GM is Boldly Aiming for a World with Zero Crashes

GM is Boldly Aiming for a World with Zero Crashes

GM is Boldly Aiming for a World with Zero Crashes
GM Crash Test - Silverado
GM Crash Test - Silverado

June 21, 2022

General Motors (GM) has a long history of automobile safety innovation. In the 1970’s they developed a fully functional airbag called “Air Cushion Restraint System.” And now GM (General Motors) has a bold vision for the future – a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.1

GM’s 3 pillars for a better world is certainly a future we can all get behind. DTS (Diversified Technical Systems) is a long-time supplier partner to GM. In fact, in 1998 when we introduced the TDAS PRO, GM bought over 10k channels, and they’ve been using our data acquisition equipment ever since. The data captured by DTS data acquisition systems (DAS) and sensors helps automobile manufacturers, like GM, design safer cars and systems.

GM recently introduced their safety brand, Periscope, a more holistic approach to vehicle safety, which includes a focus on engineering for safety through the human lens, including driver behaviors and the driving environment. GM is working on developing features and technologies that improve the safety of drivers, passengers, and those outside the vehicle (vulnerable road users). GM has recently developed “Super Cruise,” a driver assisted technology that helps detects when drivers aren’t paying enough attention to the road ahead and alerts them.

To help realize their goal of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion, GM has partnered with EvoVadis, a business that companies such as GM to gain detailed insights into the strengths and areas for improvement in particular areas.

Shilpan Amin, GM global vice president, writes:

GM is committed to social, environmental, and economic sustainability in both our own operations and throughout our supply base. Issues regarding sustainability impact us all and cannot be solved by one company or one nation. At GM, we are taking an “Everybody In” approach…so we can make significant advances in the most pivotal matters of our time.

Engineering rugged onboard DAQ for automotive data collection is a key component of DTS. Our systems are designed to support crash safety, sled testing, off road, and NVH vibration data acquisition collection. We also offer a variety of DAS in-dummy solutions and integration kids for the complete family of anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs) and pedestrian safety testing.

We applaud GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes!

Photo Credit: GM Chevrolet
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DTS Team “Dapper Dummies” Runs 190 Mile Relay Race

DTS Team “Dapper Dummies” Runs 190 Mile Relay Race

DTS Team “Dapper Dummies” Runs 190 Mile Relay Race
Team DTS Runners at Ragnar Race 2022
Team DTS Runners at Ragnar Race 2022

May 3, 2022

An intrepid group of DTS employees, officially dubbed team “Dapper Dummies,” ran the 190 Mile Ragnar Road So Cal Relay Race in style with their bright orange shirts, bow ties, and matching socks. They took to the road on Friday April 29 and ran round the clock from start to finish with teammates alternating running and sleeping in one of the two team vans.

“Remember, what happened in Van 2 stays in Van 2. And it’s confirmed that our driver in Van 2 was our Most Valuable team member. Thanks MJ!” Jim Shaw

Dapper Dummies placed 172 out of 324 teams and completed the course in just over 33 ½ hours – to be precise the official time was 33:32:27.000000 for 190.3 miles. That makes the average pace 10.28 min/mile including stop lights, missing signs, hills, hot weather, and singing happy birthday.

“A baker’s dozen of people singing happy birthday while a crowd cheers them running in is a special thing.” Dan McFadden

Congratulations to DTS Team Dapper Dummies:

Runners: Kristina Fett, Rollin White, Loc Pham, Jessica Alvarado, Jim Shaw, Kimberly Stull, Bryan Todd, Nathan Brown, Jerry Lawrence, Dan McFadden, Dana Tice and Ben Pruitt.

Chase Team/Drivers: Mike “MJ” Jackson & Steve Pruitt. Special thanks to Kirsten Larsen for setting up and breaking down camp, and Lauren Talley for bringing bagels, muffins and coffee.

So, what thoughts does the team have to offer after their experience? And the burning question… would they do it again?

