Sensors and Measurement: Turnover Is Up, Orders Incoming Rise

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AMA Association Publishes Sensor Industry Statistics for 3rd Quarter 

The sensor and measuring industry recorded an increase of 1 percent in the third quarter of 2013, while orders incoming rose by approximately 3 percent. The sensor industry forecasts a growth in turnover of 4 percent for the year 2013.

 

Berlin, December 2013—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members every quarter on the economic development. The enterprises – mostly SMEs – had a good run in the first two quarters and were able to maintain a turnover of 1 percent in the third quarter (compared to the previous quarter).

A good indicator for the positive mood in the sensor industry is the growth in orders incoming of approximately 2.8 percent, compared to the previous quarter. “With such a quarterly result and an outlook for an annual total growth of 4 percent, we can consider this year’s end result as ‘good’,” says Thomas Simmons, AMA’s executive director.

If we compare the increase in orders incoming for sensors and measurement with the current statistics of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology for the German industry of 1.6 percent in the third quarter, we can ascertain that the sensor and measuring industry, as the key branch for technical advance, is clearly ahead.

“The positive development in orders incoming and the cumulative turnover of plus 4 percent for 2013, allow our member enterprises to start the new business year with optimism,” says Simmons, commenting on the sensor industry’s outlook for the year 2014.

Sensors and Measurement: Turnover Expectations Exceeded

AMA Association publishes sensor industry statistics for second quarter

Sensors and measurement showed an increase of four percent in the second quarter of 2013, a rise in orders incoming by 2.5 percent, the industry – largely composed of small and medium-sized enterprises – plans to continue increasing personnel.     


Berlin, October 2013—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members every quarter about the economic development. After a growth of five percent in the first quarter of 2013, the AMA members attained a further increase in the second quarter by over four percent, compared to the results of the previous quarter.

 

The sensor industry’s good economic mood is reflected by a further rise in orders incoming of 2.5 percent compared to the results of the previous quarter. This in turn means a growing demand for skilled personnel. The AMA members are largely small and medium-sized enterprises and they are planning to hire twelve new engineers per 1,000 jobs.

“Such a good quarterly result has exceeded the expectations of our members for the second quarter,” says Thomas Simmons, the AMA’s executive director, talking about the industry’s poll results. “We’re confident that our industry will continue to grow. Looking at the global megatrends, such as the environment, an aging society, an information society, we see that it’s the application of sensor and measuring technology that enables intelligent solutions. The technological future will continue to be an exciting challenge for the sensor and measurement industry.”

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The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) – linking innovators – The AMA is the most important network and representative of the interests of the key industry in technical innovations. The AMA is the first contact for sensor and measuring technology and provides a comprehensive overview of products and services in its industry directory. The AMA cultivates an innovation dialog among all individuals taking part in the process at the leading trade fair SENSOR+TEST, at community stands of important fairs worldwide, and at the science conferences SENSOR, OPTO, and IRS². The AMA also offers technology seminars focusing on sensor, measuring, and microsystem technologies.

Press contact:

AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik e.V.
Pascale Taube
Press & PR Officer
Sophie-Charlotten-Str. 15 / 14059 Berlin / Germany
Tel. +49 30 22190362-20 / Fax +49 30 22190362-40
taube (at) ama-sensorik.de / www.ama-sensorik.de

AMA Innovation Award 2014: Compete Now

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Submit Market-Relevant Innovations from Sensor and Measuring Technology 

Berlin, Oct. 2013—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) requests innovators to contend for the AMA Innovation Award 2014. Innovative research and development projects are to be submitted.

 

Individuals as well as developer teams can take part in the competition with innovative research and development projects with an apparent market relevance. The AMA Innovation Award is bestowed with 10.000 euros. Startups may also contend for the special Young Enterprise Award. The winner is to receive free participation at the SENSOR+TEST 2014. Projects for the AMA Innovation Award must be submitted no later than 27 January 2014.

 

The AMA Innovation Award is among the most renown awards in sensor and measuring technology. It has been presented for 14 years now for outstanding research and development achievements. This award is exceptional in that it is presented to the developers or developer teams themselves, rather than their enterprise or institute. Also, all contending projects are published by the Association.

The Jury comprises experts from universities, institutes, and enterprises, who judge the projects based on their scientific merit and marketability. “Every year we get interesting, innovative, and market relevant submissions from all over the world,” says jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “Mary of these are remarkable developments from startups as well as from established institutions. To give young enterprises a good chance, we have created the special category Young Enterprises. The AMA invites its winner to present its outstanding project free of charge at the Association’s SENSOR+TEST trade fair.”


