New factory in Dubai uses AI to make 33,000 license plates per day

New factory in Dubai uses AI to make 33,000 license plates per day
HE Al Tayer inaugurated what RTA claims is the first robot-operated number plates factory in the world.
Published: 14 April 2019 - noon
By: Oscar Rousseau

A futuristic factory that uses artificial intelligence and automation to make number plates has been inaugurated by Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) in one of the emirate’s oldest districts, Deira.

RTA said the complex can manufacture 33,000 license plates per day and is the first in the world to use disruptive technologies to produce registration plates for vehicles.

Located in RTA’s Customer Happiness Centre in Deira, the factory uses German-made technology, designed and produced by a company called Tonnjes Middle East, which calls itself a 'world leader' in secure vehicle identification.

RTA’s director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, HE Mattar Al Tayer, inaugurated the robot-operated factory in April.

He said the authority could install up to 10 more machines at RTA service stations in Dubai – a growing sign of the emirate’s status as a proponent of innovation.

Each German-made machine can produce up to 11,000 number plates per day. This equates to up to 700 plates per hour or one plate every 15 seconds.

Moreover, it can also print up to six different types of number plates simultaneously, according to RTA.

RTA's old system could only create up to 3,000 plates per day, meaning the automated system will significantly increase RTA’s throughput. In terms of production capacity, this is a staggering increase of 1,000%.

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