AMA Innovation Award 2022: Applications now open

The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement Technology (AMA) invites researchers and developers to apply for the AMA Innovation Award 2022. The search is on for innovative research and development results in sensor and measurement technology. The deadline for entries is January 26, 2022.

Individuals and development teams are invited to apply with innovative research and development solutions that demonstrate recognisable market relevance. The AMA Innovation Award carries prize money of 10,000 euros. In addition, companies can apply for the special “Young Enterprise” award if they 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. The winner in this category will receive a free exhibition booth at SENSOR+TEST 2022.

For 22 years, the prestigious AMA Innovation Award has been presented to the developers themselves and not to the institutions behind them. The jurors from universities, research institutions and companies place particular emphasis on scientific achievement, the degree of innovation of the development and the expected opportunities in the market.

“We invite creative minds from Germany and abroad to apply and present their own developments to a broad and interested audience of experts,” says jury chairman Andreas Schütze of Saarland University. “We are looking forward to applications from well-known companies and institutions as well as from newcomers, who can additionally apply for the special category ‘Young Enterprises’.”

Conditions of participation and tender documents for the AMA Innovation Award 2021 and the special category ‘Young Enterprise’ as well as brochures with the award winners and all applications from previous years are available free of charge at:

Deadline for entries is January 26, 2022, and the nominations and special award winners will be announced at the AMA press conference on March 10, 2022. The winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2022 will be honoured at the opening ceremony of SENSOR+TEST on May 10, 2022 in Nuremberg.

Positive results for the 19th edition of the EPHJ exhibition

As the doors of the EPHJ trade show close after four days of activity, the organisers draw a positive balance sheet for this edition. We had to wait 27 months before we could finally get together,” explains Alexandre Catton. This is a long time for the companies we are promoting. Much too long because digital technology will never replace human contact. We have verified this during this week and the testimonies of the exhibitors, as well as the visitors, all point in the same direction!

These exhibitors knew, as did the organisers, that this edition of EPHJ would be smaller with slightly fewer visitors. However, the 12,000 visitor mark was passed, compared to 20,000 in a normal situation. “This is a first victory for EPHJ,” says Alexandre Catton. From now on, if the pandemic will leave us alone, we will concentrate on our 20th edition, which will be held from 14 to 17 June, to return to our traditional format.”

The 530 exhibitors present appreciated the high quality of the visitors who came to sign deals or with encouraging prospects of concluding them soon.

In the current health context, it is worth noting that 25% of the 530 exhibitors present came from abroad, representing 13 countries.

The Swiss cantons most represented among the exhibitors were, in order, Neuchâtel (94), Jura (66), Bern (64), Geneva (55), Vaud (45) and Zürich (16). Another revealing statistic: while 90% of exhibitors declared a watchmaking activity and 59% a microtechnology activity, nearly 50% of them now had a medtech activity. Proof of an increasingly strong medical diversification.

It should also be remembered that the 2021 Exhibitors’ Grand Prize was won by the company STS. Elected by its peers, STS was rewarded for its alternative solution to rhodium, which has become the most expensive metal in the world. An innovative alternative developed with white platinum that allows certain parts of the watch movement to be covered with the same properties and the same look as rhodium.

The next EPHJ Trade Show will take place from 14 to 17 June 2022 at Geneva-Palexpo.

Registration opens for ‘virtual’ WWEM and AQE 2021

For many years the AQE (Air Quality & Emissions) and WWEM (Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring) events have been important dates in the diaries of anyone with an interest in environmental monitoring. In 2021 (13/14 Oct.) WWEM and AQE will both take place online, providing registered participants with free, exclusive access to both live and recorded presentations from the comfort and convenience of their own PC, tablet or smartphone.

WWEM and AQE visitors can now register (free of charge) for the virtual conference and exhibition at  Pre-registration will provide free access to a comprehensive conference programme that will address all of the most topical environmental monitoring issues. Virtual attendees will be able to dip in and out of their chosen presentations, as well as visiting the virtual booths of the world’s leading organisations in air quality, emissions, water and wastewater monitoring, and related products and services.

