Dubai gets world’s first robot-run car plate factory

By Divi S.

DUBAI 14 April 2019: The first factory in the world that uses robots in the production of vehicle number plates, with a capacity of 33,000 plates per day, has been opened in Dubai.

The factory uses the technology of the fourth industrial revolution and artificial intelligence applications in printing number plates without any human intervention. In the near future, Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) will install 10 similar units at centres of service providers and will be controlled through RTA’s central factory.

Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Director-General and Chairman toured the factory at the Customers Happiness Centre in Deira. It is designed and produced by German firm Tonnjes Middle East.

It is a system of printing vehicle licensing plates using robotics. The robot receives printing orders electronically through the e-Licensing System and starts printing plates without any human intervention. The system tracks the lifecycle of the number plate from manufacturing up to scrapping using the QR Code affixed to the plate.

Each manufacturing unit can produce 11,000 plates per day, i.e. 350 to 700 plates per hour maximum (one plate per 15 seconds). The machine can automatically print six different types of plates at a time.

Al Tayer also reviewed the comparative features of old and new plates manufacturing systems. For instance, the production capacity of the new system is 33,000 plates per day, compared to only 3,000 plates per day for the old system. The new machine can produce a plate every 15 seconds, while the old one used to take about two minutes to print a single plate. The new machine can print six different types of plates at a time, but the old one couldn’t print more than one type of plates. The new machine has zero margin error in the printing of plates whereas the old one has the potential of repeating the printing of some numbers.