The terms and conditions as well as application forms for participation in the AMA Innovation Award 2014 contest and the special Young Enterprise category and the brochure of participants in 2013 are available free of charge at http://www.ama-sensorik.de/wissenschaft/ama-innovationspreis/.

The final submission date is 27 January 2014. The nominees are to be announced at the Annual AMA Press Conference in March of 2014. The AMA Innovation Award will be presented at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST on 3 June 2014 in Nuremberg.

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Press contact:

AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik e.V.
Pascale Taube
Press & PR Officer
Sophie-Charlotten-Str. 15 / 14059 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 22190362-20 / Fax +49 30 22190362 -40
taube (at) ama-sensorik.de / www.ama-sensorik.de

AMA Center at the SPS IPC Drives

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Nuremberg, Germany - For the 9th time the AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement will be represented with its AMA Center at the SPS IPC Drives.

On this joint-venture booth exhibitors will show the full range from sensor elements, sensors and measurement technology up to systems and complete solutions.

The AMA Center will be an ideal opportunity for visitors to obtain information on up-to-date technologies around the basic elements of industrial automation as well as to find possible solutions for their individual requirements.

Due to its well-defined focus and its custom-tailored concept, the AMA Centers have proved their efficiency as a communication interface for exhibitors and visitors for many years and on various trade shows.

AMA at the SPS IPC Drives 2013, 26 - 28 November 2013, hall 4A, booth 4A-226

 

The World of Sensor Technology Is Getting Linked Up

The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA Fachverband für Sensorik) is now the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik e.V.)

The AMA Annual General Meeting passed a resolution to change the name of the AMA Association, expanding it to AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik e.V.).

Berlin, September 2013—Founded as the AMA Working Group for Transducers (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Messwertaufnehmer e.V.), the AMA, following the development of many of its members, widened its focus on simple sensors to include complex sensor and measurement systems. The Association polled its 480 members on this development, analyzed a repositioning strategy, and considered honing its profile.

 

The poll confirmed that the AMA Association for Sensor Technology had indeed already turned into an AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement. Executive Board Chairman Wolfgang Wiedemann, STW Sensor-Technik Wiedemann, commenting on the results of the poll, said, “After re-aligning their own enterprises, it was obvious that more than half of the AMA members are already dealing with both, sensors and measurement. The repositioning of the Association links and fuses innovators along the entire measuring chain – from the sensor element to the measurement result.”
 

This development is also reflected by the Association’s SENSOR+TEST, long established as the main trade fair for sensor, measuring, and testing technology. “Our world is getting networked at an extremely fast pace and our products are a crucial component in the Internet of Things. To maintain the lead in information, our trade association is essential. Its repositioning and its many services now also make it essential in measurement technology,” says Peter Scholz, a member of the AMA Executive Board and CEO of imc Test & Measurement GmbH, about the Association’s name change. The purpose of the new name is to emphasize the networking aspect of the AMA as well as to offer measuring technology an association in fact and name.

 

The chair of the AMA Science Board and member of the AMA Executive Board, Andreas Schütze, Professor at the Saarland University, can offer similar reasons for the name change, saying, “This expansion is just as logical for us academic representatives. The colleagues who have been active in the AMA Association for Sensor Technology are also in the Arbeitskreis der Hochschullehrer für Messtechnik (AHMT), a study group of university teachers in measuring technology. Innovation demands both: the best sensors to obtain high-quality raw data and intelligent measurement technology to gain relevant information from this raw data.”

Parallel to its name change, the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement also has a new Internet presence: Under www.ama-sensorik.de the AMA presents itself as a competence network with a concentrated market overview in a modern design.

 

Sensor and Measuring Technology: Turnover and Orders Incoming Up

AMA Association publishes  sensor industry statistics for the first quarter

 

The sensor and measuring industry was able to show an increase in turnover and a significant boost in orders incoming for the first quarter of 2013. The sensor industry plans to further increase personnel. 

Berlin, June 2013—The AMA Association, as the representative of the sensor and measuring industry, polls its 480 members every quarter on the economic development. After an overall stable annual result for 2012, the sensor and measuring industry showed an increase of approximately five percent for the first quarter of 2013 compared to the result from the previous quarter.

A further indicator for the good economic mood in the sensor industry is the positive development of incoming orders. Up by a good ten percent from the previous quarter, this trend is a clear positive sign for the economic development in the sensor and measuring technology. Full order books call for the employment of further personnel in the sensor industry with its typically small and medium-sized enterprises. Planned are seven new engineers per 1,000 positions.

