Terakalis, a designer and manufacturer of non-destructive testing equipment for the industrial and scientific sectors, has announced that it has raised €3.2 million in Series A funding from Supernova Invest, Innovation Fund, CFEP, Galia Gestion, Aster and Badge (BA network). This round of financing will enable the Montpellier-based start-up to "to establish its technological leadership, prepare for large-scale deployment and international development."
Founded in 2013, Terakalis offers manufacturers innovative solutions for advanced non-contact material inspection and monitoring of their manufacturing processes, as an alternative to destructive sampling or X-ray inspections. The start-up has developed on the basis of a major innovation: a measurement sensor in the electromagnetic wave domain, TeraHertz. This technology is the result of 30 years of research in the Charles Coulomb laboratory in Montpellier, under the supervision of the CNRS.
Based on industrialized versions of these sensors, Terakalis has developed an offer of imaging, thickness measurement and spectrometry systems. For the past three years, the company has been offering equipment adapted to industrial constraints, in response to the emergence of new materials and new regulations requiring speed, penetration capacity and high detection sensitivity. Several equipments have already been sold and installed in the automotive, aeronautics and composite materials manufacturing sectors, demonstrating the industrial maturity of its solutions. "Terakalis currently offers unique performances for high speed control on production lines on a wide range of materials: elastomers, polymers, ceramics, composites, leather, textiles, etc. "The company says.
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Photo: TeraHertz imaging demonstrator.