Success stories of Carnot partnership

Segula Technologies innovates with a new more accurate fluid-structure interaction model for predicting potential nuclear risks

Partnership Carnot Smiles - SEGULA Technologies

Segula Technologies and Carnot Smiles have teamed up to help predict critical velocity thresholds that can cause instability in the steam generator tubes of nuclear power plants.

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Partnership Carnot Smiles - SEGULA Technologies

Segula Technologies innovates with a new more accurate fluid-structure interaction model for predicting potential nuclear risks

Segula Technologies and Carnot Smiles have teamed up to help predict critical velocity thresholds that can cause instability in the steam generator tubes of nuclear power plants.

Supporting Innovation

Segula Technologies is an engineering group with a global presence, helping to boost competitiveness in all major industrial sectors: automotive, aerospace, energy, rail, naval, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals. Among their many areas of expertise, Segula engineers help meet the technological challenges inherent in nuclear power plant safety and reliability. For example, modelling the behaviour of steam generator tubes is a critical link in the process of sizing nuclear facilities. Consequently, Segula Technologies has developed expertise and software for understanding and modelling the underlying physical phenomena. To enhance nuclear power plant safety, Carnot Smiles is endorsing Segula Technologies’ innovative strategy, offering new complementary models that provide a better understanding and more accurate predictions of the underlying physical phenomena that trigger instability in steam generators.

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The client needs

One of the key technological challenges in the nuclear industry concerns the dynamic stability of the steam generator tubes that drive the turbines that actually produce the electricity. These tubes are prone to strong vibrations due to the forces induced by the fluids flowing inside the steam generator. These vibrations need to be controlled to avoid any instability that could compromise the mechanical integrity of the heat exchangers. As a means to this end, it was necessary to analyse stability thresholds – which depend on crossflow – together with algebraic models that determine the instability threshold. The aim of the project was to help gain a better understanding of how fluids behave when they interact with the tubes, using innovative mathematical methods to simulate and predict critical flow velocity thresholds.

Partnership

Carnot Smiles is a public research institute specialised in mathematical modelling, numerical simulation, optimisation and data science. One of its research labs, Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, contributed expertise in the numerical analysis of physical models. This, combined with the operational strength of Carnot’s research engineers, helped accelerate Segula Technologies’ innovation processes. The partnership objective was to come up with a new mathematical model that would pinpoint dynamic instability thresholds in steam generator tubes based on flow velocity – considered to be irreducible – by modelling the effects of fluid-structure coupling, thus predicting the generation of critical vibration phenomena. Carnot SMILES teams provided knowledge transfer that helped enhance Segula Technologies’ ability to compete in the technological, fiercely competitive nuclear sector.

Segula Technologies innovates with a new more accurate fluid-structure interaction model for predicting potential nuclear risks Partnership Carnot Smiles - SEGULA Technologies

Enogia can convert even low-temperature heat into clean electricity

Partnership Carnot IFPEN TE - Enogia

Enogia and Carnot IFPEN TE are using enhanced Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) modules to move beyond industrial uses and target the mobility sector.

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Partnership Carnot IFPEN TE - Enogia

Enogia can convert even low-temperature heat into clean electricity

Enogia and Carnot IFPEN TE are using enhanced Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) modules to move beyond industrial uses and target the mobility sector.

Supporting Innovation

Enogia is a Marseille-based SME that harnesses ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) technology to convert heat into electricity. This technology uses a Rankine thermodynamic cycle – most famously illustrated by the steam generator – together with an organic component. ORC has huge potential in the current energy policy environment but it needs to be green, affordable and as widely available as possible to have a real impact. With a helping hand from Carnot IFPEN Transports Energie, Enogia has already made its  device technically and financially accessible for numerous SMEs. It is now possible to convert even low-temperature heat into electricity. The organic heat transfer fluid does not negatively impact the environment and the ORC micro-turbine is a big step towards making boat, truck and car engines cleaner and more energy efficient.

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The client needs

Enogia has been designing and manufacturing stationary ORC applications since 2012. It quickly realised that it wanted to make these systems accessible to companies of all sizes.
An initial partnership with the Carnot institute enabled Enogia to develop a range of devices capable of producing between 5 and 200 kW of electric power. The heat transfer fluid – crucial for the project – was selected using simulators and test stands designed specifically by Enogia and IFPEN Transports Energie.
This joint initiative pinpointed a specific market need and culminated in an increase in Enogia’s workforce from 10 to over 35 people.
The Company is absolutely convinced of this technology’s potential for harnessing low-temperature heat and is now looking to incorporate it into boat, train and car engines. It is continuing to work with Carnot institute IFPEN Transports Energie towards a first industrial demo.

 

Partnership

Carnot IFPEN Transports Energie has been partnering the sustainable mobility challenges of big and small operators since 2006. Thanks to positive results in terms of innovation, tech transfer and industry partnerships it has become an internationally recognised expert. Carnot initially provided Enogia with computational and experimental resources. The two structures worked hand-in-hand to design a micro-turbo pump adapted to motor vehicle engine power that would be compact, eco-friendly and relatively cheap to produce.
A number of patents already filed – jointly owned by Enogia and IFPEN – are a testimony to a fruitful partnership between teams with common interests. Carnot’s commitment to this project is helping to grow an SME that is itself driving innovation in a market with high potential.

Enogia can convert even low-temperature heat into clean electricity Partnership Carnot IFPEN TE - Enogia

An infrared sensor that locates and counts people but respects their privacy

Partnership MICA Carnot Institute - Irlynx

By enhancing the thermal resistance of a polymer, MICA Carnot Institute has enabled Irlynx to come up with an infrared detector that helps create a more sustainable city.

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Partnership MICA Carnot Institute - Irlynx

An infrared sensor that locates and counts people but respects their privacy

By enhancing the thermal resistance of a polymer, MICA Carnot Institute has enabled Irlynx to come up with an infrared detector that helps create a more sustainable city.

Supporting Innovation

Infrared radiation (IR) has long been used to detect presence based on levels of heat emitted. Infrared technology frequently combines the use of a video camera to make up for the lack of detail. High-precision analysis is required to protect privacy and eliminate any possible misinterpretation of a situation. Irlynx has successfully developed a French-produced sensor to come up with an affordable solution that can distinguish an animal from a human being, locate and count individual people, determine whether they are moving or static, and even detect if they are having a fall. This customisable, camera-less system is easy to deploy either during the construction phase or when a building is up and running. It is aimed at the security market and at “smart buildings” that regulate power supply based on whether any users are actually around.

Illustration : exemple d’utilisation du capteur IrLynx pour une application de GTB

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The client needs

Irlynx was created in 2012 to develop anonymous IR sensors for health and assisted-living facilities. From 2014 on, advances in research and the changing needs of property developers led this Grenoble-based SME into the broader-based markets of security and building facilities management. However, Irlynx needed to enhance the precision of its camera-less system to cover all situations: one of its insulating polymers proved to have poor heat resistance which affected the sensor’s precision. In 2015, the company entered into a partnership with MICA Carnot Institute and Charles Sadron Institute (Michel Bouquey) – which has specialised expertise in polymers – took charge of the project. This partnership culminated in an affordable product with remarkable technical features, brought to market in 2018. With a workforce of 20 people, Irlynx is now looking to tackle the international market.

Partnership

Carnot MICA Institute brings together 16 research laboratories and technical centres including ICS Strasbourg, all focused on materials, surfaces and interfaces and related processes. It has a multi-sector offering and develops projects for all markets. Following a six-month feasibility study and an 18-month R&D programme, MICA and Irlynx teams created an innovative, very thin polymer that is compatible with process engineering. The research lab focused on an original strategy of enhancing the polymer’s heat resistance by combining it with air – the best insulator currently known to man – through the use of a foam-like porous material. The composite material, consisting of resin filled with hollow silica microbeads and placed directly on the silicon semiconductor, optimizes the infrared radiation emitted by the detector. It has enabled the partners to greatly improve the quality of the analysis. MICA partnered the SME through to technology transfer needed for moving into the production phase, thus illustrating its capacity to participate fully in the company’s growth and development. Irlynx is now ideally positioned to meet the needs of the booming “smart city” market.

An infrared sensor that locates and counts people but respects their privacy Partnership MICA Carnot Institute - Irlynx

The new portable spectrometric gamma imaging system NuVISION

Partnership Carnot Institute Leti - Nuvia

The NuVISION compact portable spectrometric gamma camera developed by a shared Nuvia-Leti lab, detects, locates and identifies sources of radiation in real time.

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Partnership Carnot Institute Leti - Nuvia

The new portable spectrometric gamma imaging system NuVISION

The NuVISION compact portable spectrometric gamma camera developed by a shared Nuvia-Leti lab, detects, locates and identifies sources of radiation in real time.

Supporting Innovation

NUVIA is a nuclear specialist and an expert in the security and safety of installations and people.
It has harnessed its on-site detection and mobility requirements to develop a light, compact and autonomous device that is capable of meeting the needs of the nuclear industry, the environment and security requirements.
This portable spectrometric gamma camera allows users to not only detect but also measure a dose rate,  localize the source and identify the radioisotope, thanks to excellent spectrometric ability on a wide energy range (20-1400keV). Additionally, the processing speed makes it possible to perform real-time imaging and to observe mobile sources.
The detector’s sensitivity to gamma rays makes it a highly reliable product accessible to a wide range of users, operators and experts. It is marketed under the NuVISION brand.

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The client needs

NUVIA designs, manufactures and distributes both standard and specific radiation protection and measuring equipment for all stakeholders in the nuclear industry and sensitive sectors, under the NUVIATech instruments brand. Its R&D teams use state-of-the art technologies to design products of excellence in the nuclear safety and security arena.
Gamma imaging is used for homeland security, dismantling, safeguards and dose monitoring which covers conflicting requirements: sensitivity, high dose rate capability, energy resolution, field of view, angular resolution.
To satisfy all of these requirements, we need to combine coded aperture, which provides sensitive and accurate imaging but with limited field of view, and Compton imaging which allows all-directional imaging but with limited angular resolution.

NuVISION – which was unveiled at Millipol 2017 – takes up these challenges and is now part of the Nuviatech instruments catalogue.

Partnership

Carnot Institute Leti is a CEA Tech institute dedicated to micro and nanotechnologies and integrating these technologies into systems. Leti researchers worked in a shared lab alongside NUVIA R&D teams to reconcile the seemingly contradictory requirements of this portable gamma camera.
CZT (CdZnTe) semiconductor detectors are used and specific algorithms make it possible to combine Compton scattering with coded aperture to build multi-isotope images and cover wide angles.Rapid processing time also enables fast reconstruction and real time imaging, endowing the system with exceptional qualities.This joint lab is continuing its research to improve camera ergonomics and design and to ease camera operation for the end user as well as catering to the needs of experts. This makes the product even more effective and enables it to be used more extensively.

The new portable spectrometric gamma imaging system NuVISION Partnership Carnot Institute Leti - Nuvia

A pipe-crawling drone helps anticipate and rationalise dredging operations.

Partnership TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute - Veolia SARP

Thanks to its partnership with a Carnot Institute, SARP, a subsidiary of French group Veolia Environment, is able to offer a faster and economical assessment to local communities with its new drone "PREDIRE".

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Partnership TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute - Veolia SARP

A pipe-crawling drone helps anticipate and rationalise dredging operations.

Thanks to its partnership with a Carnot Institute, SARP, a subsidiary of French group Veolia Environment, is able to offer a faster and economical assessment to local communities with its new drone "PREDIRE".

