2017 / Industrial And Life Science Design / Medical/Scientific Machinery / Professional

Thermal Desorbtion Instrumentation

  • Prizes
    Silver in Industrial and Life Science Design/Medical/Scientific Machinery
  • Company
    Sanders Design Associates Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Lead Designer
    Matt Blofeld/julian Sanders
  • Client
    Markes International Ltd
  • Project Link

Since 1997, Markes International has been at the forefront of
innovation for enhancing the measurement of trace-level
volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds by gas
chromatography. Their range of thermal desorption products,
led by the flagship UNITY-xr™ and TD100-xr™ thermal
desorbers, have for well over a decade set the benchmark in
the field for quality and reliability.
 
During the summer of 2015 Markes began a new round of
technical development, which presented an opportunity for the
company to reappraise the design of the product enclosures in
terms of construction, assembly, aesthetics, human factors
and ergonomics. Sanders Design were commissioned to
undertake this task and in doing so, establish a more
expressive design language, one that more accurately
conveyed the high level of technical competency of the
products and Markes’ pre-eminent position in the market.

By integrating themselves fully with the company’s ‘in-house’
engineering department and existing supplier base, Sanders
were able to ensure that the construction principles of the new
enclosure where executed in such a way as to make it easy to
for the company and its suppliers to adopt.

The outcome of this initial project was an all-new enclosure
with a striking and confident appearance, housing a developed
chassis for the TD100-xr™. The design intent was to use
contrasting colours and finishes, to create strong ‘drop
shadows’ in key areas where large panels would naturally align.
Floating and overlapping offset panels were also key design
features, which help to create the products’ distinct character.
 
Sanders have since used this striking new design language
and construction method in the design of other products in the
company’s portfolio which has already resulted in significant
commercial success for Markes.

Photo Credit: Sanders Design Associates Ltd