Two development teams awarded the AMA Innovation Prize 2021

The jury congratulates the development team: Dr. Tobias Brengartner, Jan Schleiferböck, Dr. Sergey Lopatin, Andrey Dodonov, Pablo Ottersbach, Julia Rosenheim (Endress + Hauser SE+Co. KG)
The jury congratulates the development team from the USA: Dr. Radislav A. Potyrailo, Richard St-pierre, Dr. Aghogho Obi, Dr. Baokai Cheng, Dr. Christopher Collazo-Davila, Dr. Brian Scherer, Dr. Hilary Lashley Renison, Dr. Andrew Burns (General Electric Research Center)
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Gas sensor technology with dielectric excitation and Multi-parameter measurement as a multi-sensor system for fermentation "QWX43" impresses

Berlin, May 03, 2021 - The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology (AMA) awarded the AMA Innovation Prize 2021 to two nominated teams. Due to the pandemic, the award winners were chosen digitally on May 3, 2021, at the opening event of Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI 2021). 

 

The AMA Innovation Award 2021, which is endowed with 10,000 euros, goes this year in equal parts to two development teams. Both developments impressed the jury with their high innovative strength and clear market relevance. 

Gas sensing with dielectric excitation

They have brought new gas sensing capabilities to conventional semiconducting metal oxide materials (SMOX) with the introduction of our sensor excitation scheme, which provides a up-to-date alternative to traditional resistivity sensing. Our excitation scheme offers linear gas response (R² > 0.99), a dynamic gas concentration range of six decades, high baseline stability, reduced humidity effects, and eliminated ambient temperature effects. We have already launched this product with one of our partners and are working with several other users in consumer, industrial, medical, homeland security and more. 

 

The jury congratulates the development team from the USA: Dr. Radislav A. Potyrailo, Richard St-pierre, Dr. Aghogho Obi, Dr. Baokai Cheng, Dr. Christopher Collazo-Davila, Dr. Brian Scherer, Dr. Hilary Lashley Renison, Dr. Andrew Burns (General Electric Research Center)

Multi-parameter measurement as a cloud-based sensor for fermentation "QWX43"

Innovative, compact and easy-to-use multi-sensor system that provides the user full transparency at all times. Simultaneous output of density, viscosity, degree of fermentation, extract, alcohol, sugar concentration and other parameters. With the device, brewers can monitor this processes around the clock, logging, documenting and storing the progress. Valuable process evaluations such as the start and end of fermentation are carried out via web interface. The system is based on just two piezo tuning forks and strategically placed temperature sensors and is implemented in a hygienically fully encapsulated metal housing. 

 

The jury congratulates the development team: Dr. Tobias Brengartner, Jan Schleiferböck, Dr. Sergey Lopatin, Andrey Dodonov, Pablo Ottersbach, Julia Rosenheim (Endress + Hauser Level+Pressure)         

Sensor and measurement technology as innovation drivers

This year, 29 innovative research and development teams with top-class developments competed for the AMA Innovation Award, including 7 young companies. Together, they all demonstrate the innovative power of sensor and measurement technology.

 

"Both winning projects impressed with their sound solutions, convincing innovative strength and market relevance," said jury chairman Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University, explaining this year's selection. 

Brochure with all submissions 2021

All accepted submissions will be published with a brief description of the innovation in the brochure 'AMA Innovation Award 2021 - The Applicants', which can be downloaded online free of charge. 

 

Applications for the Innovation Award 2022

Application forms for the AMA Innovation Award 2022 will be available from the end of October 2021. Individuals or teams of developers from companies and institutes can apply. For more information, visit: www.ama-sensorik.de.

 

Videos: 

2pi-Labs GmbH 

youtu.be/dWOTeXimkHc


General Electric Research Center

https://youtu.be/rzk48j0Xk5k


Endress + Hauser SE+Co. KG 

https://youtu.be/TwGpEc85rgk


Broschure 2021

 

https://ama-sensorik.de/fileadmin/Innovationspreis/2021/Broschuere_AMAInnovationspreis2021_Final.pdf 

 

 

 

AMA Association nominates four teams for the AMA Innovation Award 2021

Special 'Young Company' Award for 2pi-Labs GmbH from Bochum, Germany

 

In this pandemic year, 29 research and development teams from Germany and abroad applied for the prestigious AMA Innovation Award. The winners receive prize money of 10,000 euros, which can be divided by the jury. 

 

In the special category 'Young Company', companies that have been on the market for no longer than five years, employ fewer than 50 people and generate annual sales of less than 10 million euros were eligible to apply. The winners of the special award will receive a free booth at SENSOR+TEST 2021, which this year will be held as a digital trade fair. This special award goes to the know-how bearers of 2pi-Labs GmbH for the 2πSENSE - D-band FMCW software defined radar (126-182 GHz) and at the same time remains a contender for the AMA Innovation Award 2021. 

 

Nominated for the AMA Innovation Award 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

 

2πSENSE - D-band FMCW software defined radar (126-182 GHz)

Simon Küppers, Dr. Jan Barowski, Dr. Timo Jaeschke, Prof. Dr. Nils Pohl (2pi-Labs GmbH).

