Here in Fandis, we cultivate talents: in fact, thanks to the collaboration with two Polytechnic of Turin students, Fandis has developed Sensys, a low-cost sensor capable of detecting the “dirt” on the filters used for air filtering in industrial electrical panels, before the dust clogs filters, and that just won a Special Mention in Applicability for the 2015 edition of Mimprendo (www.mimprendo.it), the entrepreneurship incubator developed by the Young Entrepreneurs in Padua (Confindustria).
The event, sponsored by Confindustria and the Conference of University Colleges of Merit, sees a competition of innovative and multidisciplinary projects launched by the participating companies with which collaborate teams of students of the major Italian Universities, in our case, a graduate student in biomedical engineering and a future management engineer.
From market analysis and information from our customers, the team in Fandis found that the prevention of clogging of the filter is in effect a latent need and not yet effectively satisfied.
The solution found by the team through the creation of Sensys adopts a completely different technology from the competitors creating a new element in the filter market.
Sensys sensor insertion aboard a Fan Filter offers new benefits:
- reduction of damage and downtime by excessive temperatures inside the electrical panels caused by a delay in the replacement of dirty laundry;
- reduction of energy consumption differently higher for the abnormal operation of the fan which, when coupled to a filtering cloth clogged, works with higher costs of use;
- “smart” replacement of the filter cloth to avoid any waste as can happen in mere routine maintenance;
- increasing the life of the components inside the control cabinet due to improved heat management.
A further advantage, obtained thanks to the technology used, is the measurement of the temperature inside the electric panel. Sensys is therefore a “combination sensor” because it provides simultaneous measurement of two different scales.
“It’s always a pride when projects born from the territory grow – said President of the Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria, Mark Gay -. For us it is the central focus on which can build our future and these guys had the desire and the opportunity to meet our industries, developing new motivation. Today there are more than 4,800 startups registered in Italy and they are all small droplets that create a short circuit of increasing innovation.”
The jury also awarded with Mimprendo Iccrea BancaImpresa 2015 the SolarFertigation project of Asepa Energy Srl, a fertigation solar photovoltaic controlled by software, developed by three students from the University of Salento, while the second Special Mention for Innovation has been assigned to the Paduan company Nadir Srl, thanks to a project on adaptation of the so-called atmospheric plasma for applications in the medical-surgical, conceived by a team of students from the universities of Padua, Turin and Rome.
Fandis congratulates the winners, for a more innovative future ever!