Sensor and measurement technology continues to grow

AMA Association reports positive development for the 1st quarter

 

Berlin, June 30, 2023 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement surveys its 450 members quarterly on economic development. The industry generated sales growth of seven percent in the first quarter, compared to the previous quarter. Incoming orders rose by six percent at the beginning of the year, compared with the previous quarter. The industry is showing a positive overall trend. AMA members remain cautious and expect sales growth of plus minus zero percent for the second quarter.

 

While the sensor and measurement industry showed a slight decline in the fourth quarter of 2022, it picked up again in the first quarter. With sales up seven percent and orders up six percent, the result is a positive, stable book-to-bill ratio of 1.01. This is considered an indicator of the medium-term trend in the order situation and defines the ratio of incoming orders to sales over the same period.

 

The small and medium-sized (SME) AMA members achieved higher sales increases in the first quarter than the large enterprises and are more optimistic about the economic situation than the larger manufacturers. In terms of sales, suppliers to the electronics industry and the energy sector scored particularly well in the first quarter.   

 

"Overall, the sensor and measurement industry is well positioned to meet demand from user industries thanks to supply bottlenecks gradually coming to an end. Our members are investing in research and development to remain competitive and bring innovative products to market," said Thomas Simmons, executive director of the AMA Association. "The book-to-bill ratio is stable and, according to the IFO Institute, the inflation rate is expected to continue to decline in the coming months. This means medium price declines in input costs, first and foremost energy prices. This will also relieve the supplier industries in the medium term."

AMA Board Elections 2023: Longtime treasurer says goodbye

AMA starts the next years with new treasurer and proven team

 

Berlin, June 6, 2023 - In May, the general meeting of the AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement (AMA) elected its board of directors in rotation for the next two years.

 

The AMA members confirmed the re-election of the current board for the next period: Peter Krause (Prignitz Mikrosystemtechnik GmbH and Insenso GmbH) as chairman of the board, Christoph Kleye (SonoQ GmbH) as vice chairman, Rolf Slatter (ITK Dr. Kassen GmbH) as secretary. The two assessors Stefan Zimmermann (Leibnitz University Hannover) and Thomas Simmons (AMA Association, Managing Director) will also remain in office for another two years.

 

Long-time treasurer Johannes Steinebach did not stand for re-election but recommended his son David Steinebach (TWK Elektronik GmbH) as his successor. The AMA general meeting followed this recommendation and elected David Steinebach as the new AMA treasurer.

 

"We would like to thank the members for their trust in our work and we will continue this with great commitment. We welcome David Steinebach as a new board member and look forward to new impulses through rejuvenation. We would like to express our special thanks to Johannes Steinebach. He shaped the AMA Association for 20 years as treasurer, he was and is a great comrade-in-arms for us professionally and humanly, in good and in turbulent times. We are pleased that he will continue to support our work as a member of the AMA Council of Elders. For this, we thank Johannes Steinebach on behalf of the AMA members and the entire board," said Peter Krause, old and new AMA board chairman.

 

 

AMA Innovation Award for magnetic field quantum sensor for industrial use

Quantum Technologies GmbH from Leipzig wins innovation and special award

Berlin, May 9, 2023 - The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology (AMA) awarded the winning team from Quantum Technologies GmbH with the AMA Innovation Prize at the SMSI 2023 - Sensor and Measurement Science International Conference in Nuremberg on May 8. The all-optical quantum magnetometer impressed the jury members from research and industry across the board with its innovative solution approach and high market relevance. The development team consisting of Robert Staacke, Lutz Langguth, Romy Müller and Dominik Rajsp from Quantum Technologies GmbH in Leipzig, Germany, received the prize money of 10,000 euros and a special 'Young Company' award.


The QT-RH105 from Quantum Technologies is a fiber-coupled magnetic field sensor that measures magnetic field strength with purely optical precision. This quantum sensor exploits the magnetic field dependence of the spin states of nitrogen defect sites, called NV centers, in diamond and their fluorescence. The sensor head is no thicker than a human hair, chemically inert, non-magnetic, non-conducting and thus galvanically isolated. Compared to conventional semiconductor sensors, this opens up completely new areas of application in magnetic field sensor technology. The development was funded by the BMBF project FKZ:13N15491. (Brochure p. 8)


"We congratulate the development team of Quantum Technologies and are pleased that once again a young company receives both the AMA Innovation Award and a special prize. The measurement method is designed in such a way that the sensor does not require the use of microwaves. Its extreme detection sensitivity and wide detection range make it suitable for a wide range of applications. We can look forward to the further development of this young company, as well as other 2nd generation quantum sensors," said Professor Andreas Schütze, of Saarland University and AMA jury chairman, explaining this year's decision.


