The processing plant is where our premium quality natural stone is split, cut, and put through our strict quality control processes. This process requires know-how, experience, knowledge and state of the art technology. All these facts allied to our unique natural stone transformation processes are the guarantee of excellence, quality and exclusivity. Customers are able to order custom sizes of our products in a timely manner and can be guaranteed by our commitment to deliver only the highest quality natural stone. The satisfaction of the client makes us proud of our work. We work hard to deliver the best quality and we guarantee that the process to achieve it is efficient and effective.
Also, we would like to be an environmental advocate. In other word, besides the management and quality control processes our concern with the environment is also part of our principles. We have adopted a set of techniques and procedures that allow us to be an ecological and environmental friendly company.
In the following lines, you can be familiar with the natural stone process from quarry until shipping.
Extracting Natural Stone from Quarry
The first step to finding the perfect slab is finding an optimal deposit of material with desirable color, pattern, and composition. This requires geologists to look for stone outcrops which are more easily examined since the bedrock is exposed. Samples are then obtained by boring into the earth to take core samples with expensive diamond-tipped drill bits. After the quarry manager decides how to extract the blocks, the drilling can begin. The process starts by taking down a “bench wall,” a large dimensional chunk of rock that is then cut into smaller blocks. In fact, A wire saw cuts all day into the blocks which will eventually be sent to the factory for processing. Finally, ARTA experts identify and mark the blocks to be processed.
Transfer the Blocks to Factory
When the blocks have been extracted, the journey to the processing in a factory can begin. The blocks come from north, south, east or west of Iran.
Cutting down the Block to Slabs
Once blocks of stone reach the factory, they are cut down into smaller more manageable pieces. They are sliced down to slabs using top of the line Italian technology. In fact, they sliced like a loaf of bread into slabs. This phase of the process, a gang saw works just like a giant bread slicer with many adjustable blades that allow for the thickness of the slabs to be adjusted. The gang saw can cut the entire block of stone into slabs at one time.
After the cutting of the block into slabs, takes place the machining of the surface. Polishing, hounding, sanding, sandblasting, brushing, hammering, hammering, flaming are made on request of the customer. They are moved one at a time to the finishing line, where they are laid horizontally on a large conveyer type line called a finishing line. Travertine slabs and some marbles, will receive a cementitious or epoxy compound to fill the natural voids of the stone. Part of the way through this line, slabs of granite, marble, and onyx will receive a coating of a resin treatment which will fill in any pits or micro fissures which are inherent to the stone in order to make the final surface easier to clean.
Cut to Size
The slabs are sized down and rectified to the required dimensions. The sizes are checked with a digital measuring device to avoid even the smallest size difference. In other word, the slabs are cut with a cutter in all formats required to become tiles, stairs, jambs or machined parts performed on the project.
Quality Control and Packing
The final process is to endure quality of the natural stone. At this point, the materials are checked for quality and carefully packaged for their long journey. Tiles are packed into boxes and tightly fit into wooden crates that will protect them from bumps along the way. Also, we pack slabs in directly iron pallet, each slab is to be separated individually by plastic sheets to protect against scratches. Slabs in the pallet are tightly compressed. All materials are loaded into standard 20 foot shipping containers and braced to prevent any shifting or movement which could cause damage to the material.