Sensor and Measuring Technology: Revenue decline, orders incoming clouds over further

AMA Association reports industry development in the second quarter of 2020

Sensor and Measuring Technology already recorded slight revenue losses in the first quarter, in the second quarter sales fell by a further eight percent. Incoming orders in the industry also developed negatively, falling by 13 percent. The share of AMA member companies that have registered short-time work rose to 55 percent in the second quarter.

 

Berlin, September 16, 2020 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) polls its approximately 450 members about the economic development in the second quarter. According to their own statements, the industry generated a drop in sales of eight percent in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter. 

 

It is interesting to note that large and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) show similar sales trends, but expectations differ. While SMEs had predicted a 14 percent drop in sales in the first quarter, they generated a less negative result than expected, at minus eight percent. For the current quarter, SMEs are expecting a minus of three percent. The large companies expected a decline of three percent and have to cope with a drop in sales of nine percent. For the third quarter, the large companies expect a minus of one percent. 

 

Development of the most important sales markets in the second quarter

The sales markets of sensor and measurement technology companies also developed differently in the second quarter. The only positive developments were sales to the building and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning sectors. The medical technology sector reported a slight overall decline. 

 

Suppliers to the strongly sensor-driven automotive, mobility, mechanical and electrical engineering sectors suffered the sharpest falls in sales. Expectations for the current quarter are also clouding significantly in these sectors. On the other hand, suppliers to the semiconductor and medical technology industries and to the company's own sensor and measurement technology sector are confident.

 

Summary statement

 

"The entire German economy experienced a significant decline in economic output in the first half of the year," says Thomas Simmons, AMA Managing Director. "Subsequently, this development also pulled sensor and measurement technology into a downward trend. Weak demand from abroad is additionally flanking this sales trend. It is not yet possible to estimate quantitatively how severe the slump will be for sensor and measurement technology manufacturers".  

AMA Innovation Award 2020: one Prize, two Winning Teams

fluidFOX, the clever online fluid analyzer, and FAMAS, the FAst Magnetic Angle Sensor, convince the jury

 

Berlin, the 23rd of June, 2020 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) bestowed the winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2020 on 23 June 2020. Due to the current situation, the award was endowed virtually instead of physically at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair. The jury chairman Andreas Schütze along with the winners presented the individual projects using multimedia tools at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLKWaDBi0BqsWwQjVoB4b0AFdTyvrmESn

 

In the year of its 20th anniversary, the 10,000 euro AMA Innovation Award went equally to two developer teams. Both developments showed a particularly great degree of innovation and a convincing market relevance.

 

FAMAS – FAst Magnetic Angle Sensor

The FAMAS is the first inexpensive, fast, and accurate magnetic angle sensor. It is based on two vertical Hall elements and the direct conversion of the angle into a digital format. Implemented in the sensor is a novel, patented algorithm containing an innovative servo-control system. It enables an angular detection for practically all rotary speeds with minimal and angle-independent latency. (brochure, page 8)

 

The jury extends its congratulations to the Swiss developer team: Prof. Dr. Radivoje S. Popovic, Sasa Spasic, Marjan Blagojevic, Sasa Dimitrijevic, Dr. Dragana Popovic Renella, and Dr. Thomas Kaltenbacher (SENIS AG, Zug/Switzerland).

 

fluidFOX – the clever online fluid analyzer

The second awarded innovation is the fluidFOX from MicroResonant, has already won the AMA Association’s Young Enterprises special award. It is a compact system for monitoring the quality of lubricants and hydraulic oils. Independent of the type of lubricant, the system not only determines the viscosity, but establishes a comprehensive profile including a number of parameters depending on temperature and pressure. The analyzer thus contributes to the reduction of maintenance costs and risks of machine outages. The fluidFOX system attains a measuring accuracy fully automatically, which exceeding complex lab analyses. (brochure, page 8)

 

The jury congratulates the Austrian developer team: Alexander O. Niedermayer, Friedrich Feichtinger, and Thomas Voglhuber-Brunnmaier (Micro Resonant, Linz/Austria).

Innovations in Sensor and Measuring Technology as an Overall Winner

This year, 38 innovative research and development teams with first-rate developments contended for the AMA Innovation Award. Among these were 16 young enterprises that showed just how innovative and future-oriented sensor and measuring technology for tomorrow’s solutions can be.

 

“The two winning projects, FAMAS and fluidFOX, convinced the jury with outstanding scientific solutions, a high degree of innovation, and clear market relevance,” said jury chairman Professor Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University, commenting on this year’s selection.

 

“FAMAS – the FAst Magnetic Angle Sensor is a particularly elegant control solution for the problem inherent in high-speed Hall sensors applying a new approach. And the fluidFOX swayed us with its extremely good measuring quality in the field by its use of temperature and pressure dependencies of the measuring parameters,” explained Schütze this year’s jury decision.

