The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) — a research institute for A*STAR — has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8 million (US$1.43 million) to help SMEs strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity and venture into growing markets.
Supported by SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency, these projects will see groups of companies facing similar issues collaborating with SIMTech to develop manpower and technology.
By doing so, the cost of research and development of those solutions is reduced as it is shared by the companies involved, said Dr Lim Ser Yong, SIMTech's executive director.
Working together with the National University of Singapore, the first collaborative industry project is on X-ray sterilisation for the MedTech industry and food industries.
Local SMEs find it challenging to meet the high demand for sterilisation of medical devices and food related products due to the high cost of current sterilisation methods.
As X-ray showed uniform performances, as compared to other current technologies, in tests where it was used for sterilisation, it was determined as a good alternative to the present sterilisation methods. A total of 15 companies ranging from MedTech device makers, food and herbs suppliers, X-ray source manufacturers, systems integrators, sterilisation service providers to certification agency are thus committed to this collaborative research on X-ray sterilisation.
The second collaborative industry project is on corrosion prevention. It aims to help coating companies upgrade their capabilities to capture market potential in the oil and gas, aerospace and MedTech industries.
Productivity gains can be achieved by reducing the steps in the coating application process, establishing more accurate tests for corrosion investigation, and the use of right coating for corrosion and prevention. Through this project, companies will thus be equipped with know-how in corrosion prevention, assessment of corrosion protection coating and implementation of relevant coatings.
The third collaborative industry project is on advanced precision metal machining, which is the foundation of aerospace, oil and gas and MedTech industries. Consisting of training and implementation, this project is expected to improve productivity at various stages of the machining process. When completed, a pool of technically competent precision metal machinists is available to tackle the demands of ultra-precise and complex machining.
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