NexGen Ergonomics - Press Release (September 28, 1998)

NexGen Ergonomics Licenses Multimedia Video Task Analysis (MVTA™) System

Montreal, September 28, 1998 -- NexGen Ergonomics Inc.(NexGen), is pleased to announce its agreement with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) in which it has been granted an exclusive license for the Multimedia Video Task Analysis (MVTA) system.

The system which enables users to easily perform time and motion studies and ergonomic analysis from video has been in development for several years. The development effort was headed by Dr. Robert G. Radwin and Dr. Thomas Yen at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in cooperation with industry and government consortium members.

MVTA automates time & motion studies and ergonomic analysis of visually discerned activities using a novel graphical user interface. The software allows users to identify events interactively with the use of break points in the video record (identifying the start and end of an event). The video can be analyzed at any speed and in any sequence (real-time, slow/fast motion or frame-by frame in forward/reverse direction). MVTA produces time study reports and computes frequency of occurrence for each event. Ergonomic applications include postural analysis, risk factor identification, and quantification of repetition and duration.

The University continues an exciting R&D program for the MVTA system. The University has an ongoing expansion of a development consortium which includes leading government and industry members. Development has commenced for provisions to synchronize sampled analog data recorded from instruments such as electrogoniometers, force sensors, EMG, or any biomechanical or electrophysiological signals associated with the taped activity.

NexGen is the leading distributor and developer of systems for ergonomic and biomechanical job analysis, design & research. These include sEMG analysis systems, data acquisition systems (including goniometers and force sensors), 3D human modeling software, ergonomic design systems, video analysis systems, dynamometers, as well as many other products.

For more information, contact:

David Pinchefsky, B.A.Sc.
President
NexGen Ergonomics Inc.
Montreal, Canada
Tel: (514) 685-8593
Email: pinchefsky@nexgenergo.com
Web: nexgenergo.com

MVTA and Multimedia Video Task Analysis system are trademarks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.