The event platform will provide networking and match-making opportunities for all visitors, speakers and exhibitors, with facilities to quickly and easily arrange appointments/ meetings/ calls with exhibitors or other visitors in advance of the show. In total, there will be over 60 hours of free LIVE technical content, virtual exhibits from over 150 world-leading organisations, and technical experts will be available on the virtual exhibition booths to answer questions and provide demonstrations. Registered visitors are therefore urged to pre-book appointments with their chosen exhibitors.

The air quality conference will address three major themes: air quality regulations; air quality and climate change, and indoor air quality and public health.

The emissions conference will also address three themes: the measurement of low emissions; biogenic carbon measurement, and mercury monitoring.

The three main themes of the analytical conference will be the challenges involved with the laboratory analysis of microplastics, PFAS, and coronaviruses in wastewater.

The WWEM instrumentation conference will cover highly topical issues in the water sector such as pollution control in receiving waters, CSO spills, data management, climate change and stakeholder engagement.

By pre-registering for either of the virtual events (, visitors will be able to assimilate all of the latest findings from some of the world’s leading researchers, and at the same time be able to discuss the practicalities of environmental testing and monitoring with some of the sector’s leading experts.

The five nominees for the EPHJ Great Exhibitor Award 2021 have been determined

After the deliberations of the 2021 Grand Exhibitor Award jury, which analysed the numerous innovations received, a list of 5 candidates was selected. These 5 innovations have been forwarded to all exhibitors who will vote according to their preference. The winner will be announced on 14 September during the Exhibitor Evening at EPHJ.

The Grand Exhibitor Prize jury, composed of Mr Eric Rosset, Professor HES-SO, Pierre Amstutz, Director of the Geneva School of Watchmaking, André Colard, Founder of EPHJ, Olivier Saenger, Founder of EPHJ and Alexandre Catton, Director of EPHJ, selected the following 5 innovations:


STS offers the watchmaking and jewellery industry a true innovative alternative to rhodium, the world’s most expensive metal.

STS spent one year developing and testing two alternatives to rhodium in the laboratory. Of these two alternatives, platinum is the most efficient. Using platinum, it is possible to produce large quantities of a coating with the same technical specifications and colour as rhodium. This chemical and technological innovation offsets the global surge in the price of rhodium, which is now costs than CHF 800/g!


Panatere’s innovation involves producing solar steel using a solar furnace located near watchmaking production sites.

To comply with environmental requirements, Panatere has developed a sustainable innovation to produce 100% recycled and recyclable 4441 grade (AISI 316L) stainless steel that combines local distribution with the circular economy thanks to its solar furnace. The initial results reveal a significantly smaller carbon footprint during the production of secondary steel, i.e. 165 less than a standard steel.


Amorphous metal alloys boast extraordinary properties that are now coming to light thanks to the Vulkalloys range.

The amorphous metals in the Vulkalloys range, designed and patented by Vulkam, are ideal for micro- mechanisms and offer unique properties: exceptional elasticity and hardness, non-magnetism, resistance to corrosion, wear and scratches, biocompatibility and lightness. These Ni-based Vulkalloys are produced on an innovative production line using a unique three-step process: production of the raw material (amorphous metal slugs), thermomoulded preforms and finishing by laser cutting, electro-erosion or bar turning.


Reebber, a truly innovative recycled rubber developed by Mestel.

While developing and approving a process for devulcanising and grinding rubber, Mestel created Reebber, a new recycled rubber that has the original characteristics of rubber while offering infinite customisation (in terms of both colours and patterns), resistance to torsion and tearing, adhesion to substrates and good chemical resistance.

Positive Coating

Positive Coating leverages innovations to coat watch components in colour gradients.

Thanks to its expertise in PVD and ALD treatments, Positive Coating’s innovation leverages technology enabling colour gradients – such as a rainbow, two-tone or an explosion of colours – so that it can be applied to the complex geometry of watch components. This innovative technology is already being used by some brands.

