Sensor and Measurement: Turnover Unchanged, Orders Incoming Up
AMA Association Publishes Sensor Industry Statistics for 3rd Quarter
The sensor and measuring industry's turnover remains unchanged for the 3rd quarter of 2014, while orders incoming rose by 2 percent. The sensor industry predicts a cumulative growth in turnover for the current year of a good 7 percent.
Berlin, 2. December 2014—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polled its 480 members on the economic development in the third quarter of 2014. The mostly small and medium-sized enterprises generated revenues to the same amount as in the previous quarter. Comparing the 3rd quarter of this year with the result of the previous year, the sector achieved a gain in revenue of 7 percent.
With an increase of 2 percent in orders incoming, compared to the results of the previous quarter, the sensor and measurement industry's outlook for the overall annual results are positive. “Based on the current quarter's results and the outlook to an annual growth of 7 percent, our sector of industry is looking at a positive fiscal year, despite the cautious prognosis for the German industry as a whole,” says Thomas Simmons, AMA General Manager, summarizing the current results.
According to the statistics of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the German industry is presently going through a lull, as incoming orders are stabilizing. The Ministry sees the reason for this in the difficult foreign-trade environment.
Based on its current results, the sensor and measuring sector is thus a stable part of the general market development. “The results of our polls confirm the importance of sensing and measuring as basic technologies for today’s technical challenges,” states Simmons. “Our member enterprises supply all of industry, thus reflecting its economic development with a usually slightly more positive trend. We remain confident, our branch of industry is investing 10 percent of its revenue in research and development, the globe is being networked and getting smarter every day. Thus there is an ever increasing demand for innovative sensors and measuring systems,” says Simmons, explaining the continued positive mood in the sensor and measuring industry.
The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) – linking innovators – The AMA is the most important network and representative of the interests of the key industry in technical innovations. The AMA is the first contact for sensor and measuring technology and provides a comprehensive overview of products and services in its industry directory. The AMA cultivates an innovation dialog among all individuals taking part in the process at the leading trade fair SENSOR+TEST, at community stands of important fairs worldwide, and at the science conferences SENSOR, OPTO, and IRS². The AMA also offers technology seminars focusing on sensor, measuring, and microsystem technologies.
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AMA Center at the SPS IPC Drives
Nuremberg, Germany - For the 10th time the AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement will be represented with its AMA Center at the SPS IPC Drives.
On this joint-venture booth exhibitors will show the full range from sensor elements, sensors and measurement technology up to systems and complete solutions.
The AMA Center will be an ideal opportunity for visitors to obtain information on up-to-date technologies around the basic elements of industrial automation as well as to find possible solutions for their individual requirements.
Due to its well-defined focus and its custom-tailored concept, the AMA Centers have proved their efficiency as a communication interface for exhibitors and visitors for many years and on various trade shows.
AMA at the SPS IPC Drives 2014, 25 - 27 November 2014, hall 4A, booth 4A-225
More Information: http://www.ama-zentren.de/sps-ipc-drives-en/
AMA Innovation Award 2015: Submit Now
AMA Association looking for Innovations in Sensors and Measurement
Berlin, September 2014—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) is calling on innovators in sensor and measuring technology to compete for the AMA Innovation Award 2015. Submissions should be innovative and market-relevant research and development projects.
Individuals and developer can enter novel research and development projects with apparent market relevance to compete for the 10,000-euro AMA Innovation Award. Startup enterprises, no older than five years, can also compete for the special Young Enterprise award. The AMA will sponsor the winners of this category with a free trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2015. The deadline for all submissions is 19 January 2015.
The AMA Innovation Award is among the most renowned prizes in sensor and measuring technology. It has been presented for fifteen years now for outstanding research and development achievements. The award goes to the developers and developer-teams themselves, not to the entities behind them. All the submitted projects are published on the AMA website as a brochure.
The jury comprises experts in sensor and measuring technology from universities, institutes, and enterprises. The jurors judge the submissions in regard to their scientific achievement and assess their probable marketability. “Every year, we get innovative submissions from all over the world,” says jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “Many of these are future-oriented projects from renowned enterprises and institutes, but from startups as well. To promote these young companies and to give them a good start on the market, we’ve created the Young Enterprises award category. The winner in this category gets a trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2015 in Nuremberg free of charge. Nevertheless, these submissions still take part in the main contest for the AMA Innovation Award 2015.”
