Sensor and Measuring Technology in 3rd Quarter: Drop in Turnover, Stable Orders Incoming

Berlin, 10 November 2012—The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) polls its member enterprises every quarter on the economic development. For the third quarter, the sensor and measuring technology industry recorded a decrease in revenue, while orders incoming remained unchanged and stable. The sensor industry hopes for a slight increase in turnover for the fourth quarter and forecasts a one percent plus in revenue. 

As the representative of sensor and measuring technology, the AMA Association for Sensor Technology polled its 470 member enterprises and institutes in regard to the economic development in the third quarter. The results indicate that the turnover in the sensor and measuring industry dropped in the third quarter by 2.8 percent compared to the results of the previous quarter. 

The incoming orders, however, remained unchanged for the two consecutive quarters. Some AMA members are banking on a slight economic upturn, for instance in robotics and mechanical engineering. This confidence was expressed in an expected increase in revenue of 1.4 percent for the fourth quarter.

“The sensor and measuring industry are lowering their expectations, but are in general still confident that the economic slowdown will not affect all branches of industry to the same degree,” stated Thomas Simmons, Executive Manager of the AMA Association for Sensor Technology, commenting on the statistical evaluation of the sensor industry for the third quarter. 

AMA Innovation Award 2013: Submit Your Project Now

Berlin, 15 October 2012—The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) is calling for submissions to contend for the AMA Innovation Award 2013. The AMA is looking for innovative research and development projects with clearly discernible market relevance from the area of sensor and measuring technology. Submission can be made by individuals or developer teams with novel, outstanding R&D projects. The 10,000-euro AMA Innovation Award will be complemented next year for the first time by an additional, special award for start-up enterprises. The submission deadline is 21 January 2013.

The AMA Innovation Award has been presented for 13 years now for extraordinary research and development projects and is among the most renown awards in sensor and measuring technology. Exceptional for this award is the fact that the developers and developer teams themselves are bestowed, not the supporting institutions.

In 2012 over 70 submissions worldwide were published by the Association in a brochure. “By publishing the first-rate, innovative submissions, we are fulfilling the objective of our association to link science and research more closely with industry”, says Thomas Simmons, the Executive Manager of the AMA. “All submissions are presented to a wide-ranging audience and the industry obtains an insight into the current state of the art in sensor and measuring technology.”


The AMA Innovation Award jury consists of long-standing experts from academic and scientific institutes as well as from enterprises. They will evaluate the submissions in view of their merit and market viability. “Every year we get outstanding, innovative, and market-relevant projects from all over the world,” comments Jury Chairman Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “Among these projects are many interesting developments – especially from young, innovative enterprises, which sometimes do not quite attain the development depth of established institutions. That is why we will bestow a special award among young enterprises. We will invite the winners of this special category to exhibit their project free of charge at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in May 2013 to an audience of experts. We are convinced that this provides a substantial marketing support for these startups.”

Individuals as well developer teams from anywhere on the globe are welcome to submit their projects for the AMA Innovation Award 2013. The conditions of participation and application forms are available in German and English free of charge on the AMA website: www.ama-sensorik.de.

Submission deadline is 21 January 2013. The nominations for the award will be made known at the annual AMA press conference in February 2013. The Innovation Award will be presented during the opening ceremony at the SENSOR+TEST on 14 May 2013 in Nuremberg.

 

Sensor and Measuring Industry falls back in 2nd Quarter

Berlin, 7 September 2012—The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) polled its member enterprises on the economic development in the second quarter of 2012. The results show a drop in turnover and almost stagnating incoming orders. Asked about the prospects for the third quarter, the industry responded with more optimism, expecting a rise in turnover of well over 2 percent.

The AMA Association, as the representative of the sensor and measuring technology industry, polls its 470 members every quarter on the economic development. In the second quarter of 2012, the sensor industry’s turnover dropped by 1.6 percent compared to the results of the previous quarter. The industry’s incoming orders that soared in the first quarter by 7.2 percent dropped slightly in the second quarter by 0.3 percent. Nevertheless, the sensor and measuring industry overall is confident and already counting on a rise in turnover of a good 2 percent in the third quarter.

“The result in our branch of industry reflects the general economic situation quite clearly. According to the German Federal Ministry of Economics, the dynamics on the German market weakened considerably in the second quarter after a strong first quarter,” Thomas Simmons, Executive Director of the AMA Association for Sensor Technology, stated. “The production of the German industry as a whole, dropped by 1.0 percent already in June. This of-course has a subsequent effect on our member enterprises that supply all branches of industry.”

