Sensor and measuring technology: Slight Drop in Revenue, Orders Incoming Stable

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The sensor and measurement industry shows a slight drop in revenue for the third quarter of one percent. AMA members’ orders incoming rose by one percent in the same time period.

 

Berlin, 8 December 2015—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members on the economic development every quarter. After a slight drop in revenue of one percent in the second quarter, the AMA members showed a further slight drop of one percent compared to the previous quarter. Compared to the results of the third quarter of 2014, the AMA members realized a gain in turnover of three percent. At the same time, the sensor industry shows stable orders incoming with a rise of one percent.

 

Thus, the expectations of the AMA members were not met. They reckoned with an increase in turnover of four percent for the third quarter.  However, the sensor and measurement industry proves to be robust, according to Thomas Simmons, the AMA Association’s general manager. “We’re seeing a consistently stable lateral movement at a high level for the sensor and measuring industry, particularly in view of the crisis in 2009,” he says.

 

 

„At present, some of the markets are shifting, especially those in Eastern Europe and China, which are currently in a transformation process. Based on their own accounts, 22 percent of our members mainly supply the construction and engineering industries and 19 percent supply the automotive industry. Both of these branches of industry are currently subject to turbulences, impacting our markets. Nevertheless, we’re confident and expect growth for next year, which however may be slighter than that of the very successful previous years.” 


AMA Innovation Award 2016: Submissions Accepted Now

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Looking for Innovations in Sensor and Measuring Technology

 

Berlin, 2 November 2015 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) invites developers and developer teams to compete for the AMA Innovation Award 2016. Submissions of innovative research and development projects in sensor and measuring technology are requested. The submission deadline is 14 January 2016.

Individuals as well as developer teams are requested to participate with innovative solutions from research and development with discernible market relevance. The AMA Innovation Award is endowed with a 10,000-euro prize. Also, enterprises may compete for the special Young Enterprise Award, which is endowed with a free trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2016.

The AMA Innovation Award is among the most renowned prizes in sensor and measuring technology. It has been presented for sixteen years now for outstanding research and development achievements. The award goes to the developers themselves, not to the entities behind them. The jury comprises experts in sensor and measuring technology from universities, institutes, and enterprises. The jurors assess the submissions in regard to their novelty, scientific achievement, and their potential marketability.

“We get remarkable, innovative, and market-relevant submissions from all over the world every year,” says jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “Besides the solid developments from established enterprises and institutes, we always get exciting submissions from startups as well. To emphasize the significance of these young companies in the overall innovation process, we’ve created the Young Enterprise award category. The AMA invites the winner in this category to present the project to a broad spectrum of professionals at AMA’s own SENSOR+TEST trade-fair free of charge.”

The terms and conditions as well as application forms for participation in the AMA Innovation Award 2016 contest and the special Young Enterprise category as well as the brochure of submissions from previous years are available free of charge at http://www.ama-sensorik.de/en/science/ama-innovation-award/

 

The final submission date is 14 January 2016. The nominees and the winner of special award are to be announced at the Annual AMA Press Conference on 18 February 2016. The AMA Innovation Award itself will be presented at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST on 10 May 2016 in Nuremberg.


Center for Sensors and Measurement at the SPS IPC Drives

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AMA Center with 13 Exhibitors in Hall 4A 

 

Berlin, 20 October 2015—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement presents 13 exhibitors at the SPS IPC Drives from 24 to 26 November in Nuremberg. 

 

Our technological future is becoming ever more complex and complex technical processes are being automated for greater efficiency by adaptive automatic feedback systems. Smart sensors make the handling of changing lot sizes viable and improve the efficient use of energy and natural resources. This is what makes sensors and measurement to the key technologies of electrical automation. They provide today’s solutions to tomorrow’s technical challenges. 

 

The Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement presents a number of different technologies for electrical automation, ranging from individual sensor elements to dedicated turnkey systems or industrial parts procurement and management systems. Products, innovations, and trends in sensor and measurement technology: Our specialists invite you to in-depth technical discussions in Hall 4A.