Each year, companies and professions specialising in watchmaking and jewellery, microtechnologies and medical technologies meet in Geneva for the world’s largest high precision trade show – EPHJ. Find out more about what the trade show can do for you and the services it offers:

Rittal and Eplan partner with GAMBICA for virtual event

Following the recent announcement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where £53 million funding is being made available for UK manufacturers to boost competitiveness through digital technologies, Rittal and Eplan have partnered with the likes of GAMBICA, B&R, Machineering, Omron, Panasonic, Phoenix Contact and Rockwell Automation, to bring The Future Forum. The online event aims to address the scope, possible effects of automation as well as the solutions currently available.

The event’s strongly practical orientation will be particularly in evidence with live talks and software demonstrations which provide insights into industry trends, as well as tips and tricks that’ll help to streamline daily tasks in engineering and manufacturing.

Among the many highlights of the Future Forum will be keynote presentations from both GAMBICA and the Rittal and Eplan management board. Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head for Industrial Automation at GAMBICA will be kicking off the series of talks and demonstrations and will discuss the latest industry trends and how the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for digital innovation and adoption. Nikesh will also talk through challenges faced and obstacles tackled by members and how digitalisation has helped companies with efficiency, sustainability and profitability.

Live between 09:00 and 17:00 on the 6th October, all those interested in attending can register free of charge at

Shane Hope, Managing Director at Rittal comments: “We’re witnessing rapid technological progress, with digital platforms, automation and many other innovations are changing the world around us. As we look to the future, we know that major changes will take place. The Rittal and Eplan Future Forum will provide the opportunity to network, participate in panel discussions and discover ways in which to overcome challenges associated with implementing automation.”

GI Systems at Instrumentation, Analysis & Testing Exhibition – Silverstone 14th September

GI Systems Ltd is participating in the Engineering Integrity Society event being held at the Silverstone Race Circuit on 14th September 2021, the Instrumentation, Analysis & Testing Exhibition.

The company is looking forward to presenting products and solutions from its partner companies Gantner Instrumentation and Manner Sensortelemetrie, with application solutions for test, measurement, data acquisition and analysis across automotive, aerospace, structural, rotating machine measurement telemetry and many other industrial and development requirements.

The GI Systems team are excited to be at a ‘real business event’ for the first time in a year and half and looks forward to discussing your test and measurement applications. Find the company on stand 54.

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Better Together: Co-Located Trade Shows for the manufacturing and engineering sector

Messe Frankfurt UK, Nineteen Group, and Rapid News Group are pleased to announce a 3-year partnership to collocate their UK manufacturing and engineering events.

The new collaboration will see Automechanika Birmingham, Design Engineering Expo, Engineering Expo, Manufacturing Expo, Med-Tech Innovation Expo, and TCT 3Sixty come together at the NEC Birmingham. The launch edition will take place for the first time from 8-9 June 2022.

Within this 3-year period all 6 events will take place alongside each other at the NEC in Birmingham creating a phenomenal offering for the manufacturing and engineering community from all vertical sectors. The partnership brings huge added value to attendees and exhibitors, with a visitor registering for one event gaining access across all shows, providing a united approach to encourage market innovation and trade.

Simon Albert, Managing Director at Messe Frankfurt UK who organise Automechanika the UK’s leading trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain sector comments: We have an exciting new proposition for the UK automotive supply chain and this partnership in June 2023 strengthens this opportunity further. These events naturally complement each other and by working together we can deliver the strongest platform for our customers to do business. Collocating gives the market the best possible reason to take time out of their busy schedules to visit for the duration of the shows.”

Ed Tranter, Event Director at Nineteen Group and behind the launch of the Manufacturing Expo, Engineering Expo and Design Engineering Expo explains: “Collaboration and continuous improvement is at the heart of manufacturing & engineering and the Nineteen Group. We are thrilled to be working closely with other organisations at the forefront of the sector.

