PMM has proposed and carried out a series of investment, innovation, research and development projects

PMM has proposed and carried out a series of investment, innovation, research and development projects, individually or in cooperation with some of the most outstanding companies and national research centres.

It has also had the support of some funds and incentives to pursue these projects, among which the “Programa Portugal 2020”, namely through the “Programas Centro 2020 e Compete 2020”.

The projects that are actually occurring or that finished lately are:

  • Project name:

    PMM i4

    Project code:

    CENTRO-02-0853-FEDER-044661

    Main Goal:

    Increasing the productive capacity based on expanding the value chain and industry 4.0

    Region of the Intervention:

    Centre

    Beneficiary Entity:

    P.M.M.-PROJECTOS,MOLDES,MANUFACTURA LDA

    Date of approval:

    12-08-2019

    Start date:

    27-04-2019

    Date of conclusion:

    26-04-2021

    Total Eligible Cost:

    1 994 800,00 EUR

    Financial support of the European Union:

    FEDER – 598 440,00 EUR

    Goals, activities and desired/obtained results

    The PMM i4 project aims to increase production capacity to expand PMM’s product portfolio, through a hybrid approach (additive and subtractive process) to the mold manufacturing process, as well as training for bi-material injection.

    PMM intends to carry out a set of investments that will allow it to increase its production capacity through the introduction of world-class innovations that will allow the launch of a new type of product. The project also includes a set of organizational innovations in order to implement industry 4.0 concepts in the company’s production flow.

    The i4 PMM project | Increased production capacity based on i.4 aims to broaden PMM’s portfolio in complex geometry, multi material and class A surface products, and for this purpose PMM plans to invest in a technologically adequate production chain for this purpose, with a strong focus on Industry 4.0 concepts.

    This typology of products is increasingly common in PMM’s target markets, namely in the automotive and household appliances sector.

    Polymeric parts have very strict requirements and development standards so that their production is reliable and meets quality criteria. When you combine aspects such as multiple materials, complex geometric details and high surface quality, the complexity of the tool required to produce these parts increases exponentially.

    A critical element for the feasibility of parts with these characteristics is the thermal behavior in the molding zone. A wrong thermal profile translates to multiple defects in the parts, such as weld lines, texture differences, etc. When talking about high gloss surfaces (class A according to the definition of the automotive industry) any imperfection is noticeable, failing the quality criteria.

    Molding tools for this type of part have very specific requirements, implying development methodologies and production technologies that are not available to most companies in the mold industry (even the most technologically advanced ones). Thus, this project aims to provide PMM with the skills and technologies necessary for this type of product.
    The investments considered in this project fall under the following objectives:

      • Enlargement of the portfolio of technological solutions offered by the company and its performance in the value chain, both in molds and in the production of plastic parts;
      • Technological upgrade to meet the requirements of new products, implement new development methodologies, production based on hybrid manufacturing integrated with ECP polishing and more automated production cells;
      • Expansion of production and administrative facilities to install new equipment and allow the reorganization of the productive and organizational flow;
      • Implementing Industry 4.0 concepts at the organizational and productive level, either through advanced production systems or advanced information systems
      • Support the increase in energy needs underlying the increase in production capacity through renewable energies.

    Regarding to organizational innovation objectives, the investments embodied in this project complement several investments to be carried out within the scope of an SI Qualification project, approved in February 2019 and reflect the results of the SI IDT i4Moldes project. Complementary areas are the integration of information flows between all areas of the company (productive and administrative), namely CRM software, ERP, Financial Management, Provisioning with automatic data collection hardware, indoor referencing, access control, etc.

