NexGen Newsletter - Spring 2014

This newsletter contains highlights of NexGen Ergonomics Inc.'s latest product updates, specific technical notes and other corporate information.

Our world leading product line is continuously being updated and expanded with several new and updated products for ergonomic analysis, design and research, biomechanics and medical applications.

Corporate News

NexGen Ergonomics is pleased to be a sponsor of the 1st Biomechanics Research in Quebec Conference. The conference will be held May 30, 2014 at Carrefour Sherbrooke, 475 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2L9. The "NexGen Ergonomics Quebec Biomechanics PhD Student Award" and "NexGen Ergonomics Quebec Biomechanics MSc Student Award" will be awarded at this conference. Learn more at:

NexGen will be exhibiting at:

  • WCB2014: 38th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) in conjunction with the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB), John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA, USA July 6-11, 2014.
  • ACE2014: Association of Canadian Ergonomists 45th Annual Conference, October 7-9, 2014, Au Coeur des sciences pavillon in Université du Québec à Montréal's Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau, Montreal, QC, Canada

Ergonomics and Biomechanics Products


NexGen is pleased to announce that Version 3 is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2014.

New features include:

  • Binocular vision view
  • Customizable vision cones
  • Anchors for measurements
  • New child mannequin module with multiple skinning algorithms by date range
  • New features for Advanced Feature Set add-on module (AFS):
    • Collision Detection
    • Advanced hand model
    • Comfort Zones


All customers who have purchased Version 2.5 or 2.6 can upgrade to this release at no additional cost. Please contact


HumanCAD-MQSW is NexGen Ergonomics' human modeling solution add-in for SolidWorks. Version V1.5 has been released in March 2014.

Key Features:

  • Completely articulated body within human ranges of motion
  • Libraries of pre-defined mannequin body and hand postures
  • Real-time Inverse kinematics (IK) and forward kinematics (FK)
  • Reach-envelopes for hands and feet
  • Multiple independent 3D views via SolidWorks tools

The new Shoulder Comfort Zones module for workstation design (optional module) includes:

  • U.S. Army 2010 ANSUR II anthropometric database (male and female)
  • Color coded zones indicate the period for which a task can be accomplished safely within 2 hours
  • Choice of left, right and both shoulders display

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A new version of ManneQuin BE has been released for Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.


After December 31, 2011, support for ManneQuinELITE and ManneQuinPRO versions 8 thru 10.2 was limited to license assistance. Support for Version 7 and earlier were previously discontinued.

We wish to remind customers who wish to upgrade to HumanCAD2 that upgrade credits are available to customers of ManneQuinPRO Versions 7 through 10.2, ManneQuinBE, ManneQuinELITE and HumanCAD v1.0 thru V1.2. The value of these credits is reduced each December 31st.

I2M Products

Synch Kit

The new sync kit provides for synchronization with third party devices such as EMG systems (Biometrics DataLOG included) and force platforms.

HM-Analyzer (Human Motion Analyzer)

HM-Analyzer maps from one to 15 SXTs (inertial motion units or IMUs) to various segments of the body in order to obtain joint angles according to ISB -International Society of Biomechanics (ISB angles are also anatomical angles) or according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons -AAOS. The software and system are totally scalable allowing you to use any number of sensors as required.

NexGen is pleased to announce that Version 2 Beta is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2014. Features include:

  • Ability to enter anthropometry of the subject or using percentiles for both male and females. The skeleton will then scale according to the entered values.
  • Option to change color background of skeleton display area
  • New DATS includes a new user interface and minimizes steps to perform analysis as well as the ability to save analysis for reuse.
  • Enhanced calibration of magnetometers and gyroscopes via TK Motion Manager which may provide improved orientation results in settings with minor disturbances of short durations.
  • 3rd party device synchronization as Slave or Master with external hardware systems meeting specified criteria.
  • View options have been added to view the skeletal movement from different viewpoints.
  • Synchronization with the Biometrics DataLOG system with sensors such as EMG and their force platform
  • Export in .csv and C3D formats


A new memory card is available for several older DataLOG models including the P3X8. Please email us your DataLOG serial number so we can check compatibility.

The MWX8 DataLOG can now be synched with NexGen's I2M system and its HM-Analyzer software.

FSA - BodiTrak Pressure Mapping and Temperature Mat Solutions

All pressure mats, glove sensor solutions and temperature mat solutions are now available with the new T7 computer interface which provides higher sampling rates. With the T7, all pressure mat calibration information is now stored on the mat, so calibration files cannot be lost.

Prices on these new solutions have been reduced compared to those using the previous T5 interface.

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Xsens Products

NexGen has a MTi-28A53G25 at a discounted price.
Please contact us at for details.

Medical Products

Lafayette Products

Hand Dynamometer and Pinch Gauge

The new Lafayette hydraulic hand dynamometer and pinch gauge are available individually or part of a 3 piece hand evaluation kit which includes a finger goniometer.

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New Manual Muscle Tester (MMT) Software

This software allows easy download of the stored values from the Model 01165 Manual Muscle Testing System to your computer via a Bluetooth connection. The software is capable of displaying peak force, average force, time to peak, test date and time and force over time data.

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B&L Engineering products

NexGen is pleased to announce that it has added the full line of mechanical pinch gauges as well as hydraulic hand dynamometers and digital display DHD-1 and DHD-3 hand dynamometers and software. Both DHD models allow you to download the captured data via USB cable. The Grip Strength Testing and Research (G-STAR™) software is available for the DHD-3 model.

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Contact Us

NexGen Ergonomics Inc.
6600 Trans Canada Highway, Suite 750
Pointe Claire (Montreal), Quebec  H9R 4S2


Telephone: (514) 685-8593
Fax: (514) 685-8687

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