Chinese-German Sensor Innovation Forum Started

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AMA Associated Consolidates Chinese-German Collaboration

 

Berlin, 4. July 2017—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) and the Chinese Sensors and IoT Industry Association (SIA) have established the Chinese-German Sensor Innovation Forum at the SENSOR+TEST 2017 in Nuremberg as a platform for the exchange of technology and market-strategy information.

 

Xueshan Yang, the deputy minister for Industry and Information Technology in China, emphasized the special significance of the newly founded Chinese-German Forum in his speech at the opening event. Peter Krause, the AMA chairman, outlined the current trends in sensor development especially in regard to Industry 4.0 and the digitalization of vast areas of everyday life to the 60 delegates from Beijing. 

 

Yuancheng Guo, chairman of the SIA and head of development at Electronics Component Industry Development Center at the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), sees the importance of sensor technology not only in factories and processing plants, but also in the day-to-day life in today’s mega-cities. The secretary general of the China Smart Home Industry Alliance (CSHIA), Jun Zhou, underlined the relevance of sensor technology with an overview of the required key technologies and their application in the networked and digitized world.

 

The development of sensors relies on the availability of highly technical research centers and the mass production of sensors depends on the availability of specialized professionals.  In view of this background, Josef Sauerer, chairman of the Abteilung Smart Sensing und Electronics am Fraunhofer Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen (IIS) in Erlangen, explained the on-site readiness of a high-end research base and their current projects. Hubert Steigerwald, managing director of Sensorik-Bayern GmbH at Regensburg, closed the discussions with a talk on the opportunities of technology transfer in industry.

 

Peter Krause and Yuancheng Guo strengthen the innovation capability of the sensor industry and its future development of intelligent, sustainable technologies with this cooperation. German sensor suppliers already generate 60% of their revenues abroad. Changes in the traditional markets should let their interest in exporting to the Chinese market surge.

 

The development of resource-efficient automation, mobility, and supply structures cannot be implemented without adapted sensor technologies. To better promote innovation, trends in demand must be identified and evaluated as early as possible. Germany, the high-technology site, and China, the land of digitalization with a great market potential, will find a multitude of opportunities for collaboration. As open discussion forums, the Chinese-German Sensor Innovation Forum in Nuremberg, the International Conference on Sensors in the Internet of Things (SIOT) in Hangzhou, as well as further Chinese sensor centers are being planned. In a joint memorandum both organizations agree to concrete activity objectives.

 

Chinese-German Sensor Innovation Forum as a platform for the exchange of technology and market-strategy information will be held in both countries alternately every year.  

AMA Elects New Representatives to Executive Board

(Photo: AMA/Gillert) left to right: Christoph Kleye (vice chair), Prof. Dr. Stefan Zimmermann (assessor), Peter Krause (chair), Johannes W. Steinebach (treasurer), Dr. Rolf Slatter (secretary), Dr. C. Thomas Simmons (general manager and assessor)

Peter Krause Stays as Chair, Rolf Slatter and Stefan Zimmermann Are New 

 

Berlin, 15 June 2017- The members of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) confirmed Peter Krause (First Sensor AG) as Chair of the Executive Board at the Annual General Meeting on 31 May in Nuremberg. Newly elected to office were Dr. Rolf Slatter (Sensitec GmbH) as Secretary and Professor Dr. Stefan Zimmermann (Leibniz University Hanover) as Assessor and Chair of the AMA Science Board.

 

Rolf Slatter is an executive partner of Sensitec GmbH and a long-standing member of various AMA committees. He will take over the office of secretary from Peter Scholz (imc Test & Measurement GmbH), who after a number of terms in office will no longer be available as a candidate. Stefan Zimmermann was voted as the chair of the AMA Science Board, replacing the chair of many years, Andreas Schütze (University of the Saarland), who is also not available as a candidate for this office, but will continue as vice-chair of the AMA Science Board. 

 

Confirmed for a two-year term of office are Christoph Kleye (IS-Line GmbH) as vice-chair and Johannes W. Steinebach (TWK-ELEKTRONIK GmbH) as treasurer.