Supporting Innovation

The use of video to inspect sewer pipes for maintenance work has been in use for quite a while. But such a solution quickly reaches its limits in the case of a partially clogged drain. With PREDIRE, the exploratory analysis can be carried out whatever the environment. Indeed, the fully autonomous unmanned vehicle can move across a broad variety of terrains (grease, mud, sand) by means of a worm screw propulsion system and climbs up and down obstacles very easily.
The wireless and pilotless explorer can travel distances up to 1.2 km per day. The robot is able to take high-definition photos every 10 seconds, thus providing the teams with the necessary data to estimate what is actually needed in terms of dredging operations or in relation with the sections to be treated.
This most effective preventive economical maintenance process therefore allows to save on very costly operations.

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The client needs

SARP, a subsidiary of French group Veolia Environment, results from mostly the aggregation of several, sometimes 100-generation old, family-run businesses.
The 150 agencies making the group provide sewer maintenance for the municipalities and local communities.
Dredging clean-up operations require heavy equipment fitted with high-pressure pumps. The company has asked to limit this type of maintenance operation to a strict minimum by way of preventive inspections since 2014. To this end, SARP made field requirements to the TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute (CEA LIST).
Now four years later, PREDIRE is able to move across pipes up to 20-30 cm diameter, ie accross 70% of the sewer network. The data thus collected has enabled SARP to significantly improve its knowledge and learn about the sewing pipes by implementing a reliable predictive maintenance strategy. SARP is able to provide its 100 000 customers, as a result, with a very innovative and competitive cost-constrained service offering, including both a drone pre-diagnosis and dredge optimisation.

Partnership

The CEA LIST is a tech institute dedicated to smart digital systems and is labelled as TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute. In response to SARP’s needs, without any technological a-priori, the teams collaborated iteratively by applying the so-called Archimedes screw or worm screw for the propulsion system. Linked to a dedicated control system the drone scans and refines its approach, as it moves through the detected environment.
Two patents protect this innovation, moved to a state of industrialisation  at the end of 2018.
The Carnot researchers have worked from an expression of requirements. They have managed to apprehend all issues and constraints and conceive a built-in system through a collaborative R&D interactive partnership. The robust PREDIRE inspection system is already being operated by SARP and has been introduced on newly gained markets. Used internally for now, the device could well be marketed  widely in the near future.

A pipe-crawling drone helps anticipate and rationalise dredging operations. Partnership TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute - Veolia SARP

Latest fingerprint reader for a more accurate and secure identification

Partnership Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute - IDEMIA

The Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute and IDEMIA teams have developed, over a 18-month collaboration, a device which analyses and compares the external and the internal fingerprints.

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Partnership Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute - IDEMIA

Latest fingerprint reader for a more accurate and secure identification

The Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute and IDEMIA teams have developed, over a 18-month collaboration, a device which analyses and compares the external and the internal fingerprints.

Supporting Innovation

Since their general application in 2003, fingerprint readers have been the target of increasingly sophisticated fraud attempts.
At the same time, a few ‘genuine’ but too damaged fingerprints were not properly recognised by these devices.
To overcome these two subjects Telecom SudParis* researchers relied on the so-called optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging technique. They used the correlation between the external fingerprint, consisting of an embossed outer layer, and the internal structure of the fingertip skin combined with the sweat pores layout.
The relevant biometric data acquisition is performed by the BioDigital device through a contactless light beam. Incoherent diagrams alert on fake finger prints.
Any damaged-skinned eroded fingers are offset by a complete and reliable sub-cutaneous print.

*An entity of the Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute.
copyright : IDEMIA

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The client needs

IDEMIA, a recognised leading player in the field of biometric identification, was born from the merger between Oberthur Technologies** and Morpho+ in 2017.
To build on and consolidate its position as a global leader, the company’s 13000 employees – including 2000 R&D engineers – have to be able to anticipate any fraudulent attempts at biometric data.
To determine, to this end, the effectiveness of the BioDigital solution conducted by Bernadette Dorizzi and Yanek Gottesman from Télécom SudParis, IDEMIA made a specific algorithm and a reference database available.
The first finding was that Biodigital improves indeed the precision and reliability of fingerprint comparison with a near 100% false print detection rate.
A relevant patent has been registered and close collaboration between the teams made it possible to finalise a product design for a contactless fingerprint reader based on such patent.

** French-based specialist in digital security
+ French-based specialist in security and identity solutions

Partnership

The Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute incorporates Télécom SudParis, an engineering school whose Cybersecurity platform stands out for its ability to enable various realistic situations to be simulated.
The BioDigital technology was developed within the Biometrics unit. It makes it possible to obtain a high-quality image reconstruction of the internal fingerprint once light wavelengths are projected across the finger pulp layers.
The specific lighting into the fingers sends various echoing information to the reader depending on depth. These data allowed to reconstruct a high-resolution 3D image of the internal fingerprint, which is then compared with the embossed external fingerprint.
Between these two fingerprints, the additional rebuilt of the sweat pores network makes the process safer.
The Carnot teams have really taken up the technical challenge and transferred the technology to IDEMIA, thus improving the latter’s competitive advantage in the field of ‘Augmented Identity’.

Latest fingerprint reader for a more accurate and secure identification Partnership Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute - IDEMIA

French Group Lebronze alloys commit to the health sector with new high-performance copper alloy

Partnership MICA Carnot Institute - Lebronze alloys

The MICA Carnot Institute showed and quantified scientifically the bactericidal properties of the already marketed Steriall range.

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Partnership MICA Carnot Institute - Lebronze alloys

French Group Lebronze alloys commit to the health sector with new high-performance copper alloy

The MICA Carnot Institute showed and quantified scientifically the bactericidal properties of the already marketed Steriall range.

Supporting Innovation

Lebronze alloys have been known for quite some time for using copper, a metal acknowledged to be showing a very strong micro-organism resistance, in particular against pathogenic bacteria.
However, the effects of a real activity in terms of sanitation and health protection obtained through quantitative information using sound and thorough scientific methods must be shown to both companies and the general public.

The research teams wanted to check and evaluate in real-life situations the benefits of door equipments, handles, handrails, railings as well as thrust plates required by very demanding healthcare establishments such as: hospitals, long-term care nursing homes ()…
Whereas stainless steel, widely used in door handles, remains almost inert, the French-manufactured Steriall alloy is highly effective. It has indeed proven to reduce the risk of infection through direct contact.

copyright : Steriall

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The client needs

Lebronze alloys is a key player on the metal industry.  Thanks to strong growth the company invests each year several millions of Euros in R&D.The already Cu+-labelled Steriall product line has been on the market since 2012.

Nevertheless, the laboratory wanted to explore without bias the anti-bacterial qualities of the Lebronze alloy mixed metal so as to present convincing elements of the copper effects upon pathogenic factors.
Following a very first positive study with the MICA Carnot Institute in 2014, the company has renewed its partnership to measure the impact of the products in real usage situations.
The MICA Carnot Institute has put forward a two-stage evaluation protocol validated through both in vitro and in situ assessments.
BIOS* laboratory’s expertise in microbiology has enabled to bring about the much needed deliverables expected from the teams of the Eastern France-based foundry and supplying transformer.
Hence asserting Lebronze alloys’ ambition to value the beneficial aspects of their natural copper alloys for overall human health.

* Biomatériaux et inflammation en site osseux (Biomaterials and Inflammation in Bone Site)

 

Partnership

The MICA Carnot Institute supports innovation through its work on functional materials in the health, building and transport sectors. The Institute integrates 9 research laboratories and 8 technological resources centres based in the ‘Grand Est (Eastern France)’ region. BIOS first determined the given time necessary to kill opportunistic pathogenic agents in contact with various copper alloy touch surfaces.

The researchers then compared the microbial populations of a variety of handle types inside 5 nursing homes.
The study has confirmed that the examined bacteria have been found to survive for several months on a said support, but 90% did not by simple alloy (Steriall series) contact.
The taking methodology used made it possible for Lebronze alloys to move forward in terms of strategy against microbial resistance. It is also at the origin of a draft standard with the French Standardization Association (Association Française de Normalisation, AFNOR) on the measurement of anti-microbial activities of non-porous surfaces.

French Group Lebronze alloys commit to the health sector with new high-performance copper alloy Partnership MICA Carnot Institute - Lebronze alloys

Novimmune relies on the CeVi collection to demonstrate the efficacy of its bispecific antibody

Partnership CALYM Carnot Institute - Novimmune

To assess the efficacy and the mode of action of NI-1701, Novimmune collaborated with CALYM by relying on the richness and quality of its bank of viable cells, ISO 9001 certified.

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Partnership CALYM Carnot Institute - Novimmune

Novimmune relies on the CeVi collection to demonstrate the efficacy of its bispecific antibody

To assess the efficacy and the mode of action of NI-1701, Novimmune collaborated with CALYM by relying on the richness and quality of its bank of viable cells, ISO 9001 certified.

Supporting Innovation

Lymphomas, first blood cancer, have a large variety of types and sub-types. For B-cell lymphoma, 30 to 60% of patients are resistant to standard treatment with chemotherapy combined with anti-CD20 Rituximab antibody. Novimmune developed a bispecific antibody, as an alternative treatment, by targeting other proteins involved in this lymphoma: CD19 and CD47. NI-1701 thwarts messages sent by CD47 and binds to CD19 in order to specifically trigger phagocytosis of tumor B lymphocytes. The innovation lies in the ability to target two proteins while displaying low toxicity towards healthy cells. It is essential to increase efficacy of standard treatments and to provide a solution for relapsed or refractory patients.

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The client needs

In the long process of getting a drug to market, preclinical tests are a primordial step before the setting up of clinical trials. To achieve this, a maximum of scientific data is necessary to confirm the therapeutic interest and efficacy and the benefit/risk ratio for patients. Novimmune wished to use the CeVi viable cell collection, set up by CALYM, to have not only a big quantity of patient « cases », but also skills of teams specialized in the lymphoma field. Novimmune found in CALYM, the resources to test the in vitro efficacy of the antibody and to bring to light its mechanism of action. Anti-tumor activity was confirmed on various cells including those of patients with follicular and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The support provided by CALYM contributed to Novimmune's announcement from June 2018 of the planning of clinical trials end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.

Partnership

The CALYM Carnot aims at accelerating innovation and its transfer in the lymphoma field. At the heart of its strategy of research and partnership with industry, unique databases and biological collections, including CeVi. Human cells are cryopreserved, isolated from lymphomas and reactive lymphoid tissues. This bank covers all lymphoma sub-types, from the most common to the most rare forms of the pathology, including biological and clinical data. After the progress made thanks to the support of the team of Rennes, “Microenvironment Cell differentiation, iMmunology And Cancer”, Novimmune researchers could illustrate safety of NI-1701 on blood cells or T lymphocytes and confirmed its efficacy in vivo in mouse. This partnership was decisive in Novimmune’s progress towards further development of a new treatment expected by many patients.

Novimmune relies on the CeVi collection to demonstrate the efficacy of its bispecific antibody Partnership CALYM Carnot Institute - Novimmune

As children’s feet stretch, Decathlon and Carnot ARTS Institute rethink the way shoes are designed

Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - Decathlon

The strong technical collaboration has helped reduce the risk of injury among junior tennis players without altering performances.

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Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - Decathlon

As children’s feet stretch, Decathlon and Carnot ARTS Institute rethink the way shoes are designed

The strong technical collaboration has helped reduce the risk of injury among junior tennis players without altering performances.