“The sensor and measuring industry is in good shape and looks forward optimistically to the current fiscal year because our member enterprises supply all branches of industry. That’s why many of our businesses can take advantage of the fact that if one sector stagnates, another grows and sometimes develops completely new markets.” Thus states Thomas Simmons, AMA Executive Manager, commenting on the current AMA statistics. “The challenges we’re facing today demand technical solutions – regardless of whether we’re talking about renewable energy, further development in automation, or networking of all objects in the ‘Internet of Things.’ The sensor and measuring technologies enable all the branches of industry to provide solution models – a good reason indeed for our industry to be optimistic.”

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) confirmed in mid-May an upward trend in the German economy for the first quarter and also reports an increase in orders incoming for industry and manufacture. According to the BMWi industrial orders had a considerable boost. They rose in March for the second time for the second time in a row by more than two percent. The domestic demand is still a major economic driver, while orders from abroad are slowly closing the gap. All in all, we have a positive economic development that also has an impact on the sensor and measuring industry.

AMA Innovation Award 2013: The winner

AMA Innovation Award 2013 for a Membrane-Free Optical Microphone and a 3D Scanning Laser Vibrometer Microscope with a Measuring Beam

Nuremberg/Berlin, May 2013—The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) will present the AMA Innovation Award 2013 to the winning contenders on the 14th of May at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg. The 10,000-euro award will be equally divided between the two winning projects, a membrane-free optical microphone from Xarion GmbH and a 3D scanning laser vibrometer microscope with a measuring beam from Polytec GmbH.

These two innovations persuaded the jury both in regard to their development depth as well as to their market relevance. The 3D scanning laser vibrometer microscope with a measuring beam is a joint development by Dr. Marcus Winter, Robert Kowarsch, Wanja Ochs, Alexander Collet, Moritz Giesen, Lars Heller, and Dr. Christian Rembe (all from Polytec GmbH, Waldbronn, Germany). It allows the measurement of three-dimensional vibration parameters of microscopic objects in real time. As opposed to other approaches with three vibrometers that measure vibrating surfaces from different directions, the MSA-100-3D consists of a single, integrated measuring element that analyzes the laser beam reflected in three directions, and thus derives the three-dimensional displacement of the measured object. This method prevents interferences and improves local resolution by a magnitude of less than 4µm.

The other awarded innovation is a winner on two counts: The optical membrane-free microphone developed by Dr. Balthasar Fischer (Xarion GmbH, Vienna, Austria),

Friedrich Reining (Knowles Electronics Austria GmbH, Vienna), and Prof. Dr. Ernst Wintner (Technical University, Vienna) not only won the AMA Innovation Award 2013, but was also presented with the AMA Special Award for Start-Up Enterprises in February 2013.

The first microphone without any moving parts allows a completely linear frequency response, a true impulse response, a very low susceptibility to interference from wind, pop noise, and structure-borne sound, as well as a marked ability to locate sound emanation. The optical microphone does not use a membrane, nor any other mechanical component. The acoustic pressure is measured optically and contact-free via changes in the refraction index in the air caused by the sound waves. The transducer is based on a laser diode (VCSEL) and a tiny Fabry-Pérot interferometer, i.e. two parallel, partially reflecting mirrors.

“This year, sixty innovative teams submitted first-rate development projects, contending for the AMA Innovation Award. The 3D scanning laser vibrometer microscope with a measuring beam and the membrane-free optical microphone won over the jury beyond other submissions because of their scientifically outstanding solutions and usability,” explained jury chairman Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University.

The AMA Innovation Award is among the most renown honors in sensor and measuring technology and is presented annually by the AMA Association for Sensor Technology. A brief description of all submissions will be published again this year in the brochure “AMA Innovation Award 2013 – The Contenders.” 

This is what makes the AMA Innovation Award unique: The 10,000-euro award is bestowed directly to the development teams, not to their enterprises or institutes. The major criteria for the jury comprised of representatives of universities, research institutes, and enterprises, are the degree of innovation and the clearly perceptible benefit.

Submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2014 will be accepted as of October 2013. Individuals as well as developer teams from enterprises and institutes may apply. 

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AMA Association: Updated Directory of Suppliers 2013/14

AMA Directory of Suppliers 2013/14


Overview of Sensor and Measuring Technology

Berlin, May 2013—The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) just published an updated version of its Sensor Industry Directory. The 90-page brochure provides information on the broad range of offerings in sensor and measuring technology. The publication can be ordered from the AMA Association or be accessed online.  


The AMA Association for Sensor Technology is the most important network and the representative of the interests of the sensor and measuring industry. Its detailed directory provides an overview of the products and services of its members: In the area of research and development, production and distribution, or supplier and service provider – the AMA links up innovators and is a primary contact for technical questions dealing with sensor and measuring technology.


