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Micro-Measurements Launches New Strain Gage Bundle for High-Temperature Applications Above +400 °C
MALVERN, Pa. Sept. 24, 2015 — To meet the growing demand for precise and reliable strain gages (gauges) and accessories operating in harsh environments, Micro-Measurements®, a Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) brand, today announced that it has launched a new strain gage (gauge) bundle designed for high-temperature applications above +700°F (+400°C).
These gages are optimized for a wide variety of hostile environment applications, including geothermal measuring equipment, turbine engine control, and environmental test chambers in military, industrial, automotive, and down-hole drilling systems. Many analog circuits in these applications require components such as strain gages (gauges) capable of surviving temperatures up to 2100°F (1150°C).
The bundle introduced today is offered with a choice of two strain gage (gauge) series: ZC-Series free-filament strain gages (gauges) with etched Kanthal foil alloy grids and weldable LZ-Series wire strain gages (gauges) with Nichrome V and Pt8W alloys. Installation options for the ZC series include GC, H, PBX, and Sauereisen DKS-8 ceramic cements, and lead wire options include spot-welded Nichrome V ribbon in widths of 1.6 mm and 3.2 mm and with thicknesses of 0.05 mm and 0.08 mm, respectively. The LZ series has two pre-attached leadwire options: M (Inconel tubing) and F (fiberglass insulation).
For weldable strain gages (gauges), the bundle includes the Model 700 Portable Strain Gage Welding and Soldering Unit with continuously adjustable weld energy from 3 J to 50 J. An available addition, the 2200 Signal Conditioning System provides constant current excitation, typically required for high-temperature measurements, and precise conditioning of strain gage (gage) inputs in the most severe high-temperature operating environments. The bundle comes with technical guidelines and is backed by support from the technical experts at Micro-Measurements.
"Strain gages (gauges) are the passive building blocks for all strain measurement systems; and devices utilizing foil technology provide unmatched control over grid element design for specific applications," said Tom Rummage, Micro-Measurements Applications Engineering department manager. "To achieve the best results, the right accessories are essential – from installation materials to conditioning systems. When an application requires strain measurements at temperatures above +700° F (+400°C), Micro-Measurements strain gages (gauges) and accessories have all the right attributes.
“Our high-temperature bundle is among the very few strain measurement bundles on the market capable of withstanding high temperatures, which allows us to deliver strain measurements for extremely challenging applications," added Rummage.
Further information about the high-temperature strain gage (gauge) bundle and other Micro-Measurements products is available at www.micro-measurements.com. Follow Micro-Measurements at www.strainblog.com or twitter.com/strain_gage.
About Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG)
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 (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. To learn more, visit VPG at www.vpgsensors.com.
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 (gauges), 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.). More information about Micro-Measurements is available at www.micro-measurements.com.
Micro-Measurements and PhotoStress are registered trademarks of VPG.