CO-FINANCED PROJECTS

— by EU —
  • Project Designation: Inovação produtiva
  • Project Code: CENTRO-02-0853-FEDER-000823
  • Main Objective: Reinforce the competitivity of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Area of intervention: Center of Portugal
  • Beneficiary: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Date of approval: 07/08/2015
  • Start: 23/06/2015
  • Conclusion: 31/08/2017
  • Total Elegible Cost: 1.736.360,00€
  • UE Financial Support: 868.175,00€

Description
DRT Rapid dedicates itself to the production of moulds, directed mainly to the automotive industry answering to the strategic interest of affirmation and specialization of DRT Moldes (Group company) in the supply of moulds for this market segment, diminishing the dependency on third parties. This specialization enabled the company to answer specific needs from the market. Currently the company dedicates itself to engineering and production of prototypes and moulds for the automotive industry, doing the injection for them with gas and/or bi-component (plastic and rubber or two different kinds of plastic), providing its costumers the possibility of production of plastic parts for testing (in several cases, with recourse to subcontractors). The injections of small series with several types of material clearly demonstrate DRT Rapid position in the automotive industry.

The transition of DRT Rapid to new facilities, built from scratch, was a decisive milestone in the company history and the rise to a new level of technological qualification and recognition, which translated in a drastic evolution of its sales and requests from the market. On the other hand, the level of demand and new requests compelled to an effort of technological updates to keep the offer to the state of art level.

This candidature foresaw the increase of the company production capacity, giving the company new technical and technological capabilities, through a strategy of growth and technical specialization, with the implementation of new methods that secure the development of new products and more efficiency in the use of resources, throughout the acquisition of equipment’s that will provide and increase in productive capacity and diversify our offer, with particular focus to moulds for high polished parts (as an example: automotive optics, chrome grilles or other demanding applications in the fields of aeronautics or medicine).

These improvements represent a drastic change for the company technologically and correspond to the introduction efficient and innovative productive equipment’s, as well as the integration of top informatic systems.
Thus, DRT Rapid was able to specialize technically in this business area, enabling the diversification of production and, cumulatively, secure a greater advantage towards the competition, and enhance costumer recognition.

Underlying the central objective, the following objectives were also established:
Increase of production capacity and efficiency; incorporation of new technology capable of developing new products, with a high level of innovation and technical specialization; increase of know-how regarding high gloss molds; increase in client recognition of excellency and quality of the product; increase of export potential; general improvement of energy efficiency and use of resources.

  • Project Designation: Internacionalização das PME
  • Project Code: POCI-02-0752-FEDER-002322
  • Main Objective: Reinforce the competitivity of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Area of Intervention: Center of Portugal
  • Beneficiary: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Date of approval: 31/08/2015
  • Start: 01/06/2015
  • Conclusion: 31/05/2018
  • Total Elegible Cost: 403.980,00€
  • UE Financial Support: 181.791,00€

Description
DRT Rapid was funded in the year 2000, integrating a group of enterprises named “DRT Group” focusing its main objective, moulds and plastics production and commercialization. The company has been increasing its field of activity including the supply of technical services and support to costumers, although its main activity is still the production of moulds for the automotive industry whose costumers, like VW group and BMW, audit their suppliers, assigning DRT in category B (2º level).

The continuous bet on investigation and development has given DRT the capacity to execute more ambitious and technically elaborate projects. In 2012, DRT inaugurated a new production unite, with technologically advanced equipment’s which led the company to be noticed in the market, with an investment of 12M€.

DRT vision is to be a company of reference, recognized as the best option by costumers, employees and suppliers; its mission is: attend with excellency to its customers, throughout the development and supply of innovation and engineering that contribute directly to the technological improvements of its moulds, generating added value to the final product.

DRT defined, between others, the follow SMART objectives:

-Increase sales volume by a minimum of 20%;
-Reach 5 new costumers/markets;
-Enter 2 new market segments (aeronautics, medicine);
– Develop at least one new product (High polishing moulds);
-Create at least 10 new jobs;

The company defines itself as ambitious and with a continuous medium range vision well defined and structured.

