Sensor and Meaurement with a Clear Increase in Turnover

AMA Statistics
AMA statistic

The AMA Association’s statistics for the first quarter show an appreciably increasing turnover and a greater amount of orders incoming


The sensor industry generated nine percent more turnover and five percent more orders incoming in the first quarter compared to the previous quarter. 


Berlin, 7 June 2018 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 460 members every quarter on the economic development. After a successful result in the previous year with an overall growth of nine percent turnover, the sensor industry again generated a revenue plus of nine percent. Orders incoming for the first quarter were reported to amount to an increase of five percent compared to the results of the previous quarter. 


Sensor, measuring, and testing technology thus reflects the development of the German economy, which is presently in a continuous and broad upswing. Full order books, work to capacity, and a record employment rate are to be found in many sectors. Sensors are the brokers between the digital and real world. The intelligent utilization of sensors enables the digitalization and automation of industry – today the most important driver for growth.


“When the industry at large is doing well, sensors and measurement boom. The German economy is growing, that is reflected in the economic development in our branch of industry, which attained an increase in turnover of nine percent in the first quarter of this year,” stated Thomas Simmons, the AMA General Manager, commenting on the Association’s current poll. “It’s only the intelligent application of sensor and measuring technology that enables technical industrial innovation. That’s why we can look forward to a further, continued growth of our sensor industry in this year.”


Interested parties can obtain a closer look at the trends and latest developments in sensor, measuring, and testing technology at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg from the 26th to the 28th of June, 2018. About 600 national and international exhibitors will be presenting their technical solutions in measuring, testing, and control technologies.

Center for Sensors and Measurement at the Hanover Fair

Center for Sensors and Measurement

AMA Association presents Competence Center with 19 Exhibitors 


Berlin, 27 March 2018—The AMA Association is to appear at the Hanover Fair from 23 to 27 April, 2018 with 19 exhibitors at the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement. Visitors will obtain compact and concentrated information on new products and solutions for sensor and measuring technology in the area of Industrial Automation.


The AMA’s Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement provides its own platform within the IAMD trade fair, Integrated Automation, Motion, & Drives. At this “fair within a fair,” interested parties can quickly target customer-specific information from specialist to specialist.


The exhibiting enterprises and institutes will provide information on sensor elements, special sensors, complex sensor systems, specific measuring techniques, as well as on system and turnkey solutions. The AMA Association’s sensor industry directory will provide an overview of the products and services offered by its members.


The AMA Association is also a partner of the Automation Forum in Hall 14. Here, visitors can obtain information on measuring technology in automation and on related subjects in numerous lectures. Experts are to present trend topics and are available for discussions.


The venue for AMA Center for Sensors and Measuring Technology is the Hanover Fair from 23 to 27 April, 2018 in Hall 11. A list of the exhibitors with a brief description of their core activitiesProgram for the Automation Forum in Hall 14 

Sensors and Measurement Shows Significant Turnover Growth

AMA members expect continued positive development for current year


The sensor and measuring industry generated revenues of nine percent in the previous fiscal year, while investments increased by 18 percent. During the same period, the export quota decreased by seven percent. For the current year, the sensor industry expects a continued increase in revenue, plans to make greater investments, and banks on further expansion of the workforce.


Berlin, 15 March 2018—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) polled its members on the economic development in January on the economic development in 2017. The responses of the AMA members show a significant positive overall development. For the current year, the sensor industry projects a further growth in turnover of eight percent. The AMA members are planning to increase their investments by 13 percent, compared the results of the previous year. Thanks to the positive outlook, 80 percent of the enterprises state that they want to hire more engineers.


The prevailing mood is based on a very positive development in revenue during the previous year, in which the sensor industry generated an cumulative rise in turnover of nine percent compared to the previous year. Thus, the AMA members significantly exceeded the previous average of six percent growth in turnover. 


The overall good economic development reflects the high investment readiness in the sensor industry. Last year the AMA members invested 18 percent more than in the previous year. For the current fiscal year, the sector counts on a further increase in investments of 13 percent. 