“Our Directory of Suppliers gives users a structured synopsis of the products and services of our 480 members,” says Dr. Thomas Simmons, AMA’s managing director. “Interested parties can find suppliers for their concrete application according to parameters and key technical terms. Moreover, on our homepage we also have an online version of the directory where you can search for special sensors and keywords.”

The printed version is divided into three sections: The first part lists the various parameters from geometrical measuring parameters to technological developments and system integration. The middle part of the directory contains the contact data of the members in alphabetical sequence. The third part has an index of keywords from absolute pressure to x-ray spectrometer.  

The printed AMA Directory of Suppliers can be obtained free of charge from:  AMA Fachverband für Sensorik e.V., Sophie-Charlotten-Str. 15, 14059 Berlin, Germany. For online access, go to: www.ama-sensorik.de/Branchenverzeichnis.

 

Sensor and Measuring Technology: Industry Stable and Optimistic

AMA Association publishes new sensor industry statistics

The sensor and measuring industry ends last year with only a slight increase in turnover, but continued investments and increasing need for personnel. German exports to other European countries puts brakes on sensor economy, while overseas exports are again on the rise. 

Berlin, 1 March 2013 - The AMA Association for Sensor and Measuring Technology (AMA) polled its members on the economic development in 2012. The German sensor and measuring industry can look back to an overall stable year compared to the previous years of economic turbulence.
 

The annual revenues show a slight increase in turnover of one percent compared to the results of the year before. The overall outlook for the sensor and measuring industry seems to further brighten. Asked about expectations for the year 2013, the AMA members anticipate a growth in revenue of four percent plus. This confidence is reflected by the industry’s job market. In 2012 the member enterprises employed almost three percent more personnel and for the current year a further demand is expected. Short-time work in the sensor and measuring industry was not called for last year.


The industry is showing a propensity to invest. The AMA members made well over nine percent more investments in fiscal 2012 than in the previous year with its considerable investments closing with an increase of 16 percent. The sensor and measuring industry is expected to have a further increase in investments of well over two percent.

The stumbling block of the year 2012 turned out to be the exports to European countries. Germany’s European export quota dropped by five percentage points to 22 percent. The non-European export quota rose by four percentage points and was able to nearly compensate the losses in exports to other European countries. 

“The sensor and measuring industry is and will continue to be a stable branch even during the economic ups and downs of the markets,” stated Thomas Simmons, Executive Manager of the AMA Association for Sensor Technology, commenting on the latest poll results. “Due to the growing technological challenges posed by the demand for renewable energy, increasing automation and robotics, our branch of industry is going into the new fiscal year with optimism. Domestic business is strong and will remain so. The export business will shift back more to overseas countries. Especially the Far East is relying on new technologies and is not able to satisfy the huge demand with its own production.”

Conclusion: The German sensor and measuring industry looks forward to the new year with optimism. The AMA members expect a growth in turnover of four percent. The industry also sees a positive development of the domestic market. Looking back to the previous years, the euro crisis was a stumbling block for the European export business, for exports overseas; however, the AMA Association sees the potential for growth.

AMA Innovation Award 2013: Nominees Select

AMA Association Bestows Special Awards on Two Start-Up Enterprises
 

Berlin, March 2013—The AMA Association for Sensor Technology (AMA) nominated five contenders for the AMA Innovation Award 2013. The AMA will bestow the new special Start-Up Enterprise award for innovative ideas on two of the nominees.  

For thirteen years now, the AMA Innovation Award has been one of the most coveted honors in sensor and measuring technology. This year, 60 R&D teams from Germany and abroad submitted their projects, contending for the 10,000-euro award. Start-up enterprises, active on the market for less than five years, having fewer than 50 employees and an annual turnover under 10 million euros, were asked to contend for the special Start-Up Enterprise award. The winner is granted free participation at the SENSOR+TEST 2013. This year, two such enterprises will be granted the new award: 

Balthasar Fischer (Xarion Laser Acoustics GmbH, Vienna, Austria; brochure page 14) for the development of an optical microphone without a membrane, and Hendrik Faustmann’s team (SensAction AG, Coburg, Germany; brochure page 24) for the LiquidSens Multisensor for liquid monitoring. Both convinced the jury with their outstanding innovations. 

The primary criteria for both awards, the traditional one and the one for Start-Up Enterprises, are the degree of innovation, originality, and evident market relevance. The awards go to the researchers and developers themselves – in other words, to the innovators.

