PRUMO Wood and Furniture

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.

The services of PRUMO Wood and Furniture involve measuring, gauging, verifying and analyzing the following factors:
  • Pressure of presses and compressed air systems
  • High temperatures in equipment
  • Temperature at a distance from heated presses
  • Quality of wood panels
  • Quality of glued panels
  • Temperature in conditioned environments
  • Vapor flow temperature in dryers
  • Viscosity and pH of chemical products
  • Moisture content of wood
  • Temperature, relative humidity and air flow in company environments
  • Lighting and noise and dust levels in work environments
  • Dimensions of products and raw materials
  • Times in industrial processes
  • Macroscopic identification of wood
  • Sample preparation and analysis
  • Drying of samples used for a variety of determinations
  • Mass of raw material samples
  • Air drying in protected stacked lumber
Several specific items are also dealt with in each type of production, such as:
  • State of equipment and tooling and possible resulting defects
  • Calibration and correct positioning of planers and mills
  • Determination of cutting tool sharpening rules
  • Evaluation of operators’ level of training and specialization
  • Selection of adhesives and finishing products suitable for each type of operation or product
  • Errors in measurements and mixtures of glues and resins
  • Product defects and their relation with operation variables
  • Adjustment of fittings and hardware of each product
  • Deficiency in the product development process (design and ergonomics)
  • Implementation of devices and gauges to avoid accidents in production
  • Clarification of the product’s technical standards

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