 

The winning teams have been invited to present their projects at the SENSOR+TEST 2021 at the award ceremony for the AMA Innovation Award 2021.

 

Brochure with all Submissions for 2020

 

The AMA Innovation Award is one of the most renown prizes in the area of sensors and measurement. It is presented annually by the AMA Association. All accepted submissions are published with a brief description in the AMA Innovation Award 2020 – the Contenders brochure. Download it free of charge at: https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_AMA_Innovationspreis_fin.pdf.

 

Submissions for the Innovation Award 2021

Application forms for the AMA Innovation Award 2021 will be available online as of the end of October 2020. Individuals or developer teams from enterprises and institutes may apply. Further information at: www.ama-sensorik.de.

 

Videos
Peter Krause, Professor Schütze, Nominees and Winnerteams: AMA Innovation Award 2020  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLKWaDBi0BqsWwQjVoB4b0AFdTyvrmESn

Präsentations 

MicroResonant    
https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_MicroResonant.pdf

SENIS AG           
https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_SENIS.pdf

Endress+Hauser Flow 
https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_Endress_Hauser_Flow.pdf
Endress+Hauser Flow 3D-QR-Code
https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/3D_QR-Code_ProsonicFlowG.jpg

Fraunhofer IPA
https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_Fraunhofer_IPA.pdf

Sensirion
https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_Sensirion.pdf

Broschure 2020

Cover 
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Brochure with all submissions 2020
https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_AMA_Innovationspreis_fin.pdf

 

https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2020/2020_AMA_Innovationspreis_fin.pdf

Sensors and Measurement: Slight Downturn in Revenue During First Quarter

Sensor industry outlook pessimistic for second quarter

 

Berlin, 22 June, 2020 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its members every quarter on their economic development. The sensor industry reports a drop in turnover of one percent for the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter. Orders incoming rose at the beginning of the year by four percent. The sensor industry expects a drop in revenue of four percent for the second quarter.

 

Turnover and orders incoming in the German industry partially recuperated at the beginning of the year. However, due to the Corona pandemic, which sparked a massive worldwide decline in supply and demand, the economic trend has reversed.

 

The effects of the pandemic impact production, supply chains, sales markets, and the German employment market. According to the AMA Association the extent of the slump for the sensor and measurement industry is at present difficult to estimate. In the current quarter, the sensor industry is counting with a drop in revenue of four percent.

 

“Since the national and international sales markets have steeply declined due to the Corona pandemic, this has a time-lagged impact on the producers of sensors and measuring technology,” says Thomas Simmons, general manager of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement. “The economic development for the first quarter shows that the suppliers for the automotive industry are especially affected, having to cope with an extensive drop in revenue. These and the suppliers for machine and plant engineering have a pessimistic outlook for the current quarter. Unlike this development, the AMA members supplying building automation and medical technology record slight increases in the first quarter and have a clearly optimistic outlook on the current quarter.”

No SENSOR+TEST 2020

The preparations for the SENSOR+TEST 2020 in Nuremberg were already in top gear. From the 23rd to the 25th of June, 2020, the call was supposed to be “Welcome to the innovation dialog!” Regrettably, like many other trade fairs, the SENSOR+TEST will not be held this year. This is because of the continued development and existing critical risk inherent in the Covid-19 pandemic (SARS-CoV-2). The circumstances have led to the prohibition of public events in Bavaria, where the SENSOR+TEST thus cannot take place.

 

This year experts will regrettably not be able to meet for their intensive exchange of ideas at the worldwide most important industrial fair for sensor and measuring technology in Nuremberg. Due to the injunction against major public events in Bavaria (Germany) until 31 August 2020, the SENSOR+TEST 2020 was now consequently prohibited as well. “Our team has fought tooth and nail to carry out the SENSOR+TEST 2020,” said organizer Holger Bödeker. “Nevertheless, the event can unfortunately not take place. event.” This was a difficult decision, but necessary for the protection of the populace and the health of the visitors and participants of the fair. The two conferences that were to be held parallel to the SENSOR+TEST, the SMSI 2020 - Sensor and Measurement Science International and ettc2020 European Test and Telemetry Conference, also cannot take place. Holger Bödeker added, “We’d like to give special thanks to the many exhibitors, who wanted to show at the SENSOR+TEST 2020 and hoped and fought along with us for the event. Despite the global economic turbulences and worries, there were in fact very few cancellations. This is a great vote of confidence that we appreciate very much. Thus, Hall 1 as well as some topical and community stands were already booked out. This goes to show that the event continues to have a high significance in the planning and calendars of the enterprises.”