 

Trade-fair visitors will find the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement at the SPS IPC Drives from November 24th to the 26th of 2015 in Hall 4A at Stand 225. A list of the exhibitors at the AMA Center and information on the focus of their respective activities can be found at: http://www.ama-zentren.de/sps-ipc-drives/.

Sensors and Measurement: Slight Revenue Drop in 2nd Quarter

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AMA Association Publishes New Sensor and Measurement Industry Figures


Sensor, measuring, and testing industry showed a slight slump of one percent in turnover for the second quarter of this year, while orders incoming increased moderately by one percent in the same period.


Berlin, 10 September 2015—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members on the economic development during the last quarter. After a considerable increase in revenue of six percent in the first quarter of this year, the AMA members registered a decrease of one percent for the second quarter compared to the previous one. A comparison of the 2nd quarter of 2015 to that of the year before, however, shows a rise in revenue of four percent.

 

Thus overall, the sensor and measurement industry’s outlook is confident as supported by the rise in orders incoming for the 2nd quarter of one percent compared to the results of the previous quarter. In fact, AMA members expect a boost of four percent in revenue in this, the 3rd quarter. That is reflected by the personnel planning in the sensor industry. The mainly small and medium-sized enterprises in this branch of industry intend to hire twelve new engineers for every 1,000 employees on the payroll.


“The results of the poll for the second quarter of this year showed a minor setback in revenue development,” said AMA general manager Thomas Simmons. “Though it seems that this slight drop in turnover in the second quarter is due to a slump in mechanical engineering and machine construction abroad. We are confident that the overall turnover in the sensor and measuring industry will pick up again, as the AMA member enterprises supply all branches of the entire industry. So we conclude that this minor setback in revenue from one sector can be compensated by the other sectors.”

AMA: Best Poster Award for “Haptic Feedback of Virtual Keyboards”

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Institut für Automation und Kommunikation (ifak) wins with its “Ultrasonic Time Reversal for Haptic Interaction”

 

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement bestowed the “Ultrasonic Time Reversal for Haptic Interaction” project from ifak (Institut für Automation und Kommunikation, Magdeburg, Germany) with the Best Poster Award at the AMA Conferences this year.

 

Berlin/Nuremberg, 21 July 2015 - Specialists from science and industry presented the latest research and development results at the AMA Conferences SENSOR and IRS² in Nuremberg. A total of 199 national and international scientific contributions were presented, 41 of which were poster sessions. The Ultrasonic Time Reversal for Haptic Interaction development project, submitted as a poster session, persuaded the jury to bestow it with the Best Poster Award.

 

“The project deals with tactile feedback of virtual keyboards on flat surfaces, such as touch screens, a most important topic for users,” says jury chair Elmar Wagner, former head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques in Freiburg.

 

The project’s development team, led by Sebastian Wöckel, is examining models based on acoustic time reversal research. The time reversal of elastic ultrasonic waves of local vibro-tactile impulses at given positions on a screen triggers a mechanical signal via local interference of the acoustic wave. Thus, haptic feedback is generated when a virtual button is pressed. Finite element computations ensure that an irregular placement of excitation elements above all at the edge of the screen provides an unequivocal localization of the haptic feedback signal. The jury considers this work particularly significant because such input devices are gaining considerable prevalence, but at present always demand visual control. Touch screens used in vehicles and under rugged or hazardous conditions are therefore subject to limitations. The jury thus concluded that this poster session was particularly comprehensive, detailed, and of great interest for the user industries and other advanced developments.

 

The scientific AMA Conferences SENSOR and IRS² are considered to be international networking platforms for experts in sensor and measuring technology. Biannually, specialists from science and industry present new research and development results. The annual SENSOR+TEST trade fair invites all visitors to participate in a scientific exchange of ideas and thus promotes networking among research, development, and the user industries.

