An Ohio State University institute is implementing MSC and Lifemodeler software to assess and prevent injuries in car manufacturing.
MSC Software, a provider of multidisciplinary simulation solutions, said Ohio State's Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM) has fully implemented its MD Adams software together with the LifeMOD suite of tools in a recent study of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk in automotive assembly.
MSDs are a major and costly problem for many manufacturing industries, including the automotive sector. COHAM has been studying how the spine and back muscles respond to specific tasks and awkward postures. For this purpose it used MD Adams software in tandem with LifeMOD's biomechanical plugin.
"The biomedical and biomechanics industry has witnessed dramatic benefits in using computer modeling and analysis methods over the past five years," said Leslie Rickey, MSC Software's director global marketing.
Gregory Knapik, senior researcher at Ohio State's Biodynamics Laboratory, acknowledged in a press release that software modeling has helped identify manufacturing-related injury risks. "We have been quite pleased with the ability that Adams affords us to model different types of exertions and examine different structures in the body in more detail," he said
LifeModeler provides complete software solutions to commercial and research institutions interested in the physics behind biomechanical motion. It develops its software on the Adams industrial-grade physics engine.