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Acquisition of FiberSensing S. A. Expands HBM’s Optical Measurement Portfolio

June 22, 2015
By Business Wire News


HBM, Inc. (, a leading manufacturer of data acquisition systems, analysis and calibration software, strain gauges, transducers and sensors, announced that it has expanded its product portfolio for optical measurement technology with its 2014 acquisition of FiberSensing S. A. of Portugal.

HBM FiberSensing’s products are primarily used in the testing of structures and light-weight materials. Light-weight materials are increasingly used in the transportation, energy and building sectors. FiberSensing’s optical measurement technology combines small size with high measurement stability for a powerful solution in materials testing at increased levels of strain and a high number of load cycles.

Unlike electrical strain gauges, optical sensors offer improved performance in higher strain levels and load cycles. They are also ideal for use in tests characterized by strong electromagnetic interference effects as well, or in applications such as testing rotor blades in wind turbines.

The combination of FiberSensing sensors and interrogators with HBM’s existing optical portfolio creates a complete line of measurement products and systems that can be provided as a turnkey solution, primarily on an OEM basis.

This includes fiber optic Bragg sensors such as strain, temperature, acceleration and tilt sensors, and interrogators that can be connected via TCP/IP to any standard PC using an Ethernet interface.

In short, the use of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) is appropriate to safely test structures and materials with high levels of strain, high electromagnetic noise or in highly explosive environments allowing the drastic reduction of cabling and ensuring low impact on the instrumented structures.

More information can be found at, or by contacting HBM at:

HBM, Inc.
19 Bartlett Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
Tel: 800-578-4260
Fax: 508-485-7480
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About HBM, Inc.

For more than 60 years, the name HBM stands for reliability, precision and innovation all over the world. HBM offers products and services for an extensive range of measurement applications in many industries. Users worldwide rely on the perfectly matched components of the measurement chain that guarantees maximum accuracy of measurement results and enables optimization of the complete product life cycle, from the development through the testing stages, as well as in manufacturing and production. Their product range covers sensors, transducers, gauges, amplifiers and data acquisition systems as well as software for structural durability investigations, tests and analysis. The potential fields of application can be found in every branch of engineering in both virtual and physical test and measurement.

HBM has 27 subsidiaries and sales offices in Europe, America and Asia. HBM also has representatives in another 40 countries around the world. In addition to headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, other HBM production facilities are located in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and Suzhou, China.

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