The terms and conditions as well as application forms for participation in the AMA Innovation Award 2015 contest and the special Young Enterprise category as well as the brochure of submissions in 2014 are available free of charge at http://www.ama-sensorik.de/en/science/ama-innovation-award/
The final submission date is 19 January 2015. The nominees are to be announced at the Annual AMA Press Conference in February of 2015. The AMA Innovation Award will be presented at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST on 19 May 2015 in Nuremberg.
Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement at electronica
AMA Association and 14 Exhibitors at Community Stand
Berlin, 15 September 2014 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement is presenting itself at the electronica from 11 to 14 November as a competence center. Also, fourteen exhibitors are presenting their products and solutions in sensor and measuring technology at the AMA’s community stand.
Automotive or industrial electronics, embedded or wireless, medical electronics or MEMS – sensors and measurement always play an important role as key technologies. The AMA Association, as a community of exhibitors, are presenting sensor and measuring technology as well as systems and turn-key solutions for the ninth time at the electronica. “We congratulate the electronica to its 50th anniversary. For five years now, visitors were able to gain an overview of the developments in the international electronics industry. As a competence center for sensors and measurement, we’re glad to be here again.” says Thomas Simmons, AMA General Manager.
Visitors can obtain information on the basic technologies in industrial measurement applications and talk with the exhibitors about solutions to specific projects. The Sensor and Measurement Competence Center invites visitors from all areas of application to concentrated technical discussions.
Visitors will find the AMA Center for Sensors and Measurement at the electronica from 11 to 14 November 2014 in Hall B1.
A list of the exhibitors at the AMA Center with a brief description of their main activities can be found at: http://www.ama-zentren.de/welcome-to-the-ama-centers-for-sensors-and-measurement/.
Moderate Growth for Sensor and Measuring Technology in 2nd Quarter
AMA Association publishes sensor-industry statistics for the second quarter
The sensors and measurement industry generated a revenue increase of approximately two percent in the second quarter of this year. Orders incoming showed a slight growth of one percent.
The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 members every quarter regarding the economic development. After a considerable growth of seven percent in the first quarter of 2014, the AMA members attained a moderate increase of two percent compared to the results of the previous quarter.
The good economic mood of the sensor industry is reflected in the increase of orders incoming of one percent compared to the previous quarter’s results. This means a growing demand for well-trained professionals. The generally small and medium-sized enterprises in the sensor industry are expecting to hire twelve new engineers per 1,000 employee positions.
“The results of the poll for the second quarter of this year show a moderate growth of our industry,” says Thomas Simmons, AMA General Manager. “Our outlook for the rest of the year is confident in the assumption that the sensor industry will continue to grow.
Industry 4.0, until recently a topic for discussion, is now getting in gear. Production is becoming more dynamic, automation more sophisticated, and sensors and sensor systems are enabling the industry to apply more and more intelligent solutions in production.”
SENSOR and IRS² Call for Papers Now Online
AMA Conferences 2015 from 19 to 21 May 2015 in Nuremberg
The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement requests the submission of papers to be presented at the AMA Conferences 2015, the SENSOR and IRS². Both conferences will be held parallel to the SENSOR+TEST 2015 from the 19th to the 21st of May in Nuremberg. The deadline for submission is 17 October 2014.
Berlin, August 2014—Smart cities, Industry 4.0, or resource efficiency – sensing and measuring are among the key technologies for technical advance. The AMA links innovators from research and development, from science and industry. The AMA Conferences SENSOR and IRS² are regarded as networking platforms, targeting an international community of professionals and providing insights in the latest research results from diverse disciplines.
This call for papers is aimed at all professionals who would like to present their developments at one of the two technical conferences. The presentations are requested in the form of lectures or poster sessions. They must be submitted before 17 October 2014.
The SENSOR conference focuses on the development of sensors and actuators as well as measuring and testing technology in general. The IRS² deals with state-of-the-art developments in infrared sensors and systems.
