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Hernik Y.,Vishay Precision Group
Electronic Engineering Times | Year: 2010

A brief review of the advantages and disadvantages of various resistor technologies shows the interlinked effects of thermal and mechanical forces on resistor electrical characteristics is discussed. Chip resistors remain in high demand and are among the basic building blocks for many circuits. Stresses, whether mechanical or thermal, cause a resistor to change its electrical parameters. Wire wound resistors are generally classified as either 'power' or 'precision' wire wounds. The wire wound resistor is usually made by winding insulated resistance wire of a specific diameter around a bobbin. The TCR is adversely affected by the shift from the optimum film thickness. It has already been noted that wire wound resistors are not available in true chip format. Those capabilities bring high stability and reliability to system performance without any compromise among accuracy, stability and speed.


Patent
Vishay Precision Group | Date: 2010-07-28

A methodology for selecting and properly placing foil strain gages on a transducer in a Wheatstone bridge, which provides a more consistent creep response, especially when the transducer temperature is changed. A transducer includes a counterforce subjected to a predetermined physical load that provides tension and compression strains (positive and negative, respectively). The transducer also includes a plurality of strain gage grids that are operatively attached to the counterforce in the tension and compression strain areas of the counterforce and generate electrical signals. The plurality of strain gages are electrically connected in a Wheatstone bridge circuit where their electrical signals due to creep are cancelled.


Patent
Vishay Precision Group | Date: 2014-01-03

An electrical resistance strain gage includes a uniformly distributed electrical resistance of the active measuring area and a discrete electrical trim resistance within an active measuring are. The trim resistance may include an electrical conductor in an electrically parallel circuit such that the electrical conductor may be selectively electrically removed from the strain gage to trim the electrical resistance of the strain gage. The trim resistance does not modify the active strain sensing area or uniform grid length.


Vpg

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Vishay Precision Group | Date: 2014-02-06

Electric components, namely, resistors and resistor networks, low value resistors, shunt resistors, foil resistors, current sensors, potentiometers, trimmer potentiometers, capacity sensors, inductor sensors, volume control sensors, inclinometer sensors, MEMS (microelectromechanical system) sensors, vibrating wire sensors, electrical resistance strain gauges, strain gauge transducers, load cells, pressure sensors, accelerators, sensors, stress analysis systems, strain gauge instrumentations, computer software for use in weighing systems and processes control, computer software for use in stress analysis; load cell modules that include electronic instrumentation and systems used for process control, for weighing and sorting, and for process control using transducers; strain gauge instrumentation, reflection polariscopes and photo elastic plastics in the nature of strain sensitive plastics for measuring strains on surfaces of materials for optical measurement and analysis of stresses and strains; strain gauge calibration equipment; strain gauge installation testers; accessories used for surface preparation and installation of electrical resistance strain gauges and bondable resistors, namely, soldering and welding equipment, namely, portable electric powered strain gauge welding and soldering apparatus, bondable electronic terminals, electric bridge completion modules, namely, gauge installation testers, for verifying the electrical quality of strain gauge installation; junction boxes; lift truck scales; force measurement, weight, web tension and strip tension digital indicators and sensors; digital I/O boards, namely, computer interface boards; web tension and strip systems consisting primarily of data transmitters, electronic controllers, programmable logic controllers (PLC), sensors, remotes indicators, and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminals for entering data; force measurement systems consisting primarily of data transmitters, electronic controllers, programmable logic controller (PLC), sensors, remotes indicators, load cells, and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminal for entering data; electro hydraulic positioning systems consisting primarily of servo controllers, programmable logic controller (PLC), hydraulic servo controls, signal conditioners, control valves and transducers, and micro-processor based hardware and software used to provide real-time communication of industrial processes; aircraft and vehicle scales and weighing equipment and systems overload and on-board weighing equipment and systems, namely, electronic controllers, and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminals for entering data, weighing systems consisting primarily of weighing scales, load cells, digital readout devices, weighing platforms and scales, and structural parts thereof; overload and on-board weighing equipment and systems, namely, electronic controllers, and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminals for entering data, weighing systems consisting primarily of weighing scales, load cells, digital readout devices, weighing platforms and scales, and structural parts thereof; strain indicators, namely, digital readout devices; data acquisition conditioners in the nature of data acquisition instruments for signal conditioning and collecting, storing, monitoring, and analyzing equipment performance data comprised of hardware and software; electronic measurement and sensor equipment and systems for use in rolling mills, paper mills, mining, precision agriculture, construction, and oil and gas exploration and production in the nature of detectors, scanners, gauges, sensors, and meters for industrial purposes, namely, proximity detectors, metal detectors, hot metal detectors, plate outline gauges, opto-electronic gauges, namely, apparatus for measurement and control of metal strip through a mill, cold mill and process line width gauges, displacement transducers, fluid pressure transducers, tensionmeters, force measurement load cells, computer software and hardware for controlling actuation of a shear blade used in a steel rolling mill; crop optimization systems for use in steel rolling mills consisting primarily of strip width gauges, laser velocimeters, hot metal detectors, crop shear controllers and computer hardware, and computer-operating software.


