EGA smelters to use industrial robot designed by UAE students

The semi-autonomous concept aims to reduce the heat exposure in high-temperature areas at the firm's smelters

EGA has picked a robot designed by Abu Dhabi University students for use at its smelters
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EGA has picked a robot designed by Abu Dhabi University students for use at its smelters

The largest industrial company in the UAE outside of oil and gas, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has announced that it will use a semi-autonomous robot concept designed and built by Abu Dhabi University’s students at its smelters.

The semi-autonomous robot concept will be used to capture thermal images of pot shells at EGA's reduction area, reducing the EGA technicians' exposure to heat.

The robot also contributes to EGA’s ongoing plans to use Big Data; automate routine tasks throughout its operations; and capitalise on the opportunities of Industry 4.0.

The concept was selected at the 2020 edition of AI Robot, which is a robotics competition open to students at universities and higher education institutions in the UAE. EGA provided funding for competing teams to design and build their robots.

Speaking about working with local, young talent, EGA's chief executive officer, Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, said: "Big data, automation, and robotics are playing an increasingly important role at EGA and in many other industries. Our objective is to engage young minds in the UAE in the global transformational journey of industry 4.0."

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