VPG's Series of Miniature Strain Gages Named as Design News

VPG's Series of Miniature Strain Gages Named as Design News Golden
Mousetrap Awards Finalist in "Automation and Control" Category 
MALVERN, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 --   Vishay Precision Group,
Inc. (NYSE: VPG) today announced that its Micro-Measurements brand
series of high-resistance miniature foil strain gages 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 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 provide a dual benefit: their small
size and a high level of resistance that is difficult to achieve in
standard strain gages.  
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 offer resistance to 5,000
ohms, VPG's miniature strain gages can be manufactured to 20,000 ohms
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 are 1.5 mm to 3 mm,
VPG's miniature strain gages 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. 
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 for
high-precision strain measurement. Micro-Measurements offers a full
complement of strain gages, data acquisition systems, PhotoStress(R)
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, 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. 
Vishay Precision Group Contact:
Marti Spalding
Director, Global MarCom
Tel: +1 919-374-5515
Email: Marti.Spalding@vishaypg.com 
 
 
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