucia di Piave (TV), in an area of 45,000 square meters, 19,500 of which are covered. Following the opening of the first office in March 1956, OTLAV has nowadays found its perfect location to face the challenges of the new millennium. "OAMH" - "Otlav Automatic Material Handling"- is a project developed after five years of research and studies all around the world; a technological jewel created by designing at first the best logistical location, and then a subsequent lay out, and eventually the container to cover these structures : an unmistakable technological masterpiece, which is 10 meters high. Rationalization of space, optimization of logistics and integrated use of automation: all of these account for respectively the flow or transportation of materials and the streaming of information. The goal is to cut costs by making the produced hinges increasingly competitive with an unparalleled level of quality. The means through which this goal is achieved is the implementation of a complex automated system from the first stage of production, that is, from the instant when the raw material enters the factory, to the exit of the finished product, without any sort of interference from outside. It’s sufficient to mention that for the transportation of all necessary material, "Otlav Transport Computer System" makes use of LGV (Laser Guided Vehicle), special automatic trolleys, without driver, designed and built specifically for OTLAV. These trolleys transport and distribute the necessary materials to individual machinery for seamless working, making the production cycle fast, safe and accurate, from the arrival of the raw materials in the factory through packaging and delivery of the finished products. OTLAV is today a highly competitive company and is the only one fully automatic and independent in this sector throughout Europe. The real strength lies in the internal development of most of these technologies dedicated to automation. In this way OTLAV has achieved a goal that was tenaciously desired: to be completely released from all unforeseen circumstances that could occurre in the event where certain stages of the production activity are delegated to external entities.
Safety on a human scale.
A completely innovative plant where technological choices put man’s value in the forefront: the better the quality of life, the better the quality of work. The departments are designed with ample and airy spaces which all benefit from a highly efficient ventilation system specifically pertaining to each department; the natural light completely illuminates every department. The temperature is constant and helps ensure a healthy environment. The powerful automation of the production processes further ensures the safety of all workers to the highest level. From 1990 to 2008 accidents have decreased by 95%.
The Republic of Venice, which incorporated also Treviso province where the headquarter of OTLAV is situated, was the only entity in human history that protected and preserved its independence for 1,300 years, from 25 March 421 (this is the official date of the founding of the city of Venice) to 12 May 1797, which is the date of the abdication of the Venetian government and the entry into Venice of Napoleon Bonaparte. For centuries “the dominant”, as Venice was called, ensured peace, freedom and prosperity for its territories. Hence, OTLAV new headquarter constantly brings to mind, through images and symbols, the strong bond of work and esteem that has always united the people of this territory to their capital.
OTLAV takes upon itself to metaphorically represent a path or a route that honours those elevated principles
that have been strenuously advocated and constantly defended by the Venetian government: justice, freedom, hard work and intelligent and courageous undertaking in the world.
The sense of belonging to a past that has anticipated in the economic field, centuries of events and methods which are still relevant, is a characteristic of anyone working in OTLAV. This sense of belonging is expressed also by recognizing oneself in the emotions that are daily absorbed when passing through the office corridors in which the office doors bear the emblematic images of the paintings of Venetian painters. Each office door bears an artistic representation of a scene that evokes the role or the function of that same office. In this way, there is an alternation of eternal artistic masterpieces by Tintoretto, Cima da Conegliano, Tiziano, Canaletto, Mantegna, Bellini, Carpaccio, Veronese, Tiepolo and other renowned artists. It is an exciting and unique exhibition, which binds work to the world of art, passion, and history.
CRISTO DELLA DOMENICA ( SUNDAY CHRIST) Painted by an anonimous artist in the Church of San Pietro di Feletto (TV), The image is portrayed in the door between the offices and the dressing rooms.
