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The purpose of this project is to develop a modular architecture framework for the design and manufacture of medical devices. This modular framework aims to incorporate design variables and criteria that are unique to the medical domain to facilitate reliable operation, easier maintenance, and faster product development time. Central to this research effort is the need for inputs from range of stakeholders. The specific goals for this effort are: to determine design criteria by collaborating with users and manufacturers of medical equipment and literature search; to translate user inputs to specific design targets; to develop a preliminary modular design framework using multi criteria optimization methods; to test preliminary modular architecture using a simple medical device such as a glucometer. The importance of the research with respect to its application in the medical arena can be very significant. With the product interaction with humans, both on the manufacturing level, and the user level, the issue of safety is paramount. Some of the other significant contributions are in the improvement of the following: product quality and reliability; product life cycle issues; an enabler for the medical community.
Date of Conference: 2-6 Aug. 2009