Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Micromem selects Flextronics to manufacture and deliver lab-on-a-chip to automotive industry

TORONTO, CANADA: Micromem Technologies Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies Inc. (MAST), have contracted with Flextronics International Ltd, a Tier 1 automotive end-to-end supply chain solutions provider.

Under the terms of the agreement Flextronics will be granted worldwide exclusivity to manufacture and distribute the oil pan plug sensor suite. Annual revenue to Micromem is expected to grow to over $18 million over the next 10 years as the market penetration matures.

MAST's Lab-on-a-Chip, which resides inside a standard oil pan drain plug measures a multitude of oil and vehicle properties, including oil pan level, crankcase pressure, 3-axis orientation of the vehicle, temperature and the analytical condition of the engine oil in real time.

The device communicates wirelessly via the automobile's Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This eliminates all traditional wires, oil pan penetrations and labor associated with installing traditional sensors in the oil pan. The ability to measure the analytical condition of the engine oil in real time is a big step forward compared to traditional manual sampling and lab analysis of the engine oil.

The product is self-powered, not relying on vehicle power for its operation. The relationship with Flextronics not only provides Micromem with access to the entire automotive industry for this product, it provides access to develop and deliver other products using our Lab-on-a-Chip design.

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