OTLAV owes the success of its products to the intuitions and perceptions that give birth to mental processes which are concretized as ideas. The power of ideas is transformed into innovations. In a propitious environment, innovative energy is in constant motion. Ideas, ideas, and more ideas without any interruption. This is how products, progress, production processes and technology become the result of daily and unceasing teamwork between the responsibles of the various technological and production departments of the company.It is a clear-cut case of energy in motion. Man himself is the material structure of atoms which are always in motion. This explains why it becomes natural to bring up a comparison between OTLAV (the company) and the human body with all its perfectly coordinated organs - each one with its irreplaceable functions and competence. This is the core reason why the ancient Eastern philosophy of the Chakras makes its appearance in Otlav. There are seven(7) main Chakras which are particular points of the human body. These are real energy junctions where there is an accumulation of the particular energy of those areas of the human body. OTLAV, the company- a throbbing and vital system becomes the symbolism of the human body, the most deadly and perfect machine ever built. Each Chakra has a specific colour. This is the reason why OTLAV’s seven (7) production departments are identified with the seven (7) Chakra colours, in a sequence that gives each department a symbolic lay-out with the transformation and the making of the product, from the anonymous inclusion into an iron-rod to a piece which has been perfectly shaped and sized to a hundredth of a millimeter. The use of specific colours and the inspiration to the Chakras has the goal of stimulating harmony and creativity among all OTLAV employees.
An inscription looms on a wall of the company : "The way towards perfection. Quality Φ Padovan". A sentence of easy semantic approach, of clear meaning, if it were not for that Greek letter, the fourth from last in Plato’s alphabet, which leaves immediately astounded. What does it mean that Φ ? It's a number, 1.618, which indicates a ratio that is everywhere in nature. It's been called the "Divine Proportion", also known as " Golden Section ". It is the balance on the basis of the universe, a constant ratio, mathematical and perfect, which recurs invariably in the world around us. Universal principle that we find in various fields and in different ways. The plants, the animals, human beings, and all the creation have measures that comply exactly with this incredible ratio, which becomes therefore a symbol of perfection, as it is the brick that God, the Creator of the Universe, has used to build the creation itself. The examples are many: the ratio between female and male in all beehives is always the same: 1.618; the ratio between the rotations of the coils of sunflower seeds is always 1.618; the human body is made up of elements which relate one another through this " Φ " : 1,618. Everything respects, in an astonishing way, the Divine Proportion: we can try dividing our height by the distance between our navel and the floor: 1.618, and the distance from the shoulder to the fingertips divided by the distance between the elbow and the fingertips: 1,618.
Φ is the order that lies beneath the apparent disorder ( chaos ) of the world. About golden number and sacred geometry spoke the great theorists of the past, from Vitruvius to the famous proportion of the human body designed in Leonardo’s man. In geometry, the Divine Proportion or " Golden Section " is given by the ratio between the two parts of a straight line in which the greater part is proportional between the smaller one and their sum. It’s a ratio that always goes back to that famous Φ.
But what’s the value of this Greek letter? Fibonacci, a mathematician of the twelfth century, remembered for his series of numbers : 0, 1,1 , 2,3 , 5, 8 , 13, 21 , 34, 55 , 89, 144 , 233, 377 and so on, explains that. The series indicates that each number is the sum of the previous two and dividing the last number by the previous one the result is always the same ratio: 1.618. It is indicated by the golden ratio Φ, which expresses therefore, the universal ratio, the wonderful beauty that exists in nature.
That of Otlav is a philosophy of quality, which aims to the perfection symbolized by the divine proportion of Φ and that is realized in the "Otlav Quality Control" department, which operates since 1984. Since that year the company has identified the need to focus on quality.
The office pays big attention to the choice of suppliers and contractors with whom it holds an intensive collaboration. The work is carried out through a certified system that allows traceability of the production process.
Otlav has never cut back on the necessary investments to continually improve the quality system and the customer satisfaction. Because it’s the customer himself, the arbiter of the quality of the company products. The product controls start from the raw material and go up to the finished product. Inspections of the material are also carried during the manufacturing process, controls of the acquired pieces, of the traditional equipments ( micrometers and calipers) and of the more sophisticated ones (spectrophotometer, traction machines, salt spray chambers ).
The "IUS " Laboratory (Intensive Use Simulation ) is constantly used for the CE certification of products and can issue test certificates on the customers’ doors and windows.
Quality is the winning Otlav philosophy.
OTLAV is aware of its importance with respect to the territory where the company has very strong cultural roots.
