What do airbags, artificial hearts and the Discovery robot have in common?
Joseph Puzo is the CEO (in French, “PDG”) of AXON’ Câble, a very high technology entreprise producing cables. These are not just any cables: Axon’ is the provider for the French Ariane space rockets, Airbus aircrafts, the camera on the Discovery robot sending pictures of planet Mars to the world, and many other fascinating projects!
This world class industry is actually established in my small hometown, Montmirail, bordering fields in the Champagne region.
An episode about electric cables? Fear not, this interview is far from being boring!! Listen to find out about more projects that require high precision cables, sometimes thinner than a hair. You’ll be impressed at what humankind is now able to do to push the boundaries of space exploration and medical science.
For instance, France has developed the “cœur Carmat”, the first artificial heart that replaces the actual heart and Axon was involved in this project.
If you’ve always thought that “a cable is a cable” (or if you hadn’t given it any thought before!), Joseph Puzo will share with you its industrial secret: the very recipe to make unique, high technology cables. How specific do they need to be compared to standard cables? What do they need to resist to? And how to test them in environment where Man has never been?
Joseph Puzo definitely has a real talent at explaining technical, complex information in a very clear, simple manner. Follow his fascinating stories and journey in the first of this 2-parts episode!
brevet (nm) = patent
câble (nm) = cable
concurrence (nf) = competition
concurrent, e (n, adj) = competitor
cordon (nm) = cord, string
cuivre (nm) = copper
divulguer = divulge, disclose, reveal
fiable (adj = reliable
filiale (nf) = subsidiary, affiliate, branch
fusée (nf) = space rocket
gaine (nf) = sheath, sheathing
implanté,e = set up, established
isolant (nm) = insulating/lagging material
moteur (nm) = engine
parabole (nf) = satellite dish
PDG (Président Directeur Général) = CEO, chief executive, managing director
plaqué argent = silver-plated
prise électrique (nf) = electric socket
réseau (nm) = network, reception
salarié, e (n) = employee, staff member
sidérurgie (nf) = steel industry
sonde (nf) = probe, space probe
tenir à l’écart = remove from somewhere, put in isolation
volant (nm) = steering wheel
voyage d’affaires (nm) = business trip
- Describe what the “One Web” project consists of.
- What is Téflon? What are its 3 great properties?
- Which precise childhood memory do I have from my visit to Axon’ open house?
- A French-American society is preparing the launch of 2.600 satellites that will allow anyone, anywhere in the world to get 4G reception, simply using a satellite dish. Axon’ is wiring these satellites.
- It’s a type of plastic containing fluorine. It can resist to very high temperatures, it’s an insulating material and it is biocompatible.
- There was a cable which was flame resistant. This cable is the Vibraflame and actually also resists to vibrations. It is used in aircrafts and in the steel industry.
Links & Resources
- “Réinventer l’industrie, les aventures de Joseph Puzo” (Elisabeth Bourguinat, 2015)
- FV 068: (Part 1) Discover the history of my hometown with greeter Marie-Christine Poisson: frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode68
- FV 069: (Part 2) Discover the history of my hometown with greeter Marie-Christine Poisson: frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode69
- FV 082: Being a mayor in France: frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode82
- FV 083: (Part 1) Re-enacting Battles from the Napoleonic era…and why Napoleon is so famous! frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode83
- FV 084: (Part 2) Re-enacting Battles from the Napoleonic era…and why Napoleon is so famous! frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode84
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