PRUMO Plastics

The Mobile Units Project (PRUMO) is a support service designed mainly to offer small enterprises on-site evaluations of their production process, work with the businessperson to identify the main technological problems, and put into practice an array of adjustments and modifications to obtain immediate results. This service focuses on aspects such as product quality, increased productivity, and reductions in cost, scrap and waste, seeking to improve the competitiveness of these companies.

PRUMO’s staff uses Mobile Units, vehicles equipped with portable laboratory equipment specialized for each industry and operated by an engineer and an IPT technician. A series of tests and analyses of raw materials are performed and deficiencies in equipment, processes and tooling, or shortcomings in personnel training are detected. Based on the diagnosis, necessary changes are suggested and feasible solutions implemented, with immediate confirmation of the results. The service is conducted on the company’s premises for a period of up to two days.

Whenever possible, technological support for micro and small enterprises is covered by non-refundable grants of 80%, while the company covers 20% of the total value with its own funds.

PRUMO Plastics promotes technological changes in companies of the sector to solve production problems such as:
  • Air bubbles
  • Non-filling
  • Cold joins
  • Discoloration
  • Non-uniform walls
  • Unsatisfactory properties
  • Low productivity
  • High costs

To this end, a variety of aspects are evaluated, including the production process, the conditions of the finished product, costs, alignment to technical specifications, people training and qualification, etc.

The main procedures and tests offered through these services are:
  • Dimensional and toughness measurements of plastic products and test specimens
  • Volatile content and dimensional stability tests
  • Determination of mass and density
  • Tensile, tear, compression and flexural strength tests, among others
  • Determination of impact strength of test specimens
  • Temperature measurements in the stages of the plastic transformation process
  • Determination of the fluidity index
  • Collection of data from computer-controlled equipment and write-up of technical assistance reports

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