Title: Using QFD for eco-design guidelines for product design

Authors: Cholrit Luangjinda, Kentaro Yamamoto, Tamio Fukuda, Katsuhiko Kushi

Addresses: Yamamoto Laboratory, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Technology Design Science, Japan Kyoto Sakyo-ku Matsugasaki Hashigami-cho 1 606-8585, Japan. ' Yamamoto Laboratory, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Technology Design Science, Japan Kyoto Sakyo-ku Matsugasaki Hashigami-cho 1 606-8585, Japan. ' Yamamoto Laboratory, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Technology Design Science, Japan Kyoto Sakyo-ku Matsugasaki Hashigami-cho 1 606-8585, Japan. ' Yamamoto Laboratory, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Technology Design Science, Japan Kyoto Sakyo-ku Matsugasaki Hashigami-cho 1 606-8585, Japan

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to apply the ecology design (eco-design) guidelines, which may be used in the product design, considering customer needs, environmental impact and design perspectives. To investigate relationships critical in determining the design, gemba (a widely used conceptual method for understanding users) and Quality Function Deployment (QFD) methods were used. The QFD is based on two issues: life cycle perspectives and design perspectives, involving the following two stages: functionality and aesthetic strategies. In the case study, we have designed and implemented the Biomechanical Electric Generator (BEG) based on eco-design planning.

Keywords: biomechanical design; design planning; ecodesign guidelines; product life cycle; product design; QFD; quality function deployment; customer needs; environmental impact; gemba; functionality; aesthetics; electric generators.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2011.040270

International Journal of Product Development, 2011 Vol.13 No.3, pp.262 - 272

Published online: 22 May 2011 *

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