PLM Strategy for Developing Specific Medical Devices and Lower Limb Prosthesis at Healthcare Sector: Case Reports from the Academia

  • Javier Mauricio Martínez GómezEmail author
  • Clara Isabel López Gualdrón
  • Andrea Patricia Murillo Bohórquez
  • Israel Garnica Bohórquez
Part of the Decision Engineering book series (DECENGIN)


The study aims to present advances made by the academia in terms of multidisciplinary work among groups formed by industrial designers, industrial engineers, physiotherapists, and physicians, related to a University Hospital in a local environment in order to consolidate a collaborative strategy that allows the development of specific medical devices. Methodology A product portfolio consolidated by surgical devices and lower limb prostheses was the outcome of undergraduate projects, master and medical-surgical specialization projects working together. The baseline of surgical devices contains virtual pre-planning, biomodels, surgical guides, and implants according to requirements from different anatomical areas, predominantly skull and knee treatments. The baseline of lower limb prostheses presents cases developed and tested with users who had transtibial or transfemoral unilateral amputation. Results As the number of actors who shared data and limited resources increased, a gradual implementation of PLM strategy was established by building collaborative databases based on an established conceptual framework proposed by previous tool selection, so that the roles for project execution were defined in terms of access according to the role. To achieve comprehension among participants, a visualization model was adapted to involve workflows, roles, capabilities, and resources. Several data were collected from study cases to be stored and retrieved for further development according to stage development, understanding time and resources implemented to respond to a short period request when schedule uncertainties demand those requirements. Regardless of those results, the further project needs biocompatible materials as well as machines capable of transforming this raw material in order to achieve high-quality standards.


PLM PDM Specific medical devices Lower limb prosthesis 



The authors wish to express their gratitude to the work team from research groups at Universidad Industrial de Santander: INTERFAZ at Industrial Design School, GRICES at Medical School, INNOTEC at Industrial and Business Studies School and the program of engineering doctorate at Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering School for support on inner research projects that contributed to results generation. In addition, to the cooperation between COLCIENCIAS (Department of Science, Technology and Innovation) and the Government of Santander, who provided great support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Mauricio Martínez Gómez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Clara Isabel López Gualdrón
    • 1
  • Andrea Patricia Murillo Bohórquez
    • 1
  • Israel Garnica Bohórquez
    • 1
  1. 1.Escuela de Diseño Industrial, Universidad Industrial de SantanderBucaramangaColombia

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