“It’s true that peer-pressure is a powerful thing.” Jerry Lawrence

“I had a great time, lost my voice a little bit for Sunday from all the cheering and happy birthday singing between the exchanges. I remember at one point someone texted during their run that it had been snowing when they started their run and that a mountain lion had growled at them. The best thing for me was definitely the company and having fun during the downtime. Would definitely do it again.” Dan McFadden

“Best thing: the DTS people involved. Worst: lack of sleep. This will be the third time I’ve now said I’d never do it again… but I would do it again.” Jim Shaw

“From Van 2 I learned Brian and Jerry take water balloons very seriously. Jessica should not have pre-workout. Rollin cannot answer your questions right after a 7-mile run. Jim is an excellent salesman for muscle massage guns. Mike has an amazing tolerance for driving way too many hours. The entire team comes up with the most hilarious conversations when sleep deprived. But most importantly … I learned that our team does an amazing job of taking care of each other and supporting each other through a very challenging event. This was an amazing team to do this event with! I will never forget this group getting the entire crowd to sing happy birthday to me as we crossed the finish line. It was unforgettable!” Kristina Fett

Well done Dapper Dummies!

Ragnar Run So Cal is a stunning ocean view relay race that stretches from San Diego to Huntington Beach.

Team DTS Runners at Ragnar Race 2022 - Van
Team DTS Runners at Ragnar Race 2022 - Relay Shots
Team DTS Runners at Ragnar Race 2022 - Relay Shots

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DTS Promotions Announcement

DTS Promotions Announcement

DTS Promotions Announcement
DTS Employee Promotions April 2022
DTS Employee Promotions April 2022

April 13, 2022

Organizational Announcement in Vishay Precision Group / Measurement Systems / DTS

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who has been promoted! Your talent is key to our global success!

  • AJ Ayala has been promoted to Quality Control Specialist/ EHS Officer, reporting to, Dana Tice, QC Manager.
  • Christopher Balogh has been promoted to Project Manager, reporting to Daniel Stelung, Director, Engineering.
  • Jacqueline Estillore has been promoted to Marketing Specialist /Graphic Designer, reporting to Shelly Horvath, Marketing Manager.
  • Jeff Romero has been promoted to Materials & Shipping Lead, reporting to Jessica Alvarado, Supply Chain Materials Manager.
  • Kimberly Stull has been promoted to Accounting Supervisor, reporting to Lail Hundertmark, Controller.
  • Kristina Fett has been promoted to Engineering Project Manager /Planner, reporting to Daniel Stelung, Director, Engineering.
  • Kyvory Henderson has been promoted to Sr. Manager, Business Development & ATD, reporting to Steve Pruitt, Chief Sales & Business Development Officer.
  • Michael Jackson has been promoted to Sr. IT Specialist, reporting to Mike Waterbury, IT Manager.
  • Patricia Damron has been promoted to Customer Service / Salesforce Specialist, reporting to James Shaw, Director, Sales, Marketing & Service.
  • Paul Levin has been promoted to Sr. Electronics Engineer, reporting to Frank Monaco, Electronics Engineering Manager.
  • Ronie Leung has been promoted to Sr. E/M Assembler, reporting to Maria Medina, Production Manager.
  • Sunny Adam has been promoted to Sr. Electronics Assembler, reporting to Greg Netherwood, Electronics Technician Manager.
  • Travis Ralston has been promoted to Technical Information Manager, reporting to Daniel Stelung, Director, Engineering.

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues and wishing them much success in their new roles.

Sincerely,

Rollin White
Sr. Director, Head of Global Sub P&L – DTS

Ann Cook
Director, HR

 

As a leading manufacturer of data acquisition systems and sensors for product and safety testing, DTS’s mission is to be the most trusted provider of measurement solutions in every market we serve. Knowing that our test instrumentation helps save lives – makes our work more than just a job.

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DTS Proud Sponsor of National Biomechanics Day 2022

DTS Proud Sponsor of National Biomechanics Day 2022

DTS Proud Sponsor of National Biomechanics Day 2022
National Biomechanics Day 2022
National Biomechanics Day 2022

March 22, 2022

bi·o·me·chan·ics : the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms

Biomechanics investigates the broad expanse of biology in the physical world and it makes substantial contributions to basic biology and physics, medicine and health, human and animal movement and performance, biomedical engineering, prosthetics and human-machine interactions, among many other endeavors.

The Next Generation: National Biomechanics Day hopes to expand the influence and impact of biomechanics on our society. By teaching young people about biomechanics the goal is to expand the number of people entering the field of biomechanics and create more career opportunities. Careers in biomechanics will vary greatly and may include theoretical biomechanics science and the practical application of biomechanics in commercial, medical, industrial, and other settings.

