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Improved Benchmarking Method Using Kinematics Analysis in Design of an Upper Limb Exoskeleton Rehabilitation Device

[+] Author Affiliations
Yanlin Shi, Qingjin Peng

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Paper No. DETC2018-85465, pp. V004T05A001; 10 pages
  • ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 23rd Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 12th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 26–29, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5179-1
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Conceptual design plays an important role in product development to meet requirements of the product function, cost and other factors. Existing methods of the product conceptual design rely on experience of designers or benchmarking methods to estimate design parameters, which limits the design automation and optimization. This paper improves the benchmarking methods by integrating the kinematics analysis with quality function deployment in design of an upper limb exoskeleton rehabilitation device. Parameters such as velocity, acceleration and displacement of the product are included for rating benchmarking products to evaluate the rehabilitation device based on customer needs. By integrating the benchmarking method and kinematics analysis, products with the best performance can be determined accurately to help designers to improve the existing product or develop a new product. The proposed method is verified in the design of an upper limb rehabilitation device.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME



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