AAUW STEM Career Conference 2024

AAUW STEM Career Conference 2024

AAUW STEM Career Conference 2024
DTS and Aperture LLC are teaming up to host at AAUW STEM Career Conference

How Would You Design a ‘Smart & Safe’ Bumper?
DTS and Aperture LLC will find out how 7th and 8th-grade girls engineer their smart bumpers in a hands-on workshop at the 20th Annual AAUW STEM Career Conference in Long Beach, CA. The conference hosts 250 local students and features eleven female STEM professionals describing their career paths, plus hands-on career-related activities for the students.

The 20th Annual AAUW Long Beach STEM Career Conference will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science. The STEM Career Conference has been organized since 2003 by AAUW Long Beach and is currently held at the Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science, with the assistance of over 60 adult volunteers plus 20 Sato Ambassadors who help welcome the girls to their campus. Attendance is by invitation only. AAUW Long Beach selects Title I LBUSD middle and K-8 schools for participation in the conference. The attendees are then recruited by teachers or counselors at their school. Attendance is limited to girls since women are still underrepresented in STEM careers and the mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls. Through January 2024, 3135 girls have participated in the event.

The 2024 workshops, with hands-on activities, will feature the following STEM careers: Aerospace Engineer, Architect, Environmental Engineer, Manufacturing/Biomechanical Engineer, Medical Imaging Technologist, Medical-Surgical Nurse, Optometrist, Software Developer, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Structural Engineer.

The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Super excited to partner with AAUW and Aperture to invest in the future . . . which starts with awareness, opportunity, and action!

DTS and Aperture at the AAUW STEM Conference
DTS and Aperture at the AAUW STEM Conference - Crash Test Impact Challenge

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DTS New Sales Partner – PROWAVE

DTS New Sales Partner – PROWAVE

DTS New Sales Partner – PROWAVE
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DTS is proud to announce that Prowave is our new sales partner in Taiwan! Founded in 1989, Prowave has expertise in vibration monitoring & testing, data acquisition and sensors.  We are excited to work with Prowave and continue to build on our strong and longstanding relationships with automotive, aerospace, and defense customers in Taiwan. Prowave, a professional vibration monitoring and testing software manufacturer, focuses on the diversity of testing tools and in 2019 separated their vibration testing and equipment monitoring into two departments, providing more in-depth planning and services for customers in different applications.
The Prowave Team Prowave’s service covers the whole of Taiwan, with headquarters located in Kaohsiung, with offices in Taipei, Hsinchu, and Taichung. In 2012, it was certified by the Ministry of Economy as a technical service agency team. The company’s R&D and AE account for more than half of the company’s staff, and more than ten years of experience Each of their equipment diagnostics personnel is ISO 18436 vibration analyst certified, for customer peace of mind.
The Prowave philosophy of “Simple, easy to use, and effective,” goes hand-in-hand with DTS values and cutting-edge miniature data acquisition systems and sensors. Welcome to Team DTS! For more about Prowave go to www.prowavegroup.com.

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DTS Named Best Place to Work in SoCal

DTS Named Best Place to Work in SoCal

DTS Named Best Place to Work in SoCal
DTS Best Places to Work in Southern California 2023

Diversified Technical Systems (DTS), headquartered in Seal Beach, California, was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Southern California by Best Companies Group. Best Companies Group is an independent research firm that specializes in identifying and recognizing the best places to work all over the world.

Rollin White, President of DTS, expressed his gratitude for this recognition, stating, “At DTS, we believe that our greatest asset is our people. DTS is honored to be recognized as one of Southern California’s Best Places to Work. This recognition reflects our commitment to teamwork, which means that everyone at DTS contributed to earning this award. Plus, it also supports our company values of designing innovative products that add value to society, fostering team spirit, personal growth, and creating a positive environment.”

Companies in Southern California that meet certain criteria and rate highest on issues that matter most to employees are highlighted as Best Places to Work SoCal. The ranking is based on an analysis of survey responses about corporate culture, training and development, salary and benefits, and overall employee satisfaction.

