innovation for industry
Founded in July 2020 by Hafa and IESPM, the startup Lubsens is commercializing a compact solution to monitor machine lubrication and anticipate industrial maintenance needs. This innovative solution was made possible by CEA-Leti’s development of a miniaturized sensor that can identify, count and categorize particles in industrial lubricants.
The goal of launching Lubsens was to offer connected maintenance solutions for the industrial sector. The idea was developed by two companies: Hafa (a lubricant manufacturer) and IESPM (a laboratory specialized in fluid and lubricant analysis). To implement this vision, they founded Lubsens which currently counts five employees and is housed at Village By CA of Rouen.
“Lubsens contacted us to set up a partnership in order to develop a compact, embedded sensor solution that could identify, count and categorize particles as small as 4 microns, which is much smaller than currently commercialized technology,” explains Olivier Fuchs, an Industrial Partnership Manager at CEA-Leti.
“We have already developed compact lens-free microscopy solutions for biology and healthcare, but early stage tests had also demonstrated that this technology could be adapted to lubricants,” adds Olivier.
“these developments are also of particular interest for health applications, for example they pave the way to the on-line monitoring of bioproduction process by lensfree microscopy, or to the precise control and displacement imaging of magnetic microparticles for in vitro diagnostic tests".
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.