Brochure with all 2023 submissions
All accepted submissions will be published with a brief description of the innovation in the brochure 'AMA Innovation Award 2023 - the applicants', which can be downloaded online free of charge.


Applications for the Innovation Award 2024
Application forms for the AMA Innovation Award 2024 will be available from the end of October 2023. Individuals or development teams from companies and institutes can apply. For more information: www.ama-sensorik.de.

 

 

Sensors and Measurement: Upward Trend in Sales, Investments and Personnel in 2022

AMA Association reports industry development in 2022 and outlook for 2023

Sensor and measurement technology generated a ten percent increase in sales in 2022, compared with the previous year's result. For the current year, the industry does not currently anticipate further sales growth. Nevertheless, the industry is showing itself to be future-oriented and invested 18 percent more than in the previous year and is planning a further increase of eleven percent this year. The export ratio rose by 15 percentage points. AMA members hired a total of six percent more employees than 2021. However, this also shows that in some areas it takes many months to find the right skilled worker.


Berlin, March 2023 - In January 2023, the AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement (AMA) surveyed its members on the economic development of the past fiscal year. According to its own information, the industry generated an overall increase in sales of ten percent, compared to the previous year. In the fourth quarter of 2022, incoming orders declined, which is one reason why the outlook for the 2023 financial year for sensor and measurement technology is more subdued. AMA members currently do not expect any sales growth for fiscal year 2023.


Investments in the innovative sector
AMA members invested about 18 percent more in 2022 than in the previous year and plan to increase investments by another eleven percent in the current fiscal year. In doing so, industry representatives are sending a clear signal about the future viability of sensor and measurement technology.


Exports regain momentum
The export ratio of sensor and measurement technology rose by 15 percentage points to 65 percent in 2022, after declining by twelve percentage points in the Corona year 2021. As a result, the export ratio picked up significantly again and is above the average export ratio for the industry as a whole of 50 percent.  


Seeking and finding skilled workers
The number of employees increased by six percent in the past year. The association surveyed its members on the difficulty of filling vacancies. The search for personnel in the IT and research and development sectors proved to be particularly challenging. AMA members need an average of eight to nine months to fill such a position. The situation is somewhat more relaxed in production and administration; these positions can be filled in three months on average.  


Summary statement
"Despite a very positive overall economic result, our members are cautiously optimistic about the current year. " says Thomas Simmons, managing director, AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology. "AMA members are planning eleven percent higher capital expenditures and further staff expansion this year. Only with regard to sales is our industry showing restraint and is currently expecting zero growth. For all the caution in the sales forecast, however, our industry has so far largely defied the economic consequences of supply chain problems, the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis."

 

AMA Innovation Award 2023: Two established and three young teams nominated

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement nominates five entries for the AMA Innovation Award 2023, including three winners of the special 'Young Company' award. AIM Systems GmbH for photothermal inline measurement of battery electrodes, Quantum Technologies GmbH for QT-RH105, first magnetic field quantum sensor for industrial use and Sykno GmbH for a non-contact measurement system for respiration, heartbeat and heart sounds.
 

Berlin, March 9, 2023 - This year, 25 research and development teams from Germany and abroad competed for the prestigious AMA Innovation Award. The winners receive prize money of 10,000 euros, which can be divided by the jury.

 

Among the 25 entries, there were a total of 7 companies competing for the special 'Young Company' award. They have all been on the market for less than five years, employ fewer than 50 people and generate annual sales of less than 10 million euros.

 

This year, three of these teams convinced the jury members from science and industry. AIM Systems GmbH from St. Ingbert for a measuring device for non-contact inline measurement of the layer thickness of Li-ion battery electrodes. The Quantum Technologies GmbH team from Leipzig for its fiber-coupled magnetic field quantum sensor, which measures magnetic field strength with purely optical precision, and Sykno GmbH from Erlangen for a measuring system for the contactless recording of vital parameters.

 

All three teams will receive a free trade show appearance at SENSOR+TEST 2023 in Nuremberg and are also further in the running for the main prize, the AMA Innovation Award 2023.

