ATD Harmonization Efforts To-date: EuroSID-2, ES-2RE

July 20, 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 continue the harmonization reviews of the EuroSID-2 and ES2-RE Side Impact ATDs.
 
During the 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 highlighted features from each brand that will optimize the harmonized ATD recommendations. It was concluded on June 21st, 2011 that the FTSS brand thorax and limbs will anchor the harmonized EuroSID-2 and the RE version while incorporating the Denton brand rubber neck, lumbar, and foam skin coverings. The head assembly was tabled for this meeting and will be finalized during the August gathering. At issue are the individual head skin and skull weights and the ability to interchange and adjust the ballasting as needed. Humanetics will conduct an investigation into the manufacturing and design of the individual head assemblies to determine the best recommendation.  
 
The Current EuroSID-2 and ES-2RE Harmonized Definition 
 
DN = Denton Brand
FT = FTSS Brand
Head
Neck
Upper Torso
Lower
Torso
Legs
& Feet
Arm
Comments
EuroSID-2, ES2-RE*
**
DN
FT
FT
FT
FT
DN Lumbar, DN Skin for Shoulder, Ribs, Plugs
*Harmonized vinyl and CAPPS brand shoes.   **Pending
 
The Phase-in Dialogue Begins
Proposed timetable for the manufacture of the first harmonized dummies and the scheduling of product phase-in periods was discussed for the first time during June’s meeting. Internally, Humanetics will soon begin the task of building new dummy bills of materials and updating documentation and manufacturing processes including vinyl molding and metal finishing.
 
In order to keep the global customer base informed and help them understand the product choices available to them in the future, the Task Group has recommended the release of Technical Service Bulletins and documentation outlining the effects that the harmonization strategy will have on their existing dummy fleets. The documentation will address both the immediate and long term availability of specific brand spare components and the duration for which they will be available before harmonized parts are supplied. The importance of giving customers ample advance notice for inventory planning was highlighted during these discussions. The timeline proposal for each ATD will be further reviewed during the next meeting on August 2nd, 2011.
 
The Harmonization Task Group will not recommend nor require that customers immediately replace existing components that are not at the end of their lifecycle with harmonized parts.
 
 
The Current Matrix of Harmonized ATD Definitions
 
DN = Denton Brand
FT = FTSS Brand
Head
Neck
Upper Torso
Lower
Torso
Legs
& Feet
Arms
& Hand
Comments
HIII 10YO*
DN
DN
FT
DN
DN
DN
 
HIII 95th Large Male*
DN
DN
DN
DN
FT
DN
FT Clavicles, DN Ball Sliders &Feet
HIII 50th Male*
DN
DN
FT
DN
DN
DN
 
HIII 5th Small Female*
DN
DN
FT
FT
FT
FT
Harmonized Jacket, DN Ball Sliders, & Lower Leg Cavity, DN Hands
EuroSID-2, ES2-RE*
**
DN
FT
FT
FT
FT
DN Lumbar, DN Skin for Shoulder, Ribs, Plugs
*Harmonized vinyl and CAPPS brand shoes.   **Pending
 
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.
 
Contacts
Michael Jarouche
Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.
47460 Galleon Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170
Tel.: + 1 734 446 3106
 
Lin Pan
Marketing Specialist
Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.
Tel.: + 1 734 446 3076