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We apply a management and support tool for project development

SPPS (Simoldes Plasticos Project System)

With this process we guarantee the early involvement with our Customer and Suppliers improving:
- Speed of the total project
- Reduction of the initial costs
- Global solutions
- FMEA and use of learned lessons
- Error proofing concept (Poke-Yoke)
- Continuous cost reduction and quality improvement

Partnership


Total Quality
Customer Service Centers
Project Organization

R&D


P&P research
Benchmarking
Concept Engineering
CAD Design
CAE Simulation
Moldflow Analysis
Prototyping

Industrialization


Process Concept
Tooling
P&P Testing
Dim&Lab Validation
Logistic Concept
Manufacturing expert
After sales

Some Examples of I&D Projects


MouldCork Automotive - Development of a new composite combining cork to produce an engine cover part.
Plascork Automotive - Project development to pursue sustainable , ecological , technical as well as aesthetic solutions for vehicle interiors.
Lightfillers - Development of Light Density Particles to apply on thermoplastics to be used on injection moulding parts, for weight reduction.
Mucell (Light Weight components for automotive with Mucell system for visible parts) - Production of light weight visible components using Mucell system for weight reduction.
Green Materials - New composites using Miscanthus, jute, wood particles and fibers cellulose, biomaterials for injection moulding parts to reduce emission of C02.
ITechinovcar - Development of fully integrated lighting and sensor-actuator systems directly into/onto injection moulded parts for automotive interiors.
TPO - Optimization of process Vaccum Forming to improve a soft touch product with excellent aesthetic propriety.
One Shot - Local injection of a coating or cover during the same cycle , without assembling or finishing processes.
Seat Module - Development of a seat module , incorporating innovative solutions :plastic-metal structure , seat –pad in cork composite.
JOSPEL The aim of the JOSPEL project is the development of a novel energy efficient climate system for the optimization of interior temperature control management in electrical vehicles.The JOSPEL project consists of 14 project partners from 9 EU countries. The project runs from May 2015 – October 2018.
The project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 653851

CHROMIUM LIKE project aims at the development of innovative solutions for car interior plastic components without using chromium but both the looks and cold touch of chrome, enhancing the performance for thermal tactile perception, producing a metallic touch. With an overall investment of 628.745,68 €, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 340.809,25 €, from European Regional Development Fund.
CHROMIUM LIKE project will be in force for three years, having started in January 2016 and ending in December 2018, with Simoldes Plásticos as promoter, and CeNTI as co-partner



S-CONSOLE
S-Console project aims the development of a new floor central console for the automotive interiors, integration of innovative functionalities, smart materials and communications electronic systems with distinct sensing and illumination.
With an overall investment of 661.448,06€, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program, under the Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization (COMPETE 2020), in the amount of 437.365,06€€, from European Regional Development Fund.
S-Console project will last for three years, from October 2016 to September 2019, with Simoldes Plásticos as promoter, and CeNTI as partner.



SIM –T-RTM
The SIM T-RTM project aims the development of a thermoplastic matrix reinforced with graphene nanoparticles embedded fibers, for moulding technology via T-RTM, to produce components for lightweight car body construction, without impairing performance with regard to its properties . With an overall investment of 1.489.782,66€ this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 840.768,93€ from European Regional Development Fund. SIM-T-RTM project will be in force for three years, having started in November 2016 and ending in September 2019, with Simoldes Plásticos as promoter, and ESAN- UA as co-partner



FACS (Future Automotive Cockpit & Storage)   
The FACS (Future Automotive Cockpit & Storage) project aims at the design, development and demonstration of a new architecture and new modules for the interior of professional vehicles (van type), seeking to anticipate the evolutionary trend of the automotive industry towards autonomous vehicles as well as the opportunities that this evolution brings to the commercial vehicles’ interior. With an overall investment of 1.620.560,39€, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 1.104.117,76€ from European Regional Development Fund. FACS project will be in force for three years, from November 2017 to October 2020, with Simoldes Plásticos as promoter, CEiiA and PSA Mangualde as co-promoters, as well as PSA ID as partner and ESAD-IDEA as subcontractor.



