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Advances in Fuzzy Systems
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 106354, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/106354
Research Article

Effect of Rating Modification on a Fuzzy-Based Modular Architecture for Medical Device Design and Development

1Industrial and Systems Engineering, Wayne State University, 4851 Fourth Street, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
2Mechanical Engineering Department, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India

Received 28 March 2012; Revised 31 July 2012; Accepted 31 August 2012

Academic Editor: Ajith Abraham

Copyright © 2012 Celestine C. Aguwa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The goal of this research is to determine the effect of customer ratings on the optimal number of modules for medical device design. Medical devices have a 90% failure rate in their first prototype tests according to the international testing body, Intertek. To address this key issue of quality, we present an integrated, collaborative, modular architecture method for medical device design and development. A typical glucometer is used as proof of concept to demonstrate the methodology and analyze the impact of changing the customer ratings on the optimal number of modules and minimum deviation. The implication of this research is to generate scholarly work and to reduce the number of potential failure points in medical devices by determining the optimal number of modules.