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  • Background
  • Long term collaborations of UOM with the rubber industry
  • Long term collaborations of UOM with the rubber industry primarily through study programs
  • Need of a research base collaboration with the rubber industry
  • Established Incubator concept at UOM p
  • Tax benefit given to industry to work with Universities for R&D a t ities actvities
  • Practical difficulties and high cost involvement in set‐up R &D Center in the industry
  • “Development of the UOM‐SIL Incubator” p 2
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  • Agreement
  • Tri‐party Agreement ¾ U i it f M t (UOM) ¾ University of Moratuwa (UOM) ¾ Samson International PLC (SIL) ¾ Uni‐Consultancy at UOM (UNIC) ¾ Uni Consultancy at UOM (UNIC) 3
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Scope To jointly establish a Rubber base Product and To jointly establish a Rubber base Product and Process Development Incubator for the purpose of carrying out joint Research and Development carrying out joint Research and Development 4

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  • Areas of activities
  • To come up with plausible design for the scale up of selected products
  • To develop a commercially viable product or process on laboratory scale laboratory scale
  • To develop new recipes & processes to existing products to be competitive in the market
  • To improve the efficiency of machinery & equipment that are being used at present
  • To improve the process with the target of reducing the
  • To improve the process with the target of reducing the rejection rate
  • To reduce & conserve the energy consumed in the process
  • To find the means of sourcing of new technologies & recommendation to introduce new value added products
  • To find the means of sourcing of new technologies and
  • To find the means of sourcing of new technologies and materials 5
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  • Management Structure of the Incubator
  • Board of Management consists of Three members nominated by the Managing Director of SIL Two members nominated by the Vice Chancellor of UOM One member nominated by the Chairman of UNIC One member nominated by the Chairman of UNIC
  • Committee of Operations consists of Director ‐ Process Incubator (Chairman) Director, Projects Research Advisors Research Advisors Finance Manager ‐ GM UNIC Two Technical Consultants appointed by SIL 6
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  • Functions Board – meets at every 6 months Board meets at every 6 months
  • Overall management of implementation of the activities Approval of research projects before their commencements
  • Approval for staff recruitment and remunerations Committee ‐ meets at every month S l ti Selection of projects (short term and long term) on priority basis
  • Submit comprehensive proposal to the Board for approval
  • Monitor progress of the projects and inform the progress to the top inform the progress to the top management
  • Day to day operations of the projects 7
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  • Incubator Staff
  • Part‐time ¾ Director –Process Incubator ¾ Research Advisors ¾ Technical Officers ¾ Laboratory Assistants
  • Full‐time ¾ Process Engineers ¾ Research Chemists ¾ Research Assistants 8
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Operations ƒ Project formulation‐ assigned staff member/Research adviser adviser ƒ Background study/literature survey ƒ Conduct of research at laboratory scale at UOM ƒ Conduct of research at laboratory scale at UOM ƒ Conduct of factory trails at DSI (SCOM and SIL) ƒ Evaluation of the progress in the committee meetings ƒ Evaluation of the progress in the committee meetings ƒ Handover successful projects to SIL with an official declaration of completion of projects declaration of completion of projects ƒ Implementation at DSI 9

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Summary of Projects Total Projects given 35 Project completed 11 Projects withdrawn 08 Projects in progress 11 Projects to be initiated 05 10

Project Completed EPDM Color profile for continuous vulcanization Development of a suitable compound and a process for a natural rubber sponge (yoga mat) sponge (yoga mat) Recommendation of a equivalent test method and apparatus for B1 Fire resistant mat Development of cost competitive rubber compound for floor tiles Development of cost competitive rubber compound for floor tiles Development of a Neoprene sponge profile Cost Reduction of EPDM Black beading compounds Development of a Bairded air hose Introduction of a new product‐ Fragranced EVA and rubber slippers Elimination of Production obstacles of Bath mat compounds (White) Elimination of Production obstacles of Bath mat compounds (White) Identification of the root cause for bubble formation in the one unit Hot water bottle Id ifi bl hi ) 11 Identification of real cause of the problem in the bath mat (white) compound by analyzing Zn stearate

  • Benefits to UOM
  • Recognition to the University
  • Dissemination of knowledge of academics gained
  • Dissemination of knowledge of academics gained through study programs
  • Experiences for academics on handling real industrial p g problems
  • Additional income to the technical staff
  • Effective utilization of laboratory facilities
  • Upgrade of laboratory facilities
  • Opport nities for ndergrad ates and postgrad ates to
  • Opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates to conduct research in an industrial environment
  • Opportunities to undergraduate to obtain job at DSI Opportunities to undergraduate to obtain job at DSI 12
  • Private Sector Expectations Private Sector Expectations
  • Commercially viable products and process development in reasonable time period in reasonable time period
  • Access to up to date academic knowledge and technical literature in a practical and effective manner literature in a practical and effective manner
  • Obtain multidisciplinary expertise
  • Cary out R&D activities in healthy environment Cary out R&D activities in healthy environment
  • Effective mechanism of combining the practical knowledge and academic expertise to do new innovations
  • Cost effectiveness 13
  • Challenges Challenges
  • High Costs High Costs
  • Long time sales to achieve results C i l i bilit f th t
  • Commercial viability of the outcome
  • Rigid structures at the University level 14

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