33166 - PLASTAZE 2020 - 4.0 Excellence and Scalability in Industrial Efficiency and Innovation

Investimento Total: 8.447.130 euros

Incentivo Reembolsável: 3.021.252 euros

OLIVEIRA DE AZEMÉIS
Ao posicionar-se como fornecedor de topo para o setor cliente automóvel, entre outras indústrias, a Plastaze tem sido confrontada com um aumento muito expressivo de encomendas e tem procurado encetar estratégias de criação de novos produtos a nível mundial.

A sustentação sólida de uma resposta a este ritmo de crescimento da procura só é exequível se forem criadas condições para responder com elevada qualidade, fiabilidade e eficiência, em prazos curtos, de acordo com requisitos dos clientes e com preços competitivos.

Nessa medida, este projeto aposta numa maior e melhor resposta aos desafios da empresa no mercado. Este projeto prevê a introdução de automatismos vários integrados entre si, de equipamentos e sistemas produtivos avançados e da interação instantânea entre a empresa e os clientes, otimizando fluxos de materiais, peças, pessoas e informação, indo assim de encontro às solicitações que o mercado evidencia.


33125 - INPLÁS 2020 - 4.0 Excellence in Industrial Competitiveness and Innovation

Apoio no âmbito dos Sistemas de Incentivos: FEDER

Investimento Total: 10.846.042 euros

Apoio Financeiro da EU: 3.857.963 euros

Apoio no âmbito dos sistemas incentivos: Inovação empresarial

Designação do projeto: 33125

Síntese do Projeto

OLIVEIRA DE AZEMÉIS
A Inplás pretende, através deste projeto, aumentar e melhorar a sua capacidade instalada pela inovação nos processos e organizacional e pelo alargamento da sua oferta, associados a um conjunto de automatismos e de conetividades entre equipamentos, softwares e pessoas que permitem aumentos de eficiência, tendentes a reduzir tarefas redundantes, utilização excessiva de mão-de-obra, tempos de paragem de máquinas, anomalias e rejeições e vocacionados para aumentos de qualidade final, segurança, rigor, customização e flexibilidade, convergindo para um melhor time-to-market e para uma oferta inovadora/diferenciada.


HightechWrap
HightechWrap is a project of manufacturing investment of new technologies and infrastructures to cover thermoplastics products with different foils like PVC`s, TPO`s, Alcantara and fabrics in order to provide to the final product different characteristics on appearance, touch and perceived quality. Simoldes will add new technologies like In Mould Graining, Laminating by Vacuum Thermoforming and press covering laminated with hot melt adhesives. HightechWrap project will enable Simoldes Plásticos to offer special to the Automotive market news products with more added value and product differentiation. The new plant will be located at Oliveira de Azeméis and will bring to the national market new technologies that does not exist in Portugal. Project supported by the Compete 2020.

Projeto nº POCI-01-0249-FEDER-014366
Apoio no âmbito do sistema de incentivos à Inovação Empresarial
Designação do Projeto: HighTech Production Line for Wrapping
Custo Total Elegível: 9.003.249,00 EUR
Apoio Financeiro da EU: 4.051.462,05 EUR
Localização do Projeto: Oliveira de Azeméis



TEXBOOST – Less commodities more specialities
The mobilizing project TexBoost - Less Commodities more Specialties, is a structural project of the Textile Cluster: Technology and Fashion, which aims to comprise a set of R & D initiatives of strong collective character and high inductor and demonstration effect, with central involvement of Textiles and Clothing companies, but also of other sectors of the economy. The leading promoter of the project is RIOPELE, under the technical coordination of CITEVE, and is divided into 5 technical PPS (Products, Processes and Services) that aim the development of innovative solutions in different areas. TexBoost involves 43 entities, 28 companies and 15 non-business R&I entities (ENESII). Simoldes Plásticos is involved in the PPS 3 (New technical and smart structures: Development of complex structures for application in the automotive sector and protective clothing) as a co-promotor along with CITEVE, CENTI, INEGI and TMG.

