The Land Transportation Office (LTO) proudly announced on Tuesday that the newly imported IDe Robot could produce around 700 license plates per hour or about 16,000 license plates a day.
According to LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, the machine was imported from Germany to resolve the backlog. Aside from that, the agency still has the seven manual machines they use to print, embossed and check the details of every plate.
At the moment, the agency has been producing plates for March 2019 following the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. Newly released cars need to have an official receipt, certificate of registration, and license plate. Some plates have been distributed in different regions throughout the country.
“Mag-a-advance production po tayo. May mga regions po na ipinadala na namin yung plaka nila na dapat hanggang June 2019. Meron na sila at yung iba naman lalung-lalo na kokonti yung sasakyan sa region hanggang December 2019. Meron na po tayong naka-preposition diyan, (We’re going to have advance production. There are regions which received their plates earlier than June 2019 and in other regions, especially with lesser vehicles, [their plates are] prepositioned for December 2019,)” said Galvante.
There was a security feature added to the new license plate, including laser engraved QR code that is water and alcohol-resistant. Using the manual embosser press, it would take about 200 car plates an hour and in less than a minute, the RFID sticker would be printed, said Salvador Aque, Trojan Computer Forms Plant Manager.
Aque mentioned IDe Robot could make about 700 plates per hour, if in serial or chronological order wherein the machine only replaces the last digit on the plate number. If it is random, then the machine's performance would be slower. Although, he noted that an experienced manual worker would take around three and a half hours to make the same number of plates. (CHAY ALDAY/LEAGUE ONLINE NEWS)