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Guadalajara Jalisco. August 25, 2015 (Conacyt Information Agency) .- Through the Innovation Stimulus Program (PEI), the National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) supports the creation and development of new hardware for the construction industry, specifically in the area of ​​tensile structures and light membrane covers.

The Hyparch company, based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and directed by Juan José Ramírez Zamora, is dedicated to flexible architecture, a term they use to combine aspects of textile architecture, such as tensile structures and roofs, as well as structures based on innovative materials. that are not encompassed by textile architecture, such as bamboo.

Ramírez Zamora affirmed in an interview for the Conacyt Information Agency that the piece that is being elaborated —in charge of connecting the canvas or membrane with the supporting metal structure— proposes greater practicality in the work by optimizing costs, increasing the resistance of the piece and offering a cleaner aesthetic.

In the current market, most of the hardware used in the industry is of Chinese, American and European origin, so delivery times are long. By producing hardware in the country, this waiting period practically disappears.

The fittings in question are unique in the country, designed entirely by Mexican architects and engineers. They consist of three pieces made from galvanized steel and there are plans to make a stainless steel version, suitable for extreme salinity and other corrosive agents such as those on the coast.

The also professor of the Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey (ITESM) Guadalajara Campus, pointed out that this university also collaborated in the design of the product, in the part of mathematical models and virtual simulations.

“Our idea is to make a different fitting, because most of the fittings that the industry uses are imported and those that are manufactured here (in the country) are of very low quality or improvised, which do not allow some adaptation in the field”, noted the head of the company’s research and technological development department, Liliana Andrea Peñuela Arévalo.

Hyparch is currently in the quality control stage, subjecting the device to fatigue testing to ensure its reliability. The hardware is in the patent process and will be launched on the market in 2016.

Although the manufacture of the parts will be carried out in a first stage by an external company, Hyparch has within its medium-term goals to start its own plant, in order to “promote development and the national economy with a fairly competitive product,” he said. his founder.

The company has done work – in addition to the Guadalajara metropolitan area – in Veracruz, Nayarit, Baja California Sur, Nuevo León and Chiapas, in hotel, residential and shopping center developments, as well as for the government sector.

Hyparch has among its future projects to develop an anchor with characteristics similar to the ironwork already elaborated to connect the post with the foundation, with the support of Conacyt funds. Likewise, in the medium term, develop patented comprehensive installation systems for this type of roof, including the design of specialized tools and manuals, and promote research on issues of hydrogeology, foundations and new materials, among others.

Passion for the work

The businessman commented that although he is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), he found his true vocation when he worked as a fellow at the Faculty of Architecture of the same house of studies, under the tutelage of Dr. Juan Gerardo Oliva Salinas, member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) level I.

“Since I came to the (structures) laboratory, it was something that I really liked. It was a kind of love at first sight with the area. There are things in life that call you and when I entered Dr. Oliva’s laboratory I knew that I had to dedicate myself to this. It is a matter of passion. In Hyparch it is a common denominator to work in something that we like and are passionate about, ”he added.

After that, in 2008 he moved to the city of Guadalajara for four years later to found Hyparch, under the premise of “creating spaces for coexistence”.

“At the end of the day, any cover we develop has the purpose of having people underneath, living together, so that they enjoy more what they are doing. It is our philosophy, ”said the entrepreneur, who is currently completing a master’s degree in light membrane cover at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria..

Interview published in:

https://www.conacytprensa.mx/index.php/tecnologia/materiales/2625-innovacion-mexicana-en-arquitectura-flexible-nota

 

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