03 March 2004

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Leading Japanese Energy Company, Utilizes UGS PLM Solutions’ Digital Human Model

TOKYO and PLANO, Texas -- UGS PLM Solutions, the product lifecycle management su bsidiary of EDS, today announced a new system to design human-centered, comforta ble living environments, launched by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., featuring Jack, UGS PL M Solutions’ digital human modeling software. Osaka Gas Co. evaluated several digital human models before selecting and integr ating UGS PLM Solutions’ Jack software -- an ergonomics and human factors p roduct that helps enterprises in various industries to improve the ergonomics of product designs and workplace tasks -- as a core component of the CUPS (Comfort , Usability, Performance, Safety) system which the company will launch in April 2004. Jack, the commercially available digital human solution from UGS PLM Solutions&# 146; E-factory Digital Manufacturing group, supports a product lifecycle approac h for customers who wish to use one solution for all their digital human require ments. It is a powerful motion simulation environment that is used for validati ng proposed build sequences of products, while making sure the process and tooli ng complement an ergonomically friendly and productive environment. As with all UGS PLM Solutions products, Jack provides an “open by design” foundat ion, allowing customers to adapt Jack to a wide variety of design centric applic ations. Jack enables users to position biomechanically accurate digital humans of variou s sizes in virtual environments, assign them tasks and analyze their performance . Jack digital humans can tell engineers what they can see and reach, how comfor table they are, when and why they’re getting hurt, when they’re getting tired an d other important ergonomics-related information. This information helps organiz ations design safer and more effective products faster and for less cost. Ultima tely, Jack helps companies bring factories online faster and optimize productivi ty while improving worker safety. As Japan’s elderly population increases rapidly and lifestyles diversify, the creation of environments that meet the needs of individual consumers is becoming an urgent task. Osaka Gas’ CUPS proje ct, initiated in 1999, was developed to measure, understand and accumulate data on various activities in the home by elderly people, housewives and others in an effort to improve compatibility between products and people in their living env ironments. “After comparative analysis of several digital human modeling software, Jac k’s advanced technology and excellent operational track record made it the clear winner,” said Masaru Hotehama, research fellow for Energy and Informa tion Technology at Energy Technology Laboratories of Osaka Gas. “Jack&#146 ;s ability to evaluate various physical functions such as posture and eyesight, and its Ovako Working Posture Analysis System (OWAS) capability is second to non e. “We chose Jack for its ease of integration into Osaka Gas’ proprietary behavioral algorithms and its high degree of flexibility in the development pro cess, enabling us to import and run programs from external sources,” contin ued Hotehama. “In a kitchen remodeling evaluation process, we are able to simulate users’ behavior based on the positions of kitchen appliances and a nalyze whether the users would be put in any uncomfortable positions. “When creating a cardio-load prediction model to check an environment’ s impact on elderly people, we were easily able to run executable files on Jack that were developed independently by Osaka Gas on Microsoft’s Visual Basic, ” continued Hotehama. “In terms of overall assessment of living envir onments conducted by the CUPS system, Jack’s scalability allowed us to crea te our own interface and format to access and evaluate the results.” Homepro, an Osaka Gas subsidiary, integrated the cardio-load prediction model of the CUPS system in the “Physical Demand Simulator in Bathroom” released in December 2003. This tool simulates how blood pressure and mus cles are impacted when users get up from a toilet seat. Osaka Gas intends to market the CUPS system to other design industries which can benefit from this solution including home and appliance makers; plants and fact ory designers; and retail space planners among others. The CUPS system for living-space design was developed as part of the Behavior-Ba sed Human Environment Creation Technology R&D project promoted by NEDO (New Ener gy and Industrial Technology Development Organization), under the Ministry of Ec onomy, Trade and Industry (formerly Ministry of International Trade and Industry ). “We are delighted to see our digital human model, Jack, selected as a tool that can adapt to the requirements of this demanding Osaka Gas application,&#148 ; said Ted McFadden, vice president E-factory products UGS PLM Solutions. &#147 ;The Osaka Gas team has been very successful in applying Jack to a unique applic ation, achieving extraordinary results.” About Osaka Gas Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., founded in 1897, delivers natural gas through its 54,600 ki lometers of pipeline to approximately 6,600,000 households in six prefectures ac ross the Kinki area. Osaka Gas Co., part of the Osaka Gas group, consisting of 118 subsidiaries as of July 2003, formulated its “2010 Vision” in Octo ber 1999, establishing the “energy business” and “urban business& #148; as its two-pronged foundation for the future. Each group company has been executing the value-added management to improve overall corporate value. We ar e committed to understanding the changes surrounding our business and challengin g ourselves to continually adjust and evolve with our customers. By doing so we contribute to community development, global environmental conservation, energy saving while enhancing the quality of life for our customers, stakeholders and c ommunities to the best of our ability. About UGS PLM Solutions UGS PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and produc t design software and services with 41,000 clients and more than 2.6 million sea ts of technology operating in the market, is the product lifecycle management (P LM) subsidiary of EDS. The company works collaboratively with its clients to cr eate solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus b egin to capture the promise of PLM. The integration of the former operations of companies including Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), Engineerin g Animation Inc. (EAI) and UGS, UGS PLM Solutions has created some of the leadin g design, collaboration and product data management technologies that ultimately formed the foundation of the PLM industry. Today, the company is a family of o ne, building on three decades of leadership in continuing to be a pioneer in PLM . For more information on UGS PLM Solutions products and services, visit www.ugsplmsolutions.com o r www.eds.com. About EDS EDS, the world’s most experienced outsourcing services company, delivers su perior returns to clients through its cost-effective, high-value services model. EDS’ core portfolio comprises information-technology and business process outsourcing services, as well as information-technology transformation services. EDS’ two complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearney, one of the world’s leading high-value management consultancies, and UGS PLM Solutions , a leader in product data management, collaboration and product design software . With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the Fortune 500. The company’s stock is traded on the New York (NYSE: EDS) and London st ock exchanges.