Despite the reduced turnover, the sensor and measuring industry demonstrated stability and confidence. This is confirmed by the plans to expand employment in the mostly small and medium-sized enterprises in the sensor industry. According to Simmons, currently 60 percent of the polled enterprises plan to hire additional employees within the next 12-month period. Especially engineers are being sought for product development in sensor and measuring technology. This in turn enables the various branches of industry to develop and implement their own innovations.

In summary, the sensor and measuring industry fell back in the second quarter of 2012, but thanks to an optimistic prospect for orders and turnover in the upcoming quarter banks on growth as demonstrated by plans to expand the number of employees.

Sensor and Measuring Technology Directory

Berlin, May 2012—The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) has published the current edition of the Sensor and Measuring Technology Directory 2012/13. The 86-page brochure provides information on the wide range of products and services offered by the sensor industry. The directory can be ordered from the AMA Association or used online.

The AMA Association for Sensor Technology is the most important network and representative of interests of the sensor and measuring industry. With its detailed sensor industry directory, the Association provides an overview of the sensor and measuring technology offerings: Be it research and development, production or distribution, service provider or supplier – the AMA links innovators and answers technical questions dealing with sensor and measuring technology.  

“Our industry directory provides a quick, simple, and structured overview of the products and services offered by our 470 members,” says Dr. Thomas Simmons, AMA Executive Manager. “Interested parties can find suppliers for their concrete application according to parameters and key words. Of course we also have an online version on our homepage that can also be queried.”

The first part of the AMA industry directory lists the various measuring parameters from geometrical parameters to technological developments and system integration. For a given application, the reader can find matching suppliers. The second part of the directory shows an alphabetical list of the contact data of the member enterprises and institutes. The third part provides a list of keywords, such as absolute pressure or temperature control.

“The sensor and measuring industry is the key branch of industry for technical innovation. Whether it be automotive engineering, process automation, wind energy, or electromobility: sensors help to surmount technical challenges intelligently. Our directory provides a guide to our industry,” adds Simmons.

The AMA Sensor Industry Directory is available online at: www.ama-sensorik.de

Nominations for the AMA Innovation Award 2012

AMA Association Publishes Brochure with all Submissions


Berlin, Feb. 2012 - The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) has nominated four contenders for the AMA Innovation Award 2012 and has published a brochure for the first time of all submitted innovations in sensor and measuring technology.


For years, the AMA Innovation Award is among the most renown awards in sensor and measuring technology. This year 75 researchers and developer teams from Germany and abroad applied for participation in the contest for the 10,000-euro award. The first-rate jury, made up of representatives of universities, research institutes, and enterprises, nominated four of the submitted projects.


The jury’s most important evaluation criteria are the degree of innovation, originality, and market relevance. A special aspect of the AMA Innovation Award is that the researchers and developers themselves, not their companies or institutes, receive the award.


Nominated for the AMA Innovation Award 2012 by the jury (in alphabetical sequence):

-    Real-time control system for laser welding

Felix Abt (University of Stuttgart), Leonardo Nicolosi (Technical University of Dresden), and Andreas Blug (Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measuring Technology -IPM-), (brochure, p.14)

-     Highly integrated Hall sensor ASIC for energy autonomous absolute encoders

Dr. Steffen Klupsch, Ralf Burkard, Dr. Heiner Flocke (IC-Haus GmbH, Bodenheim), and Dr. Thomas Theil (Mehnert & Theil Erfindergemeinschaft, Feldafing), (brochure p. 18)

 

-     Confocal chromatic triangualation (CCT) sensor

Miro Taphanel (Karlsruhe Institute of Techology -KIT- and Fraunhofer Institute -IOSB-), (brochure p. 21)

 

-     Ultrasonic flowmeter with measurement of methane concentrations for biogas applications

Dr.-Ing. Michal Bezdek, Pierre Ueberschlag, Oliver Brumberg, Andreas Berger (Endress+Hauser, Weil am Rhein), (brochure, p. 40)


“This year the jury found the submissions especially challenging. With a total of 75 submitted projects, we have a new record for interesting developments from the most diverse areas of application,” said jury chairman Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “Among the many very good ideas we picked out four exceptional projects. To ensure that all submissions are duly appreciated, we decided for the first time to publish a brochure with a brief description of all the submitted projects.”

The winner of the AMA Innovation Award 2012 will be announced on 22 May 2012 during the opening ceremonies of the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg. The “AMA Innovation Award 2012” can be downloaded at: www.ama-sensorik.de.

