Al Fayha Aluminium Factory L.L.C.
curtain walls and structural silicone glazing through joint venture with Sepalumic
Double-glazing units are encouraged on all glass units to decrease energy consumption to create a more quiet and comfortable atmosphere and a healthier and cleaner environment.
Unlike other companies we not only target the large projects that are available. We have created a team that oversees small projects. Such projects can vary from one complete villa all the way to a kitchen backdoor. This department is managed by the same team for the larger projects but taking into consideration limitations to budget, time delivery, and the final personal touches.
type of glass and color is one of the most difficult decisions to be made
in a building structure since there is a wide variety of types and colors.
Even though some types of glass are restricted to specific colors, to make
this process quicker and more efficient for our clients we suggest that a
meeting is held with us during selection. If the client is not convinced
of the quality or the performance of the glass, we are always more than
willing to arrange a meeting with the supplier. Since the list of colors
and performance are endless, only a few basic descriptions of the types of
glass are mentioned below.
There are two types of tempered glass, “Heat Strength” and “Toughened.” In both cases the glass panel, after being cut, is inserted into a high temperature oven to be processed. Toughened glass becomes four times as stiff as regular glass. And a “wavy” effect is caused. Heat strength glass is only twice as solid as regular glass, but it maintains its flatness unlike the toughened glass. Tempered glass is also called security glass since it is less likely to break, and even if it happens to break, it shatters into small pieces to avoid injure to anyone.
Laminated glass is manufactured by inserting a nylon film between two tempered glass panels. It is then inserted into an oven at a high temperature to melt the nylon film, and a vacuum effect is created where all the air is sucked from between the panels, causing them stick together and appear as one panel.
The film that is placed between the two glass panels is called PVB, and it is available in several shades of colors or clear. The thicker the glass the more PVB films are required, and the more PVB films are used the stronger the glass becomes.
Laminated glass is used as a safety precaution, because once smashed the glass stays intact and in its place. Laminated glass is most commonly used for balconies and public areas.
This glass is relatively expensive and is most commonly used in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. The wire inside the glass is similarly processed as the PVB in laminated glass, therefore giving it similar features. The glass used may be clear or obscured depending on the client’s preference.
Sandblasting can be usually done to any type of glass, and in the case of tempering, the sandblasting is done first. There are two types of sandblasting, regular and aluminium oxide. Regular sandblasting does not give a constant surface, unlike the aluminium oxide. Glass can have any pattern or design (such as company logo) sandblasted for a more corporate look, a simple interior decorative touch. To make the sandblasting even a greater feature, a polymar coating can be added which allows the glass to not leave any fingerprints or dirt when touched.
At AFAF we take into consideration not only the interest of our clients and suppliers, but our employees. AFAF uses equipment of the highest standards in safety whereby all our employees at sites and production plant are highly equipped.
It is also our policy to make sure that all types of safety equipment are available for our employees’ safety, such as the use of straps while using cradles or exterior work. The use of earplugs while operating high-noise machinery is a requirement at the production plant as well as protection masks supplied for work and welding machines. First-aid gear is always provided at project sites at a central location with the main contractor, our manufacturing plant is also installed with several first-aid kits. These are just a few steps we take into securing the health and safety of our employees. All our employees at the production plant are trained to use the equipment properly. The following is a summarized list of items or procedures used as safety measures at AFAF.