Responsible management and processing of waste products has always been implemented and this dates back to the directives laid down by the Founder, Angelo Padovan. Today, this method has been developed and articulated and it envisages the separate collection of waste products and the eventual disposal of thirty-one (31) different types of waste products, each of which is subject to a suitable process with different formulars, licenses and permits. Several areas are dedicated to storage, while the treatment procedure of the waste products takes place indoors, protected from atmospheric and environmental agents, ensuring a pollution-free disposal.
Culture and Environment arm-in-arm.
People who spend a substantial part of their lives in OTLAV, a place of work and a place where thoughts burst to create, and even those who come to visit this wonderful work of art (OTLAV) that sums up decades of sacrifice, hard work and hopes, are all inclined to pause for a while and take a look at the silent tall green friends of man: the trees!
All around OTLAV a park where trees have found their home has been created and the carpenter’s tables which are later transformed into window shutters are derived from the same kind of trees. A Botanical Garden has also been created, which proposes some typical environments which have been subject to the careful planting of some rare species of plants and endemic herbs typical of each environment.
This objective has been strongly desired by Fabio Padovan as an invitation to take the first step towards a full compliance with the environment in which we live. OTLAV Botanical Garden, with its tables and explanations, seeks to underline the deep-rootedness of work and its protagonists, including the Padovan family and hundreds of workers who have passed through the company and are still living in this territory.
Trying to understand and at least to marginally know how man made his way to these present days, achieving the present results, can also be a pastime.
A course runs for 170 meters along the west side of the company, with large explanatory sign boards of human history, from the Big Bang (13,700,000,000 years ago) to the birth of OTLAV (1956). It is human history, our history, but identified in the reality of this area. A visitor may be impressed by a lot of surprising information, but all is well documented, drawn from original texts which has often been omitted from official historiography, since, as it well known, “history is rewritten by winners.”
Automated and synchronized flow of both materials and information between the various departments of the company. Four years of research and projects have designed the perfect layout, above which the new plant was designed and built. This has raised the level of efficiency and has resulted in great reduction of management and production costs.
Latest lathes for producing items from 3 mm to 35 mm. Automatic issuing of XR cards to keep abreast of international quality standards.
OTLAV has developed an own technology to achieve outstanding results in production yields and quality. This is a vanguard department and every press is by now the heart of an island that brings together five(5) operating machines and allows to get in the production line real technological jewels.
Specific stage of processing that requires ancient knowledge of steel deformation and creep . It is only a fifty-years experience, combined with the passion of those who work in a stimulating environment, that is able to make the best out of such complex operations which would otherwise be impossible to deal with.
All the machineries are the result of over fifty years of know-how and unceasing improvement. All the machineries are designed and implemented within OTLAV by the appropriate and competent “Otlav Engineering Division.” These machines do not exist in the market and are the pride of dozens of technicians who have invested a substantial part of their lives in OTLAV.
Even the islands of this new department, with stations of up to eighteen robot positions, have all been designed and constructed entirely by "Otlav Engineering Division."
Department with injection presses of plastics coating materials having high technical characteristics aimed at specific needs.
Department with vertical presses of various tonnages, with complex subservient automatic machinery.
The recently opened new pressure casting workshop is equipped with the most modern facilities. Best quality standards and highest performances characterize the manufacturing of high-precision metal components.
It is the creative force which stands behind OTLAV’s complete autonomy and independence from external circumstances. All molds are made here; 75% of the machineries needed for production purposes are also manufactured here and it is here that all maintenance operations of both ordinary and extraordinary, both mechanical and electronic products are executed. This department is OTLAV’s flagship because it is the result of studies, analysis and experiences accumulated by employees of the company since 1956 and handed on from the oldest to the youngest ones, who are steadily immersed in the various departments to learn the “art” and keep alive OTLAV great technological tradition.
It is a highly automated multi-functional department with a high concentration and cooperation of various functions and technologies: stacker cranes which collect and store pallets and crates; shuttles loading and depositing materials at the various points of entry or exit of the “Automatic Material Handling” ring or towards shipping bays; the station for automatic proportioning of the containers ;the robotic station for the recognition and counting of parts in entry; the system of packaging and palletising the finished product; the equipped picking bays . The service of transporting materials through the warehouse,the production departments and the check-in or inspection area is ensured by automatic laser-guided carts or Laser Guided Vehicles (LGV). Everything is governed by an efficient management system which is integrated in the general computer system of the company.