Innovation Dialog for Technical Advance – yesterday, today, tomorrow

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30 years SENSOR+TEST, the trade fair for sensor, measuring, and testing technology


Berlin, March 2012—With its SENSOR+TEST trade fair, established for 30 years, the AMA Association for Sensor Technology has created an unequalled communication platform serving the key industry of technical innovations: sensor, measuring, and testing technology. Every year a total of more than 500 enterprises and institutes present their innovations to highly specialized visitors.

 

The SENSOR+TEST continually expands the exchange of ideas and practical requirements between suppliers and users. Following the demand for information by the users, the trade fair is held annually at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, where specialists from all over the world meet. There is no comparable summit meeting for sensor and measuring technology in the U.S.A. or any other technology-driven economic zone.

 

Thirty years ago, the term “sensor” meant an optical, capacitive, or inductive switching component for plant automation. Sensor technology, measuring physical, optical, chemical, or biological parameters, was just starting to develop and played no role at the big industrial fairs of the time. Miniaturization was in its infancy, when electronic measuring technology was beginning to revolutionize mechanical automotive and engineering, when microsystem technology was little more than an idea, and nobody dreamed about a smartphone.

 

Meanwhile, the offers found at the SENSOR+TEST exceed by far the core topic of sensor technology as it was then understood. Today, trade-fair visitors see the entire spectrum of measuring system competence from sensors to evaluation at the SENSOR+TEST.

 

In the future, the SENSOR+TEST will focus even more on current key aspects of technological development. In the year 2012 the focus is on the topic of “electromobility”. Beyond offers of concrete support, the topic is an example of how crucial sensor, measuring, and testing systems are for the rapid development of serviceable and reliable products.

 

The SENSOR+TEST 2012 will take place 22 – 24 May 2012 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre: www.sensor-test.de

 

Sensor and Measuring Technology Start Confidently

 

AMA Association Publishes New Industry Statistics

Berlin, 23 Feb. 2012—The results of the AMA Association’s January Polls show an economic normalization after the considerable turbulences in the past years. Sensor and measuring technology, as key industry for technical innovation, showed a healthy growth in turnover, investments, exports, and a continuously increasing demand for qualified personnel.

 

The AMA Association (AMA) polled its members on the economic development in the year 2011, and the overall result is growth. At the end of 2011 the German economy had a setback due to the uncertainties in the euro debt crisis. After a splendid start in 2011, the sensor and measuring industry’s turnover dropped as of the middle of the year and orders in the fourth quarter decreased by 1.7 percent. Despite this circumstance, AMA members achieved an increase in turnover of 15 percent. Compared with the eleven percent growth in turnover of the German industry as a whole, the sensor and measuring industry thus demonstrated its course of growth and looks forward to the year 2012 with confidence. As to the expectations for the current year, the AMA members are counting with a rise in turnover of five percent over last year’s result.

 

Sensor and measuring technology got a significant thrust in turnover from its increasing exports. A look at the industry’s export development shows a long-term growth. While exports in European countries show a significant growth, export in non-European countries are stagnating. “We think that it’s part of our job as an association to pave the way to markets outside of Europe. We already have close economic contacts in the growth market China today and will continue to step up these activities,” says Reinhold Rösemann, chairman of the AMA Council of Elders.

 

A very positive trend is the growing number of employees in sensor and measuring technology. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, employment figures for the manufacturing industry has shown no significant change for a number of years, while the sensor and measuring industry was able to augment its number of employees by 22 percent in the last six years.

 

More good news: During the recovery phase, sensor and measuring technology increased its investments by 16 percent, thus investing considerably more than in the previous years. In the economic year 2012, the sensor industry wants to invest four percent more than last year. This would put it in line with its growth rates before the crisis.

 

Conclusion: The results of the annual AMA January polls show considerable positive accents for the economic development in sensor and measuring technology as a key industry of technical advance.

 

AMA Innovation Award 2012: Submission Deadline Extended to 31 Jan. 2012

The AMA requests market-relevant development projects in the area of sensor and measuring technology 

The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) is calling for participation in the contest for the AMA Innovation Award 2012. The AMA is looking for innovative, scientific development projects with a clear market approach from the areas of sensor and measuring technology. Submissions will be accepted from individuals or developer teams active in innovative research and development. The AMA Innovation Award has a 10,000-euro prize to be awarded at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST trade fair on 22 May 2012 in Nuremberg. The deadline for submissions has been extended to the 31st of January, 2012.

An added incentive for the participants: all submissions are published free of charge in a brochure made available to the trade media and other organs and the awards are presented to the creators or developers themselves, rather than to their organization or sponsor. 

The conditions of participation and submission forms are available free of charge on the AMA website, www.ama-sensorik.de.