Jaime Raul Zepeda, Executive Vice President of Best Companies Group, commended the high caliber of the selected companies. He remarked, “Each winner on this list has created an extraordinary work environment that attracts, retains, and motivates top talent. The quality of the companies in the 2023 Best Places to Work SoCal list is truly commendable, as they have shown a clear commitment to their employees’ satisfaction and development.”

About DTS: Diversified Technical Systems specializes in manufacturing miniature, rugged data acquisition systems and sensors for product and safety testing in extreme environments. DTS data recorders and sensors are used for testing in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, injury biomechanics, sports, military and defense. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Seal Beach, California, DTS also has technical centers around the globe and is part of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG).

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Congratulations on Your Retirement, DTS Co-Founder Steve Pruitt!

Congratulations on Your Retirement, DTS Co-Founder Steve Pruitt!

Congratulations on Your Retirement, DTS Co-Founder Steve Pruitt!
DTS named Best Places to Work OC 2023

After 33+ years at DTS, Steve Pruitt, co-founder and Chief Sales & Business Development Officer, has retired. Steve, along with two other crash test engineers, Tim Kippen and Mike Beckage, began DTS in 1990 in an office above a garage. Today DTS is a successful global company with headquarters in Seal Beach, California and 7 technical centers around the world.

In his parting email Steve said,

“I have enjoyed working with you all over many years of crash, blast, and other testing – WorldSID, WIAMan, dosimeters and many other product developments. This is truly a great profession and industry. I can honestly say that everyone I have worked with has been dedicated to helping to make the world safer for us humans, no matter what kind of vehicle or sport we subject ourselves to. I have helped test everything from roller coasters and Olympic bobsleds, to ejection seats and stunt men to athletes and race cars to tanks to rockets and many more I can’t remember. Truly the best job ever!”

Steve, thank you for helping to create such a phenomenal company that advances human safety. You will be greatly missed, but your legacy lives on!

DTS specializes in miniature data acquisition solutions and portable data logger solutions for product development, performance validation and safety testing. DTS DAQ solutions are engineered for extreme test environments and are reliable in even the most challenging applications.

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DTS Named Best Place to Work for 4th Year

DTS Named Best Place to Work for 4th Year

DTS Named Best Place to Work for 4th Year
DTS named Best Places to Work OC 2023

For a fourth consecutive year Diversified Technical Systems (DTS), headquartered in Seal Beach, California, was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County. The awards program was created in 2009 and is a project of the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

“DTS is honored to be recognized by our employees as one of Orange County’s Best Places to Work. The annual survey from the Orange County Business Journal recognizes the great team we have at DTS,” says Rollin White, Head of DTS. White credits a combination of great employees, great teams, and interesting projects that all make DTS one of the best places to work. “We’re all very proud because this is the fourth consecutive year DTS has been recognized as a top company,” adds White.

One of the survey participants said it best, ‘Wonderful people and great teams who enjoy their work and work-life balance. Plus working on exciting industrial-grade and high-quality products that directly help improve safety in our daily lives.’

DTS is ranked in the mid-sized company category. The awards program works to identify and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, California, benefiting the county’s economy, its workforce, and businesses. The two-part application process includes evaluating each employer’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics, which is worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part is an extensive employee survey which measures the employee experience and is worth 75% of the score.

About DTS: Diversified Technical Systems specializes in manufacturing miniature, rugged data acquisition systems and sensors for product and safety testing in extreme environments. DTS data recorders and sensors are used for testing in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, injury biomechanics, sports, military and defense. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Seal Beach, California, DTS also has technical centers around the globe and is part of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG).

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Tim Kippen DTS Co-Founder Retires – Congratulations!

Tim Kippen DTS Co-Founder Retires – Congratulations!

Tim Kippen DTS Co-Founder Retires – Congratulations!
DTS Co-founder Tim Kippen Retires

Congratulations Tim on your retirement from DTS after more than three decades of vision, passion, dedication and hard work! You will be greatly missed. 

Tim, along with Mike Beckage and Steve Pruitt, co-founded DTS in 1990. From humble beginnings working out of an office above a garage, the 3 engineers developed DTS into a global success. Today DTS headquarters is based in Seal Beach, California, and has 7 technical centers around the world.