Only the sensor industry’s export quota was retrogressive during last year, declining by seven percent compared to the previous year. Particularly affected are the foreign central European countries with a drop of six percent. It seems that the AMA members are generating a considerable part of the increasing revenue in the booming German market.

Tax Funding in the German Federal Republic for Research


For a number of years now, the sensor sector has shown great investment readiness. In the era of digitization, sensors and sensor systems are considered to be the key industries for the highly industrialized German republic. The sector, characterized by medium-sized enterprises, has already invested heavily in research and development, but is nevertheless ready to invest even more if tax funding measures were to be implemented for research and development in Germany, according to the AMA poll. 


“The good economic development of the sensor industry shows that sensors and measurement are still gaining in significance and continue to be the key for innovative technical products,” says Thomas Simmons, general manager of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement, commenting on the annual statistics in the sector. “Complementing this development, the AMA Association has recently published the study Sensor Technologies 2022, which illustrates the opportunities in new fields of technology for sensor development. These trends reflect the increasing importance of sensors and measurement for the industrial site Germany. The resulting increase in demand is reflected in the significantly growing statistics on our sector.” 

AMA Innovation Award 2018: Association Nominates Four Teams

Three special awards for Young Enterprises in sensor and measuring technology


The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement nominated four contenders for the AMA Innovation Award 2018. The Special Award for Young Enterprises goes to three outstanding developer teams for the first time.


Berlin, 14 March 2018—This year, 35 research and development teams from Germany and abroad contended for the renown AMA Innovation Award. The 10,000-euro award can also be split by the jury. The jury comprises representatives from science and industry. In their evaluation, the jurors place special emphasis on the degree of innovation, the originality of the solution, and the market relevance of the submitted R&D projects.

Nominations for the AMA Innovation Award 2018


Nominated for the AMA Innovation Award 2018 (in alphabetical order):


Bosch BME680, First Miniaturized Chemical Gas Sensor


Dr. Richard Fix, Dr. Thomas Block, Dr. Herbert Verhoeven, Dr. Tarek Zaki, Dr. Patrick Sonstroem, Dr. Andreas Menzel, Dr. Frank Rettig, Dr. Stefan Zehringer, Dr. Isolde Simon, Dr. Pascal Gieschke, Dr. Tobias Frey, Aibin Paul Lazar, Dr. Christoph Brueser, Alexandros Ninos, Thomas Claus, Lu Ye, Dr. Michael Knauss, Jonathan Balewski, Bassem Baffoun, Jochen Eitel, Dr. Uwe Bolz, (Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Reutlingen) 


The Bosch BME680 is worldwide the first integrated 4-in-1 sensor module with a MEMS gas sensor. A new measuring parameter was developed for CE & IoT applications. The basis for the innovation were the high requirements in the CE & IoT market as opposed to the state of the art, especially in regard to system intelligence, device size, power consumption, reliability, as well as industrialization and scalability in production volume. (brochure, p. 7)


Coriolis Flow Meter – Promass Q with Multi-Frequency Technology


Dr. Hao Zhu, Dr. Alfred Rieder, Gerhard Eckert, Ennio Bitto, Dr. Wolfgang Drahm, Dr. Martin Anklin (Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG, Reinach)


Multifrequency technology (MFT) expands the application spectrum of Coriolis flow meters to include currents with gas inclusions. This MFT determines mass currents and density for two different vibration frequencies of the measuring tubes and compensates interference of measuring results by bubble currents. (brochure, p. 6)


Siloxane-Resistant Multipixel-Gas Sensor


Dr. Johannes Bühler, Dr. Matthias Merz, Dr. Roman Pavelko, Pernilla Andersson, Dr. Mirjana Banjevic, Dr. Cyrill Kuemin, Dr. Werner Hunziker, Dr. Felix Hoehne (Sensirion AG, Stäfa)


With the SGP multipixel gas sensor, Sensirion brings multiple key innovations to market. The core technology of the ‘SGP-MOXSens® makes the sensor extremely resistant to contamination by siloxane and thus enables long-term stability and accuracy, as has never before been possible. (brochure, p. 7)


