inventor, researcher and writer, Mr. Isidor Buchmann is the
president, founder and CEO of Cadex Electronics Inc., located
in Richmond (Vancouver), Canada.
by electronics during his high school years, Mr. Buchmann
took to inventing at an early age, designing a fuel-powered
engine that was based on continuous combustion. His drawings
and theory of operation were reviewed by Felix Wankel, inventor
of the Wankel Rotary Engine, who kindly replied that while
the design was indeed unique and original, manufacturing would
be too expensive to be commercially viable. Further to his
credit, Mr. Buchmann invented a broadcast radio that ran on
no power ó it required only an antenna and a ground connection
(it didnít even use a battery). Mr. Buchmann sold several
of these radio receivers to his family and colleagues and
later set up a workshop in the attic where he restored and
resold old radios. After high school, a four-year apprenticeship
as a Radio Technician brought him practical experience in
a workshop environment as well as academic theory. Finally,
his experience with radio communications in the Swiss army
led to his decision to make electronics his life's work.
that conservative Switzerland would not satisfy his entrepreneurial
spirit, Mr. Buchmann emigrated to Canada in 1966, eventually
finding employment in the radio communications department
at General Electric. There he realized that a major problem
with two-way radios was the battery's short life and, as part
of his job, tested a wide variety.Chapter 18: Beginnings and
Horizons of customer batteries that came in. In his spare
time at home, he continued to research and develop electronic
devices in his spare time, developing a battery analyzer that
featured a Ďreconditioní program which restored weakened nickel
a conflict of interest with his employer, Mr. Buchmann quit
his job with GE and started Cadex. The first battery analyzer,
the Cadex 450, was introduced in 1981 but failed to achieve
the anticipated market acceptance. Still in his spare time,
Mr. Buchmann designed the modular Cadex 550 battery analyzer.
This model sold reasonably well at first but it soon became
evident that manufacturing methods needed to be improved to
make it cost effective.
Cadex moved from a small room in Mr. Buchmann's residence
to rented facilities. With increased overhead costs, a staff
to maintain and sluggish sales, cash flow became tight. Bank
loans for start-up companies, especially high-tech firms,
were almost non-existent at the time, so Mr. Buchmann worked
from home during the day looking after his growing children
and spent time in the office during the evening. Happily,
the company survived the slump and managed to add a number
of new products. Profitability returned and the staff grew.
that the wealth of an organization is in human resources,
Isidor resolved to provide an environment that was conducive
to attracting good people with skills that complemented his
own strengths and weaknesses. Spacious new headquarters in
a park-like setting overlooking the scenic Fraser River add
to a pleasant working experience. Under Mr. Buchmannís leadership,
new and innovative products were developed that generated
rapid growth and created global recognition of Cadex.
Cadex is a world leader in the design and manufacture of battery
analyzers and chargers.