News/Press Release

  • 2017/04/17 PDF

    Press Release

    Editorial:
    Molly Bakewell Chamberlin
    President/Industry Subject Matter Expert
    Embassy Global, LLC
    inquiries@embassyglobalpr.com

    VPG Foil Resistors Announces Global Market Launch
    of Alpha Electronics High-Power Precision Shunt Resistors
    Incorporating Bulk Metal Foil Technology


    April 10, 2017 - Malvern, Pa – The VPG Foil Resistors product group of Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) (www.vpgfoilresistors.com), manufacturers of the industry’s most precise and stable Bulk Metal® Foil resistors, today announced the global market launch of the Alpha Electronics FNP Series, a family of high-power precision shunt resistors.

    Design of the Alpha Electronics FNP Series incorporates VPG’s own proprietary Bulk Metal Foil technology for a low temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) down to 0±1 ppm/°C, depending upon selected model. Integration of a Pt100 sensor within the FNP Series allows for accurate onboard temperature monitoring of the resistive element, with added performance stability. Units feature a maximum handling capability of 500W rated power, with no standard resistance value. An integral copper plate helps the FNP Series to achieve an improved thermal resistance specification of 0.1°C/W (0.3°C/W standard), while a resistance tolerance of 0.05% ensures minimized energy consumption. Standard resistance values of the FNP Series range from 0.001 ohm to 1 ohm, with improved maximum ambient temperature to +125°C (from +85°C) for conventional models.

    The VPG Foil Resistors product group has been a manufacturer of Bulk Metal Foil resistors since 1978. Known worldwide for their accuracy and reliability, the group’s Alpha Electronics brand components are widely specified within a range of applications, including automated test equipment (ATE); weighing scales; precision instrumentation; aerospace and military electronics; in-laboratory and metrology; industrial process control; high-end audio; and others. In addition, the Alpha Electronics brand now offers Bulk Metal Foil metrology standard resistors that conform to Japanese National Standards regulations, thanks to its collaborative efforts with the National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMJ). In addition to its product technologies, the group offers complete production capabilities for both standard and Bulk Metal Foil resistors, with expert in-laboratory component QA analysis and reliability testing, complete support for custom requirements, and a world class in-house calibration laboratory.

    The Alpha Electronics FNP Series is ideal for any automotive, industrial, or power electronics application requiring the accurate detection of overcurrent conditions or remaining battery power levels. They may be specified within ATE, factory floor robotics, motor and drive controls, and medical diagnostics equipment, as well as used as both a precision high-voltage power supply output reference; or, as a high-accuracy reference for battery charge-discharge tests. Units are both lead-free and RoHS compliant. For more information about the FNP Series, or other offerings from VPG Foil Resistors, visit www.alpha-elec.co.jp.

    Product page link:  http://www.alpha-elec.co.jp/e_catalog.html

    Bulk Metal is a registered trademark of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG).

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    About VPG
    Vishay Precision Group, Inc. 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.

    About VPG Foil Resistors
    VPG Foil Resistors produces the most precise and stable resistors available. Distinguished by the premier brands Vishay Foil Resistors, Powertron, and Alpha Electronics, the VPG Foil Resistors portfolio includes discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (fixed-lead) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits. These devices are used in applications requiring a high degree of precision and stability, such as in medical testing equipment, semiconductor equipment, precision measuring instruments, aerospace, and military applications. To learn more about VPG Foil Resistors, visit www.vpgfoilresistors.com; Alpha Electronics can be reached at www.alpha-elec.co.jp.

  • 2017/03/01

    Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate Techno-Frontier 2017 Power System Japan to be held from April 19th (Wed) to April 21st (Fri) at Makuhari Messe (Tokyo, Japan). We would like to invite all customers & partners to our booth at number 6T-06. For further detailed information about this trade show can be searched from http://www.jma.or.jp/TF/en/.

    Featured Product
    【Resistor Components】
      Metal Foil Ultra Precision Resistors
      Metal Foil SMD Resistor RW Series
      High Power Shunt Resistor FNP Series
      Z Foil Technology MPP&MQP Series
     Metal Foil Precision Power Current Sense Resistors
     Precision Thin Film Resistors
     Ultra Precision SMD Current Sense Resistors
     VPG Powertron Current Sense Resistors

    【Standard Resistors】
     Decade Resistance Box ADR-6 Series
     Programmable Resistor Box ADR-3204GR
     Stress Free Standard Resistor USR-SF
     New Generation Standard Resistor HRU Series
      Standard Resistors ASR/CSR Series
     Low Ohmic Standard Resistor LSR Series
     High Power Shunt Resistor

  • 2016/09/06 PDF

    PRESS RELEASE

                                                        New Alpha Electronics
                            Precision SMD Bulk Metal® Foil Resistors, Made in Japan
                 in Fully Automated Process, Provide Competitive Pricing for OEMs


    MALVERN, Pa.
    Sept. 6, 2016 VPG Foil Resistors, a Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) product group, announced today that its Alpha Electronics brand has introduced a new series of precision surface-mount Bulk Metal® Foil resistors that are the first such devices to be manufactured in a fully automated process — providing competitive pricing in high-volume applications for OEMs. Made in Japan, RW Series resistors feature low TCR of ±2 ppm/°C or ±5 ppm/°C and resistance tolerance as low as ±0.01% in 0603, 0805, and 1206 case sizes.

    The devices released today are optimized for precision instrumentation, automatic test equipment, scales, audio equipment and any medical or industrial applications, that require resistors with extemely tight load-life stability of ±0.005% typical at 70°C and rated power for 2,000 hours. In these applications, the devices provide superior TCR and long-term stability when compared to thin film resistors, as well as shorter lead times. In addition, the RW Series’ industry-standard packages eliminate the need for PCB changes in existing designs.


    Offered in the 0603 package with a power rating of 0.1 W and resistance to 5 kW, the RWA is ideal for applications where space savings are a primary concern. The RWB features a 0.2 W power rating and resistance to 10 kW in the most common package size: the 0805. With a 0.3 W power rating and resistance to 30 kW, the RWC is ideal for converting 4 mA to 20 mA input signals into 1 V to 5 V output signals in applications such as factory automation and process control. All three devices are RoHS-compliant. 
     

    Device Specification Table: 

    Part number

    RWA

    RWB

    RWC

    Package

    0603

    0805

    1206

    Power rating @ 70 °C (W)

    0.1

    0.2

    0.3

    Resistance range (W)*

    100 to 5 k

    10 to 10 k

    5 to 30 k

    Max. working voltage (V)

    22

    45

    95

     * Any ohmic value within the resistance range for each device is available out to four digits at no additional cost or lead time effect.
     

    Samples and production quantities of the new RW Series resistors are available now, with lead times of five to eight weeks. The RW Series resistors will be among the products on display during electronica 2016 at the VPG Foil Resistors booth B6/116 at the Messe München, November 8-11.
     

    The newly redesigned www.vpgfoilresistors.com web site offers detailed information on the industry’s most precise and stable resistors from the Vishay Foil Resistors, Powertron, and Alpha Electronics brands, including videos, application notes, datasheets, and market-related information.
     

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    About VPG
    Vishay Precision Group, Inc. 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 http://www.vpgsensors.com/.
     

    About VPG Foil Resistors
    VPG Foil Resistors produces the most precise and stable resistors available. Distinguished by the premier brands Vishay Foil Resistors, Powertron, and Alpha Electronics, the VPG Foil Resistors portfolio includes discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (fixed-lead) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits. These devices are used in applications requiring a high degree of precision and stability, such as in medical testing equipment, semiconductor equipment, precision measuring instruments, aerospace, and military applications. To learn more about VPG Foil Resistors, visit www.vpgfoilresistors.com; Alpha Electronics can be reached at www.alpha-elec.co.jp.
     

    Bulk Metal is a registered trademark of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG).


    Vishay Precision Group, Inc. Contact:

    Reynee Tung

    Director, Global Marketing Communications

    Tel: +1-919-374-5515

    Email: reynee.tung@vpgsensors.com

  • 2016/04/25 PDF

    New Product
    Alpha Electronics is launching the sale of new high precision and stable Bulk MetalR Foil resister, RW Series with
    0603, 0805 and 1206 package
    ● TCR: 0±2 ppm/°C, 0±5 ppm/°C
    ● Resistance tolerance: up to ±0.01%
    ● Load-life stability: ±0.005% (typical, 70°C, 2000 hrs., rated power)
    ● No standard resistance value (example: 1K234Ω)
    ● MOQ: 100 pieces
    ● Made in Japan

  • 2016/03/01

    Techno-Frontier 2016 Tokyo (2016/04/20-04/22)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate Techno-Frontier 2016 Power System Japan to be held from April 20th (Wed) to April 22nd (Fri) at Makuhari Messe (Tokyo, Japan).
     We would like to invite all customers & partners to our booth at number 5B-209.
     For further detailed information about this trade show can be searched from http://www.jma.or.jp/tf/en/index.html

    Featured Product
      【Resistor Components】 *NEW
      Metal Foil Ultra Precision Resistors
      Metal Foil SMD Resistor RW Series
    High Power Shunt Resistor FNP Series
      Z Foil Technology MPP&MQP Series
      Metal Foil Precision Power Current Sense Resistors
      Precision Thin Film Resistors
      Ultra Precision SMD Current Sense Resistors
      VPG Powertron Current Sense Resistors

      【Standard Resistors】
      Decade Resistance Box ADR-6 Series
      Programmable Resistor Box ADR-3204GR
      Stress Free Standard Resistor USR-SF
      New Generation Standard Resistor HRU Series
    Standard Resistors ASR/CSR Series
      Low Ohmic Standard Resistor LSR Series
      High Power Shunt Resistors

  • 2015/11/10

    Measurement & Cotrol Show 2015 TOKYO (2015/12/2-12/4)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate Techno-Frontier 2014 Power System Japan to be held from Dec 2nd (Wed) to Dec 4th (Fri) at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo, Japan).
     We would like to invite all customers & partners to our booth at number No.18 at West 2 Hall.
     For further detailed information about this trade show can be searched from 
    http://www.jemima.jp/tokyo/en/
     【Instruments】
      Decade Resistance Box
      Programmable Resistor Box ADR-3204GR
      Resistance Standards
      NEW New Generation Resistance Standard HRU Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards
      High Power Shunt Resistors

    【Parts】
      Metal Foil Ultra Precision Resistors
      NEW High Power Shunt FNP Series
      NEW Z Foil Technology MPP&MQP Series
      Metal Foil Precision Power Current Sense Resistors
      Precision Thin Film Resistors
      Ultra Precision SMD Current Sense Resistors
      VPG Powertron Current Sense Resistors

  • 2015/07/06

    2015 NCSL International (2015/07/21-07/23)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate NCSL International to be held from July 21th (Tue) to July 23rd (Thu).
     For further detailed information about NCSL International can be searched at http://events.ncsli.org/Default.aspx
     Featured Product

      New Generation Resistance Standard: HRU Series USR-SF Series
      Resistance Standards: ASR Series, CSR Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards: LSR Series
      Decade Standard Resistor (6 Dial Type): ADR Series
      Precision Programmable Resistance Box: ADR-3204GR

      High Power Resistance Standard: LSR Series
      Etc.

  • 2015/05/08

    Techno-Frontier 2015 Tokyo (2015/05/20-05/22)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate Techno-Frontier 2014 Power System Japan to be held from May 20th (Wed) to May 22nd (Fri) at Makuhari Messe (Tokyo, Japan).
     We would like to invite all customers & partners to our booth at number 5C-117.
     For further detailed information about this trade show can be searched from http://www.jma.or.jp/tf/en/index.html
     Featured Product

      【Parts】
      Metal Foil Ultra Precision Resistors
      NEW High Power Shunt FNP Series
      NEW Z Foil Technology MPP&MQP Series
      Metal Foil Precision Power Current Sense Resistors
      Precision Thin Film Resistors
      Ultra Precision SMD Current Sense Resistors
      VPG Powertron Current Sense Resistors

      【Instruments】
      Decade Resistance Box
      Programmable Resistor Box ADR-3204GR
      Resistance Standards
      NEW New Generation Resistance Standard HRU Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards
      High Power Shunt Resistors

  • 2015/04/20 PDF

    New Product
    Alpha Electronics is introducing New Stress-Free Ultra Stable Primary Standard Resistor, USR-SF Series

    Alpha Electronics introduces new standard resistor USR-SF Series which is utilizing ultra stable resistive element with newly developed stress free technology with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology as joint development.

    New Generation Standard Resistor USR-SF Series

    ●Stability: 0.2ppm /year (typical) is less than 1/2 performance of conventional model
    ●TCR: ±0.05 ppm/°C (@23°C ±5°C)
    ●Available wide resistance value range: 1Ω, 10Ω, 25Ω, 100Ω, 1kΩ, 10kΩ
    ●No oil bath is required due to low TCR of resistive element
    ●Made in Japan

  • 2014/06/03

    Techno-Frontier 2014 Tokyo (2014/07/23-07/25)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate Techno-Frontier 2014 Power System Japan to be held from July 23rd (Wed) to  July 25th (Fri) at Tokyo Big Sight East Hall (Tokyo, Japan).
     We would like to invite all customers & partners to our booth at number 1C-105.
     For further detailed information about this trade show can be searched from
     http://www.jma.or.jp/TF/en/index.html
     Featured Product

      【Parts】
      Metal Foil Ultra Precision Resistors
      NEW High Power Shunt FNP Series

      NEW Z Foil Technology MPP&MQP Series
      Metal Foil Precision Power Current Sense Resistors
      Precision Thin Film Resistors
      Ultra Precision SMD Current Sense Resistors

      VPG Powertron Current Sense Resistors

      【Instruments】
      Decade Resistance Box
      Programmable Resistor Box ADR-3204GR (will be released 2014)
      Resistance Standards
      NEW New Generation Resistance Standard HRU Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards
      High Power Shunt Resistors

  • 2014/06/03

    2014 NCSL International (2014/07/28-07/30)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate NCSL International to be held from July 28th (Mon) to July 30th (Wed).
     For further detailed information about NCSL International can be searched at
     http://events.ncsli.org/Default.aspx
     Featured Product

      New Generation Resistance Standard: HRU Series
      Resistance Standards: ASR Series, CSR Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards: LSR Series
      Decade Standard Resistor (6 Dial Type): ADR Series
      Precision Programmable Resistance Box: ADR-3204GR

      High Power Resistance Standard: LSR Series
      Etc.

  • 2014/02/12

    New Video Demonstrates Stability Under Severe Vibration of Alpha Electronics Bulk Metal® Surface-Mount Resistors With Flexible Terminations
     This new video tests the stability of Alpha MP and MPP Bulk MetalR Foil high-precision resistors with flexible terminations
     by comparing the performance between two surface-mount resistor technologies under severe vibration testing: a chip-
     style 10 kΩ 1206 thin film resistor and the Alpha MP and MPP Bulk MetalR Foil high-precision resistors with flexible
     terminations. The short video demonstrates how severe vibration quickly causes failure in the chip-style resistor, but has no
     effect on the Alpha MP(P) resistors.


      Click here to read the full Press Release:MP(P) vibration test video

  • 2013/10/15

    APMP2013 Taipei (2013/11/25-11/26)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate APMP2013 Conference and Exhibition be held from
     November 25th (Mon) to Nov. 26th (Tue). For further detailed information about APMP2013 can be searched at 
     http://www.apmp2013.itri.org.tw/index.html
     Featured Product
      New Generation Resistance Standard: HRU Series
      Resistance Standards: ASR Series, CSR Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards: LSR Series
      Decade Standard Resistor (6 Dial Type): ADR Series
      Precision Programmable Resistance Box: ADR Series
      High Power Shunt Resistors: APS Series

  • 2013/10/08

    Measurement & Control Show 2013 Tokyo (2013/11/6-11/8)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate Measurement & Control Show 2013 Tokyo be held from
     Nov. 6th (Wed) to Nov. 8th (Fri) at Tokyo Big Sight West Hall (Tokyo, Japan).
     We would like to invite all customers & partners to our booth at number M-34.
     For further detailed information about this trade show can be searched from
     http://www.jemima.or.jp/event/keisoku2013/en/index.html
     Featured Product
      【Instruments】
      Decade Resistance Box
      Programmable Resistor Box ADR-3204GR (will be released 2014)
      Resistance Standards
      New Generation Resistance Standard HRU Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards
      High Power Shunt Resistors
      【Parts】
      Metal Foil Ultra Precision Resistors
      Z Foil Technology MPP&MQP Series
      Metal Foil Precision Power Current Sense Resistors
      High Power Shunt FNP Series
      Precision Thin Film Resistors
      Ultra Precision SMD Current Sense Resistors

  • 2013/10/08

    NCSLI-Japan Technical Forum (2013/11/8)
     Alpha Electronics Corporation will participate NCSLI-Japan Technical Forum and Exhibition be held on November 8th(Fri).
     For further detailed information about NCSLI-Japan Technical Forum can be searched at 
     http://www.ncsli-j.org/e/forum_e.html
     Featured Product
      New Generation Resistance Standard: HRU Series
      Resistance Standards: ASR Series, CSR Series
      Low Ohmic Resistance Standards: LSR Series
      Decade Standard Resistor (6 Dial Type): ADR Series
      Precision Programmable Resistance Box: ADR Series
      High Power Shunt Resistors: APS Series

  • 2013/03/31 PDF

    Product Change Notice (PCN-ALP-001-2013)
     TCR table change of ultra precision thermosensitive resistor series 
     (NMP, NMQ, NLA, NLB) due to lot change of Ni metal foil.