P10005: Balance Rehabilitation

Establish Target Specifications

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Step 1. Prepare the List of Metrics

The table below presents the metrics, or engineering specifications, that will be used by the team to design against.

Engineering Specifications

The metrics, or engineering specifications, that you created in the preceding list should be directly related to the customer needs. In other words, if you have created an engineering specification, it should have some relationship to a need imposed by the customer or the marketplace. Use the table below to map your customer needs against the metrics (or engineering specifications). In many design and product development circles, the rows along the left is often referred to as the voice of the customer, while the columns across the top are often referred to as the voice of the engineer.

Customer Needs as Related to Engineering Metrics Matrix

Step 2. Collect Competitive Benchmarking Information

Relatively few Sr. design projects start from a clean sheet of paper. In most cases, there are some baseline solutions or products that could meet the vast majority of the customer's needs.

Write one or two paragraphs about each benchmark solution from the market place. Include a picture of the product, preferably illustrating the product in use or operation.

Benchmark 1
Wii Fit
Wii Fit Homepage
Wii Fit Plus Homepage
Wikipedia : Wii Fit
Benchmark 2
University of Manitoba Device
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Benchmark 3
P08006:Balance Training Bicycle
Benchmark 4
Balance Master
Benchmark 5
BrainPort balance device
Benchmark 6
New Balance device
Benchmark 7
Remember a sequence of colors and repeat the sequence by pushing buttons. Is engaging and difficult while still being fun.
Benchmark 8
Adds to the memory aspect of Simon. Has to do different tasks instead of just remember colors.
Benchmark 8
Bosu Ball (Bosu)
Benchmark 9
Rocker Board (Thera-Band)
Benchmark 10
Stability Pad (Airex)

Use this table below to compare how pre-existing solutions should compare against the design team's efforts. See the example Table 5-6 on Page 80 of the text by Ulrich and Eppinger.

Competitive Benchmarking Matrix

Step 3. Set Ideal and Marginally Acceptable Target Values

Given the customer needs, awareness of the marketplace, and resource limitations of the current project, assign preliminary engineering specifications on each of the metrics. In addition to setting the nominal or target value or each specification, provide guidance to the team on the ideal value or direction that the team should strive for, once the nominal target values have been realized.

Ideal Target Specifications

Step 4. Reflect on the Results and the Process