Tim officially retired in December 2022, but was presented his retirement award at the DTS annual meeting earlier this year so the entire company could be present. Mike Beckage, CTO and Steve Pruitt, Chief Business & Sales Officer, presented the plaque to Tim which says, “Thank you for building a company that has made a real difference in the lives of all of us at DTS and has no doubt saved many lives through product innovation in occupant safety.” 

Mike shared, “Thanks, Tim. I was adding up the years – 38 years together, starting with Cal Poly Pomona. I just want to add, the first 12 years at DTS could have been terrible because it could have gone south but we stuck with it. Perseverance, like I always tell people.” Mike added, “These guys paid supreme attention to detail and it worked. So we are all here today because we were able to hang together and Tim, I really appreciate your work and your friendship.”

 Tim and Mike’s friendship first began in an engineering class at Cal Poly Pomona. Mike recommended Tim for a job at Mobility Systems, as a crash test engineer, and it was there that they also Steve.

 “Testing and crashing cars sounded like a really good thing,” Kippen commented in an interview for the Cal Poly Bronco magazine. “That’s how I fell into it. It’s the most fun thing in the world to set up a really big physics experiment, think about how something is going to wreck and then just do it. We thought the industry was underserved, and that’s how we moved forward,” Tim said.

 The rest, as they say, is history.

 DTS manufactures miniature, rugged DAQ, sensors and portable data logger solutions for a variety of applications including product development, performance validation and safety testing.

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Press Release – DTS Announces New Universal Data Logger TSR AIR

Press Release – DTS Announces New Universal Data Logger TSR AIR

Press Release – DTS Announces New Universal Data Logger TSR AIR
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DTS Announces New Universal Data Logger – TSR AIR

The ultra-small Shock & Vibration Data Logger advancing product & safety testing

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DTS New Sales Partner – CRISEL

DTS New Sales Partner – CRISEL

DTS New Sales Partner – CRISEL
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DTS announces Crisel as its newest international Sales Partner. Crisel will focus on two of DTS’ innovative products, SLICE6 AIR and TSR AIR, for aerospace and defense testing. Based in Italy, Crisel is a leading provider of high-technology solutions, equipment, and components. “The companies we partner with, and the solutions we deliver, come from leaders in their area and are the result of careful selection,” says Carlo Florio, Customers Solution Manager at Crisel. “The companies we partner with, like DTS, guarantee best-in-class, high-quality, and reliable solutions for the Italian market. We are excited to collaborate with DTS because they provide the best innovative solutions when it comes to miniature rugged data acquisition systems (DAS), data loggers and sensors for critical testing,” adds Carlo. “DTS puts customer needs at the forefront of product development. Their focus on delivery, reliability, worldwide support, and excellent service is in line with our company values,” Carlo shares. Founded in 1993, Crisel has achieved an excellent reputation in the reference sectors thanks to a personalized approach to meeting the needs of each customer. The successful fulfillment of their corporate mission to not just sell a product or service, but rather function as a true ‘solutions provider’ has led to contracts in the private sphere, public administration, and defense sector.
Diversified Technical Systems (DTS) is a leading manufacturer of data acquisition systems and sensors for product and safety testing since 1990. Jim Shaw, Director of Sales & Marketing at DTS, comments, “Crisel’s excellent reputation precedes them. We are excited to have Crisel bring its aerospace and defense expertise to promote SLICE6 AIR & TSR AIR to the Italian markets. Like DTS, they focus on providing complete testing solutions, along with top-tier customer service,” Jim continues.
The SLICE6 AIR is a data acquisition unit (DAU) that is ideal for rapid deployment modification and compatibility testing for aerospace and in-flight applications. The TSR AIR, one of DTS’ latest innovations, is a universal data logger with built-in 6DOF (6 degrees-of-freedom) for shock and vibration testing. “We look forward to working together with Crisel to support many new customers and a wide range of exciting flight test applications,” concludes Jim.

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DTS 2022 Highlights

DTS 2022 Highlights

DTS 2022 Highlights
DTS 2022 Year Highlights

As we ring in a new year, here are a few of DTS’ innovation highlights and events from 2022 – just in case you missed anything!

The NFL & DTS
The NFL mouthguard sensor program which launched in 2019, is continuing to utilize mouthguards fitted with the DTS DDR (Dynamic Data Recorder) which is vital in gathering critical head impact data that will help in the development of rule changes and equipment designed to improve player safety.