DTS is proud to again sponsor National Biomechanic Day and the inspiration that it brings to students around the world. It’s a great entry point and exposure to the work that DTS has done over the last three decades in injury biomechanics. Biomechanics has been foundational for the development of the miniature 6DOF DDR recorder embedded in NFL football mouthguards to help track and improve player safety on the field. Groundbreaking research was also key for the development of the U.S. Army WIAMan Blast Manikin. Officially known as the Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin, the ‘human response’ of WIAMan is based on extensive biomechanics and cadaveric research done in partnership with top universities throughout the country. Each university focused on key injury areas primarily in the lower extremities like the spine, pelvis and feet to create predictable under-body blast (UBB) patterns. 

“It’s a great entry point and exposure to the work that DTS has done over the last three decades in injury biomechanics.”

Diversity & Inclusion: National Biomechanics Day has had tremendous success in reaching diverse and underserved populations and has enacted extensive initiatives to expand this success. Among these initiatives are grant programs for Women in Biomechanics and Black Biomechanists, repeated from 2021 and new this year, programs for disabled biomechanists and members of the LatinX in biomechanics group. NBD has had excellent success in reaching diverse and varied groups around the world and we will continually expand this effort. As we say, Biomechanics is for everyone.

DTS salutes and celebrates National Biomechanics Day and the contributions of the many biomechanists around the world. To learn more about National Biomechanics Day and the participating laboratories, universities and high schools, visit The Biomechanics Initiative Sponsors.

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Biomechanics Forum March 9th

Biomechanics Forum March 9th

Biomechanics Forum March 9th

March 1, 2022

Hello Biomechanists Everywhere,

National Biomechanics Day and The Biomechanist are hosting the second NBD Sponsors’ Technology Forum, a symposium aimed to educate biomechanics researchers and practitioners about state-of-the-art technology.

For the 2nd year in a row, DTS is proud to sponsor NBD. Please join DTS and the other cutting-edge companies for brief updates on the latest instrumentation and technology available. This event is a great opportunity to explore new tools and resources to support your biomechanics science and applications.

Please join us for this VIRTUAL, educational session (free): Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 5:00 pm GMT (GMT Convertor).

Schedule:

5:00 | NBD Introduction to the Forum
5:05 | VICON / IMU
5:15 | Delsys
5:25 | Qualisys
5:35 | Novel
5:45 | Short break with The Biomechanist
5:50 | AMTI
6:00 | Motek
6:10 | DTS
6:20 | XSENS

Join the session and meet representatives of these vital companies and start to develop your professional relationships.

PS: 5:00 pm GMT = 9:00 am Pacific, 12 noon eastern, 2:00 pm Sao Paulo, 6:00 pm Berlin, 8:00 pm Minsk, 8:00 pm Moscow…

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Meet the Smallest Most Versatile 6DOF Data Logger Available

Meet the Smallest Most Versatile 6DOF Data Logger Available

Meet the Smallest Most Versatile 6DOF Data Logger Available
DTS DDR Smallest Versatile 6DOF Data Logger Available
DTS DDR Smallest Versatile 6DOF Data Logger Available

February 8, 2022

Ultra-small, ultra-light, ultra-low power and ultra-flexible. That’s the DTS DDR. One of the latest innovations from DTS, the DDR (Dynamic Data Recorder) is expanding testing possibilities. This standalone 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) data logger measures both triaxial linear and triaxial angular acceleration and can be laid flat or curved around, or in, a test article.

This versatility means the DTS DDR can be used in a large variety of applications such as:

  • Sports/Biomechanics: embed on, or in, mouthguards, helmets, shoes, and gloves for monitoring strike and impact. The NFL is using mouthguards fitted with the DDR to monitor and help advance player safety.
  • Defense/Army: embed in protective gear including helmets, boots or packs to collect 6DOF data in the field and during training. The DDR technology is also being used to develop In-Ear Exposure Sensors (IEES) to Measure Blunt Impact & Blast Overpressure.
  • Pharmaceuticals & Manufacturing: Weighing only 2.5 grams, the DDR can be used to create a “golden” unit that has the same size and weight as the actual product. The instrumented unit can then be run through the automated assembly line or shipping process to record measurements such as shock and vibration.
  • High Value Asset Monitoring: can be used in package testing and safe transit of high value assets in a variety of environments and vehicles such as planes, trains, trucks, and cargo containers.

Designed to be embedded on or in devices under test without altering usage or test dynamics, this ultra-low power bare flex circuit with built-in sensors has non-volatile flash memory, a shock rating of 10000 g operating/survivable, and wireless inductive charging.

The DTS DDR, one of the most innovative data acquisition solutions available. Click to learn more.

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Crash Test Magazine – Embedded Data Acquisition

Crash Test Magazine – Embedded Data Acquisition

Crash Test Magazine – Embedded Data Acquisition
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Embedded Data Acquisition

Crash Test Technology International 

Integrated DAQ and sensors in the new advanced Pedestrian Legform Impactor help improve safety and survivability of pedestrians involved in accidents worldwide.

December 23, 2020

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DTS Improving Air Force Pilot Safety with New Dynamic Impact Recorder

DTS Improving Air Force Pilot Safety with New Dynamic Impact Recorder

DTS Improving Air Force Pilot Safety with New Dynamic Impact Recorder

April 28, 2020

When Air Force pilots are forced to eject, they experience tremendous forces and physical stresses. During an ejection event pilots are hit with a gravitational force 14-16 times greater than normal. This puts them at serious risk of injuries including spinal damage, broken bones, as well as head and neck injuries. To help improve pilot safety, DTS is in the process of developing an innovative Dynamic Impact Recorder (DIR) that will gather data that can then be used to develop more effective protective gear including seating and restraints.

The concept and development of this new miniature dynamic impact recorder has come about as the result of a Small Business Innovation Research Award given to DTS to help advance pilot safety for the United States Air Force.

The New Dynamic Impact Recorder – Small Enough to Fit in Helmet

This new recorder will have the capacity to collect acceleration, force and angular velocity measurements, that a fighter pilot may experience during an emergency ejection event. One big obstacle is to create a design that allows the sensors and data recorder to be placed as close to the points of interest (such as the head) as possible – without limiting typical movements a pilot must perform in the course of a flight or unanticipated event. This DIR will be small enough to embed in a helmet and have an enclosure that is rugged enough to withstand the forces of flight and ejections.

The big challenge for DTS design engineers is size, mass and center-of-gravity (CoG). The technology needs the capacity to accurately gather field data with human subjects in extreme environments, without altering test dynamics. DTS’ ultra-low power designs are significantly smaller and lighter than similar systems on the market and the new unit will feature six degree of freedom (6DOF) sensing and onboard memory so all data will be stored in place to non-volatile memory.

DTS has been awarded numerous Small Business Innovation Research contracts, both Phase 1 and Phase 2 awards. Phase 1 is the conceptual phase and we are now in Phase 2, working toward a final design that will contribute to improving Air Force pilot safety.

DTS has 30 years of experience developing innovative data recorders and sensors used around the world for safety testing in aerospace, military, and automobile industries. For more information about the awards and the dynamic impact recorder, go to DTS Awarded SBIR Contracts to Advance US Sir Force and NASA Flight Crew Safety.

 

The miniature Dynamic Impact Recorder DTS is developing for the U.S. Air Force will measure forces that pilots may experience during an emergency ejection maneuver. The unit (shown as a prototype on the helmet) will collect data used to improve safety gear for USAF pilots.

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New aPLI Advances Pedestrian Safety

New aPLI Advances Pedestrian Safety

New aPLI Advances Pedestrian Safety

Seal Beach, CA – According to the World Health Organization, more than 5,000 pedestrians are killed each week worldwide. The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that pedestrian fatalities in the USA have risen by 41% since 2008 – the highest in 30 years.
Starting in 2022, Euro NCAP announced that it will adopt the new advanced Pedestrian Legform Impactor (aPLI) in its testing. The aPLI weighs 24.9kg (55 lb), compared with the 13.2kg (29 lb) Flex PLI, and the mass distribution has been refined to be more biofidelic, top to bottom. The structural design has also been simplified to improve repeatability and reproducibility of results.
Like its Flex PLI predecessor, the aPLI features integrated data acquisition and sensors from DTS. The aPLI legform supports SLICE NANO, along with the 6DX PRO six degrees of freedom sensor package and the ARS PRO uniaxial angular rate sensor
Using the SLICE NANO stack extender, a special DTS mounting hardware solution designed for applications with limited height restrictions, the modular sensor layers can be split into two stacks, but still require only one BASE+. The standard aPLI configuration includes 18 sensor channels focused on three primary types of measurements: injury assessment, flight dynamics and vehicle impact
Embedding the data acquisition into the test article minimizes exposed cables throughout the leg and eliminates any trailing cables that could affect the launch.  DTS offers a complete turnkey solution engineered to maintain proper mass, center of gravity and moments to help advance pedestrian safety testing.

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