The technological advances
that have taken place in the recent years, have allowed AFAF to take on
larger projects. In many cases we have been able to lead the competition
through our efficient management. The management of projects is controlled
through several custom made systems to suit our needs. The following is a
list of systems that are used:
The technological advances that have taken place in the recent years, have allowed AFAF to take on larger projects. In many cases we have been able to lead the competition through our efficient management. The management of projects is controlled through several custom made systems to suit our needs. The following is a list of systems that are used:
TDD, being one of the most important facilities offered by Al Fayha Aluminium Factory, allows us to offer our clients a service rarely provided by our competition. This facility is automatically implemented on all approved projects and it is a beneficial service for the client since it provides the following:
Reducing Costs Enhancing Design Visual and Technical Options
This system starts at the very beginning of a project, even before the contract has been signed. The drawings are studied by a team of engineers who are specialized in calculating the estimated cost of a project, which is known as our C.E.D. (Cost Estimation Department). Knowing the quantities that are needed, several suppliers are contacted for all items to be quoted on prices and delivery time. When that information has been received it is entered into our system, and a report is created detailing the price, quantity, and the feasibility of the project by the deadline date.
This system was created for several reasons, since its output results in vital information that leads to a better management. The results are given only after the completion of the project; which are as follows:
Most companies similar to ours have found this system of extreme importance but have had difficulties in the implementation process. Though with the help of our well trained motivated employees, and our hard-working efficient management team we were able to ease the implementation.
AFAF’s manufacturing plant is equipped with the latest machinery, which are staffed by trained employees. The manufacturing manager supervises the manufacturing processes and workflow according to a chart of deadlines given by the project manager. All products that are manufactured are checked by two different teams for any adjustments necessary before they are sent to the site. The manufacturing manager leads one team, and the other team is led by the quality assurance manager who also checks for the final adjustments required at the sites after installation has taken place.
Curtain Wall Specialist:
Sepalumic curtain wall systems are the result of commitment and extensive research, development, and expenditure from both parties. The Sepalumic systems have been developed to overcome various down falls found in other systems.
Some of the main features include efficient drainage, thermal efficiency, ventilation, tolerances, and high levels of acoustic insulation. By means of concealed drainage channel within the glazing rebate, and by offsetting horizontal and vertical components, water and condensation are directed from horizontal components into the vertical by the “waterfall” principle. The mechanical joining system eliminates sealing faults in critical corner positions, creating the effective drainage downwards through the system. The curtain wall systems are available in a variety of component widths, offering a wide range of external façade designs.
Structural & Double Glazing:
The structural glazing system eliminates horizontal and vertical external
framing of the facades, thereby allowing architects to design monolithic
facades without interruption. AFAF manufactures double glazed units
according to European and American standards.
The structural glazing system eliminates horizontal and vertical external framing of the facades, thereby allowing architects to design monolithic facades without interruption. AFAF manufactures double glazed units according to European and American standards.
Care is also a core value of AFAF – a value reflected in how we develop
our products, how we act in society, and how we deal with our customers
Resource Management at Al Fayha Aluminium Factory:
AFAF’s HR Department plays a fundamental role in allowing us to present our services to you. We have made sure that the HR division’s employees have certain capabilities such as mastery in the business industry they are working in, human resources management, change, and personal credibility. The following are a list of the HR Department’s activities:
Some detailed activities are listed below:
The following is a list of the employees concern that we take into consideration when making or changing policy on internal issues.
AFAF has always taken into consideration the changes of the makeup and expectations of employees. Factors such as age, gender, race, and education have always been taken into consideration for every employee regarding working hours, salaries, holidays, benefits, bonuses, housing, etc. Also with time and experience, AFAF has taken into consideration the inflation and the time period employees have been with the organization.
At AFAF we make sure that the employees’ civil rights are given the utmost respect. This was accomplished, by giving the employees more than the law requirements, which allowed us to compete with multinational organizations on an international standard. We take pride in saying that our employees are the best paid and morally satisfied in the industry.
In recent years, the educational attainment of the U.A.E. labor force has risen dramatically. Therefore we have also increased our employees’ minimum requirements and educational levels, to give a better service to the client and to be able to give back to the community, which we have prospered from.
Competitive Challenges: Globalization
In order to grow and prosper, AFAF seeks business opportunities in global markets since it was first established. AFAF has learnt the value of, competition and cooperation with foreign companies since they have become increasingly important focal points for business.