Thermometer with Automatic In-Situ Calibration Function During the Process


Harald Bründl, Torsten Iselt, Michael Korn, Christian Peuker, Christian Stöger, Alfred Umkehrer, Michael Völkl, Dr. Pavo Vrodljak, Peter Wiedemann (Endress+Hauser Wetzer GmbH + Co KG, Nesselwang); Patrick Grob, Jiri Holoubek, Fredy Klammsteiner, Dr. Jiri Polak, Dr. Florian Krogmann (Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, Ebnat-Kappeln); Dr. Marc Schalles, Michael Pufke (Technische Universität Ilmenau)


The itherm TrustSens TM37x is a thermometer with an automatic calibration function. Integrated in its measuring head is a ferro-electric reference element with a known Curie temperature, parallel to the resistor sensor. (brochure, p. 6)


Special Award for Young Enterprises 


In the special category Young Enterprises, startups can compete that have not been on the market over five years, have less than 50 employees, and an annual turnover of less than 10 million euros. The winners of the special award get a trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2018 free of charge. This year, three developer teams in this category convinced the jury.


One Special Award goes to the developer team of Dr. Matthäus Langosch (CeLaGo Sensors GmbH, Saarbrücken, und Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes), for the development of a thinfilm strain gauge. It enables manufacturers to apply sensitive, low-energy, and robust sensor systems for flexible, highly sensitive, application-specific strain gauges.


The developer team of Houssam El Moutaouakil (SENVISYS, Saarbrucken) is to receive a Special Award for “efficiently securing a railroad level crossing by means of vibration analysis.” Supported by artificial intelligence, the vibration sensor system provides an efficient, wireless railroad level crossing. 


Theresa Ebeling’s team (HygNova GmbH, Berlin) is also to receive a trade-fair stand free of charge in the special category for the development of the HygNova Advance. This device helps medical institutions to reduce hospital infections by increasing the hand disinfection rate.


“We were again very glad this year to see the many, high-quality projects submitted by the contenders for the AMA Innovation Award as well as those for the Young Enterprise category. Especially the three startups outdistanced the rest of the field in this category. Therefore, we are inviting three teams for the first time to a free-of-charge trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2018,” says Professor Andreas Schütze, the jury chair from the University of Saarland. “The four nominated teams for the AMA Innovation Award 2018 show the plethora of developments and solutions in which innovative sensor and measuring technology set the pace for technical advance. Nevertheless, they also represent the current trends, especially for smartphones and the Internet of Things: Two nominated innovations are direct competitors in this highly dynamic market.”


The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2018 will be made known at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST 2018 trade fair in Nuremberg.


An overview of all competitors and projects for the AMA Innovation Award 2018 

AMA Verband veröffentlicht Seminarprogramm 2018

Weiterbildungsangebote rund um die Sensorik und Messtechnik 


Der AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik stellt das neue Seminarprogramm 2018 vor. Tagesseminare von der Sensorik für Quereinsteiger über Hall-Sensoren, Ultraschallmesstechnik bis zum Seminar IoT, mit Sensoren ins Internet der Dinge.


Berlin, 23. Januar 2018 – Der AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik (AMA) veröffentlicht sein Seminarprogramm 2018. Sensorik und Messtechnik erweisen sich zunehmend als Schlüsseltechnologie für das Industrieland Deutschland. Industrie 4.0, das Internet der Dinge, Elektromobilität und Robotik treiben Forschung und Industrie um. Hersteller bleiben nicht zuletzt durch den Einsatz von Sensoren und Messtechnik international konkurrenzfähig. 


AMA Seminare ermöglichen Teilnehmern aus Industrie und Forschung einen tieferen Einblick in fachspezifische Themen der Sensorik und Messtechnik. Das Seminar Sensorik für Quereinsteiger wendet sich eher an fachfremde Mitarbeiter und vermittelt die Grundlagen der Sensorik und Messtechnik. Seminare wie Ultraschall- oder Gasmesstechnik, IoT - mit Sensoren ins Internet der Dinge oder Hall-Sensoren richten sich vorwiegend an Entwickler, Forscher, Fertigungs- und Vertriebsingenieure und Projektleiter.


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


Das AMA Seminarprogramm 2018 mit Themen, Terminen und Preisen unter: