T-Up

The Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up) is a platform to directly assist SMEs innovate and develop new capabilities and knowledge to increase their productivity and competiveness.  On average, SIMTech seconds 15 research scientists and engineers (RSEs) annually to the industry.  In each T-Up effort, a company initiates an R&D project and suitable RSE with the required expertise are deployed at the company to carry out research project up to a period of two years. 

For enquiries on T-Up, please contact Mr Joshua Thong, Industry Development Manager at Tel: 6793 8598;  email: cmthong@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

T-Up Success Stories

D-SIMLAB

Dr Chong Chin Soon and Ms Chan Lai Peng, who were seconded to D-SIMLAB, contributed significantly to the development of D-SIMSPAIR - the first prototype of the company's flagship software for the aviation industry. The software was well-received by major industry players and helped to jump start the company.  Both researchers focused on the enhancement of the optimisation and simulation modules of D-SIMPAIR. They received theT-Up Excellence Award 2012which recognised outstanding T-Up secondees whom have made impactful contributions to local enterprises, and have played important roles in building a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy through the T-Up Scheme.

Dynaglass Reinforced Plastic

Dynaglass Reinforced Plastic Pte Ltd is a local manufacturer of fibre-reinforced composite finished products. SIMTech Research Engineer, Ms Alamelu Suriya Subramanian, was seconded to Dynaglass with a mission to further improve its existing range of patent-protected products and process. She helped the company to improve on an original technology developed a few years back for high performance, structural and lightweight flotations. In addition, she helped to develop a special adhesive which is now a standard in-house product used for bonding in extreme conditions.  Ms Suriya was also able to establish alternative processes and methodology for further assessment and future implementation.

Innobrace Orthodontics

Dr Samuel Lim and Mr Yap Wai Teng worked with Innobrace Orthodontics to develop new self-ligating brackets. The team conducted computer simulations of design, functionality and performance for the brackets. Besides material characterisation and testing, product improvement and manufacturing requirement study was carried out as well.  These enable Innobrace Orthodontics to take less time to take the product to market. The T-Up scheme is especially beneficial to Innobrace Orthodontics as it does not have an engineering department.  Success is evident as the new self-ligating bracket will potentially attribute to half of the company's business in time to come.    

 

Resin & Pigment Pte Ltd

Resin & Pigment is an SME that manufactures customised polymers for industrial applications Pte Ltd. Researchers from SIMTech Ms Sandy Ho and Ms Anne Ho helped the company to set up research and testing facilities, as well as processes to manufacture new polymer material for industry, leading to the successful registration of a product patent. SIMTech researchers' involvement is a key contributing factor to the successful start-up of the company's new toll compounding business which earned additional revenue. 

With improved capabilities, expanded range of materials and service offerings, Resin & Pigment managed to clinch a major project with a multinational corporation to be the first contracted compounder in Asia, products of which will be applied to automotives. The company also gained business growth in regional markets in China and India. 

Ms Sandy Ho received the T-UP Excellence Award 2012 which recognises outstanding T-Up secondees whom have made impactful contributions to local enterprises, and have played important roles in building a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy through the T-Up Scheme.

 

Tru-Marine Pte Ltd

Since 2003, Tru-Marine whose business is in marine turbocharger maintenance, repair and overhaul, has been participating in the T-Up scheme with SIMTech to harness technology and to hone its turbocharger repair competencies. 

For the first project, researcher from SIMTech assisted Tru-Marine to develop a process which repaired worn-out turbocharger impellers for marine applications, as compared to replacing them.  This new process, which was later certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), enabled the company to offer cost-effective and timely services to a niche market, thereby resulting in growth in revenue. The Founder was recognised for his achievements with Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007. 

Following the success, Tru-Marine continued its collaborations with SIMTech. This resulted in a new repair technology, using Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing, which is green and offers better quality and improved productivity for repair work.  

From 2003 onwards, Tru-Marine whose business is in marine turbocharger maintenance, repair and overhaul, has been participating in the T-Up scheme with SIMTech to harness technology and to hone its turbocharger repair competencies. 

For the first project, researcher from SIMTech assisted Tru-Marine to develop a process which repaired worn-out turbocharger impellers for marine applications, as compared to replacing them.  This new process, which was later certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), enabled the company to offer cost-effective and timely services to a niche market, thereby resulting in growth in revenue. The Founder was recognised for his achievements with Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007. 

Following the success, Tru-Marine continued its collaborations with SIMTech. This resulted in a new repair technology, using Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing, which is green and offers better quality and improved productivity for repair work.