By partnering with firms all over the world and using current technologies, we offer our customers “anything, anytime, anywhere” policy. Since it was our decision to go global, we had to take the initiative to balance issues related to different geographies, cultures, laws, and business practices. These factors are also included in our human resource policies.
Competitive Challenges: Technology
Advancements in computer technology have enabled us to take advantage of the information explosion. With computer networks, unlimited amounts of data are stored, retrieved, and used in a wide variety of ways by our entire staff.
A few examples of how we took advantage are the following:
The above mentioned points help departments to not only attain their targets, but also to surpass. Information technology has also changed the management of our human resources entirely. We have created a human resources information system where by we have a current and accurate data on all our employees. This system helps our human resource management department make decisions in regards to the strategic planning of the organization by forecasting promotions, compensation, benefits, bonuses, etc.
Since technology and globalization are only two factors that are keeping us market leaders, managing change is another force in our organization that is keeping us at the top. We have invested time and money into creating programs at AFAF such as total quality, continuous improvement, downsizing, reengineering, outsourcing, etc.
We have come to an understanding with our employees and staff members that the way things were done five or ten years ago is very different from how they are done today, or will be done in five or ten years from now. Employees’ responsibilities, job assignments, and work processes change, and we make the implementation as smooth as possible. This change is continuous, and we have made it part of every employee’s job description.
Competitive Challenges: Developing Human Capital
AFAF through experience has come to the conclusion that we are in an industry that not only thrives through experience, change, and technology, but also on our ability to manage human capital. Human capital is very important in our organization and we regard it as the most important resource we have available. Not only cause it is limited in quantity, or that “good help is hard to find,” but the reason is that we believe in an end product not of good quality but rather a work of art to be appreciated.
Human capital is a term that gives value of our knowledge, skills, experience, and capabilities that do not show up on our balance sheet, but do have a tremendous impact on our performance. Our human capital is a resource that cannot be managed as a product or technology because it is very fluid.
AFAF has developed a strategy to ensure superior knowledge, skills, and experience within our workforce. Our staffing program focuses on identifying, recruiting, and hiring the best brightest talent available. We also believe that every employee should be given the chance to develop his or her skills before judgment is passed.
We at AFAF have created a program for our employees where we provide developmental assignments and make certain that job duties and requirements are flexible enough to allow for growth and learning.
Meeting our clients’ expectations is essential for us such as their requirements of quality, innovation, variety, and responsiveness. We have been able to maintain a certain standard through our employees.
Some of our clients viewed our field of work as doors, windows, and glass. But through our highly trained employees we have managed to offer our clients not only a mere product but rather an experience. Responding to the market’s needs is a skill we have perfected through an excellent management of human resources.
Competitive Challenges: Containing Cost
Although there is increasing pressure from clients and the market to lower costs, we still insist on improving productivity to maximize our efficiency. Labor costs are one of the largest expenditures in our organization since we are in an industry where not only do we offer a product but a service by being knowledge-intensive.
Since we do not believe that the minimum law requirement for our human resource is sufficient, we always make sure that at AFAF we are also providing an ethical and moral requirement to our labors that is far above the set regulations.
Also it is part of our policy to not downsize but rather to right-size. Instead of growing to fast to keep up with demand and the requiring to downsize, a large part of our contract assignments are outsourced to specialized companies to avoid any lay-offs.
is part of AFAF’s policy to encourage employees to use their creativity.
One of these events is the highly publicized 1st Red Bull
Flugtag, which was held at the Dubai Creek Park on the 25th of
November 2005. Through creative design and proper implementation during
the manufacturing process by Al Fayha Aluminium Factory, the “Dragofly
team” led by Michel Nader was able to receive 2nd place by
flying unpropelled 18 meters. For more information log onto www.redbullflugtag.ae.
of work are prepared using MS Project software, and the Production Manager
reviews all the programs prior to submission. Co-ordination of the various
phases of work is carried out with the Main Contractor as necessary to
achieve the project objectives.