Vpg

Trademark
Vishay Precision Group | Date: 2014-01-16

Electric components, namely, resistors and resistor networks, low value resistors, shunt resistors, foil resistors, current sensors, potentiometers, trimmer potentiometers, capacity sensors, inductor sensors, volume control sensors, inclinometer sensors, MEMS (microelectromechanical system) sensors, vibrating wire sensors, electrical resistance strain gauges, strain gauge transducers, load cells, pressure sensors, accelerators, sensors, stress analysis systems, strain gauge instrumentations, computer software for use in weighing systems and processes control, computer software for use in stress analysis; load cell modules that include electronic instrumentation and systems used for process control, for weighing and sorting, and for process control using transducers; strain gauge instrumentation, reflection polariscopes and photo elastic plastics in the nature of strain sensitive plastics for measuring strains on surfaces of materials for optical measurement and analysis of stresses and strains; strain gauge calibration equipment; strain gauge installation testers; accessories used for surface preparation and installation of electrical resistance strain gauges and bondable resistors, namely, soldering and welding equipment, namely, portable electric powered strain gauge welding and soldering apparatus, bondable electronic terminals, electric bridge completion modules, namely, gauge installation testers, for verifying the electrical quality of strain gauge installation; junction boxes; lift truck scales; force measurement, weight, web tension and strip tension digital indicators and sensors; digital I/O boards, namely, computer interface boards; web tension and strip systems consisting primarily of data transmitters, electronic controllers, programmable logic controllers (PLC), sensors, remotes indicators, and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminals for entering data; force measurement systems consisting primarily of data transmitters, electronic controllers, programmable logic controllers (PLC), sensors, remotes indicators, load cells and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminal for entering data; electro hydraulic positioning systems consisting primarily of servo controllers, programmable logic controller (PLC), hydraulic servo controls, signal conditioners, control valves and transducers, and micro-processor based hardware and software used to provide real-time communication of industrial processes; aircraft and vehicle scales and weighing equipment and systems overload and on-board weighing equipment and systems, namely, electronic controllers, and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminals for entering data, weighing systems consisting primarily of weighing scales, load cells, digital readout devices, weighing platforms and scales, and structural parts thereof; overload and on-board weighing equipment and systems, namely, electronic controllers, and electronic displays for displaying measurement data and terminals for entering data, weighing systems consisting primarily of weighing scales, load cells, digital readout devices, weighing platforms and scales, and structural parts thereof; strain indicators, namely, digital readout devices; data acquisition conditioners comprised of electronic sensors which detect various physical parameters and convert the physical parameters to electrical signals concerning equipment performance, and electronic signal conditioning circuits to convert analog waveforms into digital values for processing in the field of equipment performance; electronic measurement and sensor equipment and systems for use in rolling mills, paper mills and mining in the nature of detectors, scanners, gauges, sensors, and meters for industrial purposes, namely, metal detectors, hot metal detectors, opto-electronic gauges in the nature of displacement transducers and fluid pressure transducers, tension meters, and computer software and hardware for controlling actuation of a shear blade used in a steel rolling mill.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE:VPG), a leading producer of precision sensors and systems, today announced its results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2016. “Our adjusted earnings per diluted share performance was $0.26 for the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.20 in the fourth quarter of 2015, in spite of softer sales this quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2015,” said Ziv Shoshani, VPG chief executive officer. “We also generated cash from operations of $4.9 million, with free cash flow of $4.7 million, which reflects our restructuring and cost reduction programs.” Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 were $3.0 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to VPG stockholders for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015 of ($13.4) million, or ($1.02) per diluted share. Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the fiscal twelve months ended December 31, 2016 were $6.4 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to VPG stockholders of ($13.0) million, or ($0.96) per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. The prior year results include a $12.4 million non-cash income tax charge recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015 related to a valuation allowance recorded against certain deferred tax assets and a $4.9 million non-cash write down for impairment of goodwill related to the steel business recorded in the third quarter of 2015. Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 were $3.4 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $2.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the fiscal twelve months ended December 31, 2016 were $9.9 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $7.7 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. Adjusted net earnings for the fiscal quarter and fiscal twelve months ended December 31, 2016 exclude, among other costs, $0.3 million and $1.3 million respectively, of costs associated with the Company’s evaluation of strategic alternatives. The evaluation process did not result in the adoption of any particular strategic alternative other than the Company’s continued execution of its business plan. It is not expected that the costs associated with the evaluation, which consisted principally of professional fees, will be continuing at this time. The following table reconciles the Company's non-U.S. GAAP measures included in the press release, which are provided for comparison with other results, and the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures: Included in the discrete tax items for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 is a $0.9 million tax benefit recorded related to a favorable fourth quarter 2016 settlement of an Israeli tax audit, offset by a series of correcting adjustments totaling $0.8 million to certain deferred tax accounts in various tax jurisdictions related to prior period balances. The Company recorded a $0.8 million gain on the sale of its property in Karmiel, Israel. The proceeds of $3.7 million were received in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Foil Technology Products segment revenues were $25.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 3.2% from $26.