NexGen Ergonomics Announces Vibration Analysis ToolSet™

Montreal, March 6, 2002 -- NexGen Ergonomics Inc. (NexGen) is pleased to announce the release of its VATS 2000™ (Vibration Analysis ToolSet). Customer deliveries for these products are expected to commence in the second quarter.

The VATS 2000 is available for either hand-arm or whole body analysis. Hand-arm vibration analysis is based on the ISO 5349, BS 6842, and ACGIH standard for hand arm vibration (HAV). Whole body vibration analysis is based on the ISO 2631-1, BS 6841, and ACGIH standard for whole body vibration (WBV).

The VATS 2000 includes the P3X8 DataLOG that is a fully portable subject worn programmable data acquisition unit. The DataLOG collects data from the accelerometers or from a variety of other sensors such as electrogoniometers, force sensors and EMG that is then downloaded to a PC for detailed analysis. Up to two DataLOGs can be synchronized.

With the VATS 2000, the user can either perform detailed analysis with full reporting on a local PC or send the data electronically for analysis at a central corporate site. This approach simplifies data collection and incorporates sophisticated analysis with user-friendly software and comprehensive help. The DataLOG is connected to the host PC via a RS232 serial cable for both programming and downloading of data. Data for X, Y and Z axes of the accelerometers is simultaneously collected.

NexGen is the leading distributor and developer of systems for ergonomics and biomechanical job analysis, design and research. These include a variety of software analysis tools performing biomechanical, NIOSH, RULA and other analysis, force measurement instrumentation, noise dosimeters, sEMG analysis systems, data acquisition systems (including goniometers and force sensors), 3D human modeling software, video analysis systems, as well as many other products. NexGen's web site also includes the Ergonomics Resource Center that provides a variety of information resources to industry professionals.

For more information, contact:

David Pinchefsky, B.A.Sc.
NexGen Ergonomics Inc.
Montreal, Canada
Tel: (514) 685-8593