PDT an Astronics Company: Product Design and Development Firm in Chicago, IL
Designing a large-scale, integrated, modular assembly isn't overwhelming if you break it down to build it up.
Ishida weighing and packing line

Complete integrated weighing and packing line solutions are currently configured to the customer's requirements using existing standalone machines.


Too many contact arrangements, too little directly-accepted responsibility, too many levels of quality and too many manufacturing systems have all worked against the search for an efficient, consistent, economic and low risk solution. Ishida was looking to address the need for a truly integrated tray packing line from a single source.

A New Solution

PDT and Ishida Brainstorm

Suiting the Needs

We looked internally at Ishida and externally to Ishida’s customers to gain insight into the current situation during site visits and brainstorm sessions. Ishida found they needed to deliver a modular, configurable, 'plug and play' assembly line that suits the needs of the market and meets Ishida's cost, size, aesthetic and ergonomic requirements.

Ishida food packaging assembly line sketches

Resolving the Challenges

We mapped out the key issues and considerations uncovered in discovery, giving the team a blueprint to address and resolve the challenges at hand during the design phase.

Ishida food packaging assembly modular line

Meeting the Goals

We then broke the systems down into manageable, configurable pieces before building it back up into a system that met all of Ishida’s goals.

Ishida food packaging assembly line

A Successful Investment

At its unveiling at Interpack 2011, strong Flex-Line sales already returned Ishida's investment.

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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