Supporting Innovation

For 40 years, Decathlon R&D teams have been challenging many of the pre-conceived notions  to create high-value products, whose guarantee of exclusiveness paves the way to their commercial success.
Based on the observations of its SportsLab, Decathlon innovates with a new type of ‘tennis shoe’ for kids.
Contrary to the competition’s custom, which considers kid’s shoes as mini adult shoes, Decathlon was, as a result, able to design a tennis shoe best suited to the kid’s feet development.
In partnership with LAMIH*, one of Carnot ARTS Institute’s lab, and the ISM**, a component of the STAR Carnot Institute, Decathlon has monitored 30 junior tennis players over an entire playing season.
The ideal footwear design could be established based on the behaviour, on the one hand, of the players fitted with the new shoes, and on the other hand, on the ground impact characteristics of the shoes during the play more particularly.

 

* France-based Laboratory of Industrial and Human Automation control, Mechanical engineering and Computer Science  (Laboratoire d'Automatique, Mécanique, Informatique, industrielles et Humaines)
** Institute of Human Movement Sciences,  (Institut des Sciences du Mouvement) based at Aix-Marseille University (AMU)

 

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The client needs

Decathlon has been built on its capacity to set itself apart from the competition trough innovation. Its ambition is to allow the greatest number of players to pursue sport and physical activities in optimal safety conditions.
Decathlon R&D teams complement their studies built around high-level scientific inflows from external laboratories through parternships.
 On the basis of a CIFRE*** doctoral thesis, Decathlon has thus been able to study and model individual gestures and multiply modelling to their prototyping.
Measurements on the young players make it possible to validate physiological constraints and maximise convenience for users, without affecting their performances.
Such technological advance is crucial for Decathlon, which targets a market with high growth potential despite stiff competition, and reinforces its position as the preferred company for French customers ahead of Amazon.
In France, tennis is the most important individual sport with more than 524,000 regular licensed players aged 18 or younger****.

 

***CIFRE = Industrial Agreement of Training through Research (Doctoral fellowships program)

**** Source FFT http://www.fft.fr/fft/missions/quelques-chiffres

Partnership

LAMIH aims at studying the relationship between humans and systems.
Fostering interactions and agents, laboratory of the ARTS Carnot Institute is also able to analyse, model and simulate human movements.
LAMIH has provided Decathlon a recognized expertise in data-processing and analysis of movement kinematics and dynamics.
Physiological readings have not been averaged using common practice. All specific cases, on the contrary, were examined to extend the statistical data subjects.
Installed at Valenciennes university’s campus, geographically close to Decathlon SportsLab’s teams, LAMIH has provided its foremost resources with a view to supporting the group’s strategy for innovation.
With 80,000 employees in 2017, Decathlon operates globally and saw an 11% increase in sales.

 

Photo - Source Decathlon SportsLab

 

 

As children’s feet stretch, Decathlon and Carnot ARTS Institute rethink the way shoes are designed Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - Decathlon

Officially launched in June 2018 by Inventec, the soldering paste expected by the high-tech industry comes to fruition

Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat - Inventec

The Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute’s expertise in the field of materials allows it to fulfil the most stringent requirements  for electronic components used in both the aeronautical and space industries.

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Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat - Inventec

Officially launched in June 2018 by Inventec, the soldering paste expected by the high-tech industry comes to fruition

The Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute’s expertise in the field of materials allows it to fulfil the most stringent requirements  for electronic components used in both the aeronautical and space industries.

Supporting Innovation

Inventec has been an established leader in the field of chemical solutions for the high-tech industry for more than 50 years. Its offering as regards electronic assemblies has just grown with the latest introduction of its EcorelTM Oxal AG product.
While being high-temperature resistant, this silver-oxalate-based soldering paste stands out by its ability to be worked at low temperatures, without emitting any particulate pollutants or nano-scale particles.
It meets the strict requirements of the high-tech electronic industries: miniaturisation, an outstanding electrical and thermal conductivity,  mechanical resistance. It is also a lead-free product complying with the highest EU environmental standards (both the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation (REACH)).
It is a key element to ensuring high quality of surface-mount technology (SMT)2 solder joints by attributing excellent electrical, mechanical and thermal properties to the soldering.

 

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The client needs

Electronic circuits, in particular aerospace and power electronics, are getting much smaller and are subjected to ever higher temperatures (300° C and above).  
In such cases, the brazing material must be highly thermally conductive to enable heat dissipation.
None of the products sold by the competition is really satisfactory.

Cirimat have opened up a new way through the development of an innovative brazing process using silver-oxalate micro-particles. This process has allowed to generate Ecorel TM Oxal AG, a new product which has been showcased in June during the SMTconnect fair in Nuremberg. The competitively priced product responds to strong expectations from the manufacturers of electronic products subject to very high temperature. By anticipating the latest set of regulatory and environmental constraints planned to be introduced in 2021, Inventec guarantees a significant business edge to customers.

Partnership

As a CNRS-affiliated research centre, Cirimat’s know-how is based on an extensive expertise in material science. The research team has based the new brazing process by combining his knowledge of metal organic precursor and powder metallurgy. Inventec enjoyed the benefits of a patent license resulting from a partnership between Thales group and Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute, while participating to the Bravoh* programme, a project supported by the French Government Defense Procurement and Technology Agency (Direction générale de l’armement, DGA) in which were also involved Gaches Chimie** and ISP System***. It is under such context that Inventec could determine the formula of such soldering paste. which is operated at a low temperature for highly thermally conductive and environment compliant solders.
The 2011-registered license patent allows Inventec to market the very innovative brazing material, which constitutes a significant progress and engine for the industry. Hence consolidating, through such novelty, its leading position across the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North-America regions.

* BRAsing microVOid free and High thermal conductivity
** French distributor of commodity chemicals
*** French-based key player in the field of mechatronics, precision engineering and robotics

 

Officially launched in June 2018 by Inventec, the soldering paste expected by the high-tech industry comes to fruition Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat - Inventec

Fluigent provides laboratories with effective and reliable precision analyses techniques at the micron and the nanometre length-scale

Partnership M.I.N.E.S and Fluigent

To gain a larger share of such very dynamic market and increase competitiveness, Fluigent, a pioneer of microfluidics, features the  algorithms developed by the M.I.N.E.S Carnot Institute in terms of innovation.

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Partnership M.I.N.E.S and Fluigent

Fluigent provides laboratories with effective and reliable precision analyses techniques at the micron and the nanometre length-scale

To gain a larger share of such very dynamic market and increase competitiveness, Fluigent, a pioneer of microfluidics, features the  algorithms developed by the M.I.N.E.S Carnot Institute in terms of innovation.

Supporting Innovation

Microfluidics ensures that vast numbers of samples can be processed very quickly to the benefit of the many laboratories involved in various fields such as biology, medicine, pharmacology…
Due to the techniques used, the automated manipulation and the quantities applied are helping to lower the cost of the undertaken laboratory analysis.
On the one hand, Fluigent stands out by its own disruptive technology which incorporates powerful algorithms. On the other hand, by its dedication to integrating solutions ensuring a steady microfluidic flow and a sophisticated management of complex fluidic systems.

FRCM* products and EZ™ Flow developed in partnership with the M.I.N.E.S Carnot Institute are much appreciated by their users and forecast the efficient, reliable, economical with-a-strong-adaptation-capacity laboratory of the future.

 

*Flow rate control module

 

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The client needs

As of 2006, Fluigent has verified that the analysis of micro samples of fluids circulating in channels etched on a glass or plastic plate opens up a new era of instrumentation.
Yet, this technology dictates a complete mastery of the fluid circulation through the channels. Fluigent is then primarily driven by reliability and miniaturisation considerations. Its teams think out flow control systems that may be put together to build upon request tools able to be rapidly operational readiness without requiring a long calibration step.
The French-based SME has been partnering from 2012 onwards with the Centre for Systems and Control (CAS-MINES ParisTech) of the Carnot M.I.N.E.S institute.
This partnership materialises very quickly with the launch of the FRCM software (2013), then the Flow EZTM (2017) modules, which significantly contribute to the steady revenue growth providing a strong competitive edge over the competitors.

Partnership

The M.I.N.E.S Carnot Institute** aims to eliminate scientific barriers to allow for innovative technology development with a strong socio-economic impact.
The teams have taken advantage of their 15 years of work in control theory and succeeded in improving performance significantly. The contribution involves optimising the control of miniature valves thanks to embedded algorithms continuously monitoring flows in real time.
The partnership has staunchly upheld the solid principles of independence while safeguarding Fluigent industrial property rights, as well as its closeness to end-users’ applications.
Being involved in the design of the Flow EZTM module architecture since the beginning, the team led by Nicolas PETIT has contributed to the strengthened leadership of the French firm of 30. Fluigent pursues its strong growth and global expansion in more than 40 countries.

 

**Innovative Methods for Business and Society

 

Fluigent provides laboratories with effective and reliable precision analyses techniques at the micron and the nanometre length-scale Partnership M.I.N.E.S and Fluigent

Data Moove enhances the tourist experience with improved sources of information using flow aggregation

Partnership Télécom & Société numérique and Data Moove

Such products have been jointly developed under a strategic research partnership with Carnot Télécom & Société numérique (EURECOM).

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Partnership Télécom & Société numérique and Data Moove

Data Moove enhances the tourist experience with improved sources of information using flow aggregation

Such products have been jointly developed under a strategic research partnership with Carnot Télécom & Société numérique (EURECOM).

Supporting Innovation

Tourism is now an important industry.. It is economically dependent to, a large extent though, on the most appropriate response given to increasingly demanding, global and mobile travellers. Very much aware of the territorial challenges ahead, Data Moove aims at providing current and correct information to the right people in the right place at the right time. The start-up pulled off the ambitious venture by aggregating wisely a rather heterogeneous collection of data and selecting relevant information while making them available via a kiosk or mobile extension by means of its City Moove app. The partnership with a Carnot institute will enable the enterprise to go further and build a brand ecosystem of services to support the travellers.

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The client needs

The territorial reform and progression towards more sustainable and competitive tourism require the territories to mobilise their resources and optimise their economic benefits. Data Moove thus offers both the local authorities and private stakeholders a solution providing real-time information for the tourist as to the many activities he can take advantage of during his stay. From the day it was founded back in 2014, Data Moove has been exploiting large volumes of public and private sources related to tourism and culture, in accordance with applicable regulation and in compliance with the strictest quality criteria. Given the huge amount of data and various types of contents, the continuous updating through social networks as well as the obvious redundancies, R&D support has been indispensable. For its part, Carnot Télécom & Société numérique works on structuring the social media data, while modelling variations and relationships by use of semantic graphs. The partnership has started as early as 2015.

Partnership

EURECOM, an engineering school part of the Télécom & Société numérique Carnot Institute based at Sophia Antipolis** quickly learned how to work through and around the constraints and objectives experienced by Data Moove. The partnership has facilitated the development of a major app function that can, on the one hand, be auto-calibrated to assess the degree of similarity resulting in duplicate entries and, on the other hand, categorise events. Saint Barthélemy has been the first location equipped with the relevant software. The application can naturally be set to adapt to every single type of digital environment and connect automatically to existing application programs. Due to the huge potential of the global tourism market, a project of interactive dialogs was launched accordingly in 2018. EURECOM and Data Moove pursue a comprehensive strategic research partnership which includes, beyond the R&D component, a system of financial support for companies. The solution range has revealed support and commitment across the partners and a broad spectrum of the parties involved, including the tourist information services.

**technology park southwest of Nice

 

Data Moove enhances the tourist experience with improved sources of information using flow aggregation Partnership Télécom & Société numérique and Data Moove

While the dental implant market is bursting, Anthogyr, in co-operation with Ingénierie@Lyon, innovates to improve efficiency

Partnership Ingénierie@lyon - Anthogyr

With a better control of the behaviour of new zirconia-based composite features Anthogyr has been able to improve the stability of its ceramics and unlock innovation potential to gain a relevant position at an international level.

