Final Recommendations of the Harmonization Task Group

November 21, 2011 - Worldwide members from the Japan Auto Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the European Auto Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the U.S. auto manufacturers met to finalize the harmonization reviews and conclude a yearlong effort to make technical recommendations to Humanetics for the brand consolidation of the most common crash test dummies in use and regulation on October 24th, 2011. During the previous meetings, the Task Group has discovered numerous advantages to certain brand specific components from the competing ATDs. Continuing with this philosophy, the global users have completed the list of dummies slated for review and has highlighted features from each brand that will optimize the harmonized ATD recommendations.
 
For the complete harmonization matrix of recommendations, please review the harmonization section of the website at: http://www.humaneticsatd.com/harmonization-commonization/harmonization
 
Harmonization and Phase-in Communication
In order to keep the global customer base informed and help them understand the product choices available to them in the future, technical bulletins and white papers outlining the effects that the harmonization strategy will have on the Humanetics product offerings are being released. The documentation addresses technical aspects of component interchangeability and the immediate and long term availability of specific brand spare components for customer’s existing dummy fleets.
 
A timetable for the manufacture of the first harmonized dummies and the scheduling of product phase-in periods has been agreed upon. Internally, Humanetics has begun the task of building new dummy bills of materials and updating documentation and manufacturing processes including vinyl molding and metal finishing.
  
The Harmonization Task Group will not recommend nor require that customers immediately replace existing components that are not at the end of their life cycle with harmonized parts.
 
Regional Customer Meetings for Harmonization Introduction
The first regional customer communication meeting discussing the harmonization results was held on Tuesday, Nov 8th during lunch recess at this year’s STAPP conference in Dearborn, Michigan. This meeting introduced the North American customers to the harmonization of the dummies.
 
A European customer meeting will be held on December 7th, 2011 in Heidelberg, Germany and a Japanese regional meeting will be held on January 17th, 2012 in Tokyo. Other global meeting dates will be finalized in the near future.
 
Background of the Harmonization Effort
The ongoing monthly harmonization meetings sponsored by Humanetics Innovative Solutions have brought together the global community of automotive manufacturers and regulators to discuss and recommend a consolidated brand of Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) for the most common varieties in use and regulation today.
 
The task group’s in-depth review of each brand of crash test dummy examines a wide variety of characteristics including component shape, conformance to specified drawing packages, performance history, worldwide populations, manufacturing efficiency, and molding capabilities. The recommendations provided by the task group furnish guidelines for the optimal test devices in conformance, manufacturability, and usability.
 
The group’s suggestions do not provide for design changes nor offer legal or regulatory advice.
 
For an in-depth review of the harmonization meeting minutes, please log on to the “Harmonization and Commonization” section of the Humanatics website at www.humaneticsatd.com.
 
 
Contact
Michael Jarouche
Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.
47460 Galleon Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170
Tel.: + 1 734 446 3106