VPG’s Series of Miniature Strain Gages Named as Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalist in “Automation and Control” Category
MALVERN, Pa. — Jan. 24, 2013 — Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) today announced that its Micro-Measurements brand series of high-resistance miniature foil strain gages (gauges) has been selected as a 2012 Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards finalist in the “Automation and Control” category.
Design News’ annual Golden Mousetrap Awards recognize engineering innovation and creativity in product design. This year, awards were given in five major categories: Electronics and Test, Automation and Control, Design Tools: Hardware and Software, Materials and Assembly, and Automotive. Finalists were chosen by Design News editors.
VPG Micro-Measurements brand high-resistance miniature foil strain gages (gauges) are used in structural design and failure analysis to determine the stress state of an article under applied loads. They are also used in precision transducers to detect physical phenomena like weight, force, pressure, displacement, and acceleration. In these applications, the strain gages (gauges) provide a dual benefit: their small size and a high level of resistance that is difficult to achieve in standard strain gages (gauges).
The reduction of power consumption is a key objective in any design; and the higher the resistance of electrical circuits, the lower the power consumed. While standard strain gages (gauges) offer resistance to 5,000 Ω, VPG’s miniature strain gages can be manufactured to 20,000 Ω and use much less energy. This low power consumption is especially important in battery power applications, such as test instrumentation for analysis of remote structures or hand held devices like cell phones and game controllers.
While typical lengths for standard strain gages (gauges) are 1.5 mm to 3 mm, VPG’s miniature strain gages (gauges) can be manufactured with lengths of 0.5 mm to 0.7 mm. This allows design engineers working with small or intricate end products to make physical measurements in confined or diminutive spaces. In addition, it enables placement of the miniature strain gage directly over areas of high (peak) surface strain, resulting in higher signal output level than from standard strain gages (gauges).
Winners of the Golden Mousetrap Awards will be announced on Feb. 12 during a ceremony at the ATX West Show in Anaheim, Calif.
About VPG Strain Gages
Distinguished by the premier brand Micro-Measurements, VPG Strain Gages is part of Vishay Precision Group (VPG), a leading supplier in the field of foil strain gages (gauges) for high-precision strain measurement. Micro-Measurements offers a full complement of strain gages (gauges), data acquisition systems, PhotoStress® equipment and coatings, and supplies necessary to obtain accurate, reliable stress data. Its products are used throughout the industrialized world — both in the practice of stress analysis and as the sensing elements in a wide variety of sensors for measuring force (weight, torque, pressure, etc.).
About Vishay Precision Group
Vishay Precision Group (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of Foil Technology Products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages (gauges), which are the foundation of the Company’s Force Sensors Products and its Weighing and Control Systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at www.vishaypg.com.