You can read more about this program in Driven by Data – The NFL Player Safety Revolution and more about the DDR, a flexible standalone 6DOF data logger, in Meet the Smallest Most Versatile 6DOF Data Logger Available.

NASA’s Artemis 1 & DTS
Talk about rugged – DTS equipment has now been around the moon and back!

What a year it’s been for both NASA and DTS. A big highlight was the Artemis 1 mission. A 25 ½ day uncrewed flight successfully went around the moon and back, then had a textbook splashdown on Dec. 11, at 12:40 ET. This text flight used the most powerful rocket in the world, known as the Space Launch System Rocket (SLS) which propelled the Orion spacecraft for the first minutes of the mission. You can read more about that in Taking the Next Leap to the Moon.

And the DTS equipment that went on this historic mission? The TSR PRO data logger. This compact data logger was embedded behind Captain Moonikin Campos’ seat (the test manikin that went on the mission). When the hatch doors closed the TSR PRO was trigged into action to record acceleration and vibration data which will help NASA better understand forces astronauts may experience on the first scheduled crewed mission of the Orion spacecraft – the Artemis 2 mission set for 2024. Read more about Artemis 1 and DTS in “To Boldly Go Where No TSR PRO Has Gone Before.

Crash Test/Blast Test Dummy News
The WIAMan blast manikin, which was developed in partnership with DTS, the U.S. Army, and top Universities, is designed to measure vertical loads from a blast impact that comes from below the occupant. The incredible amount of data collected from the integrated DTS data acquisition system is processed by a software analysis tool called AMANDA, or Analysis of Manikin Data. AMANDA received a final stamp of approval when it was accredited by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command on Feb. 2. Read more about this in “Blast Test Dummy Assessment Tool Receives Stamp of Accreditation.”

GM (General Motors) is aiming for a goal of a world with zero crashes and recently introduced their safety brand, Periscope, which is a more holistic approach to vehicle safety. DTS and GM have a long-standing partnership to help make the world safer. DTS data acquisition (DAQ) are designed to support crash safety. Read “GM is Boldly Aiming for a World with Zero Crashes” for more information.

DTS Employee Happenings
DTS welcomed 11 new people onto the DTS team this year, and are proud to be named one of the best places to work in Orange County for the 3rd year in a row by Best Companies Group;

DTS is proud to be named one of Orange County’s Best Places to work again. Our success starts with our employees, and we’re honored that they have put us on the list for the third year in a row,” said Rollin White, Head of DTS.”

And congratulations to all those who were promoted!

One intrepid group of DTS employees got together to run the 190 Mile Ragnar Race. Dubbed the “Dapper Dummies,” they completed the race in just over 33 hours. 

We have no doubt that 2023 will be an exciting year full of innovation, testing breakthroughs, and a whole lot of fun. Hope you’ll join us on the journey. If you don’t already please Follow Us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Here’s to a happy, prosperous and safe 2023!

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To Boldly Go Where No TSR PRO Has Gone Before…the Moon

To Boldly Go Where No TSR PRO Has Gone Before…the Moon

To Boldly Go Where No TSR PRO Has Gone Before…the Moon
DTS TSR PRO onboard - Artemis 1 - Image Credit NASA

DTS is excited and proud to be part of the Artemis 1 mission – take a look! Yes, that is a DTS TSR PRO shown onboard Artemis 1 – to the moon and back!

UPDATE Dec. 11, 2022: Success! After 251/2 days, the Artemis I mission made a successful splashdown on December 11, 12:40 ET in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico’s Baja California.

UPDATE Dec. 2, 2022: After successfully completing the retrograde departure burn using the main engine on the European Service Module (https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis/), Orion is on the return journey home. The burn was one of two maneuvers needed prior to Orion’s splashdown scheduled for Dec. 11.

We are proud to announce that a DTS TSR PRO data logger is traveling beyond the moon onboard Artemis 1, to help capture vital acceleration and vibration data that can help improve astronaut safety on the upcoming crewed mission, Artemis II.

