06 - 09 February, 2012, Maritim Rhein-Main Hotel Darmstadt, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
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Transport seating – technological innovations and driver safety
In automotive design, light-weight materials are an important factor in reducing CO2 emissions. The challenge across all industries is to minimize seat weight but at the same time optimize seat ergonomics. Additionally, materials should be environmentally friendly. Find out at IQPC’s 7th International Conference Innovative Seating 2012, 6-9 February 2012 in Darmstadt, how these complex challenges can be met: learn from the experience of no less than eight OEMs presenting their case studies.
What are the main factors influencing automotive seat design?
In the lead-up to the 6th Annual Conference Innovative Seating, Jörg Friedrich, Managing Director at Car Men GmbH, speaks about current and future developments in automotive seat design.
NEW: Seating Comfort and Ergonomics
Although rarely mentioned in advertising and sales literature, the seating in a car is one of the most important components for the driver. It is the part of the car with which you will come into contact the most, and the comfort level of the seat plays a major role in the overall driving experience.
By Colin Pawsey
NEW: Advancing Design and Driver Safety
Seating is one of the areas in which design and innovation is advancing rapidly in the automotive sector. With EC regulations dictating that the overall mass of vehicles should be reduced to aid the reduction in carbon emissions and with more demands from consumers for extra comfort, security and safety, manufacturers are faced with the task of marrying weight reduction with improved driver safety.
Technology and Innovation in Weight Reduction
European regulations for the reduction of CO2 emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles have had a major impact on weight reduction, as manufacturers look to meet stringent targets by improving efficiency in every component of their vehicles. This is the driving force behind the need to reduce the weight of seating in automobiles; as seating can account for 5-10% of the weight of a vehicle. It is a complex issue for manufacturers and OEM’s alike, as any weight reduction must be balanced against driver comfort, ergonomics and safety; none of which must be compromised to achieve lower overall weight.
Spinal research and seat development – up from the roots
Seat development, user research, applied ergonomics and how to support the sitting person - a presentation from Dr. Katja Bühlmeyer from GRAMMER AG.
Musculoskeletal computational analysis of the influence of car-seat design/adjustments on long-distance driving fatigue
In this article, the main causes for long-distance driving fatigue experienced by vehicle drivers are investigated computationally using musculoskeletal modeling and simulation methods. A rigid-body model of a prototypical adjustable car seat is constructed as a part of the present work and combined with a public-domain musculoskeletal model of a seated human.
AKTIS: Accurate Knowledge Transferred into Intelligent Solutions
Aktis provides engineering solutions, right from the concept design to product launch, including product validation (both virtual and physical testing), prototyping and production support.
Innovative damping characteristics to improve driving comfort for commercial vehicles
A presentation from Tobias Lüpfert from Isringhausen on suspension seating systems, damping technology development and practical evaluation.
Cost effective engineering of lightweight seats
Seat design environment (SDE) from Vistagy: A specialized engineering
environment for seat design - fully integrated in CATIA V5
New advances in the objective measurement of seating comfort and their implications
A presentation from Prof. Dr. Klaus Bengler, Prof. i.R. Dr. Heiner Bubb and Stephan Lorenz, Lehrstuhl für Ergonomie at the Technische Universität Munich, on motivation, comfort and discomfort, posture, pressure distribution, evaluation of pressure distributions and implications on seat design.
2010 Taurus Multi-Contour Seats merge medical know-how & smart design to reduce driver fatigue
In a recent study, 4 out of 5 people in a California test group preferred the Multi-Contour Seat over the standard seat, while 20 percent said they would consider changing their vehicle brand in order to drive/own a product with this technology.
VISTAGY’s New Seat Design Environment™
VISTAGY’s Seat Design Environment™ 2009 (SDE) supports the entire design to manufacturing process for seat trim covers by providing an environment integrated into commercial CAD systems where geometric and nongeometric information can be captured within a single 3D CAD model throughout the entire design process
Seat design power for your CAD system, right out of the box
With the Vistagy Seat Design Environment, you can define a complete 3D master model with both geometric and non-geometric data of a seat directly inside the 3D CAD system.
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