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VPG’s System 8000 StrainSmart® Data Acquisition System Features Eight Channels With RJ-45 Connectors; Supports Strain Gage, Strain-Gage-Based Transducer, Thermocouple, and High-Level Voltage Sensor Inputs

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12/10/2012 - 12:30

MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA — Dec. 10, 2012 — Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) today announced that its Micro-Measurements brand has introduced a new data acquisition system featuring a scanner with eight software-configurable input channels with RJ-45 connectors. The System 8000 StrainSmart® Data Acquisition System can accept signals from strain gages (gauges) or strain-gage-based transducers, thermocouples, or high-level voltage sensors. Strain gage (gauge) channels support full-, half-, or quarter-bridge configurations, and offer built-in precision completion for 120 Ω, 350 Ω, and 1000 Ω bridges.

The System 8000 is intended for static and dynamic test and measurement applications. System scanners may operate independently, or up to 16 scanners can be used concurrently for a maximum of 128 channels. Each channel’s data is processed in a modern 24-bit digital signal processor, and filtering is performed using finite impulse response (FIR), multi-stage filters. This provides excellent noise rejection, stability, and unsurpassed measurement accuracy.  Sampling rates are 1000, 500, 200, 100, and 10 samples/second.

All channels in the system are sampled simultaneously.  Each of the 24-bit analog-to-digital converters over-samples data at a rate of 128k samples/second, and provides high quality , low noise data (without the need for signal averaging) at rates up to 1000 samples/second/channel.

The scanner communicates with a host PC running over an IEEE-802.3u 100Base-TX or an IEEE-802.3 10Base-T Ethernet network. Micro-Measurements StrainSmart software, available separately, is optimal for configuring, controlling, and acquiring data from the System 8000. The system also includes a Programmer’s Reference Kit, which provides documentation, programming examples, and instrument drivers to assist with custom software development.

An optional system voltage calibration card provides the ability to perform a system-level calibration of the entire measure­ment circuit without the need to return the System 8000 to the manufacturer or metrology lab. The card allows the system to be calibrated (gain and offset of each channel) under actual operating conditions, thereby minimizing errors due to environmen­tal conditions.

The System 8000’s scanner offers compact dimensions of 10.2 in. by 11 in. by 1.7 in. (260 mm by 280 mm by 44 mm). Its aluminum-alloy enclosure provides superior strength and durability, and minimizes RF emissions and susceptibility. A rack-mount kit is also available.

Production quantities of the System 8000 are currently available from stock.

Further information about the System 8000 and other Micro-Measurements products is available at

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