 

Further information and the proceedings of the AMA Conferences 2015 can be obtained at: http://www.ama-science.org/direct/ama-conferences-2015.

Poster at: http://www.ama-science.org/proceedings/details/2084

The next AMA Conferences are to be held parallel to the SENSOR+TEST 2017 in Nuremberg.

 

 

Sensors and Measurement with Six Percent Growth in Turnover

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The sensor and measurement industry’s revenues increased by six percent in the first quarter of this year and orders incoming rose by four percent compared to the previous quarter.


Berlin, 18 June 2015—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members on the economic development every quarter. After a solid result of eight percent for last year, the sensor industry continued its rise in turnover with six percent in the first quarter of 2015. Thus, the sensor, measuring, and testing industry is staying on its course of stable growth.

 

Orders incoming went up by four percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter. Suppliers and distributors have plans to augment their personnel. According to the polls, the generally small and medium sized enterprises in the sensor and measurement industry are planning to hire thirteen new engineers per every 1,000 employees.

 

“With a respectable rise in revenue of six percent, our branch of industry can present a solid growth curve for the first quarter,” concludes Thomas Simmons, AMA general manager. “Comparing our results with those of the goods producing industry with barely a one-percent increase in the first quarter, our sensors and measurement sector demonstrates sustained growth stability.” Simmons further states that the broad range of industries supplied by the AMA member enterprises is a significant advantage. “Engineering, electronics, medical technology, they’re all making their products smarter. And to do so, they need more and more sensing and measuring technology. The sensor technology for chemical and photonic parameters, for instance, is currently in an exciting phase of development. Upon technological maturity, accelerated advances quickly lead to increased areas of application and thus greater demand. This in turn stimulates further technical development. The greater spectrum of application stimulates demand. This results in increased market dynamics, such as those we’re seeing in optical and chemical sensors,” says Simmons about the current trends in the sensor industry.

 

Passing the Baton: New AMA Chairperson

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Voted in are Peter Krause as the New Chair, Christoph Kleye as Vice-Chair

 

Berlin, 29 May 2015—On the 20th of May in Nuremberg, the members of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) elected Peter Krause (First Sensor AG) as the Chairman of the AMA Association’s Executive Board. Christoph Kleye (IS-Line GmbH), a new member of the Executive Board, was confirmed as Vice-Chairman.

 

Krause is head of the Industrial business unit of First Sensor AG and a founding member of First Sensor Technology GmbH. He has held the office of Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board for six years and will now take over the chair from Wolfgang Wiedemann (STW Sensor-Technik Wiedemann), who did not run after three terms of office. Christoph Kleye is the founder of IS-Line GmbH and Chairman of the SENSOR+TEST Exhibitor Board, the trade fair being supported by the AMA Association.

 

All other members of the AMA Executive Board were confirmed in office: Johannes W. Steinebach (TWK-ELEKTRONIK) as Treasurer, Peter Scholz (imc Test & Measurement) as Secretary, and Professor Dr. Andreas Schütze (Saarland University and Chairman of the AMA Science Board) as Assessor.

 

Commenting on his election, Peter Krause said, “We thank the AMA members for the confidence placed in us and promise to continue the pursuit of the strategic objectives for the AMA Association initiated by Wolfgang Wiedemann.” He further added, “The baton has been handed off to us and we will keep on the track set by the Association. Our efforts will focus on expanding the AMA’s network with industry, science, and politics. We are well aware of the key role that sensor and measuring technology plays in technical innovations. Under our motto, ‘linking innovators,’ we are available with the bundled competence of our 480 members as a contact for all interest groups.”

 

The AMA was founded in 1981 as the AMA Working Group for Transducers (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Messwertaufnehmer) and can draw on the technical competence of 480 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.

Double Winner Crystalline Semiconductors

AMA Innovations Award 2015: The winners

AMA Innovation Award 2015 and Special Award for Developer Team from Vienna

 

Berlin, 26 May 2015 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) will present the winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2015 at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg on the 19th of May. This year, an Austrian development team convinced the jury twofold.