 

Despite the economic and political challenges of the coming weeks and months, the organizers are well aware of their responsibility for the most important platform for the entire system competence in measuring, testing, and monitoring tasks in all industries, as well as for the maintenance of this communication channel among exhibitors, scientists, and visitors. Therefore, regular newsletters describing exciting new products and technologies will be used to maintain the communication link. The continued presence in the social media channels and our digital information platforms will provide exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to carry on discussions on technological topics.

 

“We’ll see each other from the 4th to the 6th of May, 2021, at the next SENSOR+TEST for the Innovation Dialog,” says Holger Bödeker. “Stay in good health!” The trade fair will take place jointly with the SMSI 2021 - Sensor and Measurement International Conference and the PCIM Europe, as well as the SMTconnect.

 

Press contact:

AMA Service GmbH
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Sensors and Measurement: Slight Decline in Turnover, Stable Orders Incoming

AMA Association reports on sensor industry development in 2019 and outlook for 2020

 

Sensors and measurement recorded a downturn in revenue for 2019 of one percent. For the current fiscal year, the sensor industry is counting with a positive development of five percent in turnover growth. Investments have increased by five percent, the export quota dropped by four percent, and the number of employees increased by the expected three percent compared to the results of the previous year.

 

Berlin, 12 March 2020 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) polled its members in January of 2020 on the economic development in 2019. According to the reports, the industry had a drop in revenue of one percent. However, looking at the various supply branches, the developments in sensors and measurement are self-explanatory and partially contrary.

Development of the Major Sales Markets

According to their own reports, the main sales market of the AMA members is machinery and plant engineering. Sensor manufacturers, including both SMEs as well as big sensor enterprises, supplying this market recorded slight losses in 2019.

 

The second most important market for AMA members is its own branch in sensor and measuring technology, which rose for most of these members. SMEs recorded on average a slight growth, while the bigger enterprises showed greater growth. Of interest may be electronics: While the SMEs showed growth here, the big enterprises of this branch was retrograde.

 

Surprisingly, the automotive market showed a statistically positive development for sensor suppliers. SMEs gained slightly in this currently difficult market, while bigger enterprises rose significantly. However, the sales market for aerospace was overall retrograde for the supplying AMA members.

 

Sensor Industry Recorded Slight Export Losses

The traditionally strong export quota of this branch showed a loss of four percent down to 51 percentage points. Thus exports are still relatively strong as is the producing in Germany as a whole. Clearly discernible this year: The exports to other European countries remained stable at 28 percentage points, whereas exports to non-European countries successively dropped.
 

Skilled Personnel and Ensuring Continued Young Talent

The mostly medium-sized enterprises in the sensor industry continued to hire employees in 2019. The overall number of employees increased by three percent and is to further rise by two percent in the current year. The enterprises in sensor and measuring technology ascertained that it has become increasingly difficult to find qualified professionals. Asked whether they would hire young, motivated Southern Europeans with appropriate language skills, more than 80 percent of the respondents considered this as an opportunity to overcome the shortage of skilled labor.

 Concluding Statement

“The economy is in a state of flux. The markets for automotives, machinery, and plant engineering, regarded guarantors for our growing economy, are now floundering. This sets the major sensor and measurement sales markets in motion as well. On the other hand, new markets are gaining in significance,” says Thomas Simmons, managing director of the AMA Association. “This explains the slight overall decline, but also the positive outlook of our member enterprises. They are counting on a revenue growth of five percent for the current year.”

AMA Innovation Award 2020: Association Nominates Five Teams

Special award “Young Enterprises” goes to Micro Resonant from Austria

 

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement nominates five submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2020. The special award for “Young Enterprises” goes to Micro Resonant for its “fluidFOX – the clever online fluid analyzer.”

 

Berlin, 12 March 2020—This year 38 research and development teams from Germany and abroad contended for the renowned AMA Innovation Award. The winners are bestowed with a 10,000-euro prize, which can be divided among the contenders by the jury.

 

Among the 38 submissions, a total of 16 enterprises contended for the special “Young Enterprises” award. These must be on the market for no more than five years, have less than 50 employees, and an annual turnover of less than ten million euros. This year the team from Micro Resonant from Linz/Austria convinced the jury with its “fluidFOX – the clever online fluid analyzer,” a compact system for monitoring the quality of lubricants and hydraulic oils. The team will receive a free presence at the SENSOR+TEST 2020 in Nuremberg, while keeping its nomination for the AMA Innovation Award 2020.