Space, the final frontier… now, as we reach further into space, exploring that “final frontier” is no longer an if, but a when. With the recent launch of Artemis 1, part of NASA’s Artemis program developed to return us to the moon and beyond, we are that much closer to glimpsing more of what is ‘out there.’

Artemis 1, crewed by a manikin, is a mission of testing new technologies. The new technologies include the Space Launch Rocket (SLS) system, the most powerful rocket in the world. According to NASA1:

The crew is expected to experience 2.5 times the force of gravity during ascent and four times the force of gravity at two different points during the planned reentry profile. Engineers will compare Artemis I flight data with previous ground-based vibration tests with the same manikin, and human subjects, to correlate performance prior to Artemis II.

To help gather this data, the manikin’s seat is outfitted with sensors designed to record acceleration and vibration data during the mission. The DTS TSR PRO data logger, which is embedded in the seat back, is triggered to record when the hatch door closes. The vital acceleration data captured by the TSR PRO will help NASA better understand what forces astronauts may experience on Artemis II, the first scheduled crewed mission of the Orion spacecraft set for 2024.

“It’s critical for us to get data from the Artemis I manikin to ensure all of the newly designed systems, coupled with an energy dampening system that the seats are mounted on, integrate together and provide the protection crew members will need in preparation for our first crewed mission on Artemis II,” said Jason Hutt, NASA lead for Orion Crew Systems Integration.

The DTS TSR PRO is a compact rugged data logger that makes it easy to measure acceleration forces in extreme test environments such as rocket launches, space flight, and splashdowns. The data logger has a built-in data recorder and sensors and is self-powered for unattended monitoring of acceleration and vibration. When the hatch door of the capsule closes it triggers the TSR PRO to begin recording to capture that key data which can help contribute to astronaut safety on future missions. 

Congratulations NASA on this historical enterprise. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

To read more about the TSR PRO & NASA’s Artemis 1 Mission go to Taking the Next Leap to the Moon.

Resources
1. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/purposeful-passenger-artemis-i-manikin-helps-prepare-for-moon-missions-with-crew

DTS TSR PRO onboard Artemis 1
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Taking the Next Leap to the Moon

Taking the Next Leap to the Moon

Taking the Next Leap to the Moon
DTS TSR PRO Application Moonikin Artemis 1 Orion

UPDATE: NASA successfully launched the Artemis 1 moon mission on the first Space Launch System rocket at 1:47 am EST (0647 GMT) on November 16, 2022 and after a 25 1/2 day journey the Orion capsule slashed down on Dec. 11, 2022.

On July 20, 1969, we made that first giant step and landed on the moon. Now, Artemis 1, part of a series of missions – missions that will bring us back to the moon and the hope of establishing a human presence there, is about to take off. The launch date for this historic event is scheduled for August 29. (UPDATE – the first two launch attempts were scrubbed due to issues NASA could not troubleshoot within the launch windows. “We do not launch until we think it’s right,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said.)

Lift off will be at NASA’s Kenny Space Center and Artemis 1 will be the first to use the most powerful rocket in the world, known as the Space Launch System Rocket (SLS) which will propel the Orion spacecraft for the first minutes of the mission. Artemis 1 will travel beyond the moon, further than any spacecraft built for humans has gone before. The 42-day duration mission will function as a demonstration of Orion’s systems prior to sending up a manned mission. Expected splashdown date is currently set for Oct. 10, 2022, at a reentry speed of 24,500 miles per hour – hotter and faster than any reentry before.

For these new missions, innovative technologies have had to be designed and tested. As part of assisting with future crew safety, the DTS TSR PRO data logger was used to help quantify the acceleration profile of the crew seat backs on launch. The closing of the hatch door triggers the TSR PRO to record and capture vital data which helps contribute to the success of these missions.

This first Artemis mission will be “manned” by Commander Moonikin Campos, a suited mannikin strapped in the commander’s seat on Orion. “Some data collected from Artemis I will be used for Orion crew simulations and to verify crew safety by comparing flight vibration and acceleration against pre-flight predictions, then making model refinements as necessary,” said Dr. Mark Baldwin, Orion’s occupant protection specialist for lead contractor Lockheed Martin.1

DTS would like to wish NASA and all organizations that have contributed to these upcoming missions, good luck! We are proud that DTS data acquisition equipment has been chosen by NASA for more than 3 decades to support their aerospace testing.

For more details on Artemis 1 and the moon missions go to https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-i/.

Resources
1.https://www.nasa.gov/feature/purposeful-passenger-artemis-i-manikin-helps-prepare-for-moon-missions-with-crew

NASA Kennedy Space Center Artemis 1 Orion
DTS TSR PRO - Application Moonikin Artemis 1 Orion
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DTS Named Best Place to Work for 3rd Year

DTS Named Best Place to Work for 3rd Year

DTS Named Best Place to Work for 3rd Year
DTS Best Places To Work OC 2022

For a third consecutive year Diversified Technical Systems (DTS), headquartered in Seal Beach, California, was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County. The awards program was created in 2009 and is a project of the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

DTS is proud to be named one of Orange County’s Best Places to work again. Our success starts with our employees and we’re honored that they have put us on the list for the third year in a row,” said Rollin White, Head of DTS.

DTS was named 27th in the medium-sized company category. The awards program works to identify and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, California, benefiting the county’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The two-part application process includes evaluating each employer’s workplace policies, practices and demographics, which is worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part is an extensive employee survey which measures the employee experience, and is worth 75% of the score.

As DTS has grown over the last 32 years and as the world deals with a global pandemic, it’s been even more important to continue to find ways to create an environment that fosters personal growth and wellness. “Encouraging creativity, initiative and a team spirit, along with our dedication to our customers, and to each other, is what makes DTS special,” added White.

About DTS: Diversified Technical Systems specializes in manufacturing miniature, rugged data acquisition systems and sensors for product and safety testing in extreme environments. DTS data recorders and sensors are used for testing in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, injury biomechanics, sports, military and defense. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Seal Beach, California, DTS also has technical centers around the globe and is part of Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG).

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Blast Test Dummy Assessment Tool Receives Stamp of Accreditation

Blast Test Dummy Assessment Tool Receives Stamp of Accreditation

Blast Test Dummy Assessment Tool Receives Stamp of Accreditation
DTS WIAMan Software AMANDA
DTS WIAMan Software AMANDA

In Iraq and Afghanistan underbody blasts from improvised explosive were the largest cause of injury for U.S. troops. In order to help make troops safer, the U.S. Army first needed a highly specialized test dummy that would allow them to gather the right data in a blast test.

That specialized blast test dummy is now a reality and is known as WIAMan, or Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin. WIAMan is specifically designed for military use in underbody blast testing of vehicles to validate vehicle design and safety features engineered to protect warfighters. As stated in a recent news post on soldiersystems.net1:

“WIAMan represents the most human-like surrogate yet to provide insight on improving military ground vehicle systems and identify protection mechanisms that reduce the likelihood and severity of warfighter injuries.”

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Army, DTS, and top universities, who were responsible for extensive injury biomechanics research, the WIAMan blast manikin measures vertical loads. A blast impact comes from below the occupant. Automotive crash test dummies are designed to measure only frontal or side impacts, which is why development of WIAMan was critical. DTS was the prime contractor and built both the manikin and the SLICE6 data acquisition system and then integrating them.2

This large volume of data is processed by analytical experts from DEVCOM (U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command) “to provide reliable injury assessment and analysis.”1

The WIAMan software analysis tool used is called AMANDA, or the Analysis of Manikin Data. And on Feb. 2, 2022, AMANDA received a final stamp of trust in quality and accuracy when it was accredited by the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command for use in live fire test and evaluation.

“The WIAMan data acquisition system takes samples from an event at a rate of approximately 200,000 samples a second, and the typical event takes a couple seconds, so we’re talking around 400,000 data samples — an incredible amount of data,” said Jacob Ehlenberger, AMANDA software developer. “When you load that into AMANDA, all subject matter experts have to worry about is looking at the results. AMANDA automates the entire process, bringing complex analysis to the hands of experts so they can focus on their domain of excellence.” 1

AMANDA also integrates filtering methodology, developed by Aaron Alai, a DAC signal processing scientist, to ensure sensor data does not reflect extraneous noise that could lead to incorrect injury prediction.1

The data produced by WIAMan, once analyzed, helps the Army to more accurately measure soldier risk and evaluate trade-offs in vehicle design. Ultimately this means reducing the likelihood and severity of warfighter injuries.

“Simply put, insight from AMANDA saves lives.”1

Resources

  1. https://soldiersystems.net/2022/05/17/army-injury-assessment-tool-receives-stamp-of-accreditation/
  2. https://www.aerodefensetech.com/component/content/article/adt/features/articles/27963

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DTS Promotions Announcement

DTS Promotions Announcement

DTS Promotions Announcement
DTS Employee Promotions April 2022
DTS Employee Promotions April 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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These Test Dummies are Going Places

These Test Dummies are Going Places

These Test Dummies are Going Places
CNBC video - The 1 Million Dollar Crash Test Dummy
CNBC video - The 1 Million Dollar Crash Test Dummy

Test manikins have come a long way. Anthropomorphic test devices, or ATDs, put themselves on the line each time we need their help. And that’s just what they’re designed for.

The creation of crash test dummies all started in 1949 when Air Force flight surgeon Major J.P. Stapp, who was studying “physiology of rapid deceleration,”1 wanted something human-like to test his rocket sled. The result was Sierra Sam. Built by a California firm, Sam was a dummy based on plaster casts of an actual pilot and had instrumentation in his thorax and head.

It soon became obvious that test dummies, like Sierra Sam, could be highly useful in the automobile industry. In 1966 Congress passed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and in the same year, an engineer named Samuel Alderson, constructed the first test manikin specifically for the automotive industry. The ATD was named V.I.P.

In an effort to take testing to the next level, General Motors had the idea to use the best of what was available. GM put a Sierra Sam head onto V.I.P.’s body. The year was 1971 and this was the birth of the first Hybrid dummy, Hybrid 1. Automotive testing with dummies led to many improved safety features in cars, from steering wheel placement to the arc of the seatbelt.

There were concerns, however, because all ATDs were based on the size of an adult male so there was no ability to collect data on female or child-sized occupants. In the 1980s ATDs that were closer to the size of women were developed, but these were simply a scaled down version of the male dummy, not based on a female’s biofidelity, which means the manikins did not respond like a human female body would in an accident.

According to a recent CNBC report “How Crash Test Dummies Evolved to Cost $1 Million,” 51% of drivers are women. Because many industries are still not testing with ATDs based on female bio fidelity, there are still concerns about the safety of all sizes of drivers and passengers. In fact, statistics show that women are 17-19% more likely to die in the same accident as a man, and 73% more likely to be injured.

But industries are evolving. In the 1980s, third-generation Hybrids, Vince and Larry, were developed. Today the Hybrid III is still a widely used manikin plus it’s evolved into a full family of ATDs including toddlers, children, a small female and a large male. There are even specialty manikins to represent those at special risk of injury including the obese and the elderly.

And now there is also an even newer frontal crash test dummy on the scene: THOR. THOR, the dummy highlighted in the CNBC report, is truer to life and moves more like a real person. There is also more advanced technology inside that helps measure these more true-to-life movements. For example, the DTS A64C accelerometer and DTS ARS angular rate sensor can be embedded in any ATD to measure six-degrees-of-freedom motion (like all the directions a head could move).

Today, it’s not just the automobile industry using crash test dummies. Originally Sierra Sam was designed for rocket sled tests. Today ATDs are being used for blast testing, helicopter crash testing and space flight. We have WIAMan, who is the first vertical load manikin and is being used to help keep soldiers safer. And recently a Hybrid III manikin named “Ripley” traveled to the International Space Station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. With a focus on astronaut safety, the embedded sensors in Riley captured data on the forces astronauts may experience during launch, flight, and landing.

As we continue to improve ATDs and the information we can gather from them, who knows what future applications they’ll be designed for and the places they’ll go. But whether we’re talking about driving on the highway or adventuring into space, we owe a lot to these versatile test dummies. You could even say we owe them our lives. And as far as what they go through to get us this valuable data, like Larry the crash dummy said in a long-ago TV commercial before slamming a car into a wall, “It’s all worth it to get people to buckle up.”1

Resources
1. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/magazine/who-made-that-crash-test-dummy.html

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