 

The “Ultraprecise Frequency Measurement with Crystalline Semiconductor Mirrors” project won the AMA Innovation Award 2015 after having already won the Young Enterprises Special Award. The Crystalline Mirror Solutions’ developer team, Christian Pawlu, Professor Markus Aspelmeyer, and Garrett Cole, thus received the 10,000-euro AMA Innovation Award as well as a free trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST.
A new approach to the precise measurement of time and space by the use of crystalline mirrors reducing thermal noise by a factor of ten swayed the jury in both competing categories. “This year, 50 teams contended with first-rate development projects for the AMA Innovation Award. A compelling solution for the entire field of measuring technology and the demonstrated market relevance of the crystalline semiconductor mirrors clearly stood out among all the excellent projects,” said jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University, explaining the verdict.

A laser beam is bounced back and forth between highly reflecting mirrors to obtain a precise measurement of time and space. However, the exactitude of the method is limited by thermal noise. A radically new approach by the developer team using crystalline semiconductor mirrors was able to significantly minimize this thermal noise. The Crystalline Mirror Solutions company from Vienna recognized areas of application in communications and measuring technologies as well as in aerospace. The team is showing its twofold winning project at the SENSOR+TEST 2015 in Hall 12, 12-689.

 

The AMA Association has been presenting its Innovation Award for 15 years and is publishing “AMA Innovation Award 2015 – the Contenders,” a brochure providing an overview of all submissions. Out of 50 submitted projects this year, five others were also nominated as outstanding:

Large-Scale Nanotopography Measurement of Reflective Surfaces

Alexander Tobisch, Dr. Martin Schellenberger, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Pfitzner

(Fraunhofer IISB, Erlangen) and Daniel Raseghi, Meinrad Spitz (E+H Metrology GmbH) / Hall 12, 12-531

Ge-on-Si Photodiode with Black-Silicon Light Traps

Martin Steglich, Dr. Ernst-Bernhard Kley (Fr.-Schiller University Jena) and Dr. Michael Oehme, Prof. Jörg Schulze (Stuttgart University) / Hall 12, 12-577/3

 

Wideband Low-Power FMCW Radar Level Measurement Device

Dr. Christoph Schmits, Dr. Michael Vogt (KROHNE Innovation GmbH, Duisburg) and Prof. Dr. Nils Pohl, Timo Jaeschke, Christian Schulz (Ruhr University Bochum) / Hall 12, 12-545

 

Tachyon1024 Microcore SWaP-C, 1-kHz Uncooled MWIR Imaging FPA for Industrial Applications

Dr. Germán Vergara, Rodrigo Linares, Raul Gutierrez, Arturo Baldasano (New Infrared Technologies S.L., Boadilla del Monte) / Hall 11, 11-402

 

lumiMEMS: Basic Technology for Readout of Chemical Sensors Based on Microcantilevers

Dr. Gino Putrino, Prof. Adrian Keating, Prof. Mariusz Martyniuk, Prof. Lorenzo Faraone, Prof. John Dell, (University of Western Australia) / Hall 12 (Fa. Panorama Synergy) 12-693

 

Submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2016 will be invited as of October 2015. Individuals as well as developer teams from enterprises or institutes from all over the world may then submit their projects. The brochure with the submissions for AMA Inovations Award 2015 

Sensor+Test 2015: Smarte Winzlinge erobern Nürnberg

SENSOR+TEST lädt zum Innovationsdialog ein

Messtechnik-Messe vom 19.-21.05.2015 in Nürnberg


Berlin, 07. Mai 2015 – Die Fachmesse Sensor+Test zeigt vom 19. bis 21. Juni auf dem Messegelände in Nürnberg, was intelligente Sensoren und Messtechnik können. Eine ‚Industrie 4.0‘, ein ‚Internet der Dinge‘ und eine ‚Digitale Agenda‘ sind ohne diese smarten Winzlinge und ausgereifte Messtechnik nicht umsetzbar. Sensoren werden heute als Sinnesorgane der Industrie bezeichnet, denn ohne Sensoren und Messtechnik blieben Maschinen taub und blind.


Auf der Fachmesse Sensor+Test präsentieren knapp 550 Aussteller aus dem In- und Ausland neue Produkte und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten.


Intelligente Messtechnik für den Umweltschutz

In diesem Jahr widmet sich die Messe auch dem Sonderthema Umweltmesstechnik, hierbei stehen Systeme zur Luftgütemessung im Mittelpunkt. Sensoren und Messtechnik sorgen im Verborgenen dafür, gesundheitsgefährdende Situationen zu vermeiden, ob im industriellen Umfeld oder im öffentlichen Raum. Im Sonder- und im Vortragsforum der Messe werden daher spannende Themen rund um die Umweltmesstechnik angeboten, u.a. die Messung der „empfundenen Luftqualität“ oder die Lärmmessungen an Fahrzeugen.

Wissenschaft und Industrie vernetzen sich

Zeitgleich zur Sensor+Test finden im Kongressbereich der Messe die Fachkongresse SENSOR und IRS² statt, die als internationale Vernetzungsplattform gilt. Spezialisten aus Wissenschaft und Industrie präsentieren neue Forschungsergebnisse u.a. aus der Gas-Sensorik, den Mikro- und Nanotechnologien für die Sensorik, den Einzug der Adaptiven Optik in die Messtechnik und neuartige Sensoren für die Medizintechnik.

Sensorik und Messtechnik wächst und investiert

Der Bedarf an Sensoren wächst weltweit, das belegen die Statistiken des AMA Verband für Sensorik und Messtechnik e.V. Als Träger der Sensor+Test befragt der Verband seine rund 480 Mitglieder regelmäßig zur wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung.

Das Branchenergebnis für das zurückliegende Geschäftsjahr weist ein Umsatzwachstum von acht Prozent aus. Nach den Aussichten für das laufende Jahr befragt, prognostizieren die AMA Mitglieder ein weiteres Umsatzwachstum von fünf Prozent.

Die Branche investierte und steigerte die Investitionen im Jahr 2014 um fünf Prozent. Für das Geschäftsjahr 2015 rechnen AMA Mitglieder mit einem Investitionsanstieg von satten 24 Prozent. Damit setzt die Branche ein deutliches Zeichen für die Zukunftsfähigkeit der smarten Winzlinge. Diese Entwicklung spiegelt sich zudem in einem kontinuierlich wachsenden Personalbedarf wider.

Sensor+Test 2015: Sensorik live erleben

Unter dem Motto‘ Willkommen zum Innovationsdialog‘ laden Industrie und Wissenschaft ein zur Fachmesse Sensor+Test vom 19. bis 21. Mai 2015 auf dem Messegelände in Nürnberg. Informationen und kostenlose Eintritts-Gutscheine unter www.sensor-test.de

New Research Results in Sensor and Measuring Technology

AMA Conferences link international professionals

 

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement has organized the AMA Conferences SENSOR and IRS² from 19 to 21 May 2015 in Nuremberg. Representatives from science and industry are to present the latest research results in sensor and measuring technology parallel to the SENSOR+TEST 2015 trade fair’s innovation dialog.

 

Berlin, 19 March 2015—The AMA Conferences SENSOR und IRS² are considered to be international networking platforms for experts in sensor and measuring technology. Specialists from science and industry invite the participants to an exchange of ideas.

 

The SENSOR 2015 conference, chaired by Professors Reinhard Lerch (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Roland Werthschützky (Technical University of Darmstadt), are particularly distinguished this year by a broad spectrum of technology, extending from NEMS/MEMS sensors to optical measuring systems. The presentations at the conferences include trends in gas sensors, micro and nano sensor technology, the advent of adaptive optics in measuring technology, novel sensors for medical technology, and future-oriented advances in flow technology.

