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Ypsilanti High-Tech Making News

Posted by ppna on February 7, 2008

Recently I’ve come across articles about 2 Ypsilanti businesses making international news. My guess is that not many people around Ypsilanti know of these businesses even though they are the type of businesses we need.

The first is ISSYS
At Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS), we are harnessing the power of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for medical and scientific sensing applications. We are designing and developing products that provide the highest accuracy, fit the smallest sizes, and have unmatched biocompatibility and corrosion resistance. We seek applications where our expertise and proprietary technology can achieve breakthrough performance results for our customers and partners.

Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS)
391 Airport Industrial Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198

The full article is here. here is snippet — YPSILANTI, MI–(Marketwire – January 30, 2008) – Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS) announced today that the U.S. Patent Office has granted a patent titled “Anchor for Medical Implant Placement and Method of Manufacture” (U.S. Patent No. 7,317,951) which covers the design and manufacturing of advanced, catheter-delivered, anchors for miniature, wireless, batteryless, implantable sensors within the heart for chronic, non-invasive monitoring of cardiovascular biological pressures.

The second is EFI and their Jetrion facility in Ypsilanti
EFI™ is the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing and enterprise markets. EFI’s portfolio of integrated solutions span Production Printing, Graphic Arts Solutions, Web-to-Print, Print Management Information System (Print Management) and Corporate products. Our award-winning technologies increase productivity and profits by automating print and business processes, streamlining workflow, adding profitable value-added services, and producing rich, accurate digital output across the gamut of digital printing from office to high end production to superwide digital inkjet printing.
The full article is here — The snippet is here — EFI has doubled the space dedicated to its Jetrion industrial inkjet research, development and manufacturing operation located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, growing from 3,300 to 6,600 sq/metres.

I just want to thank these companies and tell them we appreciate them bringing Ypsilanti to the forefront of their fields even though I had never heard of them before.

If we could only collect that $3800.00 to begin the Ypsilanti Solar Project we’d really be doing something.


3 Responses to “Ypsilanti High-Tech Making News”

  1. You know, I sent in my $50 that I previously pledged, but according to the paper, only about $500 has been received, which means that only about 10 of us have paid up our pledge.

    Hopefully others who pledged will contribute, and maybe a few will who didn’t pledge.

  2. ppna said

    $3800 isn’t a lot of money perhaps we should have a fund raiser somewhere or perhaps an Ypsilanti Green day where we get Dave and others to speak and to explain that the City Hall Solar project is more than just producing electricity.

    Or, we do like they do in Lexington Michigan where they keep (or did keep) jugs on the counter of every store asking for donations to keep their fireworks going. I bet if we got merchants involved we would get a few dollars from a few hundred people quarters from a lot and soon it would add up. The first collection needs to be done at the Beer with Bloggers night.

    I think the step involved to mail a check to City Hall is to much for people (and it feels icky). A spontaneous donation is one thing but to sit down and donate is another.

    Trusty has a post on his site in reference to the solar project update too.

  3. I am willing to pay immediately, however, what happens if the project is ultimately denied by the City Council or any City Boards or Commissions?

    Will they return the money to the volunteers and donors?

    What I am worried about is that we go out and spend the $3,800 on the engineering design and then find out after teh engineering work is completed and the money spent, the whole plan has been nixed by the Planning Commission of Historic District Commission or City Council. I am not alone in this concern.

    We could quickly raise the money for the engineering work, if we knew for sure that the project wouldn’t get killed off AFTER we have spent the money on the consultant and engineering.

    Right now we could spend all that money on the engineering, only to have the HDC deny the final plans and then money is lost and wasted. What should happen are the final plans approved by all the boards and commissions and City Council pending final work on engineering.

    This has been done with other projects in the City. If they could do this with the Solar Project, we can get it going quickly.

    – Steve

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