Original Date: 02/03/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Engineering Tools
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Standards Development and Research Division has taken a proactive approach to meet its vision of advancing the mobility community and producing a revenue stream for the Technical Standards Board. To facilitate the implementation and use of standards throughout industry, SAE has developed engineering tools to fill a niche in technology not met by industry, government, or academia. Within SAE, these tools are developed and classified under referee materials and engineering aids.
Referee materials help an industry baseline its materials by providing a specific product for which comparisons can be made. These materials, purchased directly from SAE, are applicable to the documents, test procedures, and standards which SAE helped produce. For example, an organization may need to verify that a new brake fluid meets a particular industry standard. The SAE referee material provides a product whose characteristics are known and to which a company’s product can be compared. Often times, the known materials are expensive and only sold in bulk by the manufacturers. Instead, SAE sells the materials in useful quantities at a reasonable cost.
Engineering aids are tools to ensure the success of engineering designs throughout the automotive industry. SAE has developed various devices for verifying test results and standards. SAE’s most successful tool is the Three- Dimensional H-Point Engineering Aid Support (Figure 3-1) which supports SAE, ISO, and other international standards for describing seated occupant location in vehicles. Key reference points, such as the pivot center of the torso and thigh, are provided for defining and measuring spatial accommodation. SAE is the sole-source provider of the Three-Dimensional H-Point Engineering Aid Support which has received positive responses from its users.
The referee materials and engineering aids represent SAE’s only non-publication-related products. Revenue from these products is routed to the Technical Standards Board for supplementing work in other critical mission areas. By developing engineering tools, SAE has expanded its capabilities in meeting its customers’ needs.
Figure 3-1. Three-Dimensional H-Point Engineering Aid Support
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