  • Project name:

    InovGrow

    Project code:

    CENTRO-02-0853-FEDER-000632

    Main Goal:

    Reinforce the competitiveness of small and medium sized companies

    Region of the Intervention:

    Centre

    Beneficiary Entity:

    P.M.M.-PROJECTOS,MOLDES,MANUFACTURA LDA

    Date of approval:

    07-08-2015

    Start date:

    01-09-2015

    Date of conclusion:

    31-08-2017

    Total Eligible Cost:

    1.378.643,18 EUR

    Financial support of the European Union:

    FEDER – 827.185,91 EUR

    Goals, activities and desired/obtained results

    Increase the capacity capacity of PMM’s facilities is one of the main strategic challenges to meet the needs and requests of its customers. It will be achieved through innovations, new manufacturing processes and a flexible production cell, which will revolutionize PMM’s production area in terms of the capacity of the technologies used, the integration between technologies, LEAN Manufacturing and product development methodologies, which will make it possible to simplify processes, standardize working languages, namely controllers and post-processors, and radically change manufacturing ranges. These innovations will lead to standardization of processes and increased productivity. They will also be accompanied by a set of organizational and marketing innovations, which are necessary to organize the new process and to bring new capabilities to the market.

  • Project name:

    QiPMM

    Project code:

    CENTRO-02-0853-FEDER-041272

    Main Goal:

    Reinforce the competitiveness of small and medium sized companies

    Region of the Intervention:

    Centre

    Beneficiary Entity:

    P.M.M.-PROJECTOS,MOLDES,MANUFACTURA LDA

    Date of approval:

    2019-03-19

    Start date:

    2019-05-24

    Date of conclusion:

    2021-05-23

    Total Eligible Cost:

    141.650,00 EUR

    Financial support of the European Union:

    FEDER – 63.742,50 EUR

    Goals, activities and desired/obtained results

    The QiPMM 4.0 – Qualification for Industry 4.0 project at the organizational and marketing level aims to implement new methods, through the implementation of innovative IT tools with a high level of integration, as well as the certification of the plastics area within the scope of quality.

  • Project name:

    I4Moldes

    Project code:

    CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-033307

    Main Goal:

    Reinforce the competitiveness of small and medium sized companies

    Region of the Intervention:

    Centre

    Beneficiary Entity:

    WITHLOGIK – ELECTRONICS, UNIPESSOAL LDA, P.M.M.-PROJECTOS,MOLDES,MANUFACTURA LDA

    Date of approval:

    2018-04-24

    Start date:

    2018-06-01

    Date of conclusion:

    2021-05-31

    Total Eligible Cost:

    664.892,33 EUR

    Financial support of the European Union:

    FEDER – 474.193,74 EUR

    Goals, activities and desired/obtained results

    The I4Moldes project intends to develop some essential tools for the transition of the mold industry to the Industry 4.0 paradigm. To that end, it will develop a system for locating parts, tools and operators in the factory plant; predictive maintenance systems for steel machining stations; and embedded electronics modules for sensing and self-diagnosis of injection molds. These different developments will be brought together in a data integration system that will allow full digitization of the manufacturing process, in close connection with the production management software.

  • Project name:

    ON-SURF – Mobilizar Competências Tecnológicas em Engenharia de Superfícies

    Project code:

    POCI-01-0247-FEDER-024521

    Main Goal:

    Innovation and Technological Development Incentive System

    Region of the Intervention:

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    Beneficiary Entity:

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    Date of approval:

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    Start date:

    01-10-2018

    Date of conclusion:

    30-09-2021

    Total Eligible Cost:

    5.445.445,85€

    Financial support of the European Union:

    FEDER – 3.721.804,89€

    Project description

    The ON-SURF project is a Mobilizing Program that transversally involves National companies from different sectors of activity and non-business entities of SI&I, in a broad consortium, around the priority axis of the International Innovation Agenda, Surface Engineering.

    It is intended to develop and apply surface modification processes that promote advanced and innovative solutions in different sectors of activities, such as Automotive, Aeronautics, Molds & Tools, Health and Electronics; aligned with the strategic objectives of the National Clusters:
    Health Cluster Portugal, EnergyIN, Engineering & Tooling, Mobinov, Produtech, Tice.pt.

    The project involves companies positioned throughout the value chain, surface modifiers, solution applicators and end users, intending to be an embryo for a broad initiative that aims to bring to the fore a set of recognizable existing scientific and technological skills. in Portugal in the area of ​​Surface Engineering. ON-SURF aims, through the mobilization of the different actors that make up the consortium, to implement a technological competence center under this strategic theme to catapult companies to the international market through innovative products, integrating new manufacturing and engineering processes.

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