Stable Turnover and Orders Incoming in Sensors and Measurement
The sensor and measurement industry emerges in the third quarter as a stable quantity with unchanged turnover and orders incoming compared to the previous quarter.
Berlin, 7 December 2016 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members on their economic development every quarter. After a considerable revenue growth in the first two quarters of 2016, sensors and measurement show stabilization at a high level for the third quarter. This reflects the development of the processing industry in Germany, which hardly showed any signs of revitalization. The domestic demand here leveled off, stimulating impulses coming mainly from abroad.
Compared to the results from the third quarter of 2015, the AMA members nevertheless generated a rise in revenues of five percent. Thus, the AMA members regard the current quarter as positive, expecting an increase of two percent.
“Our sector of industry is now and will remain a stable economic quantity, and it will go confidently into the coming year,” says Thomas Simmons, AMA’s general manager. “If we look at the future-oriented projects of the federal government, such as energy efficiency, climatic urban development, sustainable mobility, Internet-based services for the economy, Industry 4.0, and secure identities, they all illustrate the challenges being tackled. And the key to advancing these projects is based entirely on data provided by sensors and measurement.”
AMA Innovation Award: Projects to be submitted until 24 January 2017
Calling for Innovations in Sensor and Measuring Technology
Berlin, 2 November 2016 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) is calling for submissions to the AMA Innovation Award 2017. Developer and research teams are asked to compete with innovative research and development projects in the area of sensor and measuring technology. The deadline for submissions is 24 January 2017.
The AMA Innovation Award is endowed with 10,000 euros for the developers themselves, not their institutes or enterprises. Individuals or developer teams may participate with projects that have clear market relevance. The AMA Association also provides the special Young Enterprise Award endowed with a trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2017 free of charge.
The renowned AMA Innovation Award has been presented for 17 years to innovative developers in sensors and measurement. The jury comprises representatives from universities, institutes, and enterprises. The jury members especially consider novel approaches, the general scientific achievement, as well as the project’s chances on the market.
“We are elated every year to find such a plethora of ideas for solutions to the challenges of the future by applying the latest technology,” says jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University. “Besides the submissions of established enterprises, the many interesting projects from young enterprises must also be mentioned. These submissions compete in the special category Young Enterprises. The winner in this category is invited to present the project at the AMA’s trade fair SENSOR+TEST.”
The conditions for participation and submission forms for the AMA Innovation Award 2017 and the special category Young Enterprises as well as brochures of submissions from previous years can be obtained free of charge at:
The deadline for submissions is 24 January 2017. The nominations and winner of the special award will be made known at the AMA Press Conference on 9 March 2017. The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2017 will be presented at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST on 30 May 2017 in Nuremberg.
Sensors and Measurement on the Upswing
AMA Association Publishes New Sensor Industry Figures for Second Quarter
The sensor and measurement industry recorded a further growth in turnover for the second quarter amounting to four percent as well as in increase in orders incoming of two percent compared to the previous quarter.
Berlin, 18. October 2016—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members every quarter on their economic development. After a rise in turnover of three percent in the first quarter, the AMA members showed a turnover growth of four percent in the second quarter. Comparing the turnover development of the second quarter of 2016 to that of the previous year, the sensor industry generated a growth of one percent. The orders incoming of the AMA member rose in the second quarter by two percent.
Overall, sensor and measurement again demonstrated the stability and continuous growth of a future-oriented industry. The AMA members are expecting a continued growth in turnover of four percent.
“The market statistics for our branch of industry show a reassuring, stable growth for the second quarter,” says AMA general manager Thomas Simmons about the association’s statistics. “Our industry is leading the positive development with a long-term trend in growth. Since 2010 our members have generated a rise of four percent per quarter on average – equivalent to a turnover growth of about five percent per year. With this positive development, the sensor industry remains on the rise.”
Center for Sensors and Measurement at the SPS IPC Drives
AMA Center with 11 Exhibitors in Hall 4A
Berlin, 13 October - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement presents 11 exhibitors at the SPS IPC Drives from 22 to 24 November in Nuremberg.
The AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement is a platform for finding the right solutions for sensor and measuring technology matters. The exhibitors provide information on the most varied technologies for electrical automation – from single sensor elements to specific turnkey solutions for measuring systems or industrial spare parts services.