 

“Our thanks for the trust you have placed in us. We will continue as a new team with renewed strength to link innovators”, said Peter Krause commenting on the Executive Board election. “We will go on purposefully with the expansion of our network. The challenges of the future play downright into our hands here. The approaches to future projects, such as CO2-neutral and energy-efficient cities, as well as sustainable mobility, Internet-based services for the economy, Industry 4.0, and secure identities, are all based on data that is provided by sensors and evaluated by measuring technology. With the combined knowhow of our members we are ready to help all of our contacts in industry, science, and politics with a future-oriented dialog,” said Krause explaining the objectives of the AMA Association during his term of office.

 

The AMA was founded in 1981 as the AMA Working Group for Transducers (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Messwertaufnehmer) and can draw on the technical competence of 460 members from industry and science. The AMA is the first contact for sensor and measuring technology and cultivates the innovation dialog at the leading trade fair SENSOR+TEST, at the scientific AMA Conferences, and at community stands of major trade fairs in Germany and abroad. 

 

 

Further information: www.ama-sensorik.de

Sensor and Measuring Industry Clearly Rises in First Quarter

Sensors and Measurement expands markedly in 1st Quarter
Revenue 1st Quarter 2017
Orders Incomming 1st Quarter 2017

AMA Association Statistics for First Quarter Published

 

Sensor and measuring industry generates nine percent more revenue in first quarter and books a plus of ten percent in orders incoming. 

 

Berlin, 30 May 2017—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 460 members every quarter on the economic development. After a solid growth of four percent in the previous year, the sensor industry was able to generate a marked growth of a further nine percent. Orders incoming were boosted by ten percent compared to the previous quarter.

 

Thus, the sensor and measurement industry proves to be a strong growth sector. Moreover, sensor and measuring technology reflects the development of the German economy, which was also invigorated in the fourth quarter of 2016 and then continued to rise considerably in the first quarter of 2017.

 

The sensor and measurement industry currently profits extensively from the increasing digitalization of the industry at large. There is a demand for more and more intelligent linking of different sensor data with application-relevant information. This could be GPS positioning, utilization of WLAN, or model-based knowledge on a given process. Sensors with intelligent algorithms decide autonomously in running operations, what measuring results need to be communicated. Digitalization of the industry creates opportunities particularly for the small and medium sized enterprises in the sensor and measurement industry, not least by the expansion of their own value chain.

 

“Sensor, measuring, and testing technology has proven to be a stable growth sector over the last years. With a turnover result for the first quarter of 2017 of nine percent and an increase of ten percent in orders incoming, our member enterprises already exceed the forecast five percent growth,” summarizes Thomas Simmons, AMA’s managing director. “This gratifying economic development makes the relevance of sensors and measurement for modern industry tangible. The results of the first quarter are beyond the average of the recent years. We can look forward to a continued development of the market. Our members also reckon with a growth in revenue of approximately four percent for the current quarter.” 

AMA Innovation Award 2017 for High-Frequency Particle Filter Sensor

AMA Innovation Award 2017
left to right: Peter Krause, First Sensor AG/AMA Association; Jochen Schnetz, Nick Scruton, Dr. Alexander Sappok, CTS; Prof. Stefan Zimmermann, Leibniz-University Hannover ©AMA Association

Sensor for Condition Measurement of Emission Control Systems Wins

 

Berlin, 30 May 2017 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) bestowed the AMA Innovation Award 2017 to the winners on the 30th of May at the SENSOR+TEST in Nuremberg.

 

This year, a convincing developer team from the U.S.A. won the AMA Innovation Award 2017 with a high-frequency-based Diesel and gasoline particle filter sensor. The team members, Alexander Sappok and Paul Ragaller of the CTS Corporation, Boston Innovation Office, and Leslie Bromber from MIT received the 10,000 Euro Innovation Award.

 

This outstanding development of the CTS RF is a high-frequency-based sensor for the direct detection of the condition of Diesel and gasoline particle filters for emission control systems. The technology provides real-time values and enables feedback control, allowing the actual charge state of particle filters and catalyzers to be measured with an on-board sensor, which was previously not possible with currently available sensors. This sensor combines a robust mechanical solution with an intelligent and flexible measuring technology for data evaluation. Engine and vehicle makers can implement the CTS RF sensor to meet increasingly stringent emission values, while cutting costs and reducing complexity. Further information on the CTS RF sensor can be found at the SENSOR+TEST in Hall 2, Stand 300.

 

“This year, 41 teams with first-rate developments competed for the AMA Innovation Award. We were convinced by the development of the winning team with their solution to a very current topic, emission reduction and emission system control. The discussions held worldwide on this subject are also an indicator for the vast market relevance for such a CTS RF sensor,” said jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University, commenting on this year’s selection.

 

The special award in the category “Young Enterprises” this year went to Jens Karsten Lange’s team from SLT Sensor- und Lasertechnik in Wildau, Germany, and researchers from the PTB, Germany’s National Metrology Institute, in Berlin. Their joint development of a detector for absolute power measurement in the terahertz spectrum can be seen at the SENSOR+TEST in Hall 1, Stand 631.

 

The Association has bestowed the AMA Innovation Award for 17 years now, and after the annual presentation it publishes the brochure “AMA Innovation Award – the Contestants” providing an overview of all submissions. 

 

The Association will call for submission to the AMA Innovation Award 2018 in October of this year. Individuals or development teams from enterprises and institutes from Germany and abroad can participate in the competition.

 

The brochure with all the submissions for AMA Innovation Award for 2017

AMA Conferences: Sensor and Measurement Research Results

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Visitors Discuss the Development in Research and Industry

 

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement has organized the AMA Conferences, SENSOR und IRS², for the 30th of May to the 1st of June in Nuremberg. Representatives from science and industry will present current research results from sensor and measuring technology. The SENSOR+TEST 2017 invites all participants to take part in the Innovation Dialog at the trade fair.

 

Berlin, 6 March 2017 - The AMA Conferences, SENSOR and IRS², are considered to be international networking platforms for experts in sensors and measurement. Specialists from science and industry are to present their latest R&D results. They invite all parties to a technical discussion.

 

The AMA Conferences are directed by Professors Gerald Gerlach (TU Dresden) and Reinhard Lerch (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg). A special highlight this year is the plenary talk by Alfons Dehé from Infineon Technologies, Munich. His presentation will deal mainly with silicon MEMS microphones, emphasizing the great efforts that have been made in regard to sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, and the improvement of the reliability of present technical solutions. These new microphones already lead the worldwide smartphone market. Other highlights at this year’s AMA Conferences are gas and biosensors, again underlining the growing potential in this area.

 

“We also look forward to the special session, Recent Developments in the IR Industry,” commented Gerlach on the conference agenda 2017. “Various enterprises will be presenting the latest scientific-technological results of their research and development efforts in six presentations.” Conference visitors can also expect talks about trends and developments in the area of sensor principles, modelling, and simulation as well as novel sensor applications in industry.

 

The internationally oriented poster sessions in the congress area of the AMA Conferences will provide further information on cross-disciplinary research approaches. The parallel SENSOR+TEST trade fair with its 600 exhibitors from Germany and abroad invites the conference participants to come and network.

 

The AMA Conferences 2017 will be held from 30 May to 1 June 2017 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, “NCC Mitte” (Middle). The detailed agenda for the AMA Conferences 2017, further information, and registration can be found at:

 

http://www.ama-science.org/direct/program-2017

AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement at the Hanover Fair

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AMA Association as Partner of the “Industrial Automation” Forum 

 

Berlin, 24 March 2017—The AMA Association is present at the Hanover Fair from 24 to 28 April 2017 with 19 exhibitors at the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement. The AMA members will present new products and approaches to solutions in sensors and measurement in the area of “Industrial Automation.”

 

Process control, mechanical engineering, or automation: There is hardly a branch of industry in which sensors and measurement technologies are not electronically testing, monitoring, or automating. The need for sensors – especially smart sensors – is on the rise. The demand is for intelligent linking of the plethora of sensor data to relevant information. The AMA Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement invites the visitors to the trade fair to detailed technical discussions about innovative approaches to solutions in industrial automation. The exhibitors in Hall 11 provide information on specific sensor elements, special sensors, complex sensor systems, and dedicated measuring technology as well as on system and turn-key solutions.

 

Moreover, the AMA Association is a partner of the “Industrial Automation” forum in Hall 14. Visitors can obtain information here in presentations on production and process automation. Experts will also talk about trends and are available for subsequent discussions. 

