The last year has flown by and in the past 12 months everything has changed.
From moving into our new offices to creating a full Sales and Marketing Team we’ve helped achieve incredible things in sectors as wide ranging as Telecommunications, Smart Technology and many more. We’ve provided expertise on super low power and low cost IoT devices for the future and we also saved one customer over 57% in material costs. We’re growing ever closer as a team of talented engineers with significant plans for growth in the next year.
Home sweet home
After a mad dash to move into our brand-new offices on Nottingham Science Park just before lockdown we’ve established dedicated working areas for 3D printers, a mini-SMT area.
Our new premises is particularly useful, for customers, due to the purpose built lab which offers a spacious testing area. This facility will allow us to expand our range of services to you in the coming months as well as offering remote advice. We’ve already added two environmental chambers to verify product functionality over a wide range of temperatures and humidity levels.
In addition, we have a separate electronics lab upstairs for bring-up. debugging, inspection and test as well as a large office space. This allows us to keep confidential projects away from our meeting room area when it’s safe to invite people in.
Our Team Expanded
3 years trading, 40+ years’ experience
With more customers joining us on a regular basis we brought on Poppy, our newly promoted Sales Manager, who keeps customers updated and works seamlessly with the engineers. We also recruited our own in-house Marketing Manager as recently as June 2020, Hannah Ingram, who has a strong background in technical sectors.
Our Engineering team are the perfect blend of expertise with domain experience in many sectors.
See our full team on our About Us page.
A whole new remote world
After moving into our new offices, we realised that lockdown was imminent. We put plans in place for IT and working practises to minimise disruption and to ensure long term remote working could be effective. We started to work from our various home offices and labs a week before the official announcement was made which gave us time to test our systems and to put further continuity measures into place if lockdown got even stricter.
We operate with Team Meeting chats each morning to keep the team bond strong and to stay up-to-date with all of our projects, sharing our expertise between each other. Another important part of this is our twice weekly virtual coffee breaks which gives us time to catch up on the casual conversations. These often have an eclectic mix of topic areas including online gaming, gardening, family, camping, holiday plans, new-technology and more.
Utilising remote means to communicate has actually allowed us to work better with customers. Using a mixed blend of video calls, recordings and team instant messaging has allowed us to work with customers directly including companies in the South of England and even the Middle East.
Here’s a reminder of where we started, in a backroom of our MD’s house with a small director’s loan. From there Richard brought Steven Richardson on board and we moved into our ‘cupboard under the stairs’ mid-way home on the Nottingham Campus.
Our recent knowledge of building a successful brand places us perfectly to help advise start-ups trying to make a successful business in a short time, because we’ve been there. In addition our engineer’s longevity in their fields and newer knowledge means we can help companies of all sizes and many locations.
Cool projects we did in 2019/2020
Many of our customers need to keep our involvement in their projects under wraps whilst products are completed, and sometimes for a long time after launch, so we’ve quickly become skilled at talking about projects without giving away sensitive details.
Over the past year we’ve completely re-written the software for a meshing radio system to reduce the power consumption, increase the reliability and to add some finesse to the user experience. The power usage has been reduced so that the same batteries, on the same hardware, now last over 2 years instead of the starting point of 3 months.
It was a proud moment when we saw TV commercials appear for a product that we supported on the design, working on the connectivity, power and audio features. There’s nothing quite like seeing a product become a great success to bring job satisfaction to the team involved.
Cost and compliance also continued to be important themes during the year. We were involved in reducing the costs of a set of high volume and well-known products and were part of the team to relocate their manufacturing. We also addressed numerous electro-magnetic compliance and obsolescence issues brought to us.
The future of Ignys
Our business model is all about helping bring ideas to life. This often starts as a sketch on the back of a napkin but can also include a full and detailed requirement specification or an existing product that doesn’t quite work properly.
Meanwhile the end point for some companies is utilising our team as a technology demonstrator to aid market research or to get investment funding. The majority of the projects become a manufacturable commercial product that more than pays for the product development investment and delivers profit and growth to the companies we work with. We hope to bring on even more engineering capacity and capabilities, carefully selecting these resources to bring the best expertise to you.
RF says “The Ignys business has grown and developed quickly since its founding. There is a very clear demand for electronics and software development that is only likely to continue accelerating. The need for remote sensing, connectivity, monitoring and control has been accelerated through the pandemic.”
What about your plans?
That’s enough about us. What are your plans this year? Whatever they are we want to help you get there. If you need to review your existing products to extend their lifecycle or have a brand-new concept on the back of an envelope