The parallel SENSOR+TEST trade fair with more than 500 exhibitors is considered to be the most important European information platform for sensor, measuring, and testing technology, providing the conference participants with opportunities to participate in the innovation dialog beyond the AMA conferences.
Interested parties are requested to include an abstract of their paper before 17 October 2014 and to mail it to conference (at) ama-science.org.
For a document template and further information on the AMA conferences and their focal topics please go to http://www.ama-science.org/direct/call-for-papers.
New AMA Industry Directory Published
Sensor and Measuring Technology at a Glance
Berlin, August 2014 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) recently published an updated edition of its Sensor and Measurement Industry Directory. On approximately 100 pages, the Association provides information on sensors and measuring technology for the diverse user industries. The AMA Industry Directory can now be ordered from the Association free of charge or be used online.
Electric mobility, industry 4.0, smart cities, or driver assistance systems – sensors and measurement are today’s key technologies. The AMA Association’s detailed Directory provides a comprehensive overview of its 480 members. Anyone looking for manufacturers of sensors, measuring technology, or a partner for research and development, will be sure to find suitable enterprises and institutes. Moreover, the Association will be glad to help with specific questions on sensors and sensor systems.
“Our Industry Directory presents a structured overview of the products and services provided by our members,” says Thomas Simmons, general manager of the AMA Association. “Users can easily find the right supplier of sensors and sensor systems or institutes for relevant services by checking the search terms or measuring parameters.”
The printed version is divided into three sections: The first comprises a table of contents and key terms, facilitating the search for specific sensors or measuring parameters. The next contains a list of suppliers and the last has the contact data for all the enterprises and institutes in alphabetical order.
The online version is at: www.ama-sensorik.de/branchenverzeichnis/
Sensors and Measurement Sustains Upward Trend
AMA Sensor Industry Statistics for the First Quarter of 2014
The sensor and measurement industry reports a plus in turnover for this year’s first quarter of approximately seven percent. Orders incoming rise by ten percent. The sensor technology industry is booming and plans to expand its personnel.
Berlin, June 2014—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement polls its 480 member entities on their economic development every quarter. After a solid annual result for the previous fiscal year, the sensor industry’s revenues rose by seven percent, compared to the results of the previous quarter.
At the same time, orders incoming went up ten percent, again compared to the results of the previous quarter. Thanks to the full order books, suppliers and distributers plan further expansion of their personnel. According to the AMA poll, the characteristically small and medium-sized enterprises in the sensor industry want to hire 15 new engineers for every 1,000 individuals presently employed.
“With a plus in revenue of seven percent, our industry demonstrates that it’s a growth branch,” says Thomas Simmons, the AMA’s managing director. “I see the grounds for this growth in the fact that our members supply practically all branches of industry. Thanks to new technologies, more and more areas of application are being spawned. Smart cities, smart factories, smart farming, or smart metering – all of these intelligent applications in advanced technologies are smart only by virtue of sensors and measuring systems. Another aspect that our small and medium enterprises know how to exploit, is their flexibility on the market.”
In ever more networked industrial production processes, smart sensor systems, combining the detection of measuring parameters with signal conditioning and data processing in a single housing, are playing an increasingly important role. Our technological future is becoming more and more complex and complex processes are being efficiently automated by smart, adaptive feedback systems. With these positive results for the first quarter of 2014, the sensor and measurement industry has demonstrated its stability in fluctuating markets.
AMA Innovation Award 2014 for Tilted Wave Interferometer
Nuremberg/Berlin, June 2014—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) presented the winner of the AMA Innovation Award 2014 at the SENSOR+TEST on the 3rd of June in Nuremberg. The AMA Innovation Award 2014 was granted for the Tilted Wave Interferometer (TWI) used to quickly and flexibly measure aspheric and free-form surfaces. The device is a joint development of Goran Baer, Christof Pruss, and Johannes Schindler (Institute for Technical Optics, University of Stuttgart) as well as of Jens Siepmann and Dr. Markus Lotz (Mahr GmbH, Jena).
