PDT an Astronics Company: Product Design and Development Firm in Chicago, IL


PDT Timeline

PDT founded in 1995

Named 22nd Fastest Growing Private Company by Inc Magazine

Earned ISO 9001 certification

Perkins announces the first redesign of their mechanical brailler in 50 years has been completed by PDT

Swingline announces the redesign of their iconic staplers, done in partnership with PDT

PDT among the first product development firms in the world to become ISO 13485 certified

Number of awards won by 2001

Number of awards won by 2006

Number of awards won by 2011

PDT teamed with Fellowes to develop the binding and laminating machine product families to leverage the true value of design. The quality and aesthetic appeal of the machines, combined with highly effective packaging across the whole product range, resulted in a 48% global increase in 2008.

Received DDTC and ITAR registration for work on products and equipment to be supplied to the military, defense, and homeland security markets

Dell announces the world's thinnest laptop, the Adamo, engineered with PDT

Aesir AE+Y Luxury Mobile Phone, Designed by Yves Behar and engineered by PDT, released

PDT works with Ishida to develop the world's first high performance Split Dual-Lane tray packing system for fresh foods.

PDT partners with HumanToolz to create HumanToolz iPad Stand: a Kickstarter success story

PDT proudly announces its new partnership with Telefonix, Inc.

Number of awards won by 2014

PDT works with Flextronix to develop the first outwardly facing dual screen phone

PDT worked through many unique challenges to bring Cynvenio's revolutionary cancer detecting technology to market

I think this kind of personalized medicine can be the future of the fight against cancer."

-Jim Cramer, Mad Money

...it's impressively svelte, and for such an early device it's impressively constructed."


I found the design full of attentive details, similar to the Apple iPad itself."

-Patrick Moorhead, Forbes

With a mentality that was not stuck in mobile phones, a desire to be a crossover between designer and

-Monitor Magazine

manufacturer, and a passion for engineering the designer's vision into a product, PDT managed to find answers to a set of extremely challenging questions."

The Adamo XPS is a daring slice of design and engineering. Quite frankly, it's batshit insane. I mean that in the best possible way."


The product platform marks one of the most significant points in the history of Swingline."

-Jeff Ackerberg, VP of Marketing, Sales and Product Development, Swingline

Development Research

User Experience

Industrial Design

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Software Development


Quality Assurance

Manufacturing & Assembly


Who We Are


PDT was founded with a fresh vision for how product development should work. This unique approach has propelled our growth to a firm spanning the globe with over 120 dedicated experts. Twice named to Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing American Companies, our design and engineering teams are frequently recognized by distinguished industry awards including IDEA, ADEX and the ID Forty.


Since 1995, PDT has been committed to providing truly comprehensive product development services via a proven, process-driven approach. Grounded in creativity, our work is balanced by a solid understanding of your business, the needs of your customers and demands of your markets. Even our own corporate structure - flexible and entrepreneurial in the best sense of the word - is designed in response to the fast paced nature of the industries in which our clients compete.


After a solid history of successful collaboration, we expanded our capabilities with a strategic partnership with Telefonix, a design, manufacturing and management company with over 25 years in business. Their team of skilled engineers, project managers, manufacturing experts and more, are driven by our same ethos: deliver the quality product you expect and service you need for success. Based in Waukegan, Illinois, Telefonix can provide state-side manufacturing and assembly as well as specialized services for regulated industries, including documentation, certification, testing and environmental compliance.


Our mission? Deliver on the promise of truly seamless product development, innovation through execution. By all counts, we do it pretty well… Over 75% of PDT’s programs are repeat business from clients who’ve come to appreciate how our team becomes a natural extension of theirs. We build close, trusted relationships on solutions that rarely fail to exceed expectations.


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PDT is a trademark of Astronics Corporation

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