As companies begin their recovery from a year of disruption, there has never been a more important time for our industry to pull together to help promote and encourage innovation and see our sectors grow. The shows provide the perfect platform for connections between suppliers and buyers with conference programmes to give a clear roadmap for a successful future. Collocating these 6 shows is an exciting opportunity and ultimately provides more value to the communities we serve. We are stronger together.”

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive at Rapid News Group, organisers of TCT 3Sixty, the event for 3D printing and additive intelligence and Med-Tech innovation Expo, the UK’s leading medical device design and manufacturing technology event adds: “The synergy between our group of shows delivers two clear benefits to the market and underpins the rationale for aligning our dates and access protocols. For the visitor the breadth of solutions under one roof at one time is unprecedented, time is precious, and these co-locations enable a prospective attendee to optimise their time out of the office. Equally the free flow of visitors across all the shows means that the return on investment for exhibitors is hugely enhanced versus each of us operating alone on different datelines. We are hugely excited to be working with a group of organisations who view the visitor experience and exhibitor ROI as importantly as we do, and we look forward to next June in anticipation.”

Mars Rover lands at Advanced Engineering UK

One of the most exciting innovations ever will feature at this year’s Advanced Engineering UK. Over the two days of the UK’s leading engineering and manufacturing event, at the NEC, Birmingham on November 3 and 4, 2021, an original prototype of the ExoMars rover will be on display.

The Airbus Defence and Space UK prototype, commonly known as Bruno, is semi-autonomous and equipped with all the same technology as the final rover, including the sensors, actuators and cameras that allow the rover to see in 3D while navigating the red planet. The final flight rover will be equipped with a drill that can bore two metres deep, and metal wheels that have the same flexibility as rubber, without risking contamination to any life that it finds.

The ExoMars rover will be the first rover used to directly search for life on Mars as part of a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia. The rover is just one example of how the UK’s engineering industry is leading the way in space and satellite innovation.

“Having Bruno at Advanced Engineering UK will be an extremely important moment for our engineering and manufacturing industry,” explained Aleiya Londsale, Head of Marketing at Easyfairs, organiser of Advanced Engineering. “This year’s Advanced Engineering UK gives our close-knit industry the chance to reunite and do business again and I can’t think of a better place to showcase Bruno’s technology and features. With exhibitor space almost full, and so many exciting speakers and features confirmed, people really can’t afford to miss this year’s show.”

This year, Advanced Engineering UK introduces a new show zone dedicated entirely to space and satellite innovation. The zone, which will be Bruno’s landing site for the show, will be part of Advanced Engineering UK’s existing Aero Engineering floor and will be supported by two of the show’s longstanding partners, the UK Space Agency and ADS Group. It will bring together the UK’s space and satellite manufacturers, research and development partners and supply chain businesses spanning R&D, design, test, production, manufacturing and advanced materials, showcasing the UK’s incredible achievements in this sector.

“ADS has always supported Advanced Engineering UK as it is one of the leading manufacturing and engineering shows covering multiple sectors,” explained Bhavin Vyas, Head of Space at ADS. “The UK’s involvement in space and satellite technology is constantly growing, so the dedicated area on the show floor this year provides a brilliant opportunity for this sector to showcase its innovative space capabilities.

“We are looking forward to being at the show more than ever and we are excited to support our space sector members who will also be present at the show. The recent release of the ‘Size and Health of the Space Industry report’ by the UK Space Agency is a perfect example of how the UK is prospering from this growing sector and it will be great to see so many innovative companies showcasing the technologies that are key to the UK’s growth in the sector.”

Advanced Engineering UK already has several speakers confirmed as part of its space and satellite programme, who are not to be missed. This includes Tony Forsythe, Deputy Head of Technology and Head of Standards at the UK Space Agency; Stefan Siarov, Systems Engineer at Valispace and Dr Chris Brunskill, Head of UK Space Programmes at D-Orbit. Each speaker will take to the stage to cover topics including in-orbit manufacturing and orbital transportation.