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, and up 6.5% from $23.9 million in the third quarter of 2016. Decreased year-over-year revenues were attributable to lower volume, partially offset by the additional volume from Pacific Instruments of $2.2 million. The increase in sequential revenues was attributable to higher volumes. The gross profit margin for the segment was 40.6% for the fourth quarter of 2016 (40.8% excluding the Pacific acquisition purchase accounting adjustment of $0.1 million) compared to 36.5% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 36.2% in the third quarter of 2016 (36.4% excluding the Pacific acquisition purchase accounting adjustment of $0.1 million). The gross profit margin for the quarter increased from the comparable prior year period due to variable cost savings from operating efficiencies and the cost savings from our previously announced cost reduction programs, offset by a decrease in volume. The sequential gross profit margin increase is due to the increase in volume and variable cost savings from operating efficiencies. The Force Sensors segment revenues were $14.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 5.2% from $15.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, and down 3.0% from $15.2 million in the third quarter of 2016. The decrease in year-over-year revenues was attributable to lower volume and negative exchange rate impact of $0.3 million. The decrease in sequential revenues was also attributable to lower volumes and negative exchange rate impact of $0.1 million. The gross profit margin for the segment was 25.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 20.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 31.0% in the third quarter of 2016. The gross profit margin for the quarter increased from the comparable prior year period primarily due to variable cost savings from operating efficiencies and the cost savings from our previously announced cost reduction programs. The sequential gross profit margin decrease was due to the decrease in volume, product mix and a reduction in inventory. The Weighing and Control Systems segment revenues were $15.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 8.5% from $17.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, and up 1.5% from $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. Decreased year-over-year revenues were attributable to a negative exchange rate impact of $0.7 million and a decrease in volume, offset by the impact of additional volume from the acquisition of Stress-Tek of $1.9 million. The sequential increase in revenues was primarily attributable to an increase in volume, despite the negative exchange rate impact of $0.4 million. The gross profit margin for the segment was 46.5% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 47.0% in the fourth quarter of 2015 (47.8% excluding the Kelk acquisition purchase accounting adjustment of $0.2 million) and 44.9% in the third quarter of 2016. The decline in the gross profit margin for the quarter compared to the prior year period was due to the decline in volume. The sequential gross profit margin increase was due to volume and product mix. “In light of global economic conditions and at a constant fourth quarter 2016 exchange rates, we expect net revenues in the range of $55 million to $60 million for the first quarter of 2017,” concluded Mr. Shoshani. We define “adjusted net earnings” as net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders before acquisition purchase accounting adjustments, restructuring costs, strategic alternative evaluation costs, gain on sale of building, impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles and associated tax effects. “Free cash flow” is defined as the amount of cash generated from operations ($4.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2016), in excess of our capital expenditures ($4.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016) net of proceeds, if any, for the sale of assets ($3.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016). For a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial information, refer to the quarterly financial tables. A conference call will be held today (February 21) at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). To access the conference call, interested parties may call 1-888-317-6003 or internationally 1-412-317-6061 and use passcode 8102218, or log on to the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com. A replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call by calling toll-free 1-877-344-7529 or internationally 1-412-317-0088 and by using the passcode: 10098939. The replay will also be available on the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com for a limited time. Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (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.vpgsensors.com. From time to time, information provided by us, including but not limited to statements in this report, or other statements made by or on our behalf, may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated. Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, expected, estimated, or projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include: general business and economic conditions; changes in the current pace of economic recovery; difficulties or delays in completing acquisitions and integrating acquired companies (including the acquisitions of Stress-Tek and Pacific Instruments); the inability to realize anticipated synergies and expansion possibilities; difficulties in new product development; changes in competition and technology in the markets that we serve and the mix of our products required to address these changes; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; difficulties in implementing our ERP system, and the associated impact on manufacturing efficiencies and customer satisfaction; difficulties in implementing our cost reduction strategies, such as underutilization of production facilities, labor unrest or legal challenges to our lay-off or termination plans, operation of redundant facilities due to difficulties in transferring production to lower-cost countries; and other factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services, and prices that are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


News Article | November 8, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG), a leading producer of precision sensors and systems, today announced its results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter and nine months ended October 1, 2016. Highlights: Third quarter earnings per diluted share of $0.08. Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.21.* Cash generated from operations for the third quarter of 2016 was $6.3 million and free cash flow was $4.5 million.* Force Sensors segment achieved gross profit ma


MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VPG Foil Resistors, a Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE:VPG) product group, announced today that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand has introduced a new current sense resistor for the medical, energy, military and aerospace markets. The high-precision, surface-mount, four-terminal CSM3637F current sense resistor is an industry first due to its size in combination with an improved load-life stability of +/-0.02% at +70°C for 2,000 hours with a low TCR of +/-5 ppm/°C


VPG Transducers Introduces High-Reliability Load Pins with Best-in-Class Safe Overload Capacity Malvern, Pa – February 17, 2017 – The VPG Transducers business unit of Vishay Precision Group, Inc., global designers and manufacturers of standard and...

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