Once upon a time…
A naval engineer who spent a lot of his time carrying out audits & repairs was all too familiar with the devastation that corrosion causes on boats and so began to study in detail all its forms. In particular, he focused on saltwater circuits in various pieces of equipment and sensed a need for more information on sacrificial anode wear. Without realising it, he had created one of the world’s simplest sensors and this is how EasyAnode® was born. A corrosion sensor that turns red when corrosion reaches a certain level.
The simplest sensor in the world !!
This is how EasyAnode was born, a corrosion sensor that turns red when corrosion reaches a certain level.
Where did the idea come from?
“I couldn't believe that there wasn't a simple and effective corrosion monitoring system. It was absolutely necessary to be able to assess corrosion on-board in saltwater systems and as I couldn’t find anything, I decided to create a system for not only myself but for chief engineers too”
As I did not find what I was looking for, I created something necessary for myself and for all chief engineers.
What makes this invention so special?
“For me, the most special thing is that I developed it at home with my son Jorge as a game of experiments. A mix between Lego and his chemistry set, it was a lot of fun building and testing the first prototypes with him although we did make a complete mess with ink on occasions”
How was it financed?
“Working as a consultant and a naval engineer on new builds and refits, I was fortunate to have access to machinery workshops and unconditional help from engineers and other professionals with whom I’d previously worked”.
What was the design philosophy?
“My goal was always to look for simplicity, efficiency and reliability whilst ensuring that the sensors was not affected by the corrosion that we were monitoring. The concept whereby the depleted anode was changed along with the internal sensing components was a eureka moment as it ensured that the system was set and ready to go”
In 2020 EasyAnode® received the TIMON award for progress through R&D, not only because of the ingenuity of the sensor itself but also because it has continued to expand in times of crisis. Instead of just staying home doing nothing, Francisco tried harder and studied more than ever. He completed his Master's in Marketing and Lean start-up and applied everything he learned to his new creation.
This award for the best product in the nautical sector which evaluates:
Degree of innovation, whether technological or otherwise.
Degree of concretion and development of the initiative.
Degree of validation in the market.
Means and human and financial resources dedicated to the initiative.
Interest aroused in the nautical field.
In addition, the company had previously received the 2017 NSAID AWARD for progress in innovation and technology.
“My goal was always to look for simplicity, efficiency, reliability whilst ensuring that the sensors was not affected by the corrosion that were monitoring. The concept whereby, the depleted anode was changed along with the internal sensing components was a eureka moment as it ensured that the system was reset and ready to go”
Francisco Pelluz-Naval Engineer