The new robotic system will produce 33,000 number plates per day. © RTA
The new robotic system will produce 33,000 number plates per day. © RTA

World’s first robotic number plate factory launched

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has formally opened the world’s first factory that uses robotics and automation to make vehicle number plates, in a move that will result in a ten-fold increase in production.

The new robotic system, using advanced technology such as artificial intelligence predictive analytics, will produce some 33,000 number plates per day, compared to only 3,000 units under the old system.

The factory, which is located at the Customers Happiness Centre in Deira, Dubai, was launched earlier this month.

It will act as a ‘brain’ for a number of other systems, with the RTA planning to install ten more robotic systems in different centres which will be controlled remotely from the main factory, according to the Dubai government.

The technology that has enabled the adoption of a system with improved efficiency was designed and produced by the German-based vehicle identification company Tönnjes Middle East GMBH.

It works by a robotic system printing vehicle licensing plates using orders sent through electronically through an e-Licensing System. 

This enables plates to be produced without any human intervention, at a rate of one per 15 seconds per manufacturing unit - something that took around two minutes under the old system.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors at the RTA, toured the facility and compared the old and new plate manufacturing systems.

He noted improvements such as the ability to print six different types of plates at a time, in comparison to only one type under the old system; and a zero margin error in the printing of plates, while the old system could repeat the printing of some numbers.

The use of advanced technologies is continuing to escalate in manufacturing, particularly within the automotive sector. This latest development comes just weeks after SM reported Volkswagen’s collaboration with Amazon Web Services, which integrated the Industrial Cloud platform across production plants, enabling seamless digitalisation of its production and logistics.

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