The prize-winning submission swayed the jury thanks to its combination of flexibility, precision, and short measurement periods, without the need to make compensating optics for different test pieces. “The winning process is characterized by its depth of development and clearly apparent market relevance. The TWI, developed at the Stuttgart University and at Mahr GmbH, is designed for aspheric and non-rotational symmetry free-form surfaces. It offers a broad lateral resolution, short measurement periods – and should be of interest for applications in industries with modern optics production,” stated jury chair Andreas Schütze, University of Saarland, explaining the decision of the jury.
Christof Pruss and the development team will be pleased to receive the 10.000-euro award, which goes directly to the team members themselves. They will be presenting their Tilted Wave Interferometer at the SENSOR+TEST 2014 in Hall 12, at Stand 12/492.
The Association has been presenting the AMA Innovation Award for 14 years now and publishes a brochure providing an overview of the contenders and their submitted projects every year – this year the “AMA Innovation Award 2014 – the Contenders.” Thirty-five projects were submitted this year from Germany and abroad. Three of them were nominated as outstanding:
“EasyPrecision” – high-precision measurement of optical elements
Matthias Eichmann, Dr. Ufuk Ceyhan, David Hilbig
(ePholution GmbH, Bremen; SENSOR+TEST Halle 12, Stand 12/377)
“InKa” interaction cable
Dr.-Ing. Jens Teichert, Flavius Hirceaga
(Teichert Systemtechnik GmbH, Lilienthal; SENSOR+TEST Halle 12, Stand 12/375)
Ultra-precision positioning sensor with picometer resolution & 10-MHz bandwidth
Dr. Martin Zech, Prof. Dr. Khaled Karrai, Pierre-Francois Braun, Klaus Thurner, Alexander Watanabe
(attocube systems AG, Munich; SENSOR+TEST Halle 12, Stand 12/450)
and Björn Habrich, Jens Neumann, Holger Krüger, Gert Franke
(N-Hands GmbH & Co. KG, Idstein)
The competition for the AMA Innovation Award 2015 will start in October 2014. Individuals as well as developer teams from enterprises or institutes from all over the world can submit their projects. The brochure with the submissions for 2014 and further information can be obtained at: www.ama-sensorik.de.
AMA Innovation Award 2014: Four Nominees
The Association Presents Special Award to Two “Young Enterprise” Submissions
Berlin, March 2014— This year, the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement has nominated four submissions for the AMA Innovation Award. Two of the nominees are contenders for the special “Young Enterprise Award.”
For the past 14 years now, the AMA Innovation Award has been considered as one of the most coveted prizes in sensor and measuring technology. This year, 45 research and developer teams from Germany and abroad entered the contest for the 10,000-euro award. Admitted for 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. Both winning teams also get the opportunity to exhibit their products free of charge at the SENSOR+TEST in Nuremberg.
The special award goes to Matthias Eichmann’s team (ePholution GmbH, Bremen; brochure, page 20) for the development of “EasyPrecision” for high-precision measurement of optical elements and to Dr.-Ing. Jens Teichert’s team (Teichert Systemtechnik GmbH, Lilienthal; brochure, page 6) for their “InKa” interaction cable, which is capable of detecting interactions in three-dimensional space. Both teams convinced the jury with these innovations.
The jury judges the submissions especially in regard to the degree of innovation, originality, and market relevance. The award itself is presented to the innovators themselves, that is to the researchers and developers, not their institutes or enterprises.
“This year, we’ve nominated four submissions demonstrating that sensors and measurement are the main technologies for technical advance,” said jury chair Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University. “The jury has chosen four outstanding submissions, two of which are already winners. Both can show free of charge at the SENSOR+TEST 2014. And these contenders are, of course, still in the running for the AMA Innovation Award 2014.”