 

The 2πSENSE technology platform meets the requirements of complex industrial and scientific radar applications with ultra-fast, network analyzer-like broadband frequency response measurements in D-band. The innovative multi-channel millimeter-wave IC and flexible hardware platform with advanced connectivity options, such as OPC-UA, usher in a new era of software-defined radar systems for even the most demanding applications, such as µm-accurate distance measurements, high-resolution thickness measurements (pipe extrusion), radar imaging (NDT), accurate material characterization (process control), and more.  (brochure p. 8)

 

Gas sensing with dielectric excitation

Dr. Radislav A. Potyrailo, Richard St-pierre, Dr. Aghogho Obi, Dr. Baokai Cheng, Dr. Christopher Collazo-Davila, Dr. Brian Scherer, Dr. Hilary Lashley Renison, Dr. Andrew Burns (General Electric Research Center).

 

They have brought new gas sensing capabilities to conventional semiconducting metal oxide materials (SMOX) with the introduction of our sensor excitation scheme, which provides a contemporary alternative to classical resistivity sensing. Our excitation scheme offers linear gas response (R² > 0.99), a dynamic gas concentration range of six decades, high baseline stability, reduced humidity effects, and eliminated ambient temperature effects. We have already launched this product with one of our partners and are working with several other users in consumer, industrial, medical, homeland security and more. (brochure p. 8)

 

Innovative gas property measurement with breakthrough MEMS µ-sensing

Oleg Grudin (First Sensor Corp.), Andreas Niendorf, PhD Natalie Milahin (First Sensor AG).

 

The gas property sensor combines a MEMS μ-cavity and thermal flow sensor to measure viscosity, density, heat capacity and thermal conductivity of gases, enabling improved identification and differentiation of gas mixtures and determination of gas concentrations. This improved gas characterization is used to identify gases and gas mixtures to improve the performance of thermal mass flow sensors. This results in significantly more accurate flow measurements and provides cost-effective alternatives to very complex gas analysis for a variety of applications, especially when gas compositions change. (brochure p. 9)

 

Multi-parameter measurement as a cloud-based sensor for fermentation "InQGuard Brew QWX43"

Dr. Tobias Brengartner, Jan Schleiferböck, Dr. Sergey Lopatin, Andrey Dodonov, Pablo Ottersbach, Julia Rosenheim (Endress + Hauser SE+Co. KG).         

 

Innovative, compact and easy-to-use multi-sensor system that provides full transparency from the user's point of view at all times. Simultaneous output of density, viscosity, degree of fermentation, extract, alcohol, sugar concentration and other parameters. With the device, the brewer can monitor his process around the clock, logging, documenting and storing the progress. Valuable process evaluations such as the start and end of fermentation are carried out via the web interface. The system is based on just two piezo tuning forks and strategically placed temperature sensors and is implemented in a hygienically fully encapsulated metal housing. (Brochure p. 9)

 

 

"We are pleased that we were once again able to review many outstanding developments from sensor and measurement technology in this special year," says Professor Andreas Schütze, jury chairman from Saarland University. "The four nominated teams particularly convinced the jury and show an interesting variety of developments and approaches to solutions. Together, they all represent the innovative power of sensor and measurement technology." 

 

The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2021 will be announced on May 3, 2021, at the opening event of Sensor and Measurement Science International (SMSI 2021). This will be held digitally in parallel with SENSOR+TEST 2021 due to the pandemic.

 

The overview of all applications for the AMA Innovation Award 2021 at: 

AMA Innovation Award 2021: Submit applications now

AMA Association is looking for innovations in sensors and measurement technology

 

The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurment (AMA) invites researchers and  developers to apply for the AMA Innovation Award 2021. Innovative research and development results in the field of sensors and measurement technology are sought. The closing date for entries is January 15, 2021. 

 

Applications are open to individuals and development teams with innovative research and development solutions that demonstrate a recognizable market relevance. The renowned AMA Innovation Award is endowed with prize money of 10,000 euros. In addition, companies can apply for the special "Young Company" prize if they have been in the market for no longer than five years, employ fewer than 50 employees and generate annual sales of less than 10 million euros. The winner in this category will receive a free booth at SENSOR+TEST 2021

 

The AMA Innovation Award has been bestowed directly on the most innovative minds for 21 years. The award is given to the developers themselves, not to the institutions behind them. The jury consists of industry experts from universities, research institutes and companies. The jurors pay special attention to the scientific achievement, the degree of innovation of the development and the expected chances in the market.

 

"Sensors and measurement technology remain the key technologies of the future, especially in economically difficult times. Whether in medical technology, automotive or agriculture. With the AMA Innovation Award, we invite creative minds to present their promising projects to a broad expert audience at the SENSOR+TEST", says jury chairman Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. "We are looking forward to receiving applications from established companies and institutions and of course also from young companies. In recent years, these have often emerged as double winners, winning both the special category and the AMA Innovation Award".

Conditions of participation and application documents for the AMA Innovation Award 2021 and the special category 'Young Companies' as well as brochures with the award winners and all applications from previous years are available free of charge at https://www.ama-sensorik.de/en/science/ama-innovation-award/.

 

The closing date for entries is January 15, 2021, and the nominations and winners of the special prize will be announced at the AMA press conference on February 25, 2021. The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2021 will be awarded at the opening ceremony of the international conference Sensor and Measurement Science International 2021 on May 3, 2021 in Nuremberg.