Machine Manufacturing

VPG Launches High-Resistance Miniature Foil Strain Gages

May 3, 2012

The devices provides 10,000 ohm resistance in a 1 mm sq. grid area, ideal for low-power-consumption applications.

MALVERN, PA -- Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) announces the release of a new series of high-resistance miniature foil strain gauges through its Micro-Measurements brand. Available in a wide array of configurations including linear, half-bridge, full-bridge, and shear patterns, these miniature strain gauges are particularly advantageous in applications that can benefit from their small size and higher resistance. The new strain gauges feature a modified-Karma alloy with gold-coated or copper-coated solder tabs, and an epoxy overcoat for grid encapsulation.

Built using the same rigorous standards as traditional Micro-Measurements gauges, the new line of strain gauges is based upon an advanced manufacturing technology that provides high resistance in a small package (10,000 Ω is available in a 1 mm sq. grid area). This small grid area helps to increase transducer output in a number of applications such as pressure sensing. A tight tolerance of ±0.2 percent is typical on resistance values ranging from 1,000 Ω to 20,000 Ω. Self-temperature-compensation is standard and modulus compensation is available. Creep compensation is offered on all miniature strain gage patterns.

With increased resistance values, miniature strain gauges are a preferred choice when low power consumption is crucial, as in battery-powered devices such as electronic torque wrenches, pocket (jewelry) scales, and bicycle and motorcycle sensing and testing equipment; and for applications such as wireless telemetry on rotating components. In addition, if the application demands the highest possible bridge output to improve its signal to noise ratio, the higher gage resistances will permit increased bridge excitation voltages.

The new strain gauges are available now. Additional information is available by contacting Micro-Measurements directly at

About Micro-Measurements
Micro-Measurements, a brand of Vishay Precision Group, is an industry leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of sensors for high-precision strain measurement. Micro-Measurements offers a full complement of strain gauges, data acquisition systems, PhotoStress equipment and coatings, and supplies necessary to obtain accurate, reliable stress data. Our products are used throughout the industrialized world - both in the practice of stress analysis and as the sensing elements in a wide variety of transducers for measuring physical variables (weight, force, 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 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..

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