With design, that’s where the mashrabiya process begins. The first stage is to choose a pattern that fits the overall concept. To choose the right depth and size. To select the right scale of the design - not too small, not too big.
From an architectural perspective, many questions must be answered and thought through.
Do I want more privacy? Or do I want a pattern to be visible from far away? How will I integrate the support structure not to over-shine the mashrabiya? What thickness should the border be like? What thickness should the mashrabiya have? What’s the maximum sheet size? How can I join two or more panels without a visible joint? What finish should I choose - powder coating, Pvdf/Kynar coating, anodising or paint. What limits are there in terms of each finish? Etc etc.
Whatever question there may be, ABIYA certainly has an answer for most of them.
Engineering is a crucial element in the mashrabiya design process. Once, the designers prepared the mashrabiya design, engineers calculate the design solution in respect to structure and loads. Whether it’s British, American or European Standard. Our engineers will have the solution.
In some cases, a structural calculation has consequences on the design, in regards to box sections, sheet thickness, pattern design, fixation and fixtures.
When it comes to sheet processing, ABIYA’s fine tuned machinery are custom build to fulfill the needs for speed, price and quality.
Our sheet processing team can manufacture 3000 square meter per month. We have an hourly output of 20 square meter, equivalent to five to six sheets.
Our machinery has a low electricity consumption rate and does not need costly gases as used for laser or plasma cutting. Neither do we need costly consumables for pumps or abrasives as used in waterjet cutting.
Our sheet’s have the Industries’s smoothest cut - no Waterjet machine can match the quality. Sheets don’t get heat treated (common in laser or plasma cut); so there’s no colour colouration during coat, paint or anodising.
Another parameter for our quality is the design team. The machines can only cut as good as the preparation of the pattern design file. Using the latest technology software assures, we are aware of the pitfalls in cutting (see here for more).
Once mashrabiya sheet is cut, other elements are added; frame, bending, rolling, fabrication of secondary support structure. This happens in the manufacturing process.
Anything related to the mashrabiya work, we do. Whether it is (Aluminium) MIG or TIG welding; arc welding, bending or rolling the sheet or profile.
This allows to have complete control over the production process. Quality control is a significant contributor of ABIYA’s continuous growth and success.
Our in-house powder coating plant is quintessential to the complete in-house service for mashrabiya. It’s the finishing and workmanship that’s seen by a Xyz.
We work closely with leading corporates in the UAE for powder coating paints and provide a choice of over 100 standard RAL colours and a variety of custom colours.
Anodising and pvdf/kynar is outsourced to UAE’s market leaders in this specific area.
When it comes to installing, we’d prefer to supervise the workers rather than to install.
We’re a manufacturer in the first place, not a contractor, or Labour Supply firm. Our work is in the plant to assure the right mashrabiya product comes to Site.
However, listening to Client’s increasing demand for a complete service, we have set up a smaller installation unit that can handle installation of up to 1000sqm within a time frame of one month. If additional man Power is required, we have good links with Labour Supply firms.
The advantage for the Client: more qualified personnel on site; lower cost compared to Labour Supply; more energetic and faster execution.