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POCI-03-3560-FSE-0402037 - Simoldes Plásticos, S.A.

Projeto nº: POCI-03-3560-FSE-0402037

Designação do Projeto: Projeto Autónomo de Formação

Apoio no âmbito dos Sistemas de Incentivos

Objetivo principal: Promover o emprego e apoiar a mobilidade laboral

Região de intervenção: Oliveira de Azeméis

Entidade beneficiária: Simoldes Plásticos, S.A.

Data de aprovação: 01/03/2019

Data de início: 13/05/2019

Data de conclusão: 23/04/2020

Custo total elegível: 341.356,26€

Apoio financeiro da União Europeia: FSE - 77.150,00€

Descrição do projeto:

A introdução de novas tecnologias, processos produtivos e equipamentos bem como a entrada em novos mercados provoca várias alterações ao nível organizacional e funcional tornando muito importante o reforço de competências e a aquisição de novas qualificações dos colaboradores por via da implementação de planos de formação iniciais e contínuos que permitam a otimização na utilização dos novos equipamentos e o domínio dos novos processos produtivos garantindo-se o rendimento e eficiência operacional, a qualidade do produto final bem como a consolidação da expansão em novos mercados.
O presente plano de formação foi delineado tendo em consideração as necessidade específicas dos recursos humanos (do quadro atual e novas admissões) em especial para as áreas produtivas, logística, manutenção e engenharia de processo no sentido da integração dos novos modelos industriais.


Objetivos:

O projeto de formação visa objetivos de inovação e competitividade, através da qualificação específica dos trabalhadores da empresa em domínios relevantes para a estratégia de inovação da empresa, para a reorganização e melhoria das capacidades de gestão da empresa, de comunicação com fornecedores, clientes e equipas de trabalho.

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POCI-03-3560-FSE-03889 - INPLAS, S.A.

Código do Projeto nº: POCI-03-3560-FSE-03889

Designação do Projeto: Projeto Autónomo de Formação

Objetivo principal do programa: Promover a sustentabilidade e a qualidade do emprego e apoiar a mobilidade laboral

Região de intervenção: Norte - Oliveira de Azeméis

Entidade beneficiária: INPLAS, S.A.

Data de aprovação: 15-05-2018

Data de início: 27-06-2018

Data de conclusão: 25-03-2020

Custo total elegível: 177.699,76 €

Apoio financeiro da União Europeia: FSE - 49.005,00 €

Descrição sucinta do projeto:

O projecto de formação iniciado em 2018 e a concluir em 2020, visa o desenvolvimento e reforço de competências dos colaboradores:
-nas aptidões de inovação e gestão em IoT-Internet das coisas, relacionados com os investimento planeados em automatismos, hardware/software , e na evolução da INPLÁS para o estádio fábrica inteligente com soluções de conectividade entre equipamentos, colaboradores, fornecedores, e clientes;
- na inovação organizacional e da gestão, e implementação do modelo inovador de Lean Manufacturing-Kaizen;.
-sobre o novo referencial IATF 16949:2016, Planeamento Avançado da Qualidade-APQP e nova AIAG-VDA-FMEA
-para uma abordagem estruturada na análise e resolução de problemas e nas práticas de melhoria contínua.
-nas tecnologias nucleares nas novas injectoras de grande porte
- na gestão ambiental e transição da Certificação ISO 14001:2015


Objetivos do projecto:

Qualificação dos trabalhadores da Inplás, em domínios relevantes para a estratégia de inovação da empresa.
Desenvolvimento e reforço de competências de todos os colaboradores envolvidos nos projectos e acções que vão corporizar as orientações estratégicas e políticas determinadas pela direcção para o período de 2018 a 2020.
Capacitação e consolidação por parte dos formandos de aptidões de inovação, gestão industrial, da qualidade e do trabalho em equipa, face ao exigente mercado de componentes e produtos para o sector automóvel, e correspondentes técnicas e referenciais normativos.

