Johnson Controls Develops New Hip-Point Mannequin That Complies With International Standards

     Johnson Controls Develops New Hip-Point Mannequin That Complies With
                           International Standards

  PR Newswire

  BURSCHEID, Germany, February 19, 2013

BURSCHEID, Germany, February 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Mannequin plays important role in measuring safety and comfort of automotive

Hip-point mannequins are an indispensible element in the engineering and
production of automotive seating. They are used to measure whether a vehicle
can safely and comfortably accommodate the driver and passengers. Since there
are three different international standards that define the characteristics
and dimensions of these mannequins, automakers and suppliers use various
models. Johnson Controls, the world's leading manufacturer of automotive
seating, has now developed a hip-point mannequin that complies with all three

"As a technology leader in automotive seating, we measure and test our
products every day in order to ensure the greatest possible safety and optimal
comfort," said Wilfried Beneker, vice president engineering, product business
unit metals and mechanisms at Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. "Until now,
however, there was no single hip-point mannequin on the market that satisfied
all three standards and our high requirements. Therefore, it made sense for
our engineers to design their own mannequin."

The new hip-point mannequin from Johnson Controls meets standards set by the
Society of Automotive Engineers (standard SAE J 826), the central
specification for hip-point mannequins worldwide, and the GLORIA standard for
EuroNCAP tests. In addition, it also satisfies recommendations of the German
Association of the Automotive Industry VDA (recommendation VDA 304).

The hip point plays a key role in the development of automotive seating. It is
the seating reference point (SgRP) in digital design plans. Measurements are
defined from this point in the vehicle, including the distance to the steering
wheel and gas pedal and the driver's field of vision. Using a hip-point
mannequin, the position of the driver and passengers can be measured in
prototypes and as well as in the actual vehicle and then compared with the
design plans.

The measuring mannequin from Johnson Controls, with its carbon torso, can also
be fitted with a head restraint measurement device (HRMD). This determines the
position of the head in relation to the head restraints.

The engineers at Johnson Controls have also developed a procedure for
calibrating the hip-point mannequin and head restraint measurement device. The
mannequin is clamped into a calibration device and measured with a 3D
coordinate measuring machine. An optical 3D scanning system is used to test
that the carbon torso shell fully meets all standards after production as

This method ensures an especially high degree of measurement accuracy and
precise reproducibility of the process. In addition, the engineers have also
defined a detailed but user-friendly calibration log. This allows users of the
mannequin and head restraint measurement device to easily check adherence to
the detailed specifications contained in the three standards.

Johnson Controls has been using the hip-point mannequin since June 2011.
Following in-house practical testing for a year and a half, the company is now
offering the mannequin to automakers, other manufacturers of automotive
seating and external testing organizations.

"The response to our mannequin has been extremely positive. Several automakers
have already shown interest in it," said Beneker.

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About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful.

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems,
door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major
automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products,
technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With 240 locations
worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed
the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete
interiors. With our global capability we supply approximately 50 million cars
per year.

For more information, please contact: Johnson Controls GmbH Automotive Seating
Industriestraße 20-30 51399 Burscheid Germany Oliver Herkert Tel.:
+49-2174-65-4348 E-Mail:

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