WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT
My Name is Andy Eadie
EMC FastPass was created to help address the EMC challenge faced by hardware manufacturers around the world.
It's a small company consisting of me and occasionally some additional consultants/contractors.
I was a senior hardware design engineer for many years and took a trip to the dark side and founded an FCC listed EMC test lab (Island Labs). I got to learn the ins and outs of EMC testing as both a design engineer and a lab manager and also got a clear view of how challenging EMC is for many companies.
I founded EMC FastPass to try to help industry to improve on the 50% average EMC testing failure rate.
To do this I enjoy providing resources to industry such as publishing articles, creating online training courses, distributing test equipment and providing consulting services.
Here's a snapshot of how EMC FastPass came to be...
Born in Perth, Scotland.
My fascination with magnetics began after seeing the iron filings experiment.
Graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. My first job out of university was working in the servo team on a portable CD player and burner – a competitor to the Sony mini-disc at the time!
I moved to London, UK to work for Panasonic in the hardware team. We designed digital radios that could rewind using SD-RAM memory buffers. Within a couple of years, I worked my way up to senior hardware design engineer.
After seeing pictures of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in a guide book, I visited then eventually moved to West Coast Canada.
Having worked as a hardware design consultant for several local hardware companies, I identified a need for a local EMC test lab. So with a year of preparation, I funded and constructed an independent EMC test lab called Island Labs. The lab was registered with the FCC and Industry Canada and did emissions, immunity and RF testing with a focus on offering high quality technical support.
Upon realizing that EMC test labs are not scaleable, I pivoted the business to focus on online EMC content and so EMC FastPass was born! I began blogging about EMC testing and hardware and quickly the first 2000 email subscribers joined the mailing list.
Shortly after, I created and launched the first online training course all about EMC testing. The course has since been rolled out to many companies around the world. I also wrote and published my first eBook all about global regulations for hardware products.
The training catalog began to expand. First I developed an 8 hour course all about RF pre-compliance testing as well as a 22 hour course on EMC design for compliance with a focus on emissions control. I also welcomed another 3 instructors to host their courses on the EMC FastPass training hub which added great instruction on intrinsic safety, antenna matching and EMC troubleshooting. Somewhere around here I also bought, dismantled and sold 2 large semi-anechoic chambers.
Amongst lots of travel for EMC consulting jobs, I launched the EMC online test equipment store and created a new EMC Design for Compliance (Immunity) course that has been well received by many manufacturers.
This year begins with a long overdue overhaul of the website. And lots more to come….