 

“We also look forward to the exciting key notes from our colleagues in the areas of adaptive optics, microwaves, and structure-integrated sensors,” says Lerch about this year’s conference program. “The conference audience can also expect presentations on new trends and developments in the area of sensor principles, design, and materials as well as novel applications in automotive, medical, and gas technologies, and sensor self-monitoring. Sensor applications for safety and security, smart grids, and smart homes complement the program,” says Werthschützky. Moreover, the conferences ensure a close intermeshing among the research results from institutes and their industrial applications dealt with at the parallel SENSOR+TEST trade fair.

 

The IRS² conference, chaired by Professor Gerald Gerlach (Technical University of Dresden), is dedicated to infrared sensors and measuring systems. “We’re counting on a high industry participation this year. FLIR Systems, the renowned American supplier of infrared measuring and camera equipment will be there to present an overview,” Gerlach reveals. IRS² is focused again on “Recent Developments in the IR Industry.” The conference participants are to gain an insight in the developments and trends in equipment and applications, such as the use of photon upconversion in silicon-based MWIR detectors by the Fraunhofer IPM in Freiburg or the type II grid radiation thermometer from the Land Instruments in Britain.

 

The poster session in the AMA conference area is aimed at internationality and will deal with further cross-discipline research approaches in sensor and measuring technology. The parallel SENSOR+TEST trade fair with more than 500 exhibitors from Germany and abroad offers a further opportunity for the conference participants to network.

 

You can obtain the complete program of AMA Conferences 2015


AMA Center at the Hannover Messe with 23 Exhibitors

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Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement in Hall 11

Berlin, 17 March 2015 - The AMA Association presents the Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement from 13 to 17 April 2015 at the Hannover Messe, the Hanover Fair. Twenty-three exhibitors will show their products and solutions in sensor, measuring, and automation technology under the umbrella of Industrial Automation. 

 

The greater the degree of automation, the more sensors and measuring technology are required to ensure safety, reliability, and resource-oriented production. Sensing and measuring are the key technologies in automation. They enable dependable machine-machine and human-machine interaction. The AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement with its 23 exhibitors will present solutions from sensing and measuring technologies under the motto: “Don’t search, find!” Visitors at the AMA Center will get one-stop information from the exhibiting enterprises and institutes on sensor elements, special sensors, specific measuring technologies or system and turnkey solutions. The Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement invites visitors to concentrated discussions on innovative solutions for industrial automation. Visitors at the Hanover Fair will find the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement in Hall 11, Stand F 32  from 13 to 17 April 2015.

 

A list of the exhibitors at the AMA Center and a brief description of their core activities can be found at:  www.ama-zentren.de/hannover-messe/

AMA Innovation Award 2015: Six Teams Nominated

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Special Award Goes to a “Young Enterprise” from Austria

 

 

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement has nominated six submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2015. A “Young Enterprise” from Austria has won the Special Award.

 

Berlin, 12 March 2015—For the past 15 years, the AMA Innovation Award has been considered as one of the most coveted prizes in sensor and measuring technology. This year, 50 research and developer teams from Germany and abroad entered the contest for the 10,000-euro award. Admitted to the special “Young Enterprise Award” contest were start-ups, with no more than five years in business, fewer than 50 employees, and an annual turnover of less than 10 million euros. The winning team gets the opportunity to exhibit their products free of charge at the SENSOR+TEST in Nuremberg.

 

The special award goes to Dr. Christian Pawlu’s team from Vienna (Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH, Vienna) for the development of an “Ultraprecise Frequency Measurement with Crystalline Semiconductor Mirrors.”

