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

STERIS has been providing the industry’s leading double and single hospital basin scrub sinks for 30+ years. It was time to reevaluate their material and process choices and evolve the product to best suit the needs of active hospital professionals.

STERIS Surgical Scrub Sink
STERIS Surgical Scrub Sink

STERIS Scrub Sink

Ergonomic & Safety Issues

Our team addressed ergonomic and safety issues with a design that allows the user to stand closer to the basin, more comfortably access the leg panel controls, and minimize water ‘splashback’.

STERIS Surgical Scrub Sink

Maximizing Materials

We compiled a matrix of potential materials to replace stainless steel. They had to exhibit the same durability while reducing manufacturing costs. Cross-referencing chemical compatibility specifications of the materials with the chemicals of the hospital environment, one material rose to the top of the list – Kydex T coupled with thermoform manufacturing.

STERIS Surgical Scrub Sink


We created full scale prototypes to test hospital installation and usage- proving the design was much more inviting and effective.

STERIS Surgical Scrub Sink

Superior Product Design

The progressive STERIS scrub sink was honored with a Design Journal ADEX Award for superior product design.

About Product Development Technologies (PDT)

Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product design and development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including strategy, scouting, design research, industrial design, user experience development, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, and sourcing. PDT’s award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 70 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association.

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