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Partnership Ingénierie@lyon - Anthogyr

While the dental implant market is bursting, Anthogyr, in co-operation with Ingénierie@Lyon, innovates to improve efficiency

With a better control of the behaviour of new zirconia-based composite features Anthogyr has been able to improve the stability of its ceramics and unlock innovation potential to gain a relevant position at an international level.

Supporting Innovation

Zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) known as zirconia has been actively used in biomedical contexts, notably the dental sector, for about 15 years, where its use effectively meets the needs of patients in terms of safety and aesthetics.
Through further improvements of both the composition and the manufacturing technique of zirconia-based ceramics, Anthogyr hope to gain more security and more market share.
The innovation consists in extending the implant’s behaviour over time without degradation products combined with a production on an industrial scale.
Already established in China and Russia, Anthogyr faces fierce competition. Its ability to offer a range of superior products at an affordable price corresponds to its ‘Prime Mover in Implantology’ strategy.

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The client needs

Anthogyr, an intermediate-sized enterprise established in the French Alps, wants to effectively meet the challenge of ever-increasing demand in implants at a global level.
For that matter, Anthogyr has engaged in the design, manufacturing and distribution of an extensive range of products for the oral health professionals.
For some products, the enterprise uses zirconia recognised for its biocompatibility, toughness and whiteness properties.
By using a high-quality zirconia powder, Anthogyr possesses complete mastery of the entire production chain to provide supply of products well-suited to complex prostheses in different degrees of translucency and colour shades.
In 2015, the partnership with Ingenierie @ Lyon Carnot Institute is given concrete form with the launching of a common laboratory with Mateis, a Material Science Laboratory based in Lyon. The establishment of such common laboratory has triggered a considerable step towards increasing resistance to water and corrosion of implants (biofluids) through doped cerium rather than yttrium.
Research on the manufacturing process on an industrial scale was carried out in parallel with the development of this new range of composite ceramic.

Partnership

The MATEIS’ team is part of the Ingenierie@Lyon Carnot Institute, a Material Science specialist lab centred on a research approach that blends chemical, physical and mechanical simulations applied to medicine, transport and energy mechanisms.
The lab aims to reveal, through experimentation and modelling, the technical relationships between the recipe, the microstructure and the physical properties of both metals and polymer-derived ceramics and composites.
Internationally recognized for the commitment and high standard of the work of its researchers, it has been able to boost Anthogyr’s innovative capacity from a technological perspective as well as in terms of economics.
Within the context of the LEAD* common Lab, a Speciality Appliances Dental/Orthodontic Laboratory, Mateis and Anthogyr have pooled their expertise to acquire the knowledge and skills of information and technologies necessary, in additive manufacturing especially, and a renewed vision for the approach to dental implant therapies in the future.
Worth more than EUR 46 million, Anthogyr employs more than 330 people in France and 420 globally, and devotes 8% of its revenue to R&D. For Anthogyr the R&D partnership with the Carnot Institute has become a key component in stepping up growth through innovation of a complete range of associated products and services.
 

*LEAD = Laboratoire d’Excellence en Application Dentaire

 

While the dental implant market is bursting, Anthogyr, in co-operation with Ingénierie@Lyon, innovates to improve efficiency Partnership Ingénierie@lyon - Anthogyr

Iskn capitalises on current scientific research related to magnetic fields to streamline interface between traditional drawing and digital graphic design.

Partnership Leti - iskn

Three researchers have transformed more than 50 years of research on magnetoresistance by the Leti Carnot Institute into an app dedicated to raise public awareness of the arts, the design and education.

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Partnership Leti - iskn

Iskn capitalises on current scientific research related to magnetic fields to streamline interface between traditional drawing and digital graphic design.

Three researchers have transformed more than 50 years of research on magnetoresistance by the Leti Carnot Institute into an app dedicated to raise public awareness of the arts, the design and education.

Supporting Innovation

The production of a digital graphic usually requires the use of a graphic tablet or the scanning and editing of a paper drawing. The Slate system allows to use of a standard pad with  a simple drawing tool. It is equipped with a sheet of paper laid on an adjustable support and a pen fitted with a magnetic ring.
To record the drawing, each movement of the pen is sensed by the 32 tri-axial magnetometers embedded in the support. The data are sent over to a Smartphone or tablet in both real-time and off-line modes.
The associated software allows both the drawing to be manipulated, edited and exported for common formats.
Intended for the general public, the Slate system is distributed in more than 350 points of sales including the major French brands. After Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, the Asian markets see in Slate a way to match the Art of Calligraphy with prospective digital teaching materials.

 

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The client needs

In a highly competitive sector, iskn illustrates the need for further R&D to be carried on to turn such innovative project into an economic success.
Indeed, digital drawing software programs have been efficiently applied for nearly 30 years.
The Leti Engineers who have brought the research to where it stands today wanted to give back the right to determine what tools are needed as appropriate to any human operators. They, for the most part, were betting on the links between physical objects and digital world.
A crowdfunding campaign has allowed the gathering of an amount significantly higher than the level of financing needed. However, moving beyond the announcement effect and great deal of interest generated, the technological leadership had to be safeguarded. By constituting a common laboratory with Carnot Leti, iskn has grown from 12 patents upon their establishment in 2014 to 20 today.
This type of multi-year collaboration is essential to make it possible for the SME of 38 employees to respond favourably to increasing public and professional expectations alike, while turning to the world of interactive entertainment products and applications of business functional practices.

 

Partnership

As part of the CEA Tech Institute, the Grenoble-based Carnot Leti has taken a pioneering role in studying and facilitating the uptake of discoveries on antiferromagnetic (AFM) and ferromagnetic fluctuations. The work of 1970 Nobel Laureate French physicist Louis Néel has been very determining in this regard. The Leti Institute is a major player in terms of dynamic R&D in the area, thanks, in particular to the Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies (GIANT) campus.
The intelligent Slate pen tablet uses a matrix of ultra-sensitive magnetometers and signal-processing algorithms carried out under the partnership and protected by 22 valid and enforceable patents.
With 50.000 “Slate” sold since the beginning, a growth in revenue by almost 300% against 2017 and the doubling of the number of employees in 2018, the long-lasting collaboration and closeness of interactions with researchers provide iskn the means to strengthen an already solid case.

 

Iskn capitalises on current scientific research related to magnetic fields to streamline interface between traditional drawing and digital graphic design. Partnership Leti - iskn

Carnot ICÉEL contributes to Crossject successful completion of a specific needle-less syringe

Partnership with ICÉEL Carnot Institute and Crossject

Crossject has reached its intended goal of providing safe medical injection without the use of a needle in a format adapted to the needs of both the professionals and the patients.

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Partnership with ICÉEL Carnot Institute and Crossject

Carnot ICÉEL contributes to Crossject successful completion of a specific needle-less syringe

Crossject has reached its intended goal of providing safe medical injection without the use of a needle in a format adapted to the needs of both the professionals and the patients.

Supporting Innovation

Crossject aspires to make the injection of medical products at a more reliable pace with a single button press using NFIT (Needle-free injection technology). Indeed, the needle-free procedure minimises the stress induced by the patient as well as the unpredictable effects upon the medical injection considerably. ZENEO®’s commercialisation move comes after several years of research in co-operation with doctors and patients. The simple ‘single-use’ device guarantees the correct quantity of products in an ideal environment. The unique highly specialised expertise acquired has made it possible for Crossject to become a key player in his field. The SME undeniably provides enhancements that can help improve the self-injection process when caring for chronically ill persons and/or in an emergency setting.
 

 

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The client needs

Crossject has been demonstrating the validity of its concept in 2005 since day one, when conducting the first controlled clinical evaluation of a specific influenza vaccine. Initially, concrete steps had to be taken in terms of ergonomics and regulation of injection quantity. The device was designed to allow adaptation to different fluid injection viscosity volumes according to the depth desired, whether intradermal, subcutaneous or intramuscular.
However, the conventional methods used to validate the device effectiveness fell short of expectations. According to statements by Patrick Alexandre, the Crossject’s CEO, the partnership with a team of the ICÉEL Carnot Institute*, a Fluid Dynamics specialist, enabled to explore solutions very far apart from the traditional reasoning.
For Crossject, the TJFU** Laboratory, a unit of Carnot ICÉEL, has drawn on its experience in modelling and implementation of pulsed microjet nozzles to conceive an innovative injection duct A key component of the delivery device, it is the subject of numerous patents placing Crossject in a situation of authority over the competition.

* ICÉEL : Institut Carnot Énergie et Environnement en Lorraine

** Technical centre specialising in abrasive water jet destined to the cutting of metal parts

***  Technological Resource Centre

Partnership

The ICÉEL Carnot Institute brings together 22 laboratories. Its R&D spectrum allows the backing of projects with a significant social impact in areas relating to energy and environmental sustainability.
The Institute acting as the R&D partner of a majority of the largest manufacturers, as well as SME’s matching Crossject’s profile, has helped the latter to innovate by breaking with normal practice. As a pulsed microjet specialist, TJFU’s CRT***, has been a 10-20% hydrodynamic efficiency saver for the injector duct using an innovative geometry optimisation. Abdel Tazibt, a TJFU CRT researcher, underscores the importance of such contributions for the successful improvement of ZENEO® in terms of effectiveness.
To further enhance the ZENEO®-designed syringe’s flexibility and robustness and reduce costs, co-operation is being continued and extended beyond the common patent application.
5 out of 7 products to be used during emergency and disaster situations are currently awaiting regulatory approval.
In 2017, ZENEO® has scooped the Janus Award, in the Prospective category, acknowledging the impact of user behaviour, the introduction of newer applications and the emergence of a new economy.

Carnot ICÉEL contributes to Crossject successful completion of a specific needle-less syringe Partnership with ICÉEL Carnot Institute and Crossject

The design of a comfortable and reliable stand-alone climb assist system allows FIXATOR to target the world wind energy market

Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - FIXATOR

Exolift helps reduce arduous maintenance occupations. The culmination of three years' research, including two year research collaboration with ARTS Carnot Institute, has led to its market uptake.

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Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - FIXATOR

The design of a comfortable and reliable stand-alone climb assist system allows FIXATOR to target the world wind energy market

Exolift helps reduce arduous maintenance occupations. The culmination of three years' research, including two year research collaboration with ARTS Carnot Institute, has led to its market uptake.

Supporting Innovation

The climbing of vertical access ladders by workers to reach elevated surfaces, such as pylons or wind turbines, for inspection requires intense muscular efforts. French SME FIXATOR, a specialist in the manufacturing of suspended platforms and lifting winch for hoisting and lowering persons and equipment, have underscored the intent of their design around the technician’s morphology. While the latter’s weight is being taken into account, continued assistance is provided and adjusted based on the technician’s speed. The climb assist system taking about 80% off the user weight, he is therefore able to adapt his speed of ascent / descent accordingly without tiredness and in better safety conditions. Indeed, the transportable system’s strap is fixed to a rigid part of the ladder. With an autonomy averaging between 8 to 10 return trips over an 80 m-distance, Exolift shows an  ascend / descend time divided by 3 and physical effort required divided by 5.

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The client needs

Based in the Loire region (Angers, Western France) FIXATOR started 90 years ago with the development of permanent / temporary suspended working platform and lifting winch design. The SME’s solutions are distributed worldwide through and extensive network of distributors. FIXATOR R&D teams took the chance to innovate while meeting burgeoning demands notably for  installation activities and maintenance of wind turbines. The argument put forward was that swift action was needed to respond to such demand at international level, as it was outgrowing the French orders. This new idea entailed to work out an adequate and reliable climb assist systems. Its integration into existing installations has been facilitated through new technologies. The great benefits with such system are: autonomy of use, drudgery reduction, cost-efficiency, enhanced productivity.
Assistance by AMVALOR over 2 years, a subsidiary of Arts et Métiers Paris Tech and a part of the ARTS Carnot Institute, has brought forward the development of Exolift.

