QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - FISO Technologies Inc., a subsidiary
of Roctest Ltd (TSX: RTT) and a leading manufacturer of high-quality fiber
optic sensors and measurement systems for challenging and demanding
applications, announces the introduction of the FOP-F125 pressure sensor at
MD&M West, a major exhibition in the medical market. This new sensor, which
has a diameter of 125 microns instead of 550 microns for the current smallest
FISO pressure sensor, is a major breakthrough. The MD&M West exhibition, which
is attended by key decision-makers in the medical market, will allow FISO to
present the product to potential customers, but also to current collaborators.
With dimensions smaller than any competitive product, FISO is again
establishing the new standard of the industry and clearly positioning itself
as the world technology leader.
The FOP-F125 pressure sensor is the result of close collaboration with
LEOSS, a Slovenian research group from the University of Maribor who has been
working with FISO for the last three years. This sensor, having a diameter
more than four times smaller than FISO's current products, has demonstrated
its promising performances through a series of qualifications performed at the
end of 2007. The accuracy, the resolution as well as the stability of the
fiber optic sensor in liquids demonstrate the potential of this new
technological platform. While FISO's previous pressure sensors were
manufactured using MEMS technologies, the new FOP-F125 sensor is directly
built within the optical fiber itself, at its tip, using patent pending
technologies designed to be mass-produced. In addition to very significant
size reduction, this technological platform allows the construction of sensor
without the use of any epoxy, adhesive or any other material. This all-glass
sensor brings a new perspective in future product developments and offers a
number of possibilities not previously available.
"Combined with the FOP-MIV pressure sensor, the FOP-F125 will allow FISO
to meet a wider range of applications. Our customers and partners were happy
to see EVOLUTION, our new line of modular signal conditioners. Now, they are
even more thrilled to see just how far FISO's engineering group can push the
limits of its sensor product line. We are definitely talking about
"cutting-edge" technology here", said Maxim Vachon- Savary, Product Line
Manager at FISO. Starting from a project being considered as research only,
the company is now seeking commercial partners to introduce this sensor in
"I am extremely excited about the product that we launched today. This
technology is really revolutionary and allowed us to reach the smallest
dimension as the sensor is directly manufactured out of the optical fiber.
This new product will lead FISO to meet many applications' needs in the
medical and industrial markets. Since this technology is now patent pending,
it remains unique to FISO for many years and won't leave any opportunity for
competitors to manufacture such a small product", added Francois Cordeau,
President and CEO of the Roctest Group.
Except for historical information provided herein, the press release may
contain information and statements of a forward-looking nature concerning the
future performance of the Company. These statements are based on suppositions
and uncertainties as well as on management's best possible evaluation of
future events, and as such involve a number of risk factors. Such factors may
include, without excluding other considerations, risks related to foreign
exchange fluctuations, evolution in customer demand for the Company's products
and services, the impact of price pressure from competitors and general market
trends, economics and geopolitical changes.
A more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties facing the
Company appears in Roctest's 2006 Annual Report under Management's Discussion
and Analysis of Operating Results and Financial Position for fiscal year 2006
and the 2006 Annual Information Form available at www.sedar.com. As a result,
readers are advised that actual results may differ from expected results. The
Company is not required to update or revise publicly its forward-looking
statements, except as may be required under applicable law.
About FISO Technologies Inc.
FISO Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures and markets fiber optic
sensors and high-precision measuring instruments for challenging and demanding
applications in the process control, energy, healthcare and defense markets.
Its products are mainly sold internationally. The Company headquarter is
located in Quebec City, Quebec (Canada).
FISO Technologies Inc. news releases and product information are
available on the Internet at: http://www.fiso.com
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