AMA Innovation Award 2017 for High-Frequency Particle Filter Sensor

AMa Innovations Award 2017 - Cover Booklet

Sensor for Condition Measurement of Emission Control Systems Wins

Berlin, 30 May 2017 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) bestowed the AMA Innovation Award 2017 to the winners on the 30th of May at the SENSOR+TEST in Nuremberg.

This year, a convincing developer team from the U.S.A. won the AMA Innovation Award 2017 with a high-frequency-based Diesel and gasoline particle filter sensor. The team members, Alexander Sappok and Paul Ragaller of the CTS Corporation, Boston Innovation Office, and Leslie Bromber from MIT received the 10,000 Euro Innovation Award. 

This outstanding development of the CTS RF is a high-frequency-based sensor for the direct detection of the condition of Diesel and gasoline particle filters for emission control systems. The technology provides real-time values and enables feedback control, allowing the actual charge state of particle filters and catalyzers to be measured with an on-board sensor, which was previously not possible with currently available sensors. This sensor combines a robust mechanical solution with an intelligent and flexible measuring technology for data evaluation. Engine and vehicle makers can implement the CTS RF sensor to meet increasingly stringent emission values, while cutting costs and reducing complexity. Further information on the CTS RF sensor can be found at the SENSOR+TEST in Hall 2, Stand 300.

“This year, 41 teams with first-rate developments competed for the AMA Innovation Award. We were convinced by the development of the winning team with their solution to a very current topic, emission reduction and emission system control. The discussions held worldwide on this subject are also an indicator for the vast market relevance for such a CTS RF sensor,” said jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University, commenting on this year’s selection.

The special award in the category “Young Enterprises” this year went to Jens Karsten Lange’s team from SLT Sensor- und Lasertechnik in Wildau, Germany, and researchers from the PTB, Germany’s National Metrology Institute, in Berlin. Their joint development of a detector for absolute power measurement in the terahertz spectrum can be seen at the SENSOR+TEST in Hall 1, Stand 631.

The Association has bestowed the AMA Innovation Award for 17 years now, and after the annual presentation it publishes the brochure “AMA Innovation Award – the Contestants” providing an overview of all submissions.

The Association will call for submission to the AMA Innovation Award 2018 in October of this year. Individuals or development teams from enterprises and institutes from Germany and abroad can participate in the competition.

The brochure with all the submissions for AMA Innovation Award for 2017 is available for download under the following link:


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