APPLICATION OF QFD ON THE PLANNING OF HEMIPLEGIA WHEELCHAIR
ZHENG Yue-de1 TSAI Kuen-hong2 Lin Tsung-hi3 LEE Jun-ting1
1. School of Business, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China;2. Assistive Technology Center, Southern Taiwan University of Technology, 704 Tainan, Taiwan, China;3. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Southern Tainan University of Technology, 704 Tainan, Taiwan, China
Abstract: Rehabilitation engineers are extremely dependent on information from customers, therapists and technical professionals to direct them in the product development process. Designers of assistive devices are consistently endeavoring to perfect their products to keep competitive predominance. A strategy of product planning called Quality Function Deployment provides a systemic process of systematizing and constructing these priorities to enhance the energies for the product development team. Clinically, people with hemiplegia often use their unaffected upper and lower limbs to propel general wheelchairs. This paper describes a concept of using Quality Function Deployment to aid the product planning of manual wheelchair for people with hemiplegia to improve their life quality.