Programs will include the procurement, fabrication, assembly, delivery and erection phases as necessary. Company staff are always available to coordinate with clients concerning the progress of work at site and manufacturing plant.
and Drawing Preparation:
the aluminum shop drawing preparations, any discrepancies or problems in
the architectural drawings is highlighted to the customer to avoid future
conflicts during execution. Furthermore, any potential infeasible design
requirement by the customer is also highlighted, and alternatives are
proposed that are feasible yet do not sacrifice the quality or design
envisioned by the customer.
and submission of drawings are done in sequence with times that are
compatible with the approved programs of work. All shop drawings are
thoroughly checked and reviewed by the designated Engineer for the project
prior to submittal for approval. Only approved drawings are distributed
and used for fabrication and erection at site. Qualified and
well-experienced draughts men using the latest CAD drafting software
prepare all shop drawings. Our Structural Engineers also rely on STAAD and
other supplier software for their structural analysis. If required by the
contract, on the completion of aluminium work erection as-built drawings
are submitted to the Consultant/Clients.
compliant material is carefully labeled and stored to ensure it is used
for the correct project. All non-compliant material is returned to the
supplier, and Al-Fayha always tries to ensure that alternative sources are
available so the project program is not affected, regardless of the item
the taping of the material, to the cutting, machining, assembly and
packaging, a foreman is always present to ensure the work is done with the
required quality. The standards used for this monitoring are a combination
of the different supplier recommendations, and those gained through
experience from years in the industry.
tests are performed on the finished products to ensure their proper
performance and quality. This reduces the probability of defective
material being installed at site, causing problems during the snagging and
handing over phase.
for Delivery and Shipment to Site:
delivery date of the material is coordinated with the site condition,
based on the input from the site engineer and the Main Contractor input.
If required by the contract, the Consultant/Client is to be notified about
the delivery so he may inspect the incoming material and confirm that it
is to his compliance.
The storage is prepared to ensure access is only for AFAF personnel, so we may assume complete responsibility for the quality of the material. A storage foreman is assigned to ensure the compliance of all incoming material, and the proper distribution of material in the site so the erection is smooth and delay-free.
Project Engineer is introduced to the Main Contractor and customer and
commences the necessary coordination works. Items of importance are
erection sequences of different subcontractors, setting out, agreed
tolerances, grid references and levels, and other aspects of erection. All
the approved drawings are given to the project engineer with clear
markings for the installation locations in terms of the plan, grids and
benchmarks. Any potential problems in the sequence of works are
highlighted to the Main Contractor at an early stage to avoid future
clashes and time loss.
erection process is done in accordance with the accepted industry
standards. These are a combination of the various supplier
recommendations, experience, and technical know-how. The suppliers are
often called to the site to inspect and confirm the fixing is done as per
their requirements. This is especially true to anchoring systems, such as
bolts, chemical anchors, cast-in channels, and other systems. Furthermore,
silicone and gasket suppliers are also called to ensure the proper
application of their products, as to avoid any faults due to fabrication.
team of experienced foremen is in charge of the monitoring of the quality
and progress of works. They will highlight any problems to the project
engineer who will take all necessary action to ensure that the progress is
not jeopardized. The Main Contractor is always kept informed of
developments and problems at site.
progress updates are prepared by the project engineer to monitor the speed
of work, and ensure that it is in line with the project program. Any
adjustment in terms of manpower or equipment is made to ensure the end
date is met. Furthermore, correspondence is maintained with the Main
Contractor to highlight problems in access, site clearances and others.
the project engineer will routinely offer various areas for the inspection
of the Consultant, as per the project requirement, to ensure that work is
being done in a satisfactory manner, and that no rejections will be made
later on that may delay the project. All the snags and comments are
rectified to ensure the handing over process is smooth and satisfactory to
all parties concerned.