 

Nominated for the AMA Innovation Award 2023 (in alphabetical order):

 

Photothermal inline measurement of battery electrodes
Team spokesman: Dr. Stefan Böttger (AIM Systems GmbH, St. Ingbert).
A measuring device for non-contact inline measurement of the layer thickness of Li-ion battery electrodes is presented. The innovation allows highly accurate measurement of electrode coatings and is tolerant to vibration and waviness of the samples. (brochure p. 8)

 

Sensor revolution through integrated vortex tunnel resistor technology
Team spokesperson: Dr. Armin Satz (Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg; Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach; Danube University Krems, University of Vienna)
In the development of magnetic sensors, the use of vortex magnetization in the signal-generating TMR layer offers the advantage of flexibly adapting the magnetic measurement range to the application with minimal magnetic hysteresis. The layer thickness and the structure size are matched to each other in such a way that the vortex magnetization is always reliably adjusted spontaneously, even without external initial magnetization. The intrinsic symmetry of the vortex magnetization minimizes cross-field sensitivity and optimizes the phase accuracy of sensor products. (brochure p. 8)

 

QT-RH105: First magnetic field quantum sensor for industrial use
Team spokesperson: Dr. Robert Staacke (Quantum Technologies GmbH, Leipzig)
The QT-RH105 is a fiber-coupled magnetic field sensor that measures magnetic field strength with purely optical precision. The quantum sensor exploits the magnetic field dependence of the spin states of nitrogen defect centers in diamond and their fluorescence. The sensor head is no thicker than a human hair, chemically inert, non-magnetic, non-conducting and thus galvanically isolated. Compared to conventional semiconductor sensors, this opens up completely new areas of application in magnetic field sensor technology. (brochure p. 9)

 

Infrared "TMOS" sensor for presence and motion detection
Team spokesperson: Luca Fontanella (STMicroelectronics, Cornaredo - Italy)
The STHS34PF80 is an uncooled, factory calibrated IR sensor with an operating wavelength between 5 μm and 20 μm. The STHS34PF80 sensor is designed to measure the amount of IR radiation emitted by an object within its field of view for presence detection. It features exceptional sensitivity and does not require an optical lens to detect the presence of people and the movement of objects at a distance of up to four meters, making the sensor an ideal replacement for conventional PIR solutions on the market. (brochure p. 9)

 

Non-contact measurement system for respiration, heartbeat and heart tones
Team speaker Dr. Fabian Michler (Sykno GmbH, Erlangen).
Sykno presents a measuring system for contactless recording of vital parameters. It can be placed under the patient's bed, for example, and penetrates the patient's mattress and clothing. Using radar-based distance measurement, heartbeat, respiration rate and heart sounds can be recorded in medical quality without the need for adhesive electrodes as in conventional ECG. In contrast to competing products, the system is characterized by its high measurement precision, which for the first time enables measurement of heart sounds and thus of the finest surface vibrations. (Brochure p. 10)

 

"Once again, we had the pleasure of sifting through many high-quality submissions. Despite the difficult last few years, innovative minds from sensor and measurement technology developed exciting approaches to solutions," says Professor Andreas Schütze, jury chairman from Saarland University. "This year, as many as five teams convinced us. Among them, two teams led by established companies and three young companies that could not be more different. We look forward to meeting the nominees in person at SMSI 2023 in May."

 

The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2023 will be announced on May 8, 2023, at the opening event of SMSI 2023 - Sensor and Measurement Science International, which will be held in parallel with SENSOR+TEST 2023 in Nuremberg.
 

The overview of all applications for the AMA Innovation Award 2023 at: http://www.ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2023/2023_Broschuere_090323.pdf

 

Sensor and Measurement Science International 2023: Congress program now online

International Congress on Sensor, Measurement and Metrology in Nuremberg, Germany

 

Berlin, March 10, 2023 - The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Science invites to the international congress: Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI) 2023. The congress will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from May 8-11, 2023, in parallel with the SENSOR+TEST 2023 trade fair. The official program of SMSI 2023 is now available online.  

 

The SMSI focuses thematically on three pillars: sensors, measurement technology and metrology. The lectures follow a scientific focus with the aim to show new trends, methods, findings and applications in these pillars. This year's main topics are quantum sensing, quantum metrology, optical biosensors, smart measurement and sensor systems, metrology in the digital age, nanometrology and nanofabrication, and Kibble and Planck scales.

 

In addition to technical presentations, tutorials, a science slam and poster talks, SMSI 2023 invites interested parties to attend international plenary lectures. Among them, Professor Wolfgang Koch from Fraunhofer FKIE will highlight the prospects for AI-driven systems for fusing data from multiple sensors, Emma Wooliams from the National Physical Laboratory (UK) will present Metrology for Earth Observation. Heinrich Heiss of Infineon Technologies AG reports on MEMS audio activities, Dariusz Krakowski of Airbus discusses sensor applications in aircraft, and Professor Georg E. Fantner of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne explains AFM metrology at the nanoscale.

 

The congress will be held in English, and the full SMSI 2023 program, registration information and registration fees are now available at: https://www.smsi-conference.com/