DRT Rapid holds its own brad, registered at a national level, seeks to maintain its commitments with costumers being that there is no direct competition nationwide. As expected, the critical areas of business for DRT Rapid rely on technological capacity, where within this industry, exists constant innovation which costumers expect their suppliers to keep track of technological developments, being in better practices, such as processes or equipment. The guarantee of quality of services and capacity to offer new solutions.

Thus, this project is mainly intended to give brand recognition within the industry and international markets, with a close follow up with the client.

  • Project Designation: Qualificação das PME
  • Project Code: POCI-02-0853-FEDER-002545
  • Main Objective: Reinforce the competitivity of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Area of Intervention: Center of Portugal
  • Beneficiary: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Date of approval: 31/08/2015
  • Start: 15/09/2015
  • Conclusion: 31/05/2017
  • Total Elegible Cost: 501.734,41€
  • UE Financial Support: 225.780,48€

Description
DRT Rapid dedicates itself to the production of moulds, directed mainly to the automotive industry answering to the strategic interest of affirmation and specialization of DRT Moldes (Group company) in the supply of moulds for this market segment, diminishing the dependency on third parties. Currently the company also dedicates itself to engineering and production of prototypes and moulds for the automotive industry, doing the injection for them with gas and/or bi-component (plastic and rubber or two different kinds of plastic), providing its costumers the possibility of production of plastic parts for testing (in several cases, with recourse to subcontractors). The injections of small series with several types of material clearly demonstrate DRT Rapid position in the automotive industry.

DRT Rapid wants, with this project, to reinforce its current market position and endow the company with the necessary technological tools for this purpose, throughout the improvement of condition in the development of new products and increase in quality.

  • Project Designation: Projetos de I&D – Projetos Individuais – Molds Advanced Manufacturing
  • Project Code: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-011343
  • Main Objective: OT1 – Reinforce investigation, technology development and inovation
  • Area of Intervention: Center of Portugal
  • Beneficiary: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Date of approval: 11/05/2016
  • Start: 01/10/2015
  • Conclusion: 31/12/2017
  • Total Elegible Cost: 618.980,87€
  • Financial Support: 408.645,22€

Objectives and results
“Molds Advanced Manufacturing – Development of an advanced software of Plannnig and Management for the Moulds and Special Tools Sector”,  P11343 – 10/2015 a 09/2017

We intend with this project to develop a new concept of management software integrated for Lean Manufacturing, with a concept adjusted to the production of moulds, configurable to each company reality, to increase its marketing potential.

This software was conceived specifically to answer the need of moulds companies, will improve control, monitoring and planning of internal processes, specially the management of production pipeline of each machine and integration with others, consumption of raw material, and control of expenses, It will be construced according to the following modular architecture:

– Integrated Quotation System;
– Integrated File System;
– Integrated Timing System;
– Integrated Management System;
– Integrated Planning System.

This project will strengthen the company in the area it operates, which demonstrates consolidated know-how (in mould development), allowing to reach new sectors and new costumers, throughout the supply of adjustable software solutions to their specific needs.

The project, still in progress, already allowed to develop and validade algorythm models, heuristics and code in the context of a mould production company (DRT Rapid), as we are testing the softwares implementation.

Divulgação
  • Project Designation: PROJETOS DEMONSTRADORES INDIVIDUAIS: SBI Demo – Demonstration of na Advanced software for production planning and management, namely for products/processes with high variability
  • Project Code: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-033958
  • Main Objective: Reinforce investigation, techonological development and innovation
  • Area of Intervention: Center of Portugal
  • Beneficiary: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Date of approval: 04/01/2019
  • Start: 01/10/2017
  • Conclusion: 31/03/2019
  • Total Elegible Cost: 332.098,26
  • Financial Support: 174.908,17

Description

The presente managemente and planning software are based on heuristics for mass production and easely quantifiable metrics. However, the production of  unique and variable pieces/services, meaning, non repeatable products/services, require a diferente approach, since this metrics have to adjust throughout the process. In this sense, and with the accumulated experience in software delevopment, DRT Rapid finished a I&D projecto which aimed to develop a new concept of integrated management software for Lean Manufactring. The corollary of this project activities were the creation of a software, with the designation System Business Intelligence (SBI), with its concept adjusted to the mould prodcution, which can be configured for the reality of each company.

