PELLEOSSA S.R.L. // VISION
To create such radically innovative and better products so as to make the current models obsolete.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Richard Buckminster Fuller
We base our potentiality on the sinergy among the interdisciplinary knowledge in order to design structures, products and methods which may enter the market with great impact. We move on searching innovations on the basis of three different directions:
- 1- We study new products and new manufacturing process in the light of our or current research, about geometry, physics, mechanics and the application of new materials along with new manufacturing methods. Starting from these discoveries and innovations we create new products on the basis of such knowledge.
- 2- Functional replanning: Reexamination of the existing products which prove to be economically interesting in the industry field in order to replace them with items designed by us, which are highly innovative from a functional and technical point of view compared to those available on the market.
- 3- Replanning for the companies: Offering support to the industrial companies interested in searching and developing new products or in improving the potentialities of the existing ones in order to increase their competitive performance and beat the competition with totally new products.
How we work
In this preliminary activity stage our society is focusing on those products whose development and prototype have been already filed or whose patents have been obtained, in order to start the production. For such finished projects we have been still improving manufacturing details and searching for suitable venues for the supply and production
The legal status of Pelleossa srl is a company defined in the field of "innovoative start up" as per. DL. October 18, 2012 n. 179 et seq. Such position let us work as a limited company with great flexibility and versatility in undertaking financial and corporate relationships, benefiting from exemption and tax advantages, which turn to be interesting to possible investors as well.
Pelleossa srl would like to start sharing agreements with external backers for single projects or specific producions only and, as the economic potential of the company will be better quantifiable, to open to new possible partners in the corporate capital.
Products in progress:
Seats, tables and other ATOM supports
The ATOM collection consists of a range of seats, tables and supports which combine extra-light and extra-folding features with a remarkable solidity. These items are inteded for outside locations and mobility (camping, trekking, cycle-tourism etc).
ATOM supports share a structure based on the sinergy of forces known as "Tensegrity", where each element is used in an optimal way through the eliminaton of all those components related to twisting and flexing stresses, which leads to an outstanding level of structural economy both in terms of material consumption and weight.
The seats and the other supports of the ATOM collection are folding apparatus composed of streched and pressed elements only. Compared to similar currently available products their weight is on avarage just one fifth and in some cases just one tenth of these. As a consequence when the supports are closed their encumbrance is just approximately one fifht of those currenlty available on the market. Considering that ATOM seats are far more resilient and bear a load which in some models is even the double with rispect to the standard offered by the current folding seats, it can be argued that the structural improvement (with respect to weight, encumbrance and portability) is on average ten times higher than the functionally similar products available on the market. The functional advantage of these structurally innovative apparatus is such that in terms of lightness and resilence all these supports represent a real world record in their market sector.
The ATOM supports share a common structure consisting of rods branching off from a central hinge in an alternate way: one goes downward (acting as a foot) and one goes upwards ( acting as a support for the textile support planes). This rods structure is enclosed within a group of ribbons and tightened textile planes which connect each rod vertex to at least other three vertexes of the structure. The tightening system places these apparatus in a polyhedral shape called antiprism. Antiprism are characterized by a lower polygonal support plane, an upper polygonal support plane (parallel to the first but partially turned with respect to the first) and a triangles crown which creates the sides of the prism and determines the great rigidity of such structure. During the opening the traction of proper buckles strech the apparatus, arranging it in a pretightening stage, essential to bear the expected loads. ATOM seats far outweigh another limit of many existing folding supports: ergonomics, that is the comfort, which is weak in the conventional supports, whilst in the ATOM collection supports it reaches high standards since the textile planes sustaining users or objects are strongly kept in pre-tightening position and if stimulated by falling objects they do not excessively sag or fold. Moreover there is another advantage: most of the ATOM supports has been designed to obtain the best easiness in the folding and opening, comparable to that of an umbrella.
The encumbrance of our folding seats, which varies from 0.5 to 2.5 cubic decimetres is incredibly tiny for a load ranging from 250 to 900 grams. Such element set a new standard in the field of the folding seats: from "transportable" to "portable". The material that we are testing are all economical and recyclable: fabrics and ribbons are made of polyester, tubs of aluminium, and other accessories or minor components are made of metal or plastic material. Environmentally speaking the greatest advantage of ATOM products relies on that the minimum usage of materials in these extra-light apparatus entails relevant and equivalent economy in the energy consumption connected with the production and carriage.
Why are our products innovative?
Our works in progress have a common structural feature: The stresses are shared between rigid elements (mainly rods and sticks) stimulated in longitudinal compression and flexible elements (fabrics, ribbons or ropes) acting as tension devices and supports which are stimulated only while thightened.
The unique structure of these products makes them similar to the tensil structures realized in the architectural field, to the structure of the sails, and to the techonlogy of the orthopedic corsets. Therefore what is really revolutionary and innovative it is the way we adopt it on a small-scale rather than the costructive principle we are going to use. It is important to say that although since the second half of the past century the concepts of structural sinergy, Tensegrity and tensil structure have shown amazing examples in the field of big, small constructions and in the production of consumption goods, the general trend is that of designing heavy, inert objects statically irrational. Furthermore such ordinary products, lacking the dynamic and synergetic of Tensegrity structures, are often too expensive in terms of consumption of materials, transport energy, production and cost, not to mention the expenses implied in the disposal at the end of the process.
In our tightened-structured products all the force constituents, the flexing, turning and the shear ones, have been removed. It goes without saying that these innovative objects structured with thin rods, fabrics or ribbons can be easily folded, disassembled and packed. The products we are developing are characterized by lightness, resilience and flexibility, with a minimum closing encumbrance; the are suitable for being used in the field of the open-air packed, camping, civil protection and the humanitarian aids. The exceptional lightness make it easy the products transportation. Bearing all the above points in mind, these product are alos suitable for a domestic use, thanks to their elegant and thin geometry and to the technological novelty element. These objects can be used also small accomodations where the space has to be flexible and adaptable. With regards to many of these supports we also have reached such a reduction in terms of weight and encumbrance that the element of “transportability” needs to be replaced by that of “portability”.
Concerning the two legs support, a tetrahedron-shaped stool whose weight is nearly 300 gramms (11 ounces), a urban support function can be added to the common support usage dedicated to excursionists or fishermen, highly suitable for giving relief to people who are outside, for work or leisure reasons, allowing them to bear long waits while queuing at bus station, museums etc. Thanks to our structural version, such products are not only “portable” but also “pocket-sized”, which means that they can be placed inside a pocket or small bag, as it were a folding umbrella or a tablet. However we did not forget the necessity to obtain good performances in comfort and ergonomics, which is often lacking in several folding apparatus currently on the market.
Where we operate
Our headquarters, offices and laboratories are located in Massa, in the province of Massa Carrara, where the greatest part of our search and development activity takes place. At our headquarters we have two vectorial design station (Cad), provided with some 3D prints aimed at realizing plastic polymer prototypes and some workshop-laboratories where to sew the textile components structured by our prototypes and to make and manufacture metal, wooden other materials models. At the same headquarters there is also an audio and video-photography studio, where to manage independently part of the promotion of our products.