Press Release Summary:
Comprised of foil strain gages adhesively bonded to flat substrates made of metal, polymer, or composites, Micro-Measurements Hybrid Sensors measure force, displacement, pressure, and acceleration. They can be attached via mounting holes with screws, spot welding, or clamping. Sensors are available with pre-attached lead wires and connectors, simplifying customer handling by eliminating soldering. Miniature signal amplifiers are available as separate components or attached to sensors.
Original Press Release:
New Vishay Micro-Measurements Hybrid Sensors Feature Precision Strain Gages Bonded to Flat Substrates, with Optional Miniature Signal Amplifiers
Sensors Are Designed for Use in Consumer, Process Control, Automotive, Medical, and Industrial Applications
MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA December 19, 2006 Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE:VSH) announces the release of new Vishay Micro-Measurements hybrid sensors for measuring force, displacement, pressure, and acceleration. These miniature, lightweight sensors consist of foil strain gages adhesively bonded to flat substrates made of metal, polymer, or composites. Mass production is done using the same manufacturing equipment that Vishay Micro-Measurements uses to make its precision strain gages. The result is hybrid sensors with consistent performance characteristics from batch to batch at an economical price for high-volume applications.
One of the principal advantages of the new hybrid sensors is the elimination of adhesive bonding by end users. Hybrid sensors can be attached via mounting holes with screws, via spot welding, or via clamping. Simplified assembly operations and consistent hybrid sensor performance enable significant productivity gains. The hybrid sensors are also available with pre-attached lead wires and connectors. This further simplifies customer-handling requirements by eliminating soldering. Miniature signal amplifiers are available either as separate components or attached to the sensors.
The hybrid sensors are ideal for high-volume OEM requirements. Relevant consumer end products include home appliances (white goods), sporting equipment, hand tools, and lawn and garden equipment. Process control applications include HVAC, liquid-level, motor-control, and vibration monitoring. Automotive applications include passenger weighing, foot-pedal pressure, seatbelt tension, emergency-brake application, suspension control, and engine monitoring. Relevant medical end products include pumps, respirators, and personal medical devices. In the industrial sector, the hybrid sensors are suited for use in a wide range of products and systems, including elevators, tank monitoring, bearing insertion, safety systems, gas and liquid cylinder pressure, and load monitoring.
About Vishay Micro-Measurements
Vishay Micro-Measurements is a division of Vishay Measurements Group. Vishay Measurements Group develops, manufactures, and markets components, instruments, and systems for a wide variety of test and measurement applications. Vishay strain gage products include electrical resistance strain gages for both stress analysis testing and transducer manufacturing applications, as well as strain gage instrumentation. Vishay PhotoStress® coatings and instruments use a unique optical process to detect stress and other physical forces. Vishay Transducer products include load cells, force transducers, and instruments. Vishay also manufactures, installs, and services systems for weighing and force measurement and control. These include systems with transducers and instruments to control process weighing in food, chemical, and pharmaceutical plants; force measurement systems to control web tension in paper mills, roller force in steel mills, and cable tension in winch controls; on-board weighing systems that are installed in logging and waste-handling trucks; and special scale systems for aircraft weighing and portable truck weighing. Vishay Measurements Group is part of Vishay Intertechnology.
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1,000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, rectifiers, transistors, and optoelectronics and selected ICs) and passive electronic components (resistors, capacitors, inductors, sensors, and transducers). Vishay's components can be found in products manufactured in a very broad range of industries worldwide. Vishay is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and has operations in 17 countries employing over 26,000 people. Vishay can be found on the Internet at www.vishay.com.