SOURCE: MSC Software

MSC Software

March 15, 2011 08:00 ET

MD Adams and LifeMOD Used to Assess Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk During Automotive Assembly Tasks

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - MSC Software, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions, today announced that The Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM) at Ohio State University has fully implemented MD Adams and LifeMOD in its recent study of Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk during automotive assembly tasks. 

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) have become a prominent, prevalent, and costly problem, especially in the manufacturing sector and the auto industry in particular. The Biodynamics Laboratory and Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM) are interested in quantifying the motions and forces to which the human body is exposed while doing work.

MD Adams was used in tandem with LifeMOD's biomechanical plugin to simulate the dynamic loads on the human body due to spinal or back muscle loads or awkward postures. The software allowed COHAM to estimate the spinal forces as well as any stresses that were exerted on several of the back, shoulder, and other proximity muscles for the aforementioned cases.

"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," said Gregory Knapik, Senior Researcher for the Biodynamics Laboratory at The Ohio State University. "We have also combined MD Nastran and Patran with Adams to develop a higher-fidelity model of the human spine. Most recently, we have started looking at the biomechanical consequences of different types of surgery as discussed in "Motion Preservation Surgery of the Spine: Advanced Techniques and Controversies" in the chapter titled "The Development of a Personalized Hybrid EMG-Assisted/Finite Element Biomechanical Model to Assess Surgical Options."

"The biomedical and biomechanics industry has witnessed dramatic benefits in using computer modeling and analysis methods over the past five years," said Leslie Rickey, Director Global Marketing at MSC Software. It is continuously inspiring to see MSC's simulation products and services increasingly used as a means to improve the quality of life for humans. We can't wait to see where the technology is applied next."

About Ohio State University
Ohio State University's College of Engineering was established in 1870 and has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top engineering schools in the nation. It offers 13 undergraduate and 17 graduate engineering problems through 11 engineering departments and currently has over 6,000 enrolled students. It is known for its Fundamentals of Engineering course sequence taught by distinguished faculty and provides hands-on laboratory experience. This includes the Biodynamics Laboratory which is directly involved with The Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM). Ohio State University also ranks 10th among public research universities and 15th among both public and private. For more information, visit

About LifeModeler, Inc.
The LifeModeler, Inc. (LMI) is a world-class provider of complete solutions to commercial and research institutions interested in the physics behind biomechanical motion. LMI develops biomechanics software solutions built on an industrial-grade physics engine, Adams. The company's flagship family of products, known collectively as LifeMOD™, is industrial standard for orthopedics, clinical research, gait, injury, sports equipment/performance, ergonomics, rehabilitation, and more. LMI also offers comprehensive consulting services and training. To learn more about the LifeModeler, Inc., visit

About MSC Software
MSC Software is the worldwide leader of multidiscipline simulation solutions that help companies improve quality, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC Software works with thousands of companies worldwide to develop better products faster with simulation technology, software, and services. MSC Software is a global company with offices in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software's products and services, please visit

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