About the founder – David Purdie
The founder of InvisiTech (PRS) was born in Glasgow and has always had a very strong Scottish identity, despite living in the south and having no accent at all. His education was in Essex, Sussex, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
David was apprenticed as Mechanical Engineer (Toolmaker) with Lintott Engineering Ltd in Horsham (manufacturing amongst many other things, the high power magnets that drive the cyclotron at CERN in Switzerland).
At the other end of the spectrum the company also made silicon implanters (to make wafers for the IC manufacturing industry) – now that part of the company is Applied Technology.
This was where a large variety of specialist skills and techniques were learned – These have been retained and now are being utilised as part of the mechanical obsolescence solutions.
At the end of the 3 day week there were very few jobs available and David’s desire was to move into design, PCB Design was all he could get, which turned out to be a real advantage later. This was in the days of hand taped artworks designed at 4 to 1 where thinking ahead and advanced planning saved a lot of wasted time. Currently InvisiTech are re-engineering PCBs where this sort of fragile artwork has not survived the tests of time.
With this mix of engineering experience, Singer Link-Miles (the flight simulator manufacturer) made him a production engineer in the PCB and Cable departments. This was a very interesting insight into the workings of a military supply corporation, and its workings, which has been invaluable in dealing with customer processes.
David is associated with many influential organisations including the IEC (International Electro-technical Committee), BSI (the British Standards Institution) and is a member of the Institute of Circuit Technology. Owing to his unique background David was asked to be the UK representative on the team to write a standard on component/assembly re-use (at the end of the designed life) IEC62309 – This work involved travelling around the world meeting with other representatives each holding their countries view, and with the task of making sure their methods were in the standard. This meant using negotiating and diplomacy skills, which were successful in record time (these things normally take many years), and as a result David was given a certificate for outstanding service to show their thanks. A small story – during the process one country totally objected to the thoughts of second hand parts being sold as new, and so they objected to any reference to as good as new (coming from their position in the bathtub curve of working life). Therefore there was a need to remove the wording that was causing the problem and so he thought up a new word for this condition QAGAN. The country in question refused to accept any Acronym or word that had another misinterpretation possibility – so their legal team went away and researched this and came back with no objections as the only use of this was in Inuit – what they didn’t know was he made the word from Qualified As Good As New! However as he says it’s just politics and the end justifies the means.
To entertain himself in his spare time David has started painting (which he was taught on the QM2 on a Trans-Atlantic crossing). This has built upon a previous history of making stained glass pictures using traditional medieval techniques.
Additionally David has started writing –
- Assisted in writing a book with his wife Dianne – “Some Day My Prince Will .com"
- Wrote a handbook related to Dianne’s book – a self help book
And has other books lined up –
- Negotiation, for small businesses
- Tools for change, for small businesses
- Profit and where it comes from, for small businesses
- Action selection & Priority setting, for small businesses
- A Happiness Book as he feels very strongly that life is what you make it, so it’s down to individuals to make their own situation the cause of their personal happiness rather than blaming everything for their sadness. He assures me it is much more than just that, and aims to have it published on the web by summer 2011.