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NANO-SIM 3D - (Development of new metallic and thermoplastic matrix composites)
NANO-SIM 3D project is divided into two areas with different lines of research and aims the development of new nanocomposite materials based in metallic and thermoplastic matrixes. One of the areas of research is based on the development of new formulations, incorporating metallic matrix nanocomposites, for the production of innovative new molding components using additive manufacturing techniques. The other area of research intends the development of thermoplastic components using polymer matrix nanocomposites, this will allow the development of innovative new thermoplastic parts optimized in their most critical features. The solutions to be implemented in the scope of this project will be in the frontline of future applications in a wide range of industries (e.g., mobility, packaging, houseware, etc.). With an overall investment of 3.793.894,69€, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 3.037.303,13€ from European Regional Development Fund. NANO-SIM 3D project is a three years project, from December 2018 to November 2021, with Simoldes Aços as promoter, Simoldes Plásticos and CICECO from Aveiro University as co-promoters.

i-Tool   
The i-Tool project aims to conceive and develop new intelligent, efficient and optimized mold solutions, promoting the integration of advanced analysis and development tools, as well as the adoption of advanced manufacturing methods and technologies, using computational sciences and algorithms and, at a later stage following this project, artificial intelligence, as means for technological development enhancement, in order to lead the change and evolution of the injection mold design and development paradigm. With an overall investment of 3.149.544,48€, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 1.918.403,34€ from European Regional Development Fund. i-Tool project will be in force for three years, from June 2020 to May 2023, with Simoldes Aços as promoter, Simoldes Plásticos and INEGI as co-promoters.

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PVAB - PhotoVoltaic Automotive Body   
The PVAB (PhotoVoltaic Automotive Body) project aims at the design, development and demonstration of a new architecture of photovoltaic modules for the automotive and its production process, seeking to anticipate the evolutionary trend of the automotive industry towards the use of photovoltaic solar panels on the vehicles, often known as VIPV (Vehicle Integrated PhotoVoltaics), as well as the opportunities that this evolution brings to the development of solutions that promote the integration and performance improvement of the panels. With an overall investment of 2.987.939,54€, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 1.984.660,18€ from European Regional Development Fund. PVAB project will be in force for 33 months, from October 2020 to June 2023, with Simoldes Plásticos as promoter, CEiiA as co-promoter, as well as PSA ID as partner and CSEM as key supplier.

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LEIMSA   
LEIMSA project POCI-01-0247-FEDER-048378 – Lightweight Electronics by Injection Molding in Seamless Architecture) aims at developing disruptive components for automotive interiors, integrating IMD (In-Mold Decoration), IML (In-Mold Labelling) and IME (In-Mold Electronics) technologies to achieve smart and haptic 3D surfaces, with attractive designs and immersive HMI (Human-Machine Interface) for a complete user-centred experience. With an overall investment of 4.898.005,06 €, this project is co-financed by Portugal 2020 Program, under the Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization (COMPETE 2020) with the amount of 3.036.914,62 €, from the European Regional Development Fund. LEIMSA project will have a duration of 35 months, from August 2020 until June 2023, with Simoldes Plásticos as promoter, and Celoplás, Bosch, CEiiA, Universidade do Minho and DTx CoLAB as copromoters.

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AM4SP - Additive Manufacturing for Smart Plastics   
The AM4SP project aims to plan, develop, demonstrate and validate a set of innovative and disruptive solutions conducive to obtaining an intelligent door panel, integrating customized components, and with ability to match the new demands of the automotive industry, using, from a technological point of view, AM technologies and, from the point of view of technical skills and competences, the know-how held by the entities that make up the consortium: Simoldes Plásticos as promoter and Universidade de Aveiro. This is a three years project, occurring from December 2020 to June 2021, with an overall investment of 2.111.281,35€, co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 1.997.428,61€ from European Regional Development Fund.



