EMP was ignited in 1998 when Dan Stanton, who was studying for a PhD, was approached by a special effects company in need of a bespoke electronic solution for a feature film. Dan couldn’t rest until a solution was found! The success of this project led to further unresolved ideas coming his way. The buzz of solving real electronic problems was too addictive. Dan left his studies and set up a studio in his back garden.
Anything is possible
Through word-of-mouth, EMP Designs has continued to grow and now occupies a 6500 square foot industrial unit and office based in Camberley employing a team of 9. The company offers truly creative thinking and diverse engineering know-how from a breadth of experience. The belief is, anything is possible…
With a degree in industrial design and technology, Dan‘s dream was to turn his enthusiasm for inventing and developing new products, playing with LEDs and general tinkering into a functioning business. Now Dan is the customer front man of EMP - gaining and analysing the initial information. He’s a creative thinker, full of ideas, with extensive experience across digital and analog design, custom circuit board layout, microprocessor programming, motion control and industrial servo controls, amongst other areas. This diverse technical knowledge allows him to solve a vast range of problems and offer a comprehensive package rather than just one element of it. Dan stays abreast of all new technologies, mainly because he can’t help himself, and he takes data sheets home for bedtime reading.
Kate started off with a degree in Industrial Design. After a brief stint in an R&D department, she turned her talents to teaching and helped many students through their Design Technology GCSE. Early in her career, she became head of department, before later being promoted to assistant head and helping to manage the running of the school. With responsibilities such as line managing the heads of departments and site team, running exams and options programmes, building partnerships between businesses and the school, presenting on behalf of the school and chairing meetings, her business acumen comes as a great asset to EMP. Kate brings the overview and management expertise that has become crucial as EMP continues to expand.
Matt joined us in the madness that was 2020.He brings some great experience with him, having served 12 years in the Royal Navy with the Commando Helicopter Forces and as an aircraft engineer. He‘d also worked for Virgin Atlantic Airways, working his way up from a technician to a senior manager, where for 14 years he managed the aircraft maintenance operation in the main London hubs and globally. He’s also picked up an MBA from Henley Business School along the way! He met EMP MD Dan, whilst working on number of major movies as a special effects engineer, and now he’s joined the team.
Zoe has an MEng in Mechatronics. She also has an unusually broad range of knowledge and disciplines for one person, and is always learning new skills. Zoe turns briefs into designs and works closely with Dan on problem solving. Quiet but fiercely industrious, she also undertakes much of the software programming, prototype manufacturing and testing and quality control (maintaining ISO9001). Zoe thrives on the variety of problems and briefs at EMP, with no 2 days ever being the same.
Conner achieved a First in Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath in 2018. Soon after, we snapped him up for his first full-time job, as Software and Hardware Engineer at EMP. Conner is the creative force behind much of our software programming and his bespoke solutions ensure our products remain inventive. Working closely with Dan and Zoe, he incorporates leading edge technology innovatively into client briefs.
With a background in arts and sign writing, Anita was previously a college laboratory technician. Her positive, buoyant attitude and eye for detail made her an instant asset at EMP as she helps out in all areas, assembling circuit boards and organising parts and stock in the workshop.
Jackie has a strong manufacturing background with oodles of experience of electronic assembly for a number of companies. So Jackie puts everything together as our key assembler, electronic & mechanical, also uploading programmes & testing things. We don’t know how we coped before she arrived! She works at a phenomenal speed with a precision that ensures great quality. And fortunately she drinks as much tea as the rest of us.
Mark has had a very varied working life, including being a Drayman. Pre-pandemic, he ran his own company for nearly ten years and later joined his family business for a short period.
Returning in part to a previous life as a Production Technician he has joined EMP for something different, but with some familiarity!
Lewis is on an EMP apprenticeship scheme whilst studying at Farnborough Technical College. The roles and activities he undertakes at EMP are varied enough to give him exposure to the practical side of much that he studies.
Oliver is a student at Farnborough 6th Form College where he is studying physics, maths and chemistry. Prior to this, he achieved a level 2 distinction in the OCR Cambridge National in Systems Control in Engineering Level 1/2 Certificate.
He works at EMP 1 day a week involved in manufacturing. His studies in the theory of electronic principles are now receiving practical application!
Oliver undertakes engineering projects in his free time, including designing and building a functional radio-controlled hovercraft. He is currently working on a small Tesla coil.
With a background in procurement and outsourcing, Graham has years of experience working with both SMEs and major global corporations to improve their commercial arrangements. He joined EMP to help ensure structure and strategic direction as the company grows and to protect EMPs intellectual interests.