This software, conceived and implemented specifically to answer the needs of the mould industry, allows to improve control, monitor and plan internal processes, specially in managemente of each machine production pipeline and integrate with the remaining, raw material consumption and control of expenses.

The proof of conecpt of this software, already in phase of integration and testing in the activity of mould production of DRT Rapid, reveals a viable methodology, and also validates algorithms, heuristics and developed code in that project in a mould production company. The achieved results opened a potentiated a new application for new areas and new costumers throughout the supply of software solutions that are adjusttable to their specific needs. Therefore, we see a high potential of application to several business areas with specific characteristics from non repeatable products and processes, namely for: Metalworking, software production, production of costumised industrial solutions, construction, fashion/clothing and consulting.

This project previews the transfer and diffusion of the previous project Investigation and development (I&D) results into the market, aiming for the creation of a commercial solution and its validation in the context of real use. Being fundamentally characterized by the following specific objectives:

  • Analysis and optimization of processes and maintenance, evolution, installatio and configuration of the solution – Agile product development;
  • Technical and funtional requirements to integrate the solution in a termic treatment company of and develop complementary algorithms;
  • Integration of the model and code for the Conception of a demonstrable SBI solution;
  • Development of technical support documents: Installation, Use and constuling;
  • Testing in real environment and optimization;
  • Promotion and dissemination in conferences, fairs, magazines and workshops in business associations and open sessions.
  • Project Designation: DDM4Glass – Direct Digital Manufacturing for Molds for Glass
  • Universal Project Code: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-039823
  • Type: R&D PROJECTS IN CO-PROMOTION | Call 31/SI/2017
  • Main Promoter: VIDRIMOLDE – Indústria Internacional de Moldes, Lda
  • Co-promoter: Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
  • Co-promoter: DRT RAPID – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Objective: OT1 – Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Localization: NUTS II – CENTRO
  • Approval Date: 13/03/2019
  • Start Date: 01/05/2019
  • End Date: 30/04/2022
  • Total Investment: 830.191,02 Euros
  • Eligible Investment: 830.191,02 Euros
  • Financial Support: 546.611,76 Euros

Description

The company Vidrimolde has over 25 years of activity, dedicating itself to the business of molds, dealing with the design, development, production and marketing of the same, taking advantage of an opportunity in the segment of molds for the glass industry. VIDRIMOLDE within the scope of the technological surveillance activity that it carries out, in the markets in which it operates, identified the growing need / demand for manufacturing processes that allow the production of specific tools with added value, namely through direct digital manufacturing processes. The consortium led by the company Vidrimolde, also composed of the DRT specialist in molds for injection of thermoplastics and CDRsp-IPLeiria as an R&D entity, through the DDM4Glass project intends to develop solutions, methodologies and strategies for building glass molds through direct manufacturing processes digital.

To this end, the manufacturing technologies that are best suited were identified, in view of the technology’s industrialization potential and its added value for the target market. In this way, the chosen technological processes were SLM, DMLS and hybrid processes, combining additive solutions with subtractive ones, making the process more efficient.

Nowadays there are several additive and even hybrid manufacturing processes, combining a wide range of technologies in the same system. The DDM4Glass project aims to produce molds for highly complex glass for the production of high added value parts, and also to produce molds of high performance compared to those produced through conventional processes.

With the DDM4Glass project, the leading promoter, Vidrimolde, positions itself as a supplier of innovative solutions / products(s) in the field of glass molds, namely with new solutions, methodologies and manufacturing processes. This project also allows the company Vidrimolde to position itself in new markets with a high potential for creating added value.

Activities:

  1. Preliminary Studies;
  2. Development;
  3. Construction of pilot unit and prototypes;
  4. Tests;
  5. Promotion and dissemination of results;
  6. Project management.

Expected Results:

  • Development of solutions, methodologies and strategies to build glass molds by means of direct digital manufacturing processes.
  • Project Designation: PROJETOS DE I&D EMPRESAS INDIVIDUAIS – COVID-19: KPC – Community Protection Kit
  • Universal Project Code: POCI-01-02B7-FEDER-048037
  • Objective: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Project Localization: NUTSII – Centro
  • Promoter: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Approval Date: 13/05/2020
  • Start Date: 01/05/2020
  • End Date: 31/10/2020
  • Total Investment: 609.503,87€
  • Eligible Investment: 406.678,76€
  • Financial Support: 325.343,01€

Description

The project “KPC – Community Protection Kit” aims to develop three products individually, namely a protective visor (head: full front face), a facial protection mask (head: mouth and nose) and a sterilization device.

