Featured Product: Hybrid Flex Sensors by VPG Micro Measurements

About Micro-Measurements® 


Micro-Measurements, a Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) brand, is dedicated to the development, manufacture, and marketing of resistive-foil sensors for high-precision strain measurement. Micro-Measurements offers a full complement of strain gages, PhotoStress® equipment and coatings, data acquisition systems, and supplies necessary to obtain accurate, reliable stress data. Our products are used throughout the industrialized world — both in the practice of stress measurements analysis and as the sensing elements in a wide variety of transducers for measuring physical variables (weight, force, torque, pressure, etc.).

 

Sensors for Measuring Force, Displacement, Pressure, or Acceleration

Hybrid Sensors consist of foil strain gauges adhesively bonded to flat substrates made of metal, polymer, or composites. Mass production is made possible by the application of manufacturing processes similar to those used in the production of precision strain gages.
The result is sensors with consistent performance characteristics from batch to batch at an economical price in high volume applications.

One of the principal advantages of 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 clamping. Assembly operations can be simplified and combined with the consistent performance of Hybrid Sensors, making large productivity gains possible. Hybrid Sensors are also available with preattached lead wires and connectors. This further simplifies the customer’s handling requirements by eliminating soldering. Miniature signal amplifiers are available as separate components or even attached to the Hybrid Sensor itself.

 

FEATURES

• Miniature, lightweight sensors with foil strain gages

• Measure force, displacement, pressure, or acceleration

• Custom and standard designs available

• Substrates made of metal, polymer, or composites

• Pre-attached lead wires and connectors available

• On-board or separate signal amplifiers available

BENEFITS

• Eliminate strain gage adhesive bonding

• Increase productivity of assembly operations

• Achieve consistent performance characteristics

• Eliminate soldering for hybrid sensors having preattached lead wires and connectors

APPLICATIONS

Applications are diverse and ideally suited to custom OEM applications. Hybrid Sensors lend themselves to assembly production lines for consumer products such as appliances, sports and exercise equipment, personal medical devices, hand tools, and lawn and garden equipment. Similarly, for automotive applications, Hybrid Sensors can be adapted to module assemblies for passenger weighing, braking, seat belt tension, suspension control, and engine monitoring. Process control and industrial applications also benefit from the ease of installation and the availability of signals proportional to force, displacement, pressure, or acceleration. From elevators, to HVAC, to motor control, to bearing insertion, the applications are widespread.

• Ideal for high-volume OEM requirements

• Aerospace: load bearing, signal conditioning, and calibration testing

• Consumer: appliances, sporting equipment, hand tools, lawn and garden equipment, universities, educational research

• Process Control: HVAC, liquid-level, motor-control, and vibration monitoring

• Automotive: passenger weighing, foot-pedal pressure, seatbelt tension, emergency-brake application, suspension control, and engine monitoring

• Medical: pumps, respirators, and personal medical devices

• Industrial: elevators, tank monitoring, bearing insertion, safety systems, gas and liquid cylinder pressure, and load monitoring

Want to learn more?

Contact us to discuss how Micro-Measurements Hybrid Sensors can help you simplify your measurement or control requirements. Complete application engineering services are available to determine the best Hybrid Sensor solution for you.

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