 

Partnership

The ARTS Carnot institute focus on the design, industrialisation and production of innovative and complex manufactured goods with multiple technologies. To meet FIXATOR’s expectations effectively, the Arts et Métiers Paris Tech researchers have worked for optimising the demands on weight, performance and costs. They also designed the measuring chain to control the speed of travel using a dynamometric axis while adjusting the electronic parameter settings of the control system developed with company SEIA*. The ARTS Carnot Institute’s support combined with FIXATOR’s associated internal resources were decisive for marketing the system. Exolift is not only a technological breakthrough but also a QWL** strong determinant.
Exolift has received the regional Trophy for Innovation in 2014, before its marketing launch in 2015.
*A French-based SME specialised in industrial electronic repair
**Quality of working life

 

The design of a comfortable and reliable stand-alone climb assist system allows FIXATOR to target the world wind energy market Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - FIXATOR

French-SME Teqoya captures both the markets and Environmental Guardians with a highly efficient domestically manufactured air purifier.

Partnership ESP Carnot - Teqoya

Using the Carnot ESP existing competencies in the fields of motorisation and macro-/nano-particle release, Teqoya can help ensure the device is economically and environmentally efficient.

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Partnership ESP Carnot - Teqoya

French-SME Teqoya captures both the markets and Environmental Guardians with a highly efficient domestically manufactured air purifier.

Using the Carnot ESP existing competencies in the fields of motorisation and macro-/nano-particle release, Teqoya can help ensure the device is economically and environmentally efficient.

Supporting Innovation

Apartments as well as confined spaces, like car interiors, channel a considerable amount of fine and extra-fine particle emissions from combustion of motor or heating systems.

For the general public, emissions control solutions through ionisation often have that disadvantage of being noisy, require frequent routine maintenance of non-recyclable filters and are likely to be ineffective.

Thanks to Carnot ESP’s test run capabilities and independent measures, Teqoya has been able to successfully provide a device with a 10-year guarantee in continuous use. Eliminating the needs of consumables, the energy-saving and quiet device boasts unrivalled performances.

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The client needs

Teqoya’s venture initiated in 2015 is the result of ongoing research started 15 years ago on the production of negatively charged ions. Purpose was to eliminate the potential risk of ozone- generating effects, such as chest tightness especially.
The SME relies on a production unit of about 10 people based in the Bordeaux region. The small business is seriously engaged in environmental compliance, greater comfort and ease of use, as well as in the elimination of consumables.
The local Chinese market has been the intended and immediate objective of Teqoya’s focus. More mature than the French market, China is facing persisting problems associated with the introduction of unreliable consumer devices. To guarantee quality of the clean, sanitised air through its proprietary process, Teqoya has retained the Carnot ESP-linked CERTAM* unit. It is the only organisation that possesses the necessary expertise and adequate resources required to analyse and quantify the effects of the device positioned nearest to the end-user in a 15m² (161ft²) room.
The results obtained by Teqoya enabled the SME to get noticed at CES** 2015 in Las Vegas, in addition to New York and China.
Mixing robustness and the ‘’Made in France’’ luxury label the device proven efficacy has already won an appreciable share of the Chinese market, which accounts for 80% of the SME’s 2016 revenue.

* a centre of technological transfer located in Normandy providing engine test benches, air quality and pollutant emissions characterisation

** a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow

Partnership

Certam is a major part of the ESP Carnot Institute. Two pivotal elements formed the R&D partnership: first, the impact of Teqoya’s system on the extra-fine and fine particle distribution in confined spaces, second, utmost safety for the user even if he/she finds him/herself in the nearest vicinity of the device.
Certam has conducted a simulation close to reality. Its mastering of the combustion and spray modelling fundamentals enables Certam to design an environment where particles of various sizes range between 20 and 1000 nm.
Checks carried out in a 20 m² (215 ft²) - room performed on a device designed for treating a 15 m² (161 ft²) area  indicate a good air quality status within the first hour of use.
To determine the absence of air oxidation with such element such as ozone, Certam relied on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analyses thanks to spin probes. This fully mastered technique is broadly consistent with other less effective tests performed by Teqoya and supports the indisputable safety of the device.
Teqoya is currently serving the interests of the French consumers who are fully informed about such pollution-related risks, via relevant websites such as Boulanger* or Celyatis**. Teqoya’s product range encompasses devices that can be used in 15 m² (161 ft²) to 30 m² (323 ft²) rooms, as well as elements for car interiors.

* French store chain specialised in leisure, multimedia and household appliances
** French store chain specialised in health, welfare and autonomy

French-SME Teqoya captures both the markets and Environmental Guardians with a highly efficient domestically manufactured air purifier. Partnership ESP Carnot - Teqoya

French SME Bulane takes on the challenge of generating clean fuel for welding from water and electricity

Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Bulane

The Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute and Bulane have been setting standards with innovative developments using hydrogen flame since 2009. Their efforts have enabled the transformation of the underlying concept into a sales mechanism for industrial companies, small businesses and craftsmen alike.

 

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Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Bulane

French SME Bulane takes on the challenge of generating clean fuel for welding from water and electricity

The Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute and Bulane have been setting standards with innovative developments using hydrogen flame since 2009. Their efforts have enabled the transformation of the underlying concept into a sales mechanism for industrial companies, small businesses and craftsmen alike.

 

Supporting Innovation

Brazing and welding processes require a fossil fuel-based source of significant heat, such as acetylene. The storage of liquid fossils fuels in an industrial setting or within the context of artisan manufacturing imposes particular constraints. It is necessary to take into consideration the entire supply logistics chain, any potential risks and implications, as well as degradation products during production. Thanks to dyomix®, an intelligent gas generator, Bulane allows to eliminate all stages for the transport of fuels, by using an Oxy-hydrogen flame through real-time monitoring of water electrolysis. Indeed, the device only requires water and an electrical connection to operate. The result is a clean, performing flame, which effectively improves operator comfort and safety. Experts in their field have recognised the device as a major technological innovation. For that matter, the project has won 2 awards in 2017: the "Gold Award of Excellence in Innovation" during the Batimat* trade show and the "Application Innovation Trophy" remitted by the regional Chamber of Commerce of Montpellier (southern France).
* International exhibition dedicated to innovations in the building, construction and architecture sector.

 

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The client needs

Bulane sit through as early as 2009 with the idea of using hydrogen instead of fossil fuels with respect to welding applications across the industrial sector. Recognising the efforts motivating such technological breakthrough in terms of Research and Development, Bulane engages partners, including the Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute, very quickly. They do so through studies, patents and ongoing exchanges of views and rich interactions. Such co-operation made it possible to improve the conditions of the flame and energy efficiency, the development of innovative electrodes and the filing of international patents. Bulane and the Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute have demonstrated the need for such a mechanism through industrial facilities as of 2013. They have actively continued to pursue joint programmes with the objective of selling it to both the local artisans and professional market. An intense collaborative R&D has further enabled miniaturisation of the device along with the fitting of composite electrodes to a mobile piece of equipment. With its extensive portfolio of about 150 industrial systems used on a daily basis, Bulane can market a wide range of clean, efficient and secure mobile dyomix® brazing stations.

Partnership

As part of the Chimie Carnot Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute, the Charles Gerhardt Institute areas of interest include, among other subjects, solid-state and divided matter chemistry. For this reason, the AIME* team has facilitated access to its expertise in materials in addition to electrode and electrolysis design. Advanced particle/polymer composite electrodes have been jointly developed to optimise formation of hydrogen and oxygen on electrode surfaces.
The contributions were vital to deliver energy efficiency improvements in gas production. They can enable miniaturisation accordingly while increasing the power-to-weight-to-density compactness device ratio. The Carnot teams involved in the project goals since the outset have supported Bulane each and every year with the aim of taking into account the constraints of all potential buyers from the commercial and industrial enterprises. The results prove to be very positive for the SME from Southern France. Present in 11 countries already, Bulane has created 10 jobs in just 20 months and generated 100% growth in the last 12 months. As a French Tech ambassador at COP21, Bulane has additionally been recognised for its environmental practices.The French Institute for Research and Security INRS has furthermore highlighted the positive impact of Bulane’s work on working conditions.

* Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy

 

French SME Bulane takes on the challenge of generating clean fuel for welding from water and electricity Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Bulane

Ingénierie@Lyon helps introduce a new set of tools to improve brake pad manufacturing quality

Partnership Ingénierie@Lyon Carnot Institute - Renault and SMW Autoblok

A piece of clamp jaw manufactured using direct metal additive processing increases existing machining productivity.

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Partnership Ingénierie@Lyon Carnot Institute - Renault and SMW Autoblok

Ingénierie@Lyon helps introduce a new set of tools to improve brake pad manufacturing quality

A piece of clamp jaw manufactured using direct metal additive processing increases existing machining productivity.

Supporting Innovation

The clamp jaw placed over the chuck must be as light as possible to avoid strong clamping centrifugal forces during machining operations. Indeed, a heavier clamp would exacerbate tightening of the workpiece with induced deformations. IPC*, as part of Ingénierie@Lyon Carnot Institute, worked to make the holding clamp, manufactured by chuck specialist SMW AUTOBLOCK, lighter. The combined topological optimisation/metal additive processing has reduced the clamp weight by 50%, allowing for a reduced tightening. Therefore eliminating the risk of distorted brake discs during the machining process. Renault thus managed to improve process capability while ensuring quality of the brake pads

*IPC = Innovation, Plastic Technology, Composites

3D image of the optimised chuck/clamp piece (shaded areas represent cut-outs only possible using  metal additive processing)

 

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The client needs

Renault and SMW Autoblock have been faced with many obstacles in reducing the piece of clamp jaw, while maintaining its mechanical properties for a firm holding of the machined brakes. They subsequently turned to the IPC Technological  Centre as part of the Ingénierie@Lyon Carnot institute. Using the OptiStruct structural analysis solver from Altair Hyperworks, the teams first re-examined design topological optimisation, so as to respond to the main requirements of improving mass and resistance constraints. The geometrically complex series part was subsequently produced using metal additive processing. The lighter clamp jaw is enabling to hold the machined part with better gripping conditions and a lower torque in comparable quality. As a result, Renault could increase productivity and reduce reject rates in production making allowance for improved ecological and economic balance.

Partnership

The Ingénierie@Lyon Carnot institute brings together both the IPC and 13 other reseach laboratories. The objective of its R&D spectrum is to develop  new materials and technologies for applications in the field of transport, energy and health devices. In addition to multidisciplinarity the Institute’s research partnerships support innovation of very small companies and large international groups alike, .
The IPC Technological Centre, could dramatically contribute to Renault’s and chuck maker SMW Autoblock’s venture by combining two of its competences, i.e. topological optimisation and laser metal fusion. Such valuable work has been acknowledged and revered by the professionals. The project has been awarded the 3DPrint trophy for best applications for metal additive manufacturing in June 2017.

 

Ingénierie@Lyon helps introduce a new set of tools to improve brake pad manufacturing quality Partnership Ingénierie@Lyon Carnot Institute - Renault and SMW Autoblok

A joint laboratory shared with Carnot TN@UPSaclay gives Sherpa Engineering entry into the autonomous vehicle market.

Partnership TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute - Sherpa Engineering

This type of joint partnership with a Carnot Institute provides the SME with both the flexibility and responsiveness needed. Such collaboration offers a very efficient tool for the design of AV’s.

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Partnership TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute - Sherpa Engineering

A joint laboratory shared with Carnot TN@UPSaclay gives Sherpa Engineering entry into the autonomous vehicle market.

This type of joint partnership with a Carnot Institute provides the SME with both the flexibility and responsiveness needed. Such collaboration offers a very efficient tool for the design of AV’s.

Supporting Innovation

For all the designers as well as engineers, modelling, simulation and control are key stages of the systems engineering process. Nevertheless, the design phase runs into feasibility and product depiction issues. To address these concerns, Sherpa Engineering and Carnot TN@UPSaclay (CEA LIST) have agreed to share their efforts in terms of research and innovation capacities within a joint laboratory. Such close co-operation has resulted in the development of ‘PhiSystem’, an innovative environment for the construction of models for complex process-oriented systems.Its key competitive advantage: by providing a function approach to derive the architecture and the components, the solution enables to integrate the most comprehensive complex systems. Customisable and SysML-based1, PhiSystem is particularly used within the context of ADAS2 studies by Renault and the RATP Group3.

1. Systems Modelling Language
2. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
3. Body responsive for the transport system in Greater Paris

 

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The client needs

Thanks to its workforce of about 100 employees Sherpa Engineering has been conducting engineering studies for 20 years. The SME was able to capitalise on its experience from hundreds of projects and have its own R&D facilities. This allows the enterprise to channel concerns quickly and efficiently from various clients subject to considerable competitive pressure across their lines of business. In order to respond to the biggest challenges facing AV’s, including in terms of complex issues at both a reliability and safety level, there was a need to further develop an appropriate and most productive framework. To increase interactivity over several years, Sherpa Engineering and Carnot TN@UPSaclay (CEA LIST) have mutually agreed on a joint laboratory so as to reduce the information exchange and validation phases. Undertaken in close synergy, the  developments are more rapidly achieved and are directly processed as required. The PhiSystem environment streamlining the various processes has emanated from the choice of both Papyrus4 as a tool and SysML as a modelling language, and proximity of the teams. To meet its industrial customers' specific requirements, Sherpa Engineering can thus offer them a new and efficient engineering service, based on a standardised model-oriented methodology and status as a key expert in its field.

4. Papyrus : open-source unified modelling language tool

Partnership

The TN@UPSaclay (CEA LIST) Carnot Institute has developed a sought after know-how in the area of digital intelligent systems based on its own technological bricks. To help develop increasingly complex industrial systems, the Institute makes use of an easily customisable software/system engineering platform to suit the business needs. The Institute’s experience on this type of adaptive and responsive partnership with enterprises of all sizes have allowed it to suggest such initiative of a joint laboratory to Sherpa Engineering to exploit their complementary design and modelling skills. The launching of ‘PhiSystem’ during ‘#techday#cealist’ on 14th March 2017 has fully exposed the simultaneous time saved to make productivity improvements and cost-reduction opportunities, as well as shown the partnership approach to be valid and innovating.
The joint laboratory is a major asset for the SME as it contributes to maintaining its digital engineering leadership position: PhiSystem has made quite a splash among the French professionals giving Sherpa Engineering an entry into the Japanese market.

A joint laboratory shared with Carnot TN@UPSaclay gives Sherpa Engineering entry into the autonomous vehicle market. Partnership TN@UPSaclay Carnot Institute - Sherpa Engineering

Through the STAR Carnot Institute, science meets amateur and pro football players

Partnership STAR Carnot Institute & Wizwedge

With the support of The Carnot Institute of Sport Science a passionate entrepreneur gives players a fair advantage with its newly launched customisable and high-performance shoe while keeping them safe from injury.

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Partnership STAR Carnot Institute & Wizwedge

Through the STAR Carnot Institute, science meets amateur and pro football players

With the support of The Carnot Institute of Sport Science a passionate entrepreneur gives players a fair advantage with its newly launched customisable and high-performance shoe while keeping them safe from injury.

Supporting Innovation

Shoes with a customisable design aimed at improving specific sporting activities are current trend. The technique often involves moulding a sole as a carbon copy of the player’s own footprint for better postural balance and ideal comfort. The Wizwedge shoe concept offers an innovative technology mixing ergonomics with customisable options, where a partly removable Wedge, a component of the outer sole, a so-called technological space, adapts to each individual.

The instant hit with professional male and female football players laid out a concrete basis for the brand to open its first online store. Amateur football players can now benefit from biomechanical features for cushion, medium or dynamic exercises.

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The client needs

Wizwedge has stemmed from the talent and interest of Jean-Luc Guer, an experienced football player. As far as he is concerned, the shoe is one of the major elements holding the key to the player’s footballing skills. Turned podiatrist, Jean-Luc Guer keeps contact with top athletes, while trying to develop and upgrade such outdated gear. He regularly tests and strives to improve his concept that would result in a shoe featuring the WedgeBox®, holding the removable Wedge. Once clarified, Jean-Luc Guer had to determine the ideal shape of the sole for perfect posture, improved balance and stability, to prevent injuries, at the same time, enable better performance. Located in Marseilles, the SME can make use of the Laboratory of Applied Biomechanics’ resources for his incisive analysis. Such co-operation has been awarded the First Prize for Sport & Health Innovation 2016.

Partnership

The STAR Carnot Institute places 8 Research units in the same organisational grouping revolving around sport, health and wellness. Among these, the Laboratory of Applied Biomechanics (LAB) provides researchers with a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary approach between Engineering Science and Medicine. Beside the usual aspects of the human body, the LAB investigates prevention and rehabilitation of traumatic injuries. It made therefore absolute sense for the LAB teams to get involved by endorsing the Wizwedge concept. All relevant platforms were made available to the SME to conduct studies, i.e. bone vibration frequencies during typical exercise regimens, human motion captures and numerical simulations. The LAB has carried out static and dynamic postural behaviors of all types of football players. Through his business expertise, the LAB has managed to determine the characteristics of one of the biomechanical elements able to respond to the various types of practices. The OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), for its part, can build upon such positive results by expanding innovative products from a fairly restricted distribution network into more appropriately priced lines fully accessible to amateurs.

Through the STAR Carnot Institute, science meets amateur and pro football players Partnership STAR Carnot Institute & Wizwedge

Effidence innovation gets boosted thanks to Irstea

Partnership Irstea Carnot Institute - Effidence

Thanks to Agile methodology, the Irstea Carnot Institute multiplies prototypes. The SME is therefore exploiting research results to fulfil the farmers’ and military’s needs.

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Partnership Irstea Carnot Institute - Effidence

Effidence innovation gets boosted thanks to Irstea

Thanks to Agile methodology, the Irstea Carnot Institute multiplies prototypes. The SME is therefore exploiting research results to fulfil the farmers’ and military’s needs.

Supporting Innovation

Integrated innovation aims to find innovative solutions by integrating a variety of technological modules. Such approach has been applied to the agricultural robot EffiBOT, a fully automated trolley that follows the operator. Launched by Effidence, this robot has been honoured with the Integration Award at the National Robotics Competition supported by the French Ministry of Industry in March 2017. Beyond the development of a ground-breaking technology, the SME has strived to venture into new markets by optimising research and prototyping stages in co-operation with Irstea. Recognised for its expertise in the logistics sector, the 11-employee SME demonstrates as such its ability to tap into the military and agricultural markets. Considering that both are constantly seeking the most cost-effective solution to overcome not easily predictable all-around encounter situation-aware applications.

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The client needs

The project starts in 2009 when Effidence is established to use research results of a data-fusion module with limited computational resources in the field of security and remote surveillance. The first collaborative robot was designed for logistics applications. The SME provided its very first robots to international logistics stakeholders in 2016. To be able to respond to the needs of  agricultural and military applications the trolley must position in regard to the operator’s position and act in complex and not easily predictable environments. Irstea’s capacity to apply Agile methodology in co-operation with the Institut Pascal’s teams allows for rapid prototyping and strongly-noted achievements while taking account of the constraints specific to such operating environments. Therefore making it easier for Effidence to convince with high-performance prototypes.

Partnership

The Irstea Carnot Institute responds to industrial issues and societal challenges in agricultural and environmental areas. Its dedicated co-operation has led to the development of an intelligent tracking system fitted with 3 UWB radio beacons (2 on the robot and 1 for the user followed by that robot). Such ultra-wideband tracking system covers environmental interference data transmission applications in a variety of significantly disrupted environments. The processing is driven with lesser resources used by the database data-fusion module and linked algorithms. One key feature of the partnership, which enables Effidence to be identified and recognised in the field of collaborative robots, is motivated by the use of agile iterative methods. Testing, assessing, abandoning, engaging into projects about new prototypes and developing applications to specific usage is made possible through the vital assets of the Institute. Irstea’s active support still continues during sales presentations.

Effidence innovation gets boosted thanks to Irstea Partnership Irstea Carnot Institute - Effidence

New MultiX X-ray spectrometer detects nitromethane from water

Partnership Leti Carnot Institute - MultiX

Thanks to Leti’s various skills, the combination of reduced stage security inspection process and travel safety is attracting both the airport authorities and other sector industries.

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Partnership Leti Carnot Institute - MultiX

New MultiX X-ray spectrometer detects nitromethane from water

Thanks to Leti’s various skills, the combination of reduced stage security inspection process and travel safety is attracting both the airport authorities and other sector industries.

Supporting Innovation

How can we differentiate water from nitromethane in liquids? While conducting R&D to resolve such delicate matter, a Grenoble Isère-based business realised that it was able to concretely fulfil the issue of heightened security checks at airports. The use of the MultiX X scanner is becoming routine procedure to discriminate liquids in baggage. The main innovation rationale behind such technology is to fast-scan via efficient photodetection all screened photons rather than just a fraction passing through the scanned item. The detection sensor is an unparalleled source of information which has driven the American Authorities at US airports to use such technology to improve detection of explosives in hand-held baggage.

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The client needs

MultiX has been utilising X-ray spectrometric detection technology since 2010 for non-destructive inspection and security screening to identify substances.
Their teams, widely dedicated to R&D, have given themselves the objectives of providing a reliable solution with reference to baggage screening that can be directly integrated to industry. To succeed in this increasingly competitive market, MultiX needed a partner capable of providing a major technological advance to offset the competition. The SME with 18 employees was able to develop in concert with Leti Carnot institute (Cea Tech) the entire workflow for processing X-ray spectrometry data. Such guarantee ensures detection of explosive compounds while making easier the traveler’s experience.

Partnership

The Leti Carnot Institute has strived to maintain world-class imaging, notably health care radiography, expertise. The teams’ ability for spectrometric measurement of gamma- and X-ray using high quality sensors paired with information extraction algorithms have consequently been shared with their MultiX counterparts. Spurred on by Leti regarding their patent management, the SME has the competitive advantage to deal with faster development while creating jobs to support international business. The ME100 detector easily integrates into the clients’ scanning systems. Thus benefiting key security operators at sensitive locations or places with industrial activity.

New MultiX X-ray spectrometer detects nitromethane from water Partnership Leti Carnot Institute - MultiX

SFH transforms machining sludge into valuable metal briquettes.

Partnership Cetim Carnot Institute - SFH

Both SFH and Cetim develop a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to minimising, even eliminating, waste landfill for the industry sector.

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Partnership Cetim Carnot Institute - SFH

SFH transforms machining sludge into valuable metal briquettes.

Both SFH and Cetim develop a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to minimising, even eliminating, waste landfill for the industry sector.

Supporting Innovation

As far as SFH is concerned, waste management must translate into an immediate financial gain. This is the real origin of a wide range of specially designed filter presses dedicated to machining sludge. Inside factories processing high value materials, particularly those used in aerospace, sludge produced from surface grinding contains large amount of high-quality metal particles. The disposal of which is in effect a burdensome and costly process. Thanks to the ancillary filter presses supplied, SFH allows for significant on-site waste compaction for the industrial partner. The waste are turned into briquettes for re-integration into the production cycle or marketed as a product. Such innovation is not only important to industrial users but to service partners as well.

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The client needs

Founded in 1981, SFH experienced a shrinking economic activity in 2010. The SME contemplates at once the redirection of its operations and gradually focuses on recycling, in particular the valuable re-use of manufacturing waste. The Saint-Etienne-based SME turns to Cetim to blend its expertise and know-how in ultra high-pressure hydraulics with substantial multi-disciplinary resources, including the technical, legal and commercial aspects necessary to complete the project. Much closer than a partnership, such co-development and structured gain / risk sharing mechanism have resulted in the production of a series of several waste compactors since 2011.

Partnership

When SFH presents the idea, the Cetim Carnot Institute is already working toward the reprocessing of machining sludge. Cetim puts a proposal within the context of its ‘Innovation’ offer that focus on marketing and industrialisation studies by way of co-financing. Heavy investments to financing the venture are not required from SFH and the Cetim-managed project is progressing quickly. The range of machines manufactured by SFH for compacting sludge surface grinding, more generally manufacturing waste as well as sludge mixed with swarf, matches the various sectors of the industrial market segments. Sales increase dramatically, including through export, and hiring is on the rise for the start-up. In 2015, headcounts and revenue is double the 2009 figures.

SFH transforms machining sludge into valuable metal briquettes. Partnership Cetim Carnot Institute - SFH

Azur Drones expands its business to deal with major natural disasters

Partnership BRGM Carnot Institute - Azur Drones

Thanks to the technology transferred by BRGM the SME has been enabled to offer new high-added-value services.

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Partnership BRGM Carnot Institute - Azur Drones

Azur Drones expands its business to deal with major natural disasters

Thanks to the technology transferred by BRGM the SME has been enabled to offer new high-added-value services.

Supporting Innovation

Remote aerial drone photography is now widespread practice. However, its relevance to landslide/rockslide disaster assessment remained to be seen. Up until now, cliff edge profile monitoring was performed using laser measurement from a fixed reference mark. The deviations between the two sets of measured data are being aggregated to produce disaster estimates. This approach, although reliable, is a rather costly, access-restricted and time-consuming task. By way of photogrammetry, the drone is able to capture images from different angles (diagonal, horizontal and vertical). An algorithm superimposes acquired images to build up the cliff contour resulting in a 2 cm-level mapping accuracy. The drone concept enables the necessary calculations in an expedient manner. It is as efficient also proving to be much more economical than laser measuring, while allowing for increased control promoting better protection.

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The client needs

As a result of the knowledge acquired by Azur Drones since 2012, the company has developed competence that is recognised by major clients in the construction and civil engineering as well as private security industries. The company associates the drone’s system reliability and economic benefits with data acquisition systems featured to suit any requirements. The SME compared drone measurements alongside laser measurements of changes on the same cliff edge position. Through the BRGM Carnot Institute’s computational tools the superposition of successive views per second of flight time has resulted in a densely accurate 3D point cloud generation fully consistent with the laser measurements. With such implementation of technology transfer by BRGM, Azur Drones is now in a position to provide detailed natural disaster assessments, which has created an opportunity to hire a specialist.

Partnership

The BRGM Carnot Institute is the one-stop scientific executive Agency for resources and above-ground/below-ground disaster management services. The establishment of the Institute has led to the development of relief calibration and modeling tools from acquired data flows. Recognising the potential of combining photogrammetric modelling with drone flexible platforms, a reference partner was much needed to integrate such new know-how into its commercial offering and widen its scope for applications. The Azur Drones-BRGM Carnot partnership, also known as the ‘SUAVE Project’, takes on concrete form by providing the full potential of an established economically viable scientific practice for numerous peratorss via the Azur Drones SME.

Azur Drones expands its business to deal with major natural disasters Partnership BRGM Carnot Institute - Azur Drones

2 Carnot Institutes work together on consumer-oriented product development

Partnership Energies du futur - Leti Carnot Institutes- Bubendorff

Industry leader of built-in motorised blinds Bubendorff markets devices designed to automate with no auxiliary voltage supply, even when installed north!

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Partnership Energies du futur - Leti Carnot Institutes- Bubendorff

2 Carnot Institutes work together on consumer-oriented product development

Industry leader of built-in motorised blinds Bubendorff markets devices designed to automate with no auxiliary voltage supply, even when installed north!

Supporting Innovation

The ‘ID2 Autonome’ controlled blind automated system comes complete with a blind, batteries and remote control pack offering outstanding energy savings thanks to a 100% solar return.
To ensure consistent system performance even with poor solar insolation a systematic methodology for efficient-energy use was approached so as to optimise a specified set of energy expenses (stand-by mode, radio contact between the blind and the remote control, the blind motor system…). The selection of the appropriate battery type has been decisive to meeting the French manufacturer’s Seal of Approval and 7-year warranty. The products have been available to consumers since 2012 and help the company keep its number one position in the French market.

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The client needs

The small, family-run Alsace-based Bubendorff enterprise has been specialising in the manufacture of roller shutters since 1959. While constantly striving to improve competitiveness, the manufacturer keeps investing substantially in research and development through logistical proficiency and innovative solutions to help each of their clients reduce their environmental impact. It is on this basis that Bubendorff approached and started discussions with LITEN, a section of the “Energies du futur” Carnot Institute , prompting the idea of a useable solar powered blind motorised system to suit one’s new or soon-to-be-renovated building/house whatever the light exposure. This requirement means increased efficiency, and optimisation of the entire energy system.

Partnership

The “Energies du futur” Carnot Institute has determined  the high-performance battery complying with optimized charging and discharging parameter assessment. The Leti*, Carnot Institute, enables significant gains in energy efficiency by dividing total radio communication consumption by 100, compared to the earlier generations of radio system. Such co-operation with Bubendorff has resulted in the launching of a comprehensive range of sustainable blinds whose energy-efficiency is enhanced when they are controlled according the ratio  amount of sunshine / temperature.

* Research institute for electronics and information technologies

 

2 Carnot Institutes work together on consumer-oriented product development Partnership Energies du futur - Leti Carnot Institutes- Bubendorff

At the heart of a winning strategy is collaborative robotics

Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - Kuka

The ARTS Carnot Institute helps Thyssenkrupp Presta France tostrengthen its production tool.

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Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - Kuka

At the heart of a winning strategy is collaborative robotics

The ARTS Carnot Institute helps Thyssenkrupp Presta France tostrengthen its production tool.

Supporting Innovation

By co-ordinating highly sensitive tasks both humans and robotic systems can perform very closely in order to bring improvements in both productivity and agility to the production teams. The on-site integration of LBR* iiwa, Kuka’s collaborative robot, into these OEM’s** highly automated production facilities is considered very innovative. Not only in terms of state-of-the-art technology but also regarding its contribution in relation to comfort at the workstation, new material architectures and process simplification. Beyond selecting the appropriate hardwares the real innovation revolves around the approach to setting an industrial policy for Industry 4.0 developed and tested based on multiple scenarios, while winning over the operators’ support) at the same time.

* Lightweight robot (Leichtbauroboter)

** Original equipment manufacturer 

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The client needs

Thyssenkrupp Presta France [attention, boutons des versions anglaise et allemande non actifs sur le site web de l’entreprise], which employs about 1200 people spread over 2 highly automated production facilities (Florange and Fameck), have been ensuring assembly of steering columns and EPS (Electric Power Steering) systems since 2001 and 2011 respectively. Praised by all the major car brands the company delivers on a just-in-time basis security components that can be found on nearly 1 car out of 7 around the world. To maintain and reinforce its position globally, the foundations for developing one’s production base remain insufficient. New solutions must be tried and tested constantly and the production teams driven to technical perfection regularly. Such endeavour could only be achieved through an influx of external resources with a long-term vision in line with the company’s values.

Partnership

With its strong network of 20 research labs spread over 15 production sites across 9 regions the ARTS Carnot Institute has the capacity to respond to a high volume of ad-hoc industrial inquiries quickly and efficiently and to provide decisive technological expertise at knocking down the technological barriers [OU unlocking the technological bolts]. In view of the appropriate Thyssenkrupp requirements, the ARTS Carnot Institute has developed a robust co-robot cell to assess the robot’s ability to perform specific rack ? assembly operations using different configurations and [steering ?] types. While affirming the need of a global vision, the ARTS Carnot Institute has provided impetus and supported Thyssenkrupp Presta France’s  exemplary Industry 4.0 approach in the region to allow the business impact of collaborative robotics (ColRobot) to be encouraged, notably by the launch of a specialised Master’s Degree Programme at ENSAM Lille*.

*Arts et Métiers Paris Tech

At the heart of a winning strategy is collaborative robotics Partnership ARTS Carnot Institute - Kuka

Diota becomes the first French publisher of Augmented Reality software for industrial use

Partnership CEA LIST Carnot Institute - Diota

Technological success for a recently launched start-up supported by the CEA LIST Carnot Institute.

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Partnership CEA LIST Carnot Institute - Diota

Diota becomes the first French publisher of Augmented Reality software for industrial use

Technological success for a recently launched start-up supported by the CEA LIST Carnot Institute.

Supporting Innovation

Commercial success for Diota’s Augmented Reality (AR) software solution for the Manufacturing Industry is already under way. It offers above all new ways to get everyone acquainted with a new manufacturing, control and maintenance format. The primary asset of such leading-edge technology for CEA LIST: a model-based markerless 3D tracking device for object identification linked to a multi-criteria information overlay module. Second asset: a gateway connecting the  software and  Industrial Information Systems directly to each other.

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The client needs

The DiotaPlayer solution enables the improvement of manufacturing efficiency through the interaction between the digital data interfaces and the workspaces. Diota’s AR software solutions empowers all human operators performing time-continuous operation tasks to simplify data collection using markerless technique while providing enhanced ergonomics. Via a link-up with the Corporate information system DiotaPlayer makes it possible for the operators to receive the 3D models created from the 3D scanned data at both plant and production line levels. Into the bargain, higher productivity gains and quality outcomes leading to a reduced number of resultant manual inspections.

Partnership

The CEA LIST research efforts are devoted to developing digital intelligent systems aiming to specifically meet the challenge of the Factory of the future. The teams as of 2009 have become involved in the project by supporting Diota’s start-up, also by bringing its expertise in the AR field. The fruitful partnership has given the start-up the opportunity to appeal to a vast number of large corporate groups but also SMBs using AR for communication purposes or to highlight their product portfolio. CEA LIST Carnot Institute, which collaborates closely with Diota, helps them continue writing their success story on a worldwide scale. With  Safran and CEA Investissement’s entry in the stock of Diota, along with a doubling of the present level of its personnel, the start-up is stepping up its industrial development strategy.

Diota becomes the first French publisher of Augmented Reality software for industrial use Partnership CEA LIST Carnot Institute - Diota

The French solution to treat obesity without surgery arises from a partnership Carnot

Partnership Cetim Carnot Institute - Horuscare

Start-up Horuscare considers clinical trials of alternative innovative solution to bariatric surgery for 2017 agenda.

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Partnership Cetim Carnot Institute - Horuscare

The French solution to treat obesity without surgery arises from a partnership Carnot

Start-up Horuscare considers clinical trials of alternative innovative solution to bariatric surgery for 2017 agenda.

