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15th International CTI Forum

Automotive Seating

CTI - Car Training Institute ForumJune 9 and 10, 2015, Stuttgart, Germany


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Villmer

9.00 – 9.30
Tea and coffee reception, handing out of conference material

9.30 – 9.45
Welcome and introduction by the chairman and CTI

Comfort & Sports

9.45 – 10.15
RECARO Sportsitzplattform – premium in all aspects
Insight into the definition of innovative product characteristics

  • Rouminess
  • Ergonomics
  • Styling

Matthias Fischbach, VP RECARO Engineering, RECARO Automotive Seating

10.15 – 11.00
Product Recalls in the automotive industry. Organization & Handling.

  • Intra-Corporate Recall Management
  • Recall Processes & Systems
  • Risk Analysis & Evaluation
  • Recall Decision
  • Recall Communication
  • Recall Monitoring

Dr. Michael van Venrooy, Head of AS CE&S Product Evaluation & Improvement – Europe, Adam Opel AG

11.00 – 11.30
Questions and discussion with the speakers

11.30 – 12.00
Networking break with coffee and tea

12.00 – 12.30 OUT OF THE BOX
Mobility of tomorrow – how does it affect the interior?

  • Changes in mobility
  • Effects on the interior and seating
  • Requirements of the customers
  • Limitations by use, comfort and safety

Frank M. Rinderknecht, CEO, Rinspeed AG

12.30 – 1.00
3D Printing a car seat: Hype or Reality?

  • How 3D Printing shortens the development process of automotive car seats
  • How 3D Printing reduces the weight of a car seat
  • How to select the right application for 3D Printing of end-use parts

Jurgen Laudus, Head of Additive Manufacturing Service Business, Materialise NV

1.00 – 1.15
Questions and discussion with the speakers

1.15 – 2.15
Lunch break

2.15 – 2.45
Virtual Seat Prototyping – From Manufacturing to Testing

  • How to integrate virtual prototyping in the seat development process?
  • Several cases-studies relating to:
    • Trim Manufacturing
    • Static, riding and thermal comfort
    • Whiplash

Caroline Borot, Marketing & Business Development Manager Virtual Seat Solution, ESI Group

Group departure for guided tour at Bertrandt Technikum GmbH

Return to the hotel

Start of the evening program

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Villmer

8.30 – 9.00 Tea and coffee reception

Future & Demands

9.00 – 9.30
Package-optimized lightweight design

  • Pack size optimization through structural innovations related to new complete seat processes
  • Presentation of the coordination of the complete seat and metal structure using the backrest development as example
  • Cover integration in the structural strength

Meinhard Behrens, Acquisition Director, Faurecia Automotive GmbH

9.30 – 10.00
Seats – An Underestimated or Overestimated Contributor to Customer Satisfaction?

  • How do seats contribute to customer satisfaction and dissatisfaction?
  • Which OEM gets it right? How struggles? Why?
  • Are their differences between markets?
  • What are the challenges for the future?

Dr. Axel Sprenger, Managing Director European Operations, Automotive Solutions, J.D. Power and Associates GmbH

10.00 – 10.30
SD15 – Seating Demonstrator

  • Innovative Product Design at Johnson Controls
  • Advanced Seat Technologies in a Context of Market & Consumer

Andreas Maashoff, Director Industrial Design & Craftsmanship, Consumer & Market Research Industrial Design, Johnson Controls GmbH

10.30 – 11.00
Questions and discussion with the speakers

11.00 – 11.30
Networking break with coffee and tea

11.30 – 12.00
Pressure Imaging for Automotive Seating Design

  • Overview of pressure imaging
  • Review of sensor performance factors which are important for seating design
  • Practical examples

Timothy C. Gorjanc Ph.D, Senior Research Scientist, XSENSOR Technology Corporation

Research & Production

12.00 – 12.30
CapSeat - Integrated Sensing for Driver Assistance and Physiological Monitoring

  • Introduction of capacitive proximity sensors and applications in cars
  • Presentation of CapSeat prototype, applications, and data processing methods
  • Precision of physiological and activity monitoring
  • Outlook on future applications of capacitive sensing in cars

Dr. Andreas Braun, Head of Department - Interactive Multimedia Appliances, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

12.30 – 1.00
Questions and discussion with the speakers

1.00 - 2.00
Lunch break

2.00 – 2.30
Car seat comfort optimization with virtual humanbody models

  • Seating pressure distribution
  • Internal tissue stress/strain
  • Topographic and material optimization
  • Biomechanics of human tissue

Dr. Christophe Then, Research Associate, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

Unit & Massproduction

2.30 – 3.00
What are the attributes for Premium car Seats?

  • Specific expectation for a Premium Comfort
  • Premium trims and materials

Gaël Hansen, Seat Expert, PSA Peugeot Citroën

3.00 – 3.30
Luxury customers & competitors – Who are they

  • Understanding our customers
  • Where will trends go
  • What can we learn outside automotive

Stephen James, Head of Seating & Restraints, Bentley Motors Ltd.

3.30 – 4.00
Question and discussion with speakers, closing remarks by the chairman

End of 15th International CTI Forum "Automotive Seating"