The automation sector is based on mechanical principles that are more than 200 years old,in line with existing industrial processes of this time. Pneumatic and hydraulic cylinder technologies have continued to evolve with incremental innovations. However, the basic mechanical principle of a cylinder has not been questioned. At a time when the ecological transition requires us to rethink our industry, this operating principle shows its limits in terms ofenergy efficiency.
Nature has already found optimal solutions,which is why the technology we develop is based on it. The fold is one of these optimisations,formed under stress it adapts to mechanical stress. In nature, the fold is found at all scales: geological formations, plants, animals. Thus, the tobacco worm is a very representative example of the fold with a singular body shape. We have developed a bio-inspired cylinder that adapts to the needs of the market. In addition, we have reduced the carbon footprint of our solutions in order to preserve nature as well as those who work with them.
Create the 21st century bio-inpired cylinder with an optimal energy efficiency at each step of the lifecycle of the product.
Revolutionise technical aspects of the actuators and rethinking the way the customer interacts across the entire life cycle:
- ordering of the product and its accessories
- installation and configuration
- maintenance, and
- end of life.
The Eclore project results from an academic exchange with Seoul National University, carried out by the founder to study space propulsion and naval architecture. Back in France, he obtained the status of student-entrepreneur through an incubation at Bellys in Lyon. Thus, the first technical studies on bending processes were carried out at the École des Mines de Saint-Etienne during his graduation project in 2019. The results being very promising, the company Eclore Actuators was created in Nantes, and hosted by the Nantes Créatic nursery of Nantes Métropole Aménagement, to finalise the feasibility studies.
The technological progress achieved in 2020 has led us to protect the innovation in France and internationally by filing patents. This year was also a step forward by the integration of the Atlanpole and IMT Atlantique business incubators. In 2021 first tests in real conditions with Beta-Testers customers are planned.