The visitors to the trade fair can obtain an overview of products, innovations, and trends in sensor and measuring technology. The eleven exhibitors invite all to an intensive technical discussion among specialists at the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement in Hall 4A.
All interested parties will find the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement at the SPS IPC Drives from 22 to 24 November 2016 in Hall 4A at Stands 221 and 223. A list of the exhibitors at the AMA Center and information on their respective core activities can be found at http://www.ama-zentren.de/sps-ipc-drives/.
Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement at the electronica
AMA Community Stand with Fifteen Exhibitors
Berlin, 20 September 2016—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement presents 15 exhibitors at its Competence Center at the electronica trade fair from 8 to 11 November 2016 in Munich. The exhibitors show new products and solutions for sensor, measuring, and testing technology.
Sensors and measurement are key technologies in electronics – for automotives or industrial electronics, for medical technology or MEMS. The AMA Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement invites visitors from diverse application areas to concentrated technical talks. The exhibitors at the AMA Center have expert knowledge in practically all user segments and areas of application. Visitors can obtain information on individual sensor elements, sensing and measuring technology, as well as system and turn-key solutions. The exhibitors will explain basic technologies in industrial measurement and are available for specialized discussions on approaches to solutions for specific projects.
Visitors will find the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement at the electronica from 8 to 11 November 2016 in Hall B1.
Please find a list of exhibitors at the AMA Center with a brief description of their major activities at http://www.ama-zentren.de/electronica.
Call for Papers for SENSOR and IRS² Now Online
AMA Conferences 2017 from 30 May to 1 June 2017 in Nuremberg
The Call for Papers for the AMA Conferences 2017, SENSOR und IRS², has been put out. Both conferences will be held from 30 May to 1 June 2017 parallel to the trade fair SENSOR+TEST 2017 in Nuremberg. The submission deadline for presentations is 17 November 2016.
Berlin, 31 August 2016 - Sensing and measuring are the key technologies for technological advance. They are the foundation for Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, and approaches to Big Data. Wherever and whenever sensor and measuring technology is applied today or tomorrow, the AMA Conferences SENSOR and IRS² are considered the networking platform for science, research, and industry. The SENSOR Conference focuses on the development of sensors and actuators as well as on measuring and testing technology. The IRS² presents the current developments in infrared sensors and systems.
The parallel SENSOR+TEST 2017 trade fair is known as the major information platform for sensor, measuring, and testing technology. It expands the innovation dialog of the conference participants beyond the AMA Conferences themselves.
The presentations, as lectures or posters in English, are to be submitted no later than 17 November 2016. All authors are invited to publish their contributions in the Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems (www.journal-of-sensors-and-sensor-systems.net). A Best Paper Award will be bestowed to one of the contributions among those submitted.
Information on the AMA Conferences, the focal topics, and a document template can be found at: http://www.ama-science.org/direct/call-for-papers.
Sensors and Measurement: Orders Incoming and Turnover Are Up
The sensor and measuring industry generated a three-percent higher turnover in the first quarter of this year and registered a rise of six percent in orders incoming compared with the previous quarter.
Berlin, 13 June, 2016—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 member enterprises and institutes every quarter as to their economic development. After a solid result of the previous quarter, a five percent growth in turnover, the sensor industry was able to attain a further surge of three percent in the first quarter of this year. Orders incoming were reported for this first quarter of the current fiscal year showing a boost of six percent compared to the previous quarter. Thus, sensor and measurement can be said to be a stable and continuously growing branch of industry.
“Sensors and measurement, with a turnover rise of three percent and a considerable boost in orders incoming for the first quarter, proves to be on a course of solid growth,” said Thomas Simmons, AMA’s general manager. “These results reflect the mood of the industry as a whole. Despite some vestiges of uncertainty in the German economy at the start of the year, the mood has brightened. This applies to our generally small and medium-sized member enterprises as well, counting with cautious optimism on a one-percent revenue increase for the next quarter.”
The AMA members envision a significant impulse for the sensor industry by future-oriented projects, such as Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Traditional boundaries between the branches of industry are to dissolve and value-added processes are to be transformed. Sensors will no longer just detect and process signals, but will communicate with other sensor systems. They will identify the condition of a machine based on data evaluation and will report this status early. Such approaches may well result in new and expanded business models. The AMA members are already putting such future technologies into effect. According to an AMA Association poll, 42 percent of the members are planning to implement Industry 4.0 methods and fourteen percent stated that they are already employing these methods.