A new partner of the show, and speaking at the event, is Satellite Applications Catapult. One of ten catapults established to transform the UK’s capability for innovation and help drive economic growth, the technology and innovation company boosts UK productivity by helping organisations harness the power of satellite-based services. The company has been working on projects in the space sector throughout the UK, such as IFSAC, a collaboration with the agricultural sector to educate and demonstrate how satellite technologies can help optimise the production of rice, soybean, and table grapes.

“We at the Satellite Applications Catapult are hugely excited to be partnered with Advanced Engineering this year. Space manufacturing is growing exponentially and anyone in manufacturing who isn’t involved in space currently will need to be involved in it in the next 10 – 15 years,” said Mike Curtis-Rose, Head of Manufacturing for Space at Satellite Applications Catapult.

“As an event bringing together the entire manufacturing and engineering community across multiple sectors, Advanced Engineering is a brilliant place for us for to discuss the opportunities in space for manufacturing, servicing, inspection and repair, and ensure that those in these sectors and others, see the benefits of participating including economic growth, new skills and better technological capabilities.”

Manufacturers, suppliers and partners will be able to network and explore new innovations and technologies, not just within the space sector, but across less familiar parallel sectors in Advanced Engineering’s co-located zones. These zones focus on aerospace, automotive, advanced materials, med-tech, civil engineering, rail, marine, renewables and more. Exhibitor space in the Space & Satellite zone is quickly filling up, with ND Precision Products, Toray, the Global Manufacturing Trade Association (GTMA), DTE, Camberley Rubber Mouldings, MIT Publishing and 2KM UK Ltd already due to attend.

“After attending Advanced Engineering UK for many years, we chose to partner with the show to display the ExoMars Rover prototype, Bruno, in 2021,” commented Paul Meacham, ExoMars Engineering Manager at Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage. “We are aware that Advanced Engineering is the leading engineering and manufacturing show in the UK and being there this year will provide us with the perfect platform to showcase Airbus Defence and Space’s expertise in creating this pioneering technology. We are very much looking forward to being at the show this November as it will be the first time the manufacturing community is reunited, making it the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the very latest innovations.”

With so many exhibitors already registered and speaker slots filling up, Advanced Engineering 2021 is guaranteed to be the perfect welcome back for the manufacturing and engineering industry. Visitor registrations will launch in July 2021, when more information on speakers and features will be available. For more information, visit

J A Woollam CompleteEase Software Training Course 2021

Date: 14-16 September 2021

Venue: Rooms CTLP09,10 & 11, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

This course will introduce the fundamentals of data analysis at a beginner-to-intermediate level. All details will be described using the latest CompleteEASE software. Each registered participant will be invited to participate in sessions, and to view recordings of each session afterwards. In addition to internet-sessions, students will receive relevant example data sets to practice.

As part of the partnership between Quantum Design and MTIF, which offers customers access the J A Woollam IR VASE II Spectroscopic Ellipsometer, this year’s Conference and Workshop on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry will be held at MTIF’s Research Centre located on Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus. MTIF is a ISO 13485 certified medical technologies development organisation offering research and development services including thin film technology, printed electronics, nano-photonics, opto-electronic properties of materials and devices and laser processing.

To find out more about the course and to register, please visit

21st Annual J A Woollam Spectroscopic Ellipsometer Workshop

Date: 13 September 2021 from 9.00am to 4.45pm

Venue: Rooms CTLP09,10 & 11, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

Quantum Design UK & Ireland is celebrating 21 years of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry workshops with its partners, J A Woollam.

This free of charge workshop is aimed at both experienced ellipsometry users as well as people new to ellipsometry. The format of the workshop includes an introduction, fundamentals of ellipsometric data analysis, and an overview of ellipsometric applications in both research and production. New emerging applications are highlighted.

Application engineers from J A Woollam will give talks on the following topics:

  • Theory and Fundamentals of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry
  • Applications and Data Analysis Examples of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry
  • Overview of J A Woollam Ellipsometers including the alpha-SE Ellipsometer

To find out more about the workshop or to register, please visit: