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


Medical Device Design Firm
Medical Device Design Firm
Medical Device Design Firm

Life Sciences Expertise

From concept development through the most complex technical implementation, PDT’s life science experience encompasses a broad range of end user communities and applications. Our portfolio spans laboratory devices, surgical tools, assistive technologies, pharmaceutical delivery systems, diagnostic instruments and disposables.

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Medical Device Design Firm Human Factors
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Contextual exploratory and in-depth research fuels our design work with a firm understanding of end users and their in-field requirements. We gain access to global institutions with high barriers to entry - hospitals, physician offices and laboratories - to observe products in their real world settings.

Human Factors


We leverage insights from user observation to create ergonomic solutions, optimizing comfort and minimizing repetitive strain injuries.

Industrial Design


PDT's strategic research becomes the foundation for inspired, aesthetically balanced solutions for today's demanding medical market.

Medical Device Design Firm System and Process Design
Medical Device Design Firm User Experience Design
Medical Device Design Firm Mechanical Engineering

System and Process Design


PDT understands how to integrate the natural flow of tasks, activities and outcomes into intuitive design solutions at every level of interaction and experience.

User Experience Design


We design on-screen interfaces that encourage engaging, intuitive and safe operation. The right user experience vastly improves procedural outcomes, increases efficiency and minimizes training expenses.

Mechanical Engineering


Our design and engineering teams solve complex challenges in thermodynamics, ingress protection, fluidics, pumping systems and more, always with an eye toward cost-effective production.

Medical Device Design Firm Electrical Engineering and Connectivity
Medical Device Design Firm Software Development
Medical Device Design Firm Prototyping

Electrical Engineering & Connectivity


Life science devices are getting smarter and increasingly need to communicate within a larger ecosystem. PDT's heritage in telecom and consumer electronics makes us a natural development partner for today's medical technology.

Software Development


Our software and user experience teams work in concert to implement graphical interfaces and applications for multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows-based systems.



PDT's in-house prototype shop is staffed by highly technical craftspeople who fabricate precision models for testing, evaluation, and marketing purposes.

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Our Process


PDT appreciates the need to integrate front-end creative insight into the procedural rigors of life science device development. With quality, control and documentation procedures fully integrated into all of our disciplines, PDT was among the first ISO 13485 certified product development firms in the world.


Our teams follow 60601 guidelines for efficient regulatory agency and Ministries of Health approval, and through extensive design documentation can support all FDA submission opportunities. Integrated risk assessment / FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis), FTA (Fault Tree Analysis) and verification / validation testing then guides your program through production, including complete support in design transfer to FDA approved Contract Manufacturers.

Manufacturing & Assembly


Our partner Telefonix, Inc. is an AS 9100, ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 certified manufacturer, with employees trained in Lean, Six Sigma, and 5S. They manufacture products for the medical and laboratory industries in Waukegan, Illinois, and our global sourcing team also leverages a trusted network of partners in Asia.

Quality Assurance


Our on-site lab conducts drop, ball drop, ingress, life cycle and immersion testing, high speed photography and more.

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