Detroit (ots-PRNewswire) - Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) and First
Technology Safety Systems, Inc. (FTSS) today announced that they have
signed a licensing agreement in which FTSS will license Lear's
LifeForm(TM) Occupant Simulator technology for advanced human
surrogates for applications including safety, comfort, auditory,
durability and vibration testing of automotive seats and interiors.
Once the test devices are developed and validated, FTSS, the world's
largest creator of sophisticated crash test dummies and computer
crash test models, will commercialize and distribute the products
Lear's LifeForm(TM) Occupant Simulator was jointly developed by
Lear Corporation and FTSS in 1998 and 1999 under Lear's Bio-Fidelic
Testing Initiative to create a more life-like device for seat
"These unique developments are a direct result of applying our
People- Vehicle-Interface(TM) Method to address the need for seat
system testing that more accurately represents the actual consumer
use, allowing us to design and engineer products with improved value
and performance balance," said Ash Galbreath, Lear Vice President -
Advanced Engineering and Validation.
Lear's PVI Method(TM) combines consumer research, design,
engineering, analysis, manufacturing, process development and
validation into a cohesive product development process.
"First Technology has and will continue to be a key strategic
partner for Lear's development of innovative performance measurement
systems for our electronic, safety, acoustic, and interior products.
We are very proud that this Pro-tec Occupant Protection Systems
technology was selected to help address the need for Occupant
Classification," states Mr. Galbreath.
Occupant Classification Anthropomorphic Test Device (OCATD)(TM)
First Technology Safety Systems, Inc. was contracted by the
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) to design and manufacture
Occupant Classification Anthropomorphic Test Devices (OCATDs)
representative of a small adult female and a six-year-old child.
OCATD is based on Lear's LifeForm(TM) Occupant Simulator.
The OCATD products are intended for the development and validation
of seat-based weight pattern sensors used in advanced airbag systems.
OCATD produces a human-like weight distribution on the seating
"Occupant Classification (OC) is a developing science driven by
the need to suppress or modify the deployment of an airbag depending
on the size of the seat occupant. Essentially, the airbag systems
have to distinguish between an adult and a child," says Steve Moss,
Technical Director of FTSS. "The challenge for us is to develop human
surrogates that accurately characterize the human features used by
these OC sensors. We have contracted with the University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute to develop anthropometry databases
based on weight patterns and skeletal and body surfaces." Future
products include a ten-year-old and a mid-size male.
"This project would not be possible without the support and
engineering effort from the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers,"
says Tom Gutwald, President of FTSS.
See the OCATD device at the FTSS booth at the Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2000 World Congress and Exhibition.
Ingress/Egress LifeForm(TM) Occupant Simulator
This patented test device represents a 50th percentile adult male
and is reported in SAE Paper 1-1-627. The LifeForm(TM) Occupant
Simulator is a soft, deformable flesh material molded over a
human-like skeleton. Designed for automotive seating durability
studies, the success of this device prompted the expansion of the
technology into the safety and vibration areas.
Vibro-Acoustic Test Dummy
This patent pending device combines an accurate human body
vibration response with a high fidelity stereo sound-measuring head,
allowing simultaneous, high precision vehicle noise and vibration
Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 company headquartered in
Southfield, Michigan, USA, is one of the world's largest automotive
suppliers, with 1999 sales of $12.4 billion. The company's
world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by
approximately 120,000 employees in more than 300 facilities located
in 33 countries. Information about Lear and its products is available
on the Internet at www.lear.com
First Technology Innovative Solutions
First Technology is an International Group serving the global
transportation industry in the supply chain of products and services
in the fields of sensing, safety and comfort. First Technology Safety
Systems (FTSS), founded in 1988, is the world's largest creator of
sophisticated crash test dummies and computer crash simulation models
and supporting services. FTSS is a division of First Technology, PLC.
Information about First Technology is available at
. First Technology Safety Systems can be found at
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