 

“This year, the quality of the outstanding submissions was particularly high, so we nominated six of them. Each of these developments again proves just how essential sensor and measuring technologies are for the advancement of the most diverse areas,” says jury chair Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University. “Among the six nominations we already have a winner: Dr. Christian Pawlu and his team are to be commended as a ‘Young Enterprise.’ They have been invited to present their developments at no charge at the SENSOR+TEST 2015 in Nuremberg. Moreover, the submitted project is still a promising candidate for the AMA Innovation Award 2015.”

 

The nominees for the AMA Innovation Award 2015 (in alphabetical order):

 

Ultraprecise Frequency Measurement with Crystalline Semiconductor Mirrors

Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer, Dr. Garrett Cole, Dr. Christian Pawlu

(Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH, Vienna) / brochure p. 6

 

Large-Scale Nanotopography Measurement of Reflective Surfaces

Alexander Tobisch, Dr. Martin Schellenberger, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Pfitzner

(Fraunhofer IISB, Erlangen) and Daniel Raseghi, Meinrad Spitz (E+H Metrology GmbH) / brochure p. 6

 

Ge-on-Si Photodiode with Black-Silicon Light Traps

Martin Steglich, Dr. Ernst-Bernhard Kley (Fr.-Schiller University Jena) and Dr. Michael Oehme, Prof. Jörg Schulze (Stuttgart University) / brochure S. 7

 

Wideband Low-Power FMCW Radar Level Measurement Device

Dr. Christoph Schmits, Dr. Michael Vogt (KROHNE Innovation GmbH, Duisburg) and Prof. Dr. Nils Pohl, Timo Jaeschke, Christian Schulz (Ruhr University Bochum) / brochure S. 7

 

Tachyon1024 Microcore SWaP-C, 1-kHz Uncooled MWIR Imaging FPA for Industrial Applications

Dr. Germán Vergara, Rodrigo Linares, Raul Gutierrez, Arturo Baldasano (New Infrared Technologies S.L., Boadilla del Monte) / brochure p. 8

 

lumiMEMS: Basic Technology for Readout of Chemical Sensors Based on Microcantilevers

Dr. Gino Putrino, Prof. Adrian Keating, Prof. Mariusz Martyniuk, Prof. Lorenzo Faraone, Prof. John Dell, (University of Western Australia) /, brochure p. 8

 

The winner or winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2015 will be made known on 19 May 2015 during the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST 2015 trade fair in Nuremberg.

 

An overview of all submitted projects for the AMA Innovation Award 2015 at:

AMA Innovation Award 2015

Sensors and Measurement Grows and Plans to Invest Heavily

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Sensors and measurement closes the previous year with an eight percent turnover boost and a rise in the export quota. It plans heavy investments this year and expects to hire additional personnel.


Berlin, 10 March 2015—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) polled its members on the economic development: The sensor and measurement industry can look back to an above-average fiscal year and is looking forward to a continued positive development. 


The result for this branch of industry for fiscal year 2014 indicates a growth in revenue of eight percent compared to the results of the previous year and thus exceeded expectations.


The sensor and measuring industry increased its investments in 2014 by five percent. For fiscal year 2015, the AMA members are counting on a boost in investments of a hefty 24 percent. This is a clear sign for the future viability of this sector and its investment in innovation. This development is also reflected by the growing demand for more human resources. AMA members anticipate an increase in personnel by two percent for the current year.


The export quota of the AMA members rose by two percent last year. At 42 percent the overall export quota is somewhat higher than the level of 40 percent in the previous year. Exports to European countries were at approximately 24 percent, and exports to non-European countries amounted to 17 percent.


“The business expectations of our members for the current year are consistently positive,” says Thomas Simmons,
Managing Director of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement, about the current statistical evaluation. “After an above-average growth in revenue last year, we are counting on a further growth of five percent for this year. The sensor and measurement sector also wants to make heavy investments in response to the challenges in diverse application industries, whose innovations are often based on intelligent sensor systems.“

Summary: Sensors and measurement can look back and forward to positive results. AMA members count on a five percent increase in turnover, plan to boost investments by 24 percent, and want to further increase their personnel.