Once again, sensors and measurement is demonstrating its status as a future-oriented key industry for technical innovation.
AMA Innovation Award 2016
Magnetic Flow Cytometry and Nerves of Glass Sway Jury
Nuremberg, 10 May 2016—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) will present the winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2016 at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg on 10 May. This year, the 10,000-euro prize will go in equal parts to the developers of two submissions, which the jury deems to have an outstanding degree of innovation as well as great market relevance: the Magnetic Flow Cytometry project by the developer team of Siemens Healthcare, Sensitec, Sencio, and M2 Automation swayed the jury, as did Nerves of Glass – Fiber-Optical 3D-Positioning of Cardiac Catheters by the developer team from Photonik Inkubator Niedersachsen and the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute.
Magnetic Flow Cytometry
The development of magnetic flow cytometry enables detection of target cell functions by marking blood cells with magnetic nanoparticles. The workflow uses a blood-filled cartridge without the need for sample preparation. The concentration measurement counts the magnetically marked cells on site, near the patient, within minutes. The high detection precision allows decisions regarding therapy for unstable cellular biomarkers, which was not feasible with competing processes, as routine applications would involve inordinate investments and specialized knowledge. The jury and AMA Association extend their best wishes to the developer team: Dr. Oliver Hayden, Lukas Richter, Michael Helou, Mathias Reisbeck (Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen), Ronald Lehndorff (Sensitec), Ignas van Dommelen (Sencio), Mario Nitzsche (M2 Automation). (www.healthcare.siemens.com)
Nerves of Glass
The other award-winning innovation is Nerves of Glass. This novel, fiber-optical 3D positioning of cardiac catheters is a precision navigation and tracking system of great significance in minimally invasive radiology and surgery. Three-dimensional shape and motion detection by means of fiber optical sensors enables repositioning of cardiac catheters with an exactitude of less than one millimeter. This is a decisive contribution to the improvement of successful results and the reduction of the required operating duration for the medical therapy involved. The jury and AMA Association congratulate the developer team: Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schade, Dr. Martin Angelmahr (Fraunhofer HHI, Goslar), Christian Waltermann, Anna Lena Baumann (Photonik Inkubator/ Fraunhofer HHI), Philip Gühlke (Photonik Inkubator, Göttingen). (www.photonik-inkubator.de)
“Young Enterprise” Special Award for 4D-Microscope Camera
The special award goes to the developer team headed by Dr. Rachel Wang Ruiqi (d'Optron Pte Ltd., Nanyang Technological University) for the development of the “d’Bioimager,” a real 4D-microscope camera (3D-imaging in real-time) dedicated to biomedical applications. The “young Enterprise” from Singapore received a free trade-fair presence at the SENSOR+TEST 2016. (www.doptron.com)
Biomedical Technology as Overall Winner
“This year, 41 innovate research and development teams submitted first-rate development projects competing for the AMA Innovation Award. Both winning projects, Nerves of Glass and Magnetic Flow Cytometry, with their scientifically outstanding solutions and evident practical utility were neck to neck with the other nominees, but won by a nose,” said jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University, commenting on this year’s selection. “Over though, it was biomedical technology that won the race. Surprisingly, all five nominated teams had developed innovative solutions for medical applications, albeit based on completely different sensor and measurement principles,” added Schütze.
Brochure with all Submissions for 2016
The AMA Innovation Award, endowed annually by the AMA Association, has been considered for years as one of the most renown awards in sensor and measuring technology. All submitted projects and their innovations are briefly described in the brochure “AMA Innovation Award 2016 – the Competitors,” which can be downloaded free of charge from.
Submissions for the Innovation Award 2017
Forms for submissions to the AMA Innovation Award 2017 will be available online as of the end of October 2016. Projects can be submitted by individuals or development teams from enterprises and institutes. For more information, see www.ama-sensorik.de/en/
AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement at the Hanover Fair
Association of New Partners of the “Industrial Automation” Forum
Berlin, 18 March 2016—The AMA Association is presenting 21 exhibitors at the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement from 25 to 29 April 2016 in Hall 11 at the Hanover Fair. The specialists for sensor and measuring technology will show new “Industrial Automation” products and solutions in the area of measurement and automation.
