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:

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.”



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

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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: