VPG Transducers Offers Custom Sensors for Ag Equipment

April 19, 2011

Manufacturers of agricultural equipment will have access to a range of custom sensing and measurement solutions for high-tech planting.

MALVERN, PA--(Marketwire) - Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) announced that its VPG Transducers division is now offering a full range of custom sensing and measurement solutions for agricultural equipment manufacturers.

For example, VPG Transducers and a manufacturer of standard row planters have developed a solution using force sensors which are integrated into the planter assembly. The force sensors dynamically measure the force imparted on the gauge wheel structure and then adjust the down force as required to ensure the depth gauge wheels are not over- or under-compacting the soil in the seed trench.

The VPG solution helps farmers to avoid over-compacting the soil during planting, which greatly improves overall crop yield by ensuring that each seed is planted with the optimal degree of soil compaction. This allows germination to occur uniformly and at the same rate, which is essential for crop consistency. With standard equipment, farmers can only inspect the soil visually to determine a presetting for the down force, which is generally imprecise and may change from one area of the field to another.

Sensors from VPG Transducers for agricultural machinery applications are designed and manufactured to survive in the harshest of environments, and help to improve the overall quality of OEM equipment design with their exceptional reliability and longevity.

About VPG Transducers
VPG Transducers is a division of Vishay Precision Group and includes products from Tedea-Huntleigh, Sensortronics, Revere, and Celtron brands, which have been providing weighing and force measurement products for decades. Our load cells, in combination with our Micro-Measurements know-how, use the most advanced strain gage technology available. Our experience and design capabilities make it possible for us to provide a wide range of standard and custom-made products and solutions. Throughout our worldwide operations, we have a commitment to uncompromising quality.

About Vishay Precision Group
Vishay Precision Group produces sensors based on precision resistive foil technology, and sensor-based systems. We provide vertically integrated products and solutions for multiple growing markets in the areas of stress, force, weight, pressure and current measurements. As a spin-off from Vishay Intertechnology, our decades-long track record encompasses innovations in foil precision resistors which we invented, current sensors, and strain gages, which have served as a foundation for our more recent expansion into strain gage instrumentation, load cells and transducers, weighing modules and complete systems for process control and on-board weighing.

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