Internet 4.0 and the Internet of Things lets the boundaries between the branches of industry disappear and changes the processes in the value-added chain. Developers, designers, and suppliers are faced with new challenges to surmount. Thus, the worldwide demand for sensors and measurement as key technologies in automation is increasing.
The AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement invites all visitors to the fair to take part in concentrated technical discussions on innovative solutions in industrial automation. Interested parties can obtain an overview of the current developments, trends, and solutions in sensor and measuring technology at the AMA Association. All 21 exhibitors can also provide information on individual sensor elements, specialized sensors, complex sensor systems, and specific measurement technology as well as on system and turn-key solutions.
This year, the AMA Association has become a partner of the “Industrial Automation” forum in Hall 14. Visitors are welcome to come on 25 and 29 April for the presentations on “Measuring Technology in Automation.” Experts will talk about relevant trends and topics and will subsequently be available for discussions on developments in processing and in process automation.
The AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement can be found at the Hanover Fair from 25 to 29 April 2016 in Hall 11. The list of the exhibitors at the AMA Center and a brief description of their core activities can be found at:
Please find the agenda for the “Industrial Automation” forum in Halle 14 at: http://www.hannovermesse.de/veranstaltung/industrial-automation-forum/FOR/68133
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Sensors and Measurement: Solid Overall Results for 2015
Increased Turnover and Export Quota, Expanded Investments and Personnel
The sensor and measuring industry closes the last year with a five percent increase in revenue and a rise in the export quota of 50 percent. The industry has plans for solid investments this year, is counting on a continuous expansion of its personnel, and is increasingly adopting the methods associated with “Industrie 4.0” in their enterprises.
Berlin, 24 February 2016 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) polled its members on the economic development. The sensor and measuring industry can look back on a solid fiscal year and predicts further positive economic development with an increase in turnover of five percent.
Last year, the sensor and measurement industry generated revenues of five percent, compared with the results of the previous year. The member enterprises in the AMA invested six percent more than in the previous year and are planning to increase their investments for the current fiscal year by six percent. Moreover, the industry is counting on a two-percent expansion of personnel for this year.
Strong Rise in Export Quota
Obvious shifts were registered in the export quota for the previous year by eight percent to 50 percent and thus considerably beyond the results of the year before. The rise of exports to other European countries amounted to five percentage points to a total of 29 percent. Exports to non-European countries amounted to a total of 21 percent, an increase of four percentage points compared to the results of the previous year.
“Industrie 4.0” Methods Planned
The AMA Associated polled its members this year for the first time on the implementation of methods associated with “Industrie 4.0” in their own enterprises. The replies indicated that 42 percent are planning to adopt these methods in their companies. Fourteen percent stated that they had already implemented such methods, while about 44 percent of the enterprises seemed undecided and as yet have no such plans.
“Our branch of industry is again proving to be a guarantor of success. Despite the recent turbulences on the markets in Russia and China and thus the resulting corrections of growth forecasts of some application industries used to their successes the worldwide demand for sensors and measuring technology remained stable and continues to grow,” explained Thomas Simmons, the AMA Association’s general manager, commenting on the latest Association statistics. “The statements we got on planning and adaptation of “Industrie 4.0” methods from the companies also indicate a future-oriented strategic focus of our mainly small and medium-sized enterprises.”
The sensor and measurement industry proved to be a stable branch of industry again in 2015. The AMA members are counting on a turnover of five percent this year, are planning to increase their investments by six percent, and are forecasting an expansion of personnel by an additional two percent. The methods associated with “Industrie 4.0” are already being adopted in the production process of our enterprises as well as in the value-added chain of products and services of the sensor and measuring technology industry.
AMA Innovation Award: Five Teams from Biomedical Technology Nominated
Special Award for a “Young Enterprise” from Singapore
The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement has nominated five submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2016. The Special Award for a “Young Enterprise” goes to a developer team from Singapore this year.
Berlin, 24 February 2016 - Forty research and development teams from Germany and abroad competed for the renowned AMA Innovation Award this year. The winning team(s) will receive a 10,000-euro prize. Parallel to the main contest, young enterprises, that have been active less than five years on the market, have no more than 50 employees, and a turnover not exceeding 10 million euros, may also compete for the special “Young Enterprise” award. The winner of this special category is to receive a stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2016 in Nuremberg free of charge.