 

 

The AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement can be found at the Hanover Fair from 24 to 28 April 2017 in Hall 11. The list of the exhibitors at the AMA Center and a brief description of their core activities  

 

Agenda for the “Industrial Automation” forum in Halle 14  

AMA Innovation Award 2017: Five Teams Nominated

Special Award “Young Enterprises” goes to SLT Sensor- and Lasertechnik 

 

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement has nominated five submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2017. The Special Award for “Young Enterprises” goes to Jens Karsten Lange’s team from SLT Sensor- und Lasertechnik GmbH in Wildau, Germany.

 

Berlin, 16 March 2017 - The AMA Innovation Award is among the most renown prizes in sensor and measuring technology and is to be presented for the 17th time. This year, 41 research and development teams from Germany and abroad submitted their projects for the 10,000-eur award. Startups, active for five years, with less than 50 employees, and annual revenues under 10 million euros, were able to compete for the special “Young Enterprise” award. The winning team receives a trade-fair presence at the SENSOR+TEST 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany, free of charge.

 

This year the special award was bestowed on Jens Karsten Lange’s team from SLT Sensor- und Lasertechnik GmbH in Wildau, Germany, and representatives of the PTB, Germany’s National Metrology Institute in Berlin. The team jointly developed detectors for absolute power measurement in the terahertz spectral range. It saw its major challenge in the fact that until recently there were no calibrated detectors for the evaluation the THz power of time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) systems made by different manufacturers. Three characteristic quantities were not available: broad-band, extended area, and high sensitivity. The sensors developed in the submission meet these requirement and are now to be sold by SLT including an individual calibration certificate from the PTB.

 

“As members of the jury from research and industry, we are positively surprised by the high quality of the outstanding submissions every year out of which we nominate five teams for the AMA Innovation Award. This year’s projects prove just how sensor and measurement technology point the way ahead,” said Andreas Schütze, the jury chair from the Saarland University. “We are glad indeed to be able to bestow the Young Enterprise award among the five nominees. Jens Karsten Lange and his team from SLT and the PTB are invited to present free of charge their detectors for absolute power measurement in the terahertz spectral range at the SENSOR+TEST from 30 May to 1 June 2017.” 

 

Nominated for the AMA Innovation Award 2017 (in alphabetical order) are:

BactiSense: Thermal identification of bacteria and viability testing

Dr. Bart van Grinsven, Prof. Dr. Thomas Cleij (University Maastricht), Dr. Kasper Eersels, Prof. Dr. Patrick Wagner (KU Leuven) / brochure p. 6

Detectors for absolute power measurement in the terahertz spectral range

Dr. Werner Bohmeyer, Achim Mans, Jens Karsten Lange (SLT, Wildau) und Dr. Andreas Steiger, Dr. Ralf Müller (PTB, Berlin) / brochure p. 6

Flame ionization detector with an internal gas supply as a field instrument

Dr. Winfred Kuipers, Dr. Jan Förster, Dr. Christian Koch (Krohne GmbH, Duisburg), Dr. Steffen Ziesche, Christian Lenz (Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden) / brochure p. 7

Magnetic-inductive force sensor

Dr. Phillip Coerlin, Dr. Tobias Kitzler, Dr. Tobias Senkbeil, Anatol Schwersenz, Christian Leiser, Sebastian Schwiertz, Steffen Witzemann (Trafag GmbH, Unterensingen) und Lutz May (Torque And More GmbH, Starnberg) / brochure p. 7

Radio-frequency diesel and gasoline particulate filter sensor

Dr. Alexander Sappok, Dr. Paul Ragaller (CTS Corporation, Malden, USA), Dr. Leslie Bromberg (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) / brochure p. 8

 

The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2017 will be made known at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST 2017 trade fair in Nuremberg on 30 May 2017.

 

An overview of all projects submitted for the AMA Innovation Award 2017 you will find in the Brochure AMA Innovation Award 2017

Sensors and Measurement: Turnover, Investments, and Exports Are Up

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Revenues are up
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The sensor and measuring industry generated a four percent increase in turnover last year, invested two percent more, and boosted its export quota by seven percent. This year, the sensor industry is planning greater investments and an expansion of its work­force. Almost 90 percent of the AMA members see good opportunities for their enterprises by digitizing and networking the industrial production.  