These are the nominees for the AMA Innovation Award 2014 (in alphabetical order):
“EasyPrecision” – high-precision measurement of optical elements
Matthias Eichmann, Dr. Ufuk Ceyhan, David Hilbig (ePholution GmbH, Bremen; brochure, page 20)
“InKa interaction cable
Dr.-Ing. Jens Teichert, Flavius Hirceaga (Teichert Systemtechnik GmbH, Lilienthal; brochure, page 6)
Tilted Wave Interferometer (TWI) – fast and flexible aspheric and free-form surface measurement
Christof Pruß, Goran Baer, Johannes Schindler (Universität Stuttgart; brochure, page 18) und Jens Siepmann, Dr. Markus Lotz (Mahr GmbH)
Ultra-precision positioning sensor with picometer resolution & 10-MHz bandwidth
Dr. Martin Zech, Prof. Dr. Khaled Karrai, Pierre-Francois Braun, Klaus Thurner, Alexander Watanabe (attocube systems AG, Munich; brochure, page 16) and Björn Habrich, Jens Neumann, Holger Krüger, Gert Franke (N-Hands GmbH & Co. KG, Idstein)
The AMA Innovation Award 2014 will be presented to the winners at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg on 3 June 2014.
The German Language brochure, “AMA Innovationspreis 2014 – Die Bewerber,”(AMA Innovation Award 2014 – the Contenders) provides an overview with a brief description of all submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2014.
Sensors and Measurement Stay on Growth Course
AMA Association Publishes Review and Forecast for Economy
The sensor and measuring industry wound up last year with a three-percent revenue increase and a stabilized export quota. The sensor industry is investing heavily in research and development and also expects a continued need for further personnel.
Berlin, March 2014 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) polled its members on the economic development in the year 2013. The sensor and measuring industry looks back on an overall positive business year and is counting on a continued positive development for the current year.
The annual revenue of the sensor industry shows a growth of three percent, compared with the results of the previous year. Thus, sensor and measuring technology is evidently in a better position as the manufacturing industry. The latter had to bear a drop in revenue of 0.2 percent in 2013, according to Destatis, the German Federal Statistical Office. Asked about their outlook for the current year, the AMA members anticipate a continued, distinct growth in turnover of seven percent.
The sensor and measurement industry proved to be exemplary in research and development. The generally small and medium-sized enterprises invest ten percent of their revenue in research and development.
The AMA members’ export quota stabilized at 40 percent overall, the level of the previous year. Exports to other European countries rose by three percent to an overall 25 percent. The export quota to countries outside Europe dropped by two percent to 17 percent in all.
The sensor and measuring industry is investing and has augmented investments last year by an additional three percent. For the current business year 2014, AMA members reckon with an increase in investments of eight percent. This development also affects a growing demand for personnel, which rose by two percent last year.
“The business expectations of our members point to growth,” says Thomas Simmons, Managing Director of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement, summarizing the evaluation. “Characteristics, such as precision, longevity, and efficiency define the quality of processes and products. An ‘Industry 4.0’ can’t be implemented without intelligent sensors and measuring technology. That’s one of the reasons for our branch of industry to look forward to the current business year with confidence.”
Conclusion: The sensor and measuring industry is expanding and continues to be optimistic. The AMA members predict a growth in revenue of seven percent for this year and a slight rise in the export quota. Sensor and measuring technology is investing heavily in research and development and counting with a further increase in personnel.
Competence Center for Sensors and Measurement in Hall 11
AMA Center with 24 Exhibitors at the Hannover Fair
Berlin, 6 March 2014—The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement will be at the Hannover Fair from 7 to 11 April 2014 as a Competence Center for Sensors and Measuring Technology. Twenty-four exhibitors will be showing novel products and solutions at the AMA Center under the auspices of the “Industrial Automation.”
The more automated the manufacturing processes, the more import safety and security, reliability, and resource-oriented production becomes. Sensors and measurement, key technologies in production automation, make it possible to implement the highest demands on precision and service life. This applies to man-machine interaction as well as to machine-machine interaction – especially in an “Industry 4.0,” dependent on the success of innovations in sensor, measuring, and testing technology.
Single sensor elements, specialized sensors, specific measuring technology, system and turn-key solutions, or industrial spare-parts procurement – the AMA Center in Hannover is the competence center for solutions in sensors and measuring technology. The AMA Center invites visitors to concentrated technical discussions on innovative solutions in industrial automation. Visitors to the fair will find the AMA Center for Sensors and Measuring Technology at the Hannover Fair from 7 to 11 April 2014 in Hall 11, Stand F32.
A list of the exhibitors showing at the AMA Center including a brief description of their major activities can be found at: http://www.ama-zentren.de/hannover-messe/