 

Nominated for the AMA Innovation Award 2020 (in alphabetical sequence) are:

 

FAMAS - FAst Magnetic Angle Sensor

 

Prof. Dr. Radivoje S Popovic, Sasa Spasic, Marjan Blagojevic, Sasa Dimitrijevic, Dr. Dragana Popovic Renella, Dr. Thomas Kaltenbacher (SENIS AG, Zug/Switzerland)

 

FAMAS is the first inexpensive, fast, and accurate magnetic angle sensor. It is based on two vertical Hall elements and the direct conversion of the angle into a digital format. Implemented in the sensor is a novel, patented algorithm containing an innovative servo-control system. It enables an angular detection for practically all rotary speeds with minimal and angle-independent latency. (brochure, page 8)

 

fluidFOX – the clever online fluid analyzer

 

Alexander O. Niedermayer, Friedrich Feichtinger, and Thomas Voglhuber-Brunnmaier (Micro Resonant, Linz/Austria)

 

The fluidFOX from MicroResonant is a compact system for monitoring the quality of lubricants and hydraulic oils. It contributes to the reduction of maintenance costs and risks of machine outages. Independent of the type of lubricant, the system not only determines the viscosity, but establishes a comprehensive profile including a number of parameters depending on temperature and pressure. The fluidFOX system attains a measuring accuracy fully automatically, which exceeding complex lab analyses. (brochure, page 8)

 

Photo-acoustic CO₂ sensor for series application

Marco Gysel, Dr. Thomas Uehlinger, Dr. Johannes Bühler, Dr. Michel Stromereder (Sensirion AG, Stäfa/Switzerland)

 

The SCD40 represents the first CO₂ and RH/T sensor in miniature format with a space requirement of only one cubic centimeter. This disruptive innovation is based on the principle of photo-acoustic sensor technology and combines minimum size with maximum performance. Thanks to its exemplary price-performance ratio, the SCD40 is especially suited for series use and cost-sensitive areas of application. (brochure, page 9)

 

Thorax monitor

Dr. Jens Langejürgen, Jan Ringkamp, Philipp Radler, Dr. Philipp Lebhardt (Fraunhofer IPA, Mannheim/Germany)

 

Respiratory parameters, such as breathing rate and depth, but also the start of inspiration and expiration are among the most important vital parameters in clinical monitoring. The real-time detection of these parameters is crucial for respirators especially for very small lungs. The thorax monitor measures changes in the permittivity in the thorax contactless and determines the respiratory parameters. (brochure, page 9)


Ultrasound-flowmeter device with a gas analysis function for process gasses

 

Dr. Michal Bezděk, Pierre Ueberschlag, Frank Wandeler, Dr. Oliver Berberig (Endress+Hauser Flow, Weil a.R./Germany)

 

The industrially optimized ultrasound flowmeter Prosonic Flow G 300/500 measures with extremely high accuracy dry and moist gasses in volatile process conditions. A unique sensor concept enables maintenance-free long-term operation even for difficult applications with a high share of liquid in the gas. Also, the integrated gas analysis function provides process parameter for monitoring gas characteristics and quality in real-time. (brochure,
page 10)

 

“The AMA Association bestows the AMA Innovation Award for twenty years now and had the opportunity again this year to evaluate numerous high-quality submissions,” says Professor Andreas Schütze, chairman of the jury, from the Saarland University. The five nominated teams again show just how innovative solutions and developments in sensor and measuring technology can be. Especially conspicuous is the high density of innovations from Austria and Switzerland among this year’s nominations.”

 

The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2020 will be announced on the 22nd of June, 2020, at the opening ceremony of the SMSI 2020 - Sensor and Measurement Science International, which is to be held parallel to the SENSOR+TEST in Nuremberg.

 

See an overview of all submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2020  

Hannover Messe: AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement in Hall 11

Innovation platform for simple sensor elements to turnkey solutions

 

Berlin, 25 February 2020 - The AMA Association represents its member from industry and science from 20–24 April 2020 at the Hannover Messe (Hanover Trade Fair). At the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement in Hall 11, Stand F 35, 14 AMA members will present new approaches to products and solutions. The AMA Center invites visitors to come and talk about topics relating to sensor and measuring technology.

 

Besides the exhibiting experts, the AMA Center offers an up-to-date edition of the AMA Sensor Directory. This association compendium provides an overview of the diverse sensor and measuring technology suppliers. In this brochure, interested visitors will find about 1,000 product and service categories from the 450 AMA industry, science, and research members.

 

As an enhanced member index, the AMA Directory thus offers a cross-section of suppliers from sensor and measuring technology as well as the related services. The brochure can be obtained free of charge at the AMA Center at the Hanover Fair or online at https://www.ama-sensorik.de/branchenfuehrer/.

 

A list of exhibitors at the AMA Center 2020 in Hall 11, Stand F35, including a short-form description of their core activities is available at https://www.ama-zentren.de/hannover-messe-en/