For 15 years, the client had enjoyed success in rapid urine screening with its Elite product. They sensed it was time to develop a faster, more compact unit.
Laboratory Equipment Design
The Design Phase
Mast wanted to reinvent the product, introducing new functionality, and at the same time make it more cost effective. Furthermore, the speed of sample processing had to be increased. Urine screening is a very common medical practice and there is huge demand from hospitals, clinics and laboratories for equipment that can deliver fast, accurate processing times.
4D Products laboratory equipment design team presented Mast with 10-15 concepts before one design was selected to take forward. The team then performed a feasibility study on the unit’s mechanical engineering and started work on 3D CAD drawings before producing a small number of rapid prototypes.
For reasons of hygiene, the Uri-Plus product needed smooth wipe-clean surfaces free from any trapping points such as grooves or recesses. The final design is a single piece casing with a smooth, curved exterior devoid of any visible split lines.
“Having previously worked with 4D on earlier projects, they were tasked with designing a cost effective, visually appealing, robust and reliable screening instrument. We are delighted with the end result and have had very positive feedback from our customers”
Howard Rose, MD – Mast Group
Runner up in 2 categories, North West Bionow awards 2010. Featured at Medica 2010, Düsseldorf.