These three products when added together and complemented with other personal protective equipment (for example, disposable / reusable masks for community use, gloves, shoe covers, suits, etc.) and consumables for disinfection (for example, alcohol gel) provide a complete community protection kit (KPC).

This community protection kit is intended for use by individuals or small communities (between 2 to 5 people), both in a family and professional context. Furthermore, the protection kit is portable due to its small size and weight, and extremely versatile due to the different areas in which it can be applied.

The use of the community protection kit is suitable for daily life or for emergency situations, being applicable for the personal protection of people and the sterilization of reusable personal protective equipment and other goods of daily use, namely mobile phones, computer accessories, working tools, kitchen appliances, shopping, postal mail, etc.

The community protection kit, in particular the sterilization device, is designed to be used by people without any specific training in the health field, due to its simplicity and ease of operation.

  • Project Designation: DigitalTouchAuto – Development of advanced and interactive solutions for car interior panels
  • Universal Project Code: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-049263
  • Type: R&D PROJECTS IN CO-PROMOTION | SUPPLIER CLUB INITIATIVE | Call 03/SI/2020
  • Main Promoter: DRT RAPID – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Co-promoter: DRT Plastic Injection, Lda
  • Co-promoter: Universidade de Coimbra
  • Co-promoter: Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
  • Objective: OT1 – Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Localization: NUTS II – CENTRO 

 

  • Approval Date: 17/11/2020
  • Start Date: 23/11/2020
  • End Date: 22/05/2023
  • Financial Support:
    • Total Investment: 3.153.223,55 Euros
    • Total Eligible Investment: 2.832.012,85 Euros
    • Total Financial Support: 1.699.604,41 Euros

Description

The changes that the automotive industry is witnessing go well beyond the search for solutions to increase sustainability (fuel changes and weight reduction) and autonomous driving, they also include personalization and improvement of the forms of interaction with the user within the car.

DigitalTouchAuto intends to introduce a new paradigm at this level, promoting a perfect “fusion” of the car interior with the control panels, through the research and development of a panel for the car’s interior, consisting of two integrated and contiguous base areas: 1) Polymeric optical interfaces (digital cockpit touchscreen) with transparent, anti-fingerprint, scratch-resistant coatings, with good tactile perception and high durability; and 2) Remaining opaque plastic panel with integrated electronics and finish with translucent film, allowing personalization of the interior and interaction with the occupants, including providing information and tactile control of the car’s interior features.

With regard to the manufacturing process, it is important to significantly increase the performance of the injection, also through research in terms of materials, namely from the coating to the molding cavity, in order to increase the rate of heating and cooling, with gains in time cycle and quality of finish of plastic parts and enabling the incorporation of electronics and wiring before injection.

For the development of the project, a multidisciplinary team from DRT Rapid (molds), DRT Plastic (injection of plastic materials), UC and UTAD (ENESII) was assembled with all the necessary skills so that in 30 months it is possible to achieve the ambitious objectives defined.

  • Project Designation: SmartTracking – Integrated predictive maintenance and monitoring solution for molds
  • Universal Project Code: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-049311
  • Type: R&D PROJECTS IN CO-PROMOTION | SUPPLIER CLUB INITIATIVE | Call 03/SI/2020
  • Main Promoter: DRT RAPID – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Co-promoter: DRT Advance, S.A.
  • Co-promoter: Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
  • Objective: OT1 – Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
  • Localization: NUTS II – CENTRO 

 

  • Approval Date: 17/11/2020
  • Start Date: 20/11/2020
  • End Date: 19/05/2023

Description

The project aims at remote monitoring of elements of the logistics chain in the automotive sector and molds in particular and provides for research focused on:

– tracing and recording mold making processes;
– tracking the use of the mold;
– registration of corrective and evolutionary maintenance actions;
– implementation of predictive models applied to the production processes and use of the mold.

