Sterile disposables should be visually consistent across different formats and devices. However, each sterile disposable may have its own unique needs and requirements, as such design decisions should be based on them.
The following section provides high-level guidance on how to approach the Industrial Design of sterile disposables, structural packaging and labelling for Radiology device sterile disposables.
Shape & Form
- In general, adopt simple, geometric, fit-for-functional shapes and forms to convey efficiency.
Shapes, Forms & Surfaces
Materials & Finish
- Materials used should be predominantly clear and with smooth/ polished finish where possible, especially in components which include fluid paths.
- Translucent materials can be used for non-opaque components which do not require users to see through.
- Components which do not include a fluid path may be opaque.
- Finishes & textures should be functional and non-decorative.
Materials & Finishes
- Neutral colors should be predominately used.
- Interaction points or cases where highlighting a component is desired, the signature color orange should be adopted. For example, orange dust caps that protect parts of the disposable for added visual recognition.
Common Features in SD’s
- Plunger Seals. Typically, black or white in color. However, the signature color orange is to be considered for enhanced visual contrast and for special device SD’s. Marketing and human factors input should be sought when proposing colored plungers.
- SD Illumination. For some applications, illumination of the SD may be desired. For example, illuminating a syringe barrel or plunger tip to aid the user in visually detecting air bubbles.
Also refer to guidance section below for lighting design.
- Spike. Off the shelf or custom component, typically neutral in color with a dust cap.
- Spike Holder. Typically, opaque in grey color.
- Dust Caps. Typically, transparent in orange color.