Ducab Group unveils its Smart Factory of the Future project, Blade

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Ducab launches smart project Blade
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Ducab Group, one of the largest end-to-end solutions providers and manufacturing firms in UAE, has launched Blade, its advanced Smart Factory of the Future project based on Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, to accelerate its operations.

The factory leverages artificial intelligence (AI), data analysis and smart supply chain management to offer solutions that optimize product quality which is expected to drive the development of the national industrial sector.

The new project was launched in a special event, held in collaboration with MEED, at the Waldorf Astoria in DIFC, Dubai, attended by His Excellency Abdulla Sami Alshamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Industrial Growth Sector at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), who delivered a keynote address, and Mr. Mohammad Almutawa, Group CEO at Ducab, along with Ducab executives and employees, customers, stakeholders, and decision-makers.

The event’s agenda included a presentation on ‘Ducab’s Industry 4.0 Journey’, as well as a panel discussion on the key benefits that Blade offers to Ducab customers.

His Excellency Abdullah Al Shamsi_Ducab launches Blade Project
His Excellency Abdullah Al Shamsi
Assistant Undersecretary Industrial Development Sector

“The UAE has made significant progress in enabling and incentivizing the industrial sector to adopt advanced technologies under Operation 300 bln, the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology. Leveraging advanced technology and artificial intelligence creates new opportunities across the sector and enables Made in the Emirates products to become more competitive and sustainable. MoIAT is committed to supporting national companies to transform, digitalize, and grow.”

HE Al Shamsi added that “MoIAT collaborates with strategic partners from the public and private sectors to empower the national industrial sector with the tools to accelerate digital transformation and Industry 4.0 advanced technology adoption. This contributes to the development of the sector and helps the UAE become an attractive destination for investments in advanced technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

“Guided by the UAE’s strategic direction to always be ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing technologies. Ducab Group is a pioneer in the UAE and the region when it comes to adopting and adapting Industry 4.0 breakthroughs and using them to enhance our operations. And today, our state-of-the-art digital platforms enable us to take half the time than the rest of the market to deliver on customer requests, which will undoubtedly help strengthen and grow our business, all the while contributing towards achieving the objectives of the National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology, ‘Operation 300bn’,” said Mr. Mohammad Almutawa.

The launch of the Blade project integrates advanced Industry 4.0 technological breakthroughs at the core of Ducab’s operations, including the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. The Blade is set to increase output volumes by 20 percent in two years, boosting customer service level to 99 percent and driving up overall equipment efficiency (OEE) by 20 percent within a year.

Additionally, the Project is expected to cut total machine downtime by 30 percent in one year, with decreasing costs for inventory holding by 20 percent and costs for quality by 10 percent, also within a year.

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