FDPanel - Future Door Panel
Project FDPanel (Future Door Panel) aims to develop a distinctive and differentiating concept for the Automotive Interior Door Panel, integrating strongly innovative solutions in terms of intrinsic architecture (UX / UI design), decoration (IMD or IML) , comfort (coatings with thermal management properties), lighting (LEDs integrated in only one end of the panel and materials that transmit uniform light), visual information / alert interfaces for connectivity (V2X) and sound (MEMS speakers). In addition, the project intends to accommodate new solutions that allow to reduce the weight of the Door Panel, without compromising the current CDC and the ECE95 requirement regarding impact resistance in a collision situation, but also decrease the assembly time by reducing the number of panel fixings and increase the flexibility of the assembly process towards the one piece flow model.
The FDPanel project is inserted in the frame of the Suppliers Club and has a total investment of 5.415.019,43€, the project is co-financed by the Portugal 2020 program in an amount of 5.402,836,10€ from European Regional Development Fund. FDPanel is a three years project from October 2020 to June 2023, with Simoldes Plásticos being the promoter, PSA Mangualde, Doureca, Ceiia, Centi, Citeve and INL co-promoters, and PSA DRIA (Innovation Pole) project partner.



LH4Auto - Lighting and Heating System for Automotive
The main goal of the LH4Auto project is to encourage the development of innovative multifunctional pieces in a thermoplastic matrix with lighting and heating capabilities for application in automotive. The design approach is supported by new technologies for the functionalization of polymeric substrates with illumination capacity through multi-layer deposition coating, and the new production technologies for the functionalization of pieces by integrating fibrous materials with the ability to conduct energy.
The LH4Auto is a 3 year project with a total investment of 1.571.894,12 Euros, this project is co-financed under Portugal P2020 - PSA Suppliers Clube Program with an incentive of 936.335,56 Euros. Project Consortium consists of two companies, Simoldes Plásticos and Peugeot Citroen Automóveis de Portugal (PSA MG), and the University of Minho. The LH4Auto project will also have PSA Peugeot Citroën Group as a partner, which will involve in the project a team coordinated from its Innovation and Design Department (PSA ID), in order to guide the innovation produced to the specific requirements of the automobiles builders, mainly in the areas of design, ergonomics, marketing and architecture, ensuring innovation and reducing the time-to-market for solutions to be developed.

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BluEnergy   
The BluEnergy project aims the conception and development of low cost and durable redox flow batteries and its production process to store energy from renewable sources, as well as the development of a new concept of electrodes and a new system of energy storage based on polyoxometalates (POMs). With an investment of 1.176.836,79€, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 704.096,18€ from European Regional Development Fund. BluEnergy project will be in force for three years, from June 2020 to June 2023, with Simoldes Plásticos as promoter, Visblue Portugal and Porto University as co-promoters.

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Tech4 T-RTM
The Tech4 T-RTM project aims the development of a production system for structural components in thermoplastic composite material, based on an emerging thermoplastic liquid molding technology (T-RTM). This disruptive technology for thermoplastic processing has sparked the interest of the automotive industry for its potential to manufacture lightweight structural composite components and thereby meet global directives on sustainability, recyclability and energy efficiency. With an investment of 1.040.847,93€, this project is co-financed under Portugal 2020 Program in 626.689,58€ from European Regional Development Fund. Tech4 T-RTM project will be in force for two and half years, from December 2020 to June 2023, with BTL as promoter, Simoldes Plásticos and Aveiro University as co-promoters.

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PAC – Portugal AutoCluster for the Future   
PAC project is a mobilizing project led by Simoldes Plásticos, S.A. and closely aligned with “Mobinov Cluster | Cluster Automóvel de Portugal”’s action plan. Through a set of activities with a high knowledge content, the PAC Project aims to address technological challenges specifically identified in the national automotive sector, which may leverage the competitiveness level of the entities operating within the automotive sector in Portugal and their position (and prominent) in a worldwide context. In view of a structuring effect in the value chain/ranks of the automotive sector and in line with the foreseen automotive sector’s evolution, it was established that the critical technologies to be developed, prototyped, tested and attested within the scope of the PAC Project would focus the following core areas:
  • Future vehicles architectures
  • Interiors of the future
  • Structures and exteriors of the future
  • Connectivity and sensor technologies
  • Flexible and digital production technologies
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Our participation and involvement in the production of electric cars (MEB Supplier Event 2018 – VW)