“The fact that we’re nominating five contenders this year reflects the great interest in the award and just how innovative the sensor industry is,” says Jury Chairman Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “We decided to nominate five contenders for the AMA Innovation Award 2013, who submitted outstanding projects. Two of the nominees are already winners: One for the development of an optical microphone without a membrane and the other for a LiquidSens Multisensor for liquid monitoring. Both development teams have been invited to participate free of charge as Start-Up Enterprises at the SENSOR+TEST, the leading trade fair for sensor and measuring technology, in May of this year in Nuremberg. Moreover, both Start-Ups are still in the running for the traditional AMA Innovation Award 2013 – with good chances.” 
 

Nominated by the jury for the AMA Innovation Award 2013 are (in alphabetical order):

Miniature optical speed sensor with easy adjustment
Dr. Günter Grau, Thomas Dworeck, Lars Guzik (advICo microelectronics GmbH, Recklinghausen, Germany; brochure page 34


3D scanning laser vibrometer microscope with a measuring beam
Dr. Marcus Winter, Robert Kowarsch, Wanja Ochs, Alexander Collet, Moritz Giesen, Germany, Lars Heller und Dr. Christian Rembe (Polytec GmbH, Waldbronn, Germany; brochure page 11)


LiquidSens Multisensor for liquid monitoring
Hendrik Faustmann, Michael Münch, Rudolf Braun, Klaus Beringer, Dr. Jens (SensAction AG, Coburg, Germany; brochure page 23)


Infrared detector based on a novel micromirror sensor
Marek Steffanson, Dr. Tzvetan Ivanov, Prof. Dr. Ivo Rangelow, Roman Kleindienst, Ronald Kampmann, Prof. Dr. Stefan Sinzinger (TU Ilmenau, Germany; brochure page 32)


Development of an optical microphone without a membrae
Dr. Balthasar Fischer (Xarion Laser Acoustics / TU Vienna, Austria; brochure   page 14)

The winners of AMA Innovation Award 2013 will be made known on 14 May 2013 at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg. “The AMA Innovation Award 2013 – the Contenders” brochure with all submitted innovations can be downloaded. 


 


 

AMA Conferences 2013: Program Now Online

SENSOR, OPTO, and IRS²: Networking Platform for International Visitors


The AMA Association for Sensor Technology extends an invitation to visit the AMA Conferences – SENSOR, OPTO, and IRS² from 14 to 16 May 2013 in Nuremberg. Parallel to the SENSOR+TEST 2013 trade fair, representatives from science and industry will present their latest research results from a broad spectrum in sensor and measuring technologies. 

Berlin, 13 February 2013—The AMA Conferences, SENSOR, OPTO, and IRS², are considered to be international networking platforms in sensor and measuring technology. The up-to-date AMA Conference program for 2013 is now online. The AMA Conferences 2013 comprise 230 first-rate presentations by international and national specialists from research and development. The latest results from the various disciplines provide international visitors with concentrated technical information. The SENSOR Conferences, under the technical direction of Professors Roland Werthschützky (Technical University of Darmstadt) and Reinhard Lerch (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), is distinguished this year by an expanded program. Besides physical principles, sensor technologies, sensor electronics, and applications, a special topic on gas sensors will be offered on Thursday.


The SENSOR Conferences will concentrate on mechanical sensors, flow, wireless, gas, and bio-sensors. Besides the sensor elements themselves, the corresponding measuring technology, such as electronics, signal evaluation, and modeling, will play a major role.


The OPTO Conference, directed by Professor Elmar Wagner (formerly Opens external link in new windowFraunhofer Institute IPM, Freiburg) focuses on the use of radiation in detection and measuring. Optical methods prove their outstanding characteristics in measuring applications. The emphasis this year is on the modeling aspects of measured objects in the measurement process.


The IRS² Conference, directed by Professor Gerald Gerlach (Technical University of Dresden), is to discuss the field of infrared sensors and measuring systems – an area of dynamic development. Improved performance and cost-cutting production methods have made new applications possible, for instance in industrial automation, building technology (HVAC), household appliances, and security technology. The IRS² 2013 is dedicated for the first time to this important topic in a session on “Recent Developments in the IR Industry.” The infrared sensors themselves as well as spectroscopy and thermal imaging will be further focal topics at the IRS² this year.


An accompanying joint poster session of all three conferences in the AMA Conference Area will show additional, interdisciplinary research approaches. The parallel SENSOR+TEST trade fair, with more than 500 international exhibitors, invites the conference participants to an innovation dialog and offers further networking opportunities.

Participation fee for all three AMA Conferences is 575 € per person for the three days or 350 € per day. AMA members and students pay a reduced fee.

The complete program for the AMA Conferences 2013, application forms, and further information can be obtained at: http://www.ama-science.org/ama-conferences-2013/.