NexGen Ergonomics Acquires ManneQuinPRO™ Source Code and Related Assets

Montreal, April 4, 2001 -- NexGen Ergonomics Inc. (NexGen) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the source code and intellectual property related to ManneQuinPRO™ and ManneQuinONSITE™. In 1999, NexGen announced that it had acquired other assets of HumanCAD systems. Including the original ManneQuin system, there are thousands of users of these systems installed worldwide.

ManneQuinPRO was the first Windows-based human modeling and ergonomic design software on the market. Equipped with a powerful set of 2D/3D modeling and editing tools, the software features three-dimensional humanoid figures for 11 populations and numerous percentiles and body types. Other features include NIOSH lifting equation, field of vision cones, reach envelopes, frame by frame animation, and more. The system is equipped with import/export tools to be used with graphics software such as Autodesk's AutoCAD and 3D Studio MAX.

ManneQuinONSITE features include the 1988 Natick U.S. Army anthropometric database, import/export utility, reach envelopes, view and reach envelopes, a library of predefined and user defined postures (including physically challenged) for full body or hand only, and state of the art rendering features.

NexGen will be commencing various development projects related to these products including an interim incremental upgrade scheduled for summer release.

NexGen is the leading distributor and developer of systems for ergonomic and biomechanical job analysis, design & research. These include a variety of software analysis tools performing biomechanical, NIOSH, RULA and other analysis, sEMG analysis systems, data acquisition systems (including goniometers and force sensors), 3D human modeling software, ergonomic design systems, 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

ManneQuinPRO and ManneQuinONSITE are trademarks of NexGen Ergonomics Inc.