This special award was won the developer team of Dr. Rachel Wang Ruiqi from Singapore (d’Optron Pte Ltd. And Nanyang Technological University) for the development of the “d’Bioimager,” 4D microscope camera (3D imaging in real-time), designed especially for biomedical applications.
The jury, comprised of representatives from research and industry, placed great value on the degree of innovation, the originality of the solutions, and the marketing relevance of the submitted research and development projects. For basic or “grassroots” developments, a short-term implementation as a competitive product must be discernable.
“We nominated five submissions this year that stood out beyond the many high-quality projects and to our surprise all of which were in the area of biomedical technology. The technologies involved, however, are very diverse and thus clearly indicate that sensor and measuring technologies are the key to technical advancement,” said Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze, the jury chair from Saarland University. “Among these five nominated teams we have already found a winner, the team from Singapore, which we will invite as a “Young Enterprise” to present its developments to interested professionals at the SENSOR+TEST 2016. This submission is also a contender with good chances for the AMA Innovation Award 2016.”
Nominated for the AMA Innovation Award 2016 (in alphabetical order) are:
D’Bioimager – 4D Microscope Camera
Prof. Anand Asundi, Dr. Rachel Wang Ruiqi, Thomas Bourgade (Nanyang
Technological University and d‘Optron Pte Ltd., Singapore), Dr. Zuo Chao
(Nanjing University, Singapore) / brochure, p. 5
Gas Sensor Capsule as a Novel Tool for Diagnosis
Prof. Kourosh, Kalantar-zadeh; Nam, Ha; Dr. Jian Zhen, Ou,
Dr. Kyle, Berean (RMIT University, Melbourne) / brochure, p. 5
Haptic Assistance System for Coronary Angiography
Nataliya Stefanova, Dr. Thomas Opitz; Dr. Thorsten Meiss, Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Roland Werthschützky (TU Darmstadt, Institut EMK), Thomas Schobert (EPflex Feinwerktechnik GmbH), Stefan Vollmeke (CIS GmbH) / brochure, p. 7
Magnetic Flow Cytometry (MRCyte)
Dr. Oliver Hayden, Lukas Richter, Michael Helou, Mathias Reisbeck (Siemens
Healthcare, Erlangen); Ronald Lehndorff (Sensitec); Ignaz van Domelein (Sencio);
Mario Nitzsche (M2 Automation) / brochure, p. 6
Nerves of Glass – Fiber Optical 3D Positioning of Cardiac Catheters
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schade, Dr. Martin Angelmahr (Fraunhofer HHI, Goslar),
Christian Waltermann, Anna Lena Baumann (Photonik Inkubator/ Fraunhofer HHI), Philip Guhlke (Photonik Inkubator, Göttingen) / brochure, p. 6
The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2016 will be made known at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST 2016 trade fair in Nuremberg on 10 May 2016.
An overview of all projects submitted for the AMA Innovation Award 2016 and their development teams can be downloaded at:
Just Published: New AMA Directory for Sensors and Measurement
Suppliers of Sensor and Measuring Technology at a Glance
Berlin, 19 January 2016--The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) has just published its revised and updated Directory of Sensor Suppliers. The publication provides 120 pages of information on suppliers and service providers in sensor, measuring, and testing technology for the most diverse areas of application. The AMA Directory is available as of today free of charge from the Association or online on the AMAs website.
The demand for intelligent machines is growing worldwide, while production costs and energy consumption are supposed to decrease and product quality to increase. To meet this challenge, the industry needs more and more sensors and measuring technology.
The AMA Association bundles and publishes the know-how of its 480 members in its new Directory of Sensor Suppliers to provide users with a detailed overview of products and services from suppliers to research partners.
"Our completely revised Industry Directory for Sensors and Measurement offers a structured overview of the services and products of our members," said Thomas Simmons, AMA General Manager. "We also offer this directory service online under directory / member and supplier search. You just enter a search term and get a list of all the suppliers associated with that term."
The print version of the AMA Directory can be obtained free of charge from the AMA office by submitting an order at email@example.com.
The online version can be used at: