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Simulation Nation 2015: Digital Manufacturing Competitive Advantages

It probably goes without saying that human beings are critical to product lifecycles from assembly and manufacturing, to consumer use and acceptance, to maintenance and repair. This, by the way, includes the health and safety aspects of assembly operations. However, the human element is often considered late in the process, usually after production issues arise and often after workers have been injured.

Manufacturers are finding by incorporating ergonomics and human factors evaluations into the early stages of product and process design they can reduce the costs of redesigns. Moreover, such early considerations increase the feasibility of incorporating required design changes to both improve performance and reduce the risk of injuries. So, instead of working with reactive mindsets and constantly checking their rearview mirrors, by employing DHM software manufacturers can remain proactive and out in front of the curve in terms of understanding the human body’s reactions to both the workplace and products.

In short, DHM is changing the way companies “do” ergonomics.

Explore how you can use DHM and the Jack tools to improve the safety, efficiency, and comfort of your workplace environment by attending the final episode in our “Simulation Nation 2015” series, “Digital Human Modeling with Jack.”

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What is DHM?

Digital Human Modeling is the digital representation of humans in a virtual environment. The human representation is biomechanically based and built using anthropometric databases. DHM simulates human impact of work, product design, and external stressors. In other words, DHM uses highly sophisticated and accurate human models to design products, processes, and environments for optimal human performance and safety.

The DHM tools from Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software can be coordinated with and/or are offered within a variety of Siemens’ solutions such as NX, Process Simulate, Tecnomatix, Jack Human Simulation and Ergonomics, Jack Classic, and Teamcenter Visualization. DHM can also coordinate with software from other sources.

The webinar will deliver a detailed overview of DHM and how it is used to integrate human measurements and aspects of human ergonomics in design tools. The bulk of the session will be spent introducing participants to Siemens’ Jack and exploring the answers it can provide, including two of Jack’s optional toolkits – Occupant Packaging and Task Analysis.

What is Jack?

Jack is a human modeling and simulation tool that enables you to improve the ergonomics of your product designs and to refine industrial tasks. Jack and its optional toolkits bring human-centered design tools to your virtual environments for comprehensive ergonomic analyses of the human factors of your new designs – before any physical prototypes are built.

Jack enables you to size/scale your human models to match worker populations. You can test design and operational aspects of a wide variety of human factors, including injury risk, timing, user comfort, reachability, line-of-sight, energy expenditure, fatigue limits and other important parameters.

Features of Jack

  • Human figures that are anthropometrically and biomechanically accurate, as well as visually realistic
  • Broad set of anthropometric databases for representing your population
  • State-of-the-art task simulation engine to generate a series of human activities through the use of high-level commands
  • Industry-leading human manipulation and figure control to create simulations faster and more accurately
  • Most comprehensive set of human performance simulation tools available on the market today
  • Extensive support for motion tracking and virtual reality systems

Benefits of Jack

  • Helps assess the element of human interaction throughout the design, build, and sale stages of a product lifestyle
  • Saves your company time and money while enabling you to create more human-friendly designs
  • Provides a complete environment for all your ergonomics and human factors needs, and he offers a comprehensive suite of analysis capabilities
  • Helps uncover human performance and feasibility issues early in the design process, allowing for big savings from a small investment
  • Enables you to effectively communicate issues and visualize potential solutions

Why Jack?

Don’t just take our word for it. See how Jack plays out in the real world. Johan Molenbroek is an Associate Professor of Applied Ergonomics in Industrial Design Engineering Department at Delft University of Technology. To assist students in designing with the end user in mind, the school developed its own DHM application. It eventually became obsolete.

Molenbroek established the criteria for the replacement software. He says the market study of available applications showed Jack “was the only one to meet our requirements unreservedly. Requirements that, in my opinion, should apply to almost every user.”

The Presenters

Your moderators and speakers for this episode are Tom Gaunt, Geometric Solutions, and Jennifer Marshall, Project Manager – Human Factors and Injury Prevention, Sandalwood Engineering and Ergonomics. They have developed a program that promises to expose you to a world of possibilities – not one that’s lingering “out there” on the horizon but one that is ready to work for you, now!

Webinar Outline:


  • What is Digital Human Modeling
  • When and where is DHM Used
  • How do companies/industries use DHM?
  • Jack and Jack Features

When to use DHM and what can DHM do?

  • Planning and Design
  • Assembly and Manufacturing
    • Validate Manufacturability
    • Optimize Workplaces
    • Insure Worker Safety
  • Support and Maintainability

Advanced Features

DHM Summary

Additional Case Studies and Examples

We won’t say that we’ve saved the best for last in this series of webinars. We will say, however, that if you are entertaining any doubts about the value to your business of the simulation and validation software by Siemens PLM, this episode will make you a believer!

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