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President Tosaka

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〜A Pioneering Company in Strain Gauges〜

Showa Measuring Instruments recognized the potential of strain gauges early on, and in 1962, the company became the first in Japan to begin full-fledged manufacturing of foil strain gauges. Today, strain measurement has become a cutting-edge technology indispensable for technical innovation.In modern society in particular, with the trend toward making everything more lightweight, their presence in strength testing and stress measuring for fatigue is unparalleled, and our own products have thoroughly demonstrated those capabilities.

The demand for precision in the fields of measuring and control grows on a daily basis, and the ablity to measure variation of one part per million is even in demand. Through total in-house production of foil strain gauges themselves,from development and design to manufacturing and commercialization, we are able to throughly meet the needs of the market, not only by providing high-precision measurnent, but also by accmmodation requests at the development stage. From the six-component load cells built into humanoid robots to the shift sensors built into racing motorcycles, our revolutionary products are the fruition of our company's technological prowess and the advanced requirements of the companies we serve.

As a pioneering company in strain gauges, we shall continue to combine our deep expertise and flexible ways of thinking in order to develop and produce products that demand even higher levels of accuracy and reliability We are also in the process of actively developing strain gauges and measuring devices that can handle strength testing and stress measuring of new materials. At Showa Measuring Instruments, our goal is to contribute not only to industry, but to all of society, and we believe the future looks promising.

Yuzo Tosaka President and CEO

Company Overview

Established Feburuary 1962
Capital 40 million yen
Business details Design, development, and manufacture of strain gauges and transducers
Board of directors Yuzo Tosaka, President and CEO
  Kenzo Noguchi, director
  Akio Amano, director
  Ichiro Miyasawa, director
Employees 90(50 men, 40 women)
Lines of business Strain gauges, load transducers, 6-component force transducers, pressure transducers
  torque transducers, digital display gauges, dynamic strain amplifiers
Business locations Main office; 1-17-16 Nishihokima, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
  Plant; 5-24-27 Hokima, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
  Osaka Sales Office; Shin-Miwa Bldg,. 1-5-16 Enokojima, Nishi-ku, Osaka
Banks Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,Resona Bank
Affliated companies Showa Seimitu Inc.
  ESA Inc.


1949 Resarch on resistance-wire strain gauges begins for the first time
  in Japan at the Transport Research Institute.
1950 Wire gauges and static strain gauges are completed at the aforementioned Institute.
1960 Design of electric scanning strain indicator
1961 R&D for the purpose of commercializing foil strain gauges.
1962 Showa Measuring Instruments Research Institute Co., Ltd. is established.
  Manufacturing of foil strain gauges, pressure meters and all kinds of measuring instruments begins.
1964 Main office and plant move to Nakamaru-cho, Itabasi-ku Tokyo.
1967 Osaka branch office is established.
1969 Nagoya branch office is established.
1970 Main office and plant move to Shimura, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo.
1970 Company name is changed to Showa Measuring Instruments Co., Ltd.
1972 Mejiro Plant is newly established. Dedicated production of foil gauges begins.
1973 Hokima Plant is established at Nishihokima, Adachi-ku.
1981 Main office moves to 1-17-16 Nishihokima, Adachi-ku.
1990 Construction of new planmt completed at 5-24-27 Hokima, Adachi-ku.
  Production streamlining of load,pressure,and torque transducers.
1990 Development of small, lightweight 6-component force transducer.
1992 Capital increases to 40 million yen.
1998 Calibration certification is obtained from JCSS(as a measurement researchlaboratory)
  for 20 kN and 200 kN force calibration machines.
2001 ISO 9001 certification is obtained.
2002 Accreditation is obstained as a JCSS "force" accredited company.
2008 ECO Action 21 certification is obstained.

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