Supporting Innovation

Slowing passage into the bloodstream of essential nutrients so as to facilitate significant weight loss! Such is the tenet of Horuscare’s ‘Reborn’ medical device. A 60-cm titanium / silicone tube that is inserted into the duodenum during an  endoscopic by high channel non-surgical procedure. Once the tube is in place, the outer membrane prevent fats and sugar from quickly seeping into the bloodstream. The system effectiveness in particular lies in its capacity to seal off the supply of nutrients, at the same time assess organic stability.

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The client needs

Horuscare was born out of the conviction of Jean-Michel Verd, the founder of the company, that existing obesity treatment approaches needed to be re-thought. Both mechanical and medical expertises have been necessary to determine the relevant technical base to guarantee stability and reliability of the system after implementation. The first step required formalising a set of constraints in accordance with very strict specifications imposing that no hook cause wounds or infections.  The device placement was however recognised essential to avert migration and subsequent intestinal obstruction due to contractions. In view of such procedure, long-term simulator testing was performed to allow validation of the 60-cm tube length hypothesis based on the original anatomical shape of the intestine (anchoring the final 3D-position of the ligament of Treitz at 180 degrees)

Partnership

Assistance has been provided as needed to Horuscare by CETIM Carnot Institute at Saint-Étienne for the development of the medical device. After specifications were completed several alternatives assessments have been devised. Hence stent– which is already used in cardiology - as the chosen solution. The waterproof membrane structure is supported by the stent which is held in position without hooks. Consequently, the device and unique test bench were jointly developed by CETIM and Horuscare. Such bench is used by both Radwan Kassir, MD. at Saint-Étienne University College Hospital, and Horuscare to determine the proof-of-concept in vitro study with a prototype. Beyond the patenting, Horuscare is presently involved with animal-based (in vivo) testings, at the same time seeking adequate funding of clinical trials applied to the human body. This innovation enriches the offer of not surgical therapy and aims at a multi-million euro mainly export market.

The French solution to treat obesity without surgery arises from a partnership Carnot Partnership Cetim Carnot Institute - Horuscare

A new surface treatment to meet aerospace industry requirements

Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Mécaprotec
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Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Mécaprotec

A new surface treatment to meet aerospace industry requirements

Supporting Innovation

The  Zinc-Nickel process enables to protect against corrosion surfaces subject to high stress, particularly in the aerospace sector.  The usual method, which is based on the use of products that have a high degree of toxicity, such as Cadmium and Chromium, had to be replaced for compliance with applicable international regulations. Many years of research have been necessary to develop a new type of environmentally-friendly electrolyte. Mécaprotec today is in possession of a unique process recognised by leading aircraft manufacturers worldwide where the benefits compel for competitive advantage and revenue increase.

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The client needs

Mécaprotec Industries is a Toulouse-based medium-sized business of 400 employees facing fierce competition and growing demand from manufacturers. Committed very early to a programme of environmentally-friendly improvements, Mécaprotec Industries have developed from a supply-based business to a proactive-based ‘prescriber-advisor’ [OU from an executor to an experienced innovator]. By soliciting a Research partner Mécaprotec has succeeded in developing its own exclusive process, opening access to foreign markets while meeting the highest standards of the most demanding industries. Beyond the commercial dimension and the posting of regular growth in revenues Mécaprotec continues to collaborate with Research centres, thus ensuring successful strategy in terms of, innovation combined with the  flexibility and responsiveness of a human scale company.

Partnership

The Toulouse-based Inter-university Material Research and Engineering Centre (Centre Inter-universitaire de Recherche et d'Ingénierie des Matériaux, Cirimat) is part of the Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute. Its team of researchers  work on the design, development, characterisation and study of basic physical-chemical properties and other ceramic, metal or polymeric materials in usable conditions. Cirimat contributions to the Zinc-Nickel process development has been essential for determining the new electrolyte formulation without altering the resistance characteristics treatment.  A key to successful Research and knowledge transfer, yet another example of the Carnot Institute’s commitment to its local industrial partners on a large variety of skills and tools.

A new surface treatment to meet aerospace industry requirements Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Mécaprotec

From the treatment of blindness to Super Bowl

Partnership Voir et Entendre Carnot Institute - Atis

Atis, from Research to global industrial success.

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Partnership Voir et Entendre Carnot Institute - Atis

From the treatment of blindness to Super Bowl

Atis, from Research to global industrial success.

Supporting Innovation

ATIS is a camera whose system core works in a similar way to the eye retina. The bio-inspired vision sensor operates in an asynchronous mode on a stream of per-pixel incoming events rather than displaying conventional split-action movement by superimposition of successive images. The sensor performance in terms of data acquisition, encryption and energy consumption makes it an essential and unique choice for applications requiring capture of real-time data.

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The client needs

This technology was first applied to respond to the specific needs related to the development of bionic vision systems (artificial retina). Such systems require an expedite processing of images associated with encoded information adapted to the specific retinal and cortical features.

The IRIS2* device, which is going through a clinical assessment, is currently being developed by Pixium Vision, a leading player in the treatment of blindness. The device, combining both an ATIS sensor and a retina implant, allows observed subjects with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) to perceive certain patterns of light and some shapes of objects and acquire a greater degree of autonomy in their day-to-day lives.

Beyond the more constant  medical activity, ATIS high potential was the key reason for setting up French spin-off Chronocam, to further develop its use across all image sensor markets (haulage, robotics, security, video games), and in the not too distant future improve instant replays at major sporting events such as the Super Bowl!

*Intelligent retinal implant system, second generation

Partnership

The ‘Voir et Entendre’ Carnot Institute is one of the leading integrated Eye Research centresin Europe. It was in this Institute that the team of researchers and mathematicians designed the sensors and algorithms in co-operation with Pixium Vision. On top of this, the Institute is concurrently working in close collaboration with Chronocam. These various exchanges show the Carnot Institute’s ability to effectively integrate into the economic and industrial realities of innovative enterprises.

  

From the treatment of blindness to Super Bowl Partnership Voir et Entendre Carnot Institute - Atis

With the serious game Toap Run Genious becomes an actor of silver economy

Partnership ICM Carnot Institute - Groupe Genious

The Genious-ICM Carnot resulting partnership initiative stands out for its therapeutic software excellence.

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Partnership ICM Carnot Institute - Groupe Genious

With the serious game Toap Run Genious becomes an actor of silver economy

The Genious-ICM Carnot resulting partnership initiative stands out for its therapeutic software excellence.

Supporting Innovation

Thanks to the joint efforts of computer-games specialists, neuroscientists [OU brain researchers] and clinicians the use of gaming applications [OU of serious games] as a practical tool in healthcare is now very much a reality. The growing aging population means looking at new mechanisms to prevent and manage neurological disorders from a mixture of sources (Alzheimer’s disease, stroke…). The designed ‘Toap Run’ software intented for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease combines digital creativity and a high level of scientific rigour. The rapidly developing healthcare industry was very much in need of such forerunner with very effective – verified and calibrated - innovative solutions. As of October 2016 the Toap Run serious game will be freely available to health care professionals once the subsequent clinical phase has been validated.

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The client needs

Since 1983, the small and medium-sized Paris area-based Genious Group of 200 employees, with branches in Montpellier and Rennes, has developed the skills and expertise needed in the fields e-learning, mobile data and serious games. As an e-health contributor, the IT services provider has wanted to improve mobility of all patients with Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore the entire solution had to be cost-effective and scalable so as to provide helpful reference to caregivers to track symptom assessment. To validate such approach Genious Group had to ensure continuity of scientific support for the project and evaluate its possible use in real-life settings.

Partnership

The ICM Carnot Institute is conducting active brain and spinal cord research at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. Consequently, both the researchers and clinical neurosciences experts have collaborated with Genious on the Toap Run project. As a result, progress in primary health care affecting therapists as well as patients has permitted to allow Genious to be recognised among one of the best digital gold diggers. In addition, Toap Run has been selected as a potential successful candidate as part of the WorldWide Innovation Challenge 2030. Beyond general availability for the software, the desired partnership took on concrete form also with the establishment of a shared lab called BRAIN e-NOVATION

With the serious game Toap Run Genious becomes an actor of silver economy Partnership ICM Carnot Institute - Groupe Genious

Pellenc ST sold 20 machines to the biggest European waste treatment facilities

Partnership Irstea Carnot Institute - Pellenc ST

R&D strategy for the PellencST Carnot partnership becomes export triumph.

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Partnership Irstea Carnot Institute - Pellenc ST

Pellenc ST sold 20 machines to the biggest European waste treatment facilities

R&D strategy for the PellencST Carnot partnership becomes export triumph.

Supporting Innovation

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) enables the optical analysis of various dry materials. In-depth analysis is needed to be able to discriminate between natural timber and painted wood, or between organic wastes and plastics. Innovation is above all about the ability to identify with a limited margin of error water-containing compounds. The colour-analysis / maximum-specimen-referencing / complex-algorithm-development combination has made it possible to put high-precision and high-performance optical sorting equipments onto the market.

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The client needs

As of 2001 French start-up Pellenc ST has drawn on its analytical approach to describe the fruit ripening stages to tackle the very promising market for waste treatment. In 2009 the company responds to this challenge with the TRI+ project addressing food waste processing and wood recovery for recycling. Technological research and development effort is vast and essential for the very capable small and medium-sized Vaucluse-based robotics and infrared-processing specialist service provider. Completed in 2014 the project has culminated in a large number of sales, an Export Award as well as the selling of 20 machines to the biggest European waste treatment facilities in Naples.

Partnership

Irstea at Montpellier has been a long-standing partner of Pellenc SA, then clearly of Pellenc ST. The unique expertise of the lab is used to build a comprehensive knowledge base, therefore contributing to the Institute’s opportunity to publish significant articles in accordance with the contract’s confidentiality provisions. The research unit has been instrumental in promoting efforts to make the TRI+ project a success. Such endeavour could not have been supported by the start-up alone no matter how forceful. Concerned by the direct economic benefits of such partnership the teams have delegated 35 person-months over 4 years.

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A new process for the marking of glass packaging​ and forgeries protection

Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Athéor

Athéor-owned innovative Glass’in® process is being marketed thanks to a partnership with the Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute.

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Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Athéor

A new process for the marking of glass packaging​ and forgeries protection

Athéor-owned innovative Glass’in® process is being marketed thanks to a partnership with the Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute.

Supporting Innovation

Glass’in® patented ink is a dedicated technology for the marking of glass packaging for companies active in the cosmetic, food-processing, motor vehicle and pharmaceutical industries. The glass marking technology prevents glass weakness, while avoiding any changes in continuous production lines. The authentication solution expert provides either visible or invisible inkjet printing devices, including with decorative effects, when illuminated by UV beam. The designed optical scanner enables the reading of a unique hidden identifier. The marking is fully tamper-proof, solvent-resistant and readable regardless of the supporting element colour.

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The client needs

Athéor was actively looking for a cost-reducing process technology in terms of glass marking. Making traceability and measures to combat counterfeiting more accessible both economically and technically provides the Montpellier-based start-up with extreme competitive advantage. In 2015 Athéor signed an agreement for the marking of 20 million bottles of Champagne.

Partnership

The Chimie-Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute as of 2010 has participated in the design and development of the ink composition comprised of colourants and optoelectronic components. Researchers with expertise in molecular architecture and nanostructured materials were vital to the success of a new regional project in full compliance with the Charter of the Carnot Institutes.

 

A new process for the marking of glass packaging​ and forgeries protection Partnership Chimie Balard Cirimat Carnot Institute - Athéor