It is intended to develop a mold with technology integration – sensors and electronics module – that allows to effectively ensure the monitoring, in real time and at a distance, of the actions performed in the mold as well as their timings and georeferenced locations, from its manufacturing process to its discontinuation / reuse, undergoing any predictive, corrective and / or evolutionary maintenance processes. In addition to the electronics module that will record all of this mold information – in a black box logic -, the objective also involves the development of a tracking software platform that allows monitoring and updating the status of the mold during its life cycle. This monitoring will enable the following objectives to be met:

– verification / certification of production processes associated with the mold and those involved in those processes;
– forecasting and launching alarms with these stakeholders to optimize these processes and avoid non-conformities and rework;
– support for predictive, corrective and planned maintenance of molds.

This module should also integrate the monitoring of these actions in opposition to the maintenance contracts established, and assist in decision making in the design of the mold and in the establishment of the clauses of these contracts for new molds.

A multidisciplinary team from DRT Rapid (molds), DRT Advance (software) and IPLeiria (ENESII) will be involved providing all the necessary skills so that in 30 months it is possible to achieve the ambitious objectives defined.

  • Project Designation: ADAPTAR PME
  • Universal Project Code: POCI-02-08B9-FEDER-060897
  • Project Localization: NUTSII – Centro
  • Promoter: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Approval Date: 17/06/2020
  • Start Date: 01/06/2020
  • End Date: 30/11/2020
  • Total Investment: 20.000,00€
  • Eligible Investment: 20.000,00€
  • Financial Support: 10.000,00€

Description

This project aims to adapt the promoter’s activity to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by intervening in the adaptation of workplaces, in the purchase and installation of hygiene and disinfection equipment, in information and warning signs and in cleaning services.

  • Project Designation: PRODUCTIVE INNOVATION PROJECTS – COVID-19: Training of DRT RAPID for the production of equipment and technologies for health
  • Universal Project Code: POCI-02-08B9-FEDER-071782
  • Objective: To strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs
  • Project Location: NUTSII – Centro
  • Promoter: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
  • Approval Date: 19/08/2020
  • Start Date: 01/07/2020
  • End Date: 30/12/2020
  • Total Investment: 3.998.000,00€
  • Eligible Investment: 2.836.600,00€
  • Financial Support: 1.418.300,00€

Description

This project follows the submission of an application by DRT RAPID, within the scope of Call 15/SI/2020 (Project Nr 48037), for the design and development of a prototype of a Community Protection Kit (KPC) consisting of a face protection shield, a face protection mask and a sterilization device.

The said project (KPC – Community Protection Kit) aims to develop three products individually, namely a face protection shield (head: full front face), a face protection mask (head: mouth and nose) and a sterilization device. These three products when combined together and complemented with other personal protective equipment (for example, disposable/reusable masks for community use, gloves, shoe covers, suits, etc.) and consumables for disinfection (for example, alcohol gel) allow you to obtain a complete community protection kit (KPC).

This community protection kit is intended for use by individuals or small communities (between 2 and 5 people), both in a family and professional context. Furthermore, the protection kit is portable due to its small size and weight, and extremely versatile due to the different areas in which it can be applied.

The use of the community protection kit is suitable for daily life or for emergency situations, being applicable for the personal protection of people and the sterilization of reusable personal protective equipment and other goods for daily use, namely mobile phones, computer accessories, tools kitchen utensils, shopping, postal correspondence, etc. The community protection kit, in particular the sterilization device, is designed to be used by people without any training specific in the health area, due to its simplicity and ease of operation.

The industrialization of the community protection kit requires DRT RAPID to make significant investments in some areas, namely in the execution of architectural projects and engineering specialties, in works to adapt facilities to create a new production line, in the acquisition of molds for the production of large series of parts, the acquisition of raw materials, components and accessories for obtaining plastic parts and bi-material parts (plastic + fabric), hardware (microelectronics) and software for the touch screen panel of control of the sterilization device, in the purchase of an injection machine for the application of the co-injection technique (plastic + fabric), in the certification of the conformity of the products for introduction in the market, and in the definition of a marketing plan and specific actions of promotion and dissemination of products in the national and international market.