Micralyne and Sensicore Announce Expanded MEMS Manufacturing Partnership
February 09, 2005
Edmonton, Alberta, February 9, 2005 – Micralyne Inc. and Sensicore, Inc. today announced they have renewed and expanded their agreement for the development and manufacture of Sensicore’s innovative multi-sensor chip systems.
Micralyne, a developer and OEM manufacturer of MEMS components, will manufacture Sensicore’s disposable silicon chip system as they begin the ramp-up to volume commercial production. Sensicore has developed a testing system that can analyze 14 different water parameters in just 4 minutes. The system is a major step forward that will help municipalities and industrial companies ensure the purity and surety of drinking and process water. Sensicore also has under development sensors for the detection of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, copper and iron with plans to release these devices in the near future.
“We believe the technology Sensicore is developing for the analysis of water has excellent potential and are pleased to see it gaining traction in the commercial marketplace,” commented Chris Lumb, President and CEO of Micralyne. “We know Sensicore and its customers demand a high quality product that is manufactured on a repeatable and reliable basis from within a quality assured facility. That is the foundation of what we do at Micralyne and we are pleased to be their manufacturing partner of choice.”
Malcolm Kahn, Chief Executive Officer of Sensicore, Inc. added, “The response to our technology in the marketplace has been exceptional and is helped by the reproducibility and cost advantages of silicon processing. Micralyne has the experience to manufacture our devices with these requirements in mind and the ability to fulfill the volumes we anticipate as we move our technology toward on-line sensor networks that may one day reach all the way to the home. We look forward to working with them in the coming years.”
“One of the key challenges facing a company like Sensicore is the ramp-up from low volume to high volume manufacturing,” Lumb continued. “We recognize the challenges of transferring MEMS-based products into manufacturing and this has been the focus of our operations for the past several years. Sensicore will be the latest manufacturer to take advantage of our state-of-the-art MEMS clean room, fabrication, assembly and test facilities.”
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sensicore’s innovative micro-sensor research has successfully developed a lab-on-a-chip multi-sensor device for a wide variety of water and wastewater applications from potable water, wastewater and environmental monitoring to industrial process control. The core technology focuses on a disposable silicon-based chip the size of a small button that incorporates chemical selective sensors and physical measurement devices to chemically profile a sample. Sensors are capable of simultaneously measuring a variety of analytes including the various species of chlorine, hardness, alkalinity, temperature, conductivity, total dissolved solids, oxidation reduction potential and the measurement of various gases, in addition to trace detection of heavy metal contaminants including arsenic, lead and copper. Sensors can be used with a simple handheld device for one-off in-field and laboratory analysis or can be placed on-line for continuous monitoring. For more information on Sensicore, go to www.sensicore.com.
Ms. Chris Gibbons
755 Phoenix Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-528-6130 (direct)
Micralyne develops and manufactures microfabricated and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems)-based products. Micralyne is one of the largest independent companies in the world that manufactures MEMS in high volumes. MEMS technology is built on the premise of making industrial components smaller, faster and less expensive and facilitates radical improvements in the miniaturization of electronic and mechanical devices. These types of devices are used in many industries including communications, automotive, aerospace, and life sciences. More specifically, Micralyne’s micron-scale solutions (i.e. 1000 microns = 1 millimetre) are found in automotive emission sensors, optical switching technology in telecommunication networks, lab-on-a-chip devices for drug discovery, and commercial press equipment for printing today’s most popular magazines. Micralyne is a profitable and growing company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
For further information contact:
Mr. Bruce Alton
Vice President Marketing & Business Development
1911 – 94 Street
Canada T6N 1E6