Measurement Specialties, Inc.

- Measurement Specialties, Inc. is a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and pressure transmitters. We design and manufacture sensors for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as end users. Measurement Specialties offers a large variety of sensor products to meet application requirements in many industries including automotive, off-road, medical, industrial, consumer, military/aerospace, test/measurement and traffic applications. 

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  • 832/834 Tri-Axial Accelerometers
1.4MB514KB5 minParts List
  • HTU-21D Digital Humidity & Temperature Sensor
2.2MB1MB5 minParts List
  • KMA36 Universal Magnetic Encoder
2.2MB544KB5 minParts List
  • KMT32B Magneto Resistive Sensor
2.9MB1.2MB5 minParts List
  • Model 3038, DC Accelerometer
1.6MB376KB5 minParts List
  • Model 3255A, DC Accelerometer
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  • Model 805/805M1 Accelerometers
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  • TSYS01 Digital RTD Temperature Sensor
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TSYS02D Temperature SensorTSYS02D Temperature Sensor - The TSYS02D provides factory-calibrated data corresponding to the measured temperature. The data is provided via I2C interface.  More...

MS5806 Pressure SensorMS5806 Pressure Sensor - The MS5806-02BA is optimized for altimeters and variometers with an altitude resolution of 20 cm. The sensor module includes a high-linearity pressure sensor and an ultra-low-power 24-bit ΔΣ ADC with internal factory-calibrated coefficients.  More...

Technical Notes

A Simple Pressure Sensor Signal Conditioning Circuit
Embedded AC Accelerometers
Embedded DC Accelerometers
Gain Programming Using a MEAS Pressure Sensor
Microprocessor Compatible Circuit
Signal Conditioning for MEAS Pressure Sensors
Temperature Compensation for MEAS Pressure Sensors
The LVDT: Construction and Principle of Operation

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Measurement Specialties Sensors CatalogMeasurement Specialties (MEAS) designs and manufactures sensors that measure pressure/force, position, vibration, temperature, humidity and fluid properties. Used as embedded devices by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or as stand alone sensors for test and measurement, our products are critical for monitoring, feedback and control. We are the heart of many everyday products and provide a vital link to the physical world.  (Details)

Product Information

Accelerometer Basics
Commonly Found G Levels
Engine and Vehicle Solutions
Guidelines for Adhesive Mounting of Accelerometers
Guidelines for Screw Mounting of Accelerometers
Medical Device Solutions
Model 3801A Accelerometer Operator Manual
Silicon MEMS Accelerometers

Application Notes

LVDT selection, handling and installation guidelines
More about Measurement Specialties, Inc.

1983
Company founded as engineering consulting firm. Develops silicon glass/gaging process for low-cost, low power piezoresistive bridge

1985 - 1995
Company develops low cost load cell, which leads to entry into digital bathroom scale market; leading provider to OEMs and retailers. IPO on AMEX in 1988.

1998 - 2000
Company embarks on series of acquisitions designed to increase size/breadth of sensor division; acquires piezo film group from AMP, ICSensors from P+E, Schaevitz Sensors from TRW

2002 - 2003
Rapid growth leads to financial missteps; company is restructured under Guidone. Post-restructuring, board makes strategic decision to migrate to pure-play sensor company and divest consumer business. Moves to NASDAQ under ticker MEAS.

2004 - 2007
Company invests ~$155 million in 12 transactions, significantly expanding product offering and geographic reach. Completely divests consumer business in Dec 2005. 45% CAGR over period (organic + acquisitions).

2008 - Today
Company acquires Intersema in 2008; Atexis and FGP in 2009; PSI in 2010. In January 2009, the Company opens new 25,000 square meter facility in ShenZhen, China to serve as the Asia/Pacific Regional Manufacturing and R&D Headquarters. Today, MEAS is a leading, global sensor supplier to OEMs and end-users, with sales in excess of $250 million to 65 countries worldwide. All sales under one brand: MEAS.

Acquired Companies
   
ICSensors ICSensors line of products was purchased February 16, 2000 from PerkinElmer, Inc. The ICSensors brand brings knowledge and expertise in the areas of design and manufacturing of micromachine silicon pressure sensors, accelerometers and microstructures. A world recognized pioneer in microsensor technology, ICSensors serves industrial, medical and aerospace customers.
 
Schaevitz Sensors Schaevitz Sensors was acquired by Measurement Specialties in August 2000 from TRW Industries. Schaevitz is a widely recognized and respected sensor brand name with over 60 years of design, manufacturing and expertise for low to medium volume, rugged industrial sensors using strain gage, linear differential transformers (LVDT), reluctive displacement, tilt, fluid level, pressure and many other lines of sensor-based products.
 
Elekon Industries USA Elekon Industries USA, Inc was purchased by Measurement Specialties in June 2004. Their primary products include pulse oximetry sensors for use in hospitals and other primary/secondary care environments. These non-invasive sensors are used to measure pulse rate and blood oxygen content. Elekon designs and manufactures sensors and optical components on an OEM basis for a variety of customers including Tyco, Philips and GE, among others.
 
Encoder Devices Encoder Devices, based in Plainfield, Illinois was purchased by Measurement Specialties in July 2004. Encoder Devices is a designer and manufacturer of rotational sensors (encoders) utilizing magnetic encoding technology. Magnetic encoding is an emerging technology that has many cost and performance advantages over traditional optical encoders.
 
Entran Devices Entran Devices, a New Jersey and Les Clayes-sous-Bois, France based company was purchased by Measurement Specialties in July 2004. Entran is a designer and manufacturer of acceleration, pressure, and force sensors which are primarily sold to the automotive crash test and motorsport racing markets. Their primary products include piezo-resistive accelerometers sold to various customers for use in destructive automotive crash testing, both on crash dummies and on the car.
 
Humirel Humirel, SA was acquired by Measurement Specialties in December 2004. Humirel is a Toulouse, France based company that designs and manufactures humidity sensors and assemblies for automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and consumer product markets. The company’s products are used in OEM applications such as automotive windshield defogging, diesel engine performance and emissions management and control, and consumer durable goods for humidity measurement, among others. End customers include several major European, US and Asian automakers, most major diesel engine companies and leading consumer HVAC and durable goods manufacturers.
 
HL Planartechnik GmbH HL Planartechnik GmbH located in Dortmund, Germany was purchased by Measurement Specialties in November 2005. HL Planar has a production and development facility with a Silicon MEMS fab in the heart of Germany’s technology corridor. HL Planar specializes in thin-film metallization processes, producing sensors in four main categories: (1) infrared thermopiles used in appliance, automobile, medical and other applications for non-contacting temperature measurement; (2) magneto-resistive sensors that measure changes in magnetic fields to determine position, angle, rotation or current; (3) mass air flow (MAF) sensors to measure the changes in air flow and other gases for use in automotive, medical and industrial applications; (4) MEMS-based inclination sensors for the precise measurement of level, angle or tilt in construction equipment, automobile and aerospace applications.
 
ATEX Motorsport Sensors Specialists ATEX Motorsport Sensors Specialists, founded outside Paris, France in 2000 was purchased by Measurement Specialties in January 2006. ATEX specializes in providing vibration sensors to the Formula One racing market. ATEX specializes in specifying aerodynamics, strain gauge, technical design and stress analysis.
 
BetaTHERM Sensors BetaTHERM Sensors, established in 1983 in Galway, Ireland was purchased by Measurement Specialties in April 2006. BetaTHERM designs and manufactures precision thermistors and customized probes used for temperature sensing in aerospace, biomedical, automotive, industrial and consumer goods applications.
 
YSI Temperature YSI Temperature was purchased by Measurement Specialties from YSI Incorporated (Ohio, USA) in April 2006. YSI manufactures thermistors and custom temperature probes and is a leader in the high-precision temperature market, focusing on engineered solutions for medical/healthcare, aerospace and industrial applications.
 
Visyx Visyx was purchased by Measurement Specialties in November 2007. Visyx has developed sensors that can measure fluid properties, including density, viscosity and dielectric constant. Visyx fluid property sensors are based on a unique tuning fork technology originally developed by Psychopathologies. This technology will allow OEMs to incorporate fluid property measurement such as oil condition in their next generation equipment. Target markets include heavy on and off road equipment engines and transmissions, compressors/turbines and refrigeration/air conditioning.
 
Intersema Sensoric SA Intersema Sensoric SA, located in Bevaix, Switzerland was purchased by Measurement Specialties in January 2008. Intersema designs and manufactures high precision MEMS-based pressure sensors for consumer goods, automotive, and aircraft industries, as well as various medical and industrial applications. Intersema has over 30 million sensors in the field and is a recognized leader in the field of low energy sensor applications.
 
Atexis SAS Atexis SAS, located in Fontenay, France as well as Chengdu, China was acquired by Measurement Specialties in January 2009. Atexis is a leading designer/manufacturer of temperature sensors and probes with operating ranges from -200C to 2000C. Atexis utilizes NTC, Pt, and thermocouple technologies to provide its customers a broad range of temperature sensing solutions across most major end markets.
 
FGP Sensors FGP Sensors, located in Les Clayes sous Bois and Vernouillet, France was purchased by Measurement Specialties in January 2009. FGP was established in 1975 and is a leader in demanding pressure, acceleration, and force sensor applications within the end-user test & measurement market, as well as custom force applications within the aerospace market.
 
Pressure Systems, Inc. Pressure Systems, Inc. (PSI), located in Hampton, Virginia, USA, was purchased by Measurement Specialties from Esterline Technologies (Seattle, WA, USA) in September 2010. PSI is the recognized world leader in pressure and temperature scanning instrumentation for aerospace vehicle and propulsion research as well as a dominant supplier of water level transducers for municipal water usage and environmental water resource management.
 
Eureka Environmental Eureka Environmental, located in Austin, Texas, USA, was purchased by Measurement Specialties in July 2011. Eureka is a rapidly growing leader in designing, building, selling, and supporting multiparameter instruments for in-situ water analyses. Eureka systems are used on every continent to protect the environmental and economic values of lakes, rivers, aquifers, estuaries, wetlands, and other natural water bodies.
 
Celesco Transducer Products Inc Celesco Transducer Products Inc, located in Chatsworth, California, USA, was purchased by Measurement Specialties in September 2011. Celesco is a leader in the design and manufacture of cable extension transducers and rotary encoders. Celesco is the leading provider of cable extension 'string pots' to the mobile hydraulic/off-road, medical and test & measurement markets.
 
Gentech International Ltd Gentech International Ltd, located in Girvan, Scotland, was purchased by Measurement Specialties in October, 2011. Gentech is a designer and manufacturer of position sensors used largely for tank liquid level measurement, including urea tank level in heavy truck SCR systems.
 
Cosense Inc. Cosense Inc., located in Hauppauge, New York, USA, was purchased by Measurement Specialties in April, 2012. Cosense is a technological leader in the design and manufacture of engineered ultrasonic sensors and switches used in semiconductor, medical, aerospace and industrial applications.
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