 

 

Berlin, 13 March 2017—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) polled its members on the economic development during 2016. The sensor and measuring industry was able to maintain its successful growth in all segments. The AMA members anticipate a further growth in revenue of five percent and plan to invest another five percent, compared to the results of the previous year.

 

Last year, the sensor and measurement industry generated a cumulated growth in turnover of four percent. With this result, the sensor and measurement industry was able positively stand out from the development of the producing industry as a whole, which nearly stagnated last year.

 

This development is also confirmed by the willingness of the sensor industry to invest. In fact, the AMA members invested two percent more last year than in the previous year. The representatives of the sensor and measurement industry propose to further increase their investment by an additional five percent. At the same time, they also plan to expand their workforce by a further three percent.

 

Growth in German Export Quota to Other European Countries

 

The success of the sensor industry overall is reflected by a significant rise in the export quota by seven percentage points to 58 percent. It is thus clearly higher than the result of the previous year. Conspicuous is that the export quota to non-European countries has remained largely unchanged, while the exports within Europe soared by seven percentage points to 36 percent.

 

Digitizing and Networking Industrial Production

 

The AMA Association polled its members this year on the risks and opportunities of digitizing and networking the industrial production. A total of 88 percent of the AMA members consider the development towards Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things as a good opportunity for more growth in sensor and measuring technology, while only 10 percent of the AMA members remained undecided.

 

“The sensor and measurement industry is in the fast lane compared to the overall German industry,” concluded Thomas Simmons, general manager of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement, in regard to the poll results. “If we take a look at society’s future projects, we find topics like CO2-neutral, energy-efficient, climate-adapted cities, intelligent conversion of the power supply, sustainable mobility, Internet-based services for the economy, Industry 4.0, and secure identities. These projects already show us today the challenges of tomorrow. The good news for our sensor and measuring industry is that the approaches to their solution are based on data that only sensor and measuring technology can provide and evaluate. Thus, the future has many new opportunities for our members to mold these coming changes.”

 

Conclusion:

The sensor and measurement industry continued in the year 2016 on its overall path of growth. The AMA members are counting on an increase in revenue of five percent, plan on investments during the current year of five percent, and an expansion of the workforce of three percent. Digitization and networking of industrial production are regarded by the AMA members as opportunities for their own enterprises.

AMA Verband: Seminarprogramm 2017 jetzt online

Foto: AMA Verband f. Sensorik und Messtechnik

Sensorik und Messtechnik für Einsteiger und Profis 

Der AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik veröffentlicht sein Seminarprogramm 2017. Tagesseminare von der Sensorik für Quereinsteiger über Schwingungsmesstechnik bis zum Seminar Autarke Funksensoren.

 

Berlin, 14. Februar 2017 – Der AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik (AMA) veröffentlicht sein Seminarprogramm 2017. Der Bedarf an Sensoren und Messtechnik wächst rasant. Industrie 4.0, das Internet der Dinge oder Elektromobilität treiben Forschung und Industrie um. Dabei gelten Sensorik und Messtechnik als Schlüssel zur technischen Innovation. 

 

AMA Seminare ermöglichen Interessenten aus Industrie und Forschung einen Einblick in fachspezifische Themen der Sensorik und Messtechnik. Das Seminar Sensorik für Quereinsteiger wendet sich gezielt an fachfremde Mitarbeiter und vermittelt die Grundlagen der Sensorik und Messtechnik. Seminare wie Hall-Sensoren, Ultraschall- oder Gasmesstechnik sowie Magnetoresistive Sensoren richten sich vorwiegend an Entwickler, Forscher, Fertigungs- und Vertriebsingenieure, technische Einkäufer und Projektleiter. 

 

Die angebotenen AMA Seminare stehen unter wissenschaftlicher Leitung und bieten den Teilnehmern fundiertes, herstellerunabhängiges Wissen über den neuesten Stand der Sensorik und Messtechnik. 

 

Das AMA Seminarprogramm 2017 mit Themen, Terminen und Preisen unter: www.ama-weiterbildung.de