Cuba’s First Computer Factory – A Brighter Future
Cuba has established a computer factory. The first of its kind in the country. It produces up to 500 devices in a day.
The computers that are produced here are either sold wholesale or supplied to organizations and state institution affiliated with the central state administration of Cuba.
Cuba has made such great technological advancements in the development of information technology in recent years.
One of the biggest achievements is the creation the CID-201 which is the first Cuban made computer.
As a result of this achievement many doors will open to many people of Cuba.
It is the biggest achievement to date since the 1970s when the roots of information technology began in Cuba.
There are a variety of products being manufactured from Core i3 and i5 computers and Celeron laptops.
The computers come in a couple of different sizes, either ATX (mid tower) or our personal favorite ours, in a most popular micro ATX case.
In addition. there are eight- and ten-inch tablets being produced all of which have been successful completed and tested.
Most of the products were sent to whole sellers, state institutions and organizations affiliated with the state administration.
René Cano Díaz was the Director General of the organization who leads the project.
The whole process, including the installation of the production lines and personnel training for the assembling of the devices, took less than four months.
Furthermore, the project was a collaborated initiative with the company Haier; a Chinese tech company.
Haier provided the Raw materials, technology, know-how, equipment, quality control and the staff training required for the process.
The University of Computer sciences Cuba was also involved. The university developed and supplied the Nova and Nova droid computer applications and operating systems.
These operating systems and computer applications were an essential part of the new equipment.
Cano Diaz also said that 48,000 units of parts and pieces were purchased for manufacturing.
500 manufactured devices a day
Julio A. Rodríguez Fuertes is an engineer and the director of Servimática; One of the seven basic enterprises of the Informatics, Communications and Electronics Industrial Enterprise.
The enterprise was responsible for producing new technology.
With the factory producing up to 500 devices in a day, the total annual production capacity of the enterprise is 120.000 units.
The tablet specs
The ten-inch tablets come with a range of accessories like keyboard, HDMI, USB and mini USB ports.
Training and recruitment
Fernando Fernández, the project leader in regards to the staff recruitment, stated that the training had been conducted over several stages.
The head specialists had to go through a one-month long training course at the Chinese company Haier’s facilities.
However, the technicians for the production processes were trained in the country of Cuba.
There was a rigorous selection process to select the technicians which was conducted by the National software enterprise (Desoft).
The selection process aimed to ensure that a sustainable work routine and a good source of employment to guarantee quality devices.
The devices were to be distributed by the company Copextel which has affiliations with the ministry of communications.
Haier would also be providing replacements part which would be distributed by Copextel according to the three-year agreement between Cuba and the Chinese partner.
Quality tests and maintenance
Measures were taken to ensure the quality of the devices and their functioning.
The factory has a laboratory to certify the components’ durability.
The life of the simple components like laptop hinges, USB ports, touch screens, external control buttons and temperature, salinity and humidity resistances were also extensively tested for quality.
Aims for the initiative
This movement was aimed to bring technological advancements to the country.
Technologically advanced classrooms were also an important aim for this movement.
A Smart classroom would help students learn much more efficiently while also getting them used to the technology.
Studies for potential tech like LED lights with long life and manufacturing of new computers. Hopefully, this project reaches its full potential and leads the country into a brighter future.