How it all started
KPFM started as a result of a curiosity and a need. After taking an arduino programming course, I conceived of the idea of building a set of wireless digital gauges as a hobby to use in my job as a heavy equipment mechanic. With 20 years mechanical experience in the shop and field I saw a need for a set of wireless gauges, especially for use in the frigid temperatures in Northern Alberta. What could be better than sitting in the warm cab of a machine while taking your readings verse standing outside in the freezing cold. Once the gauges were in use I received a lot of interest from other mechanics in having their own set. As a result, I did tons of research, I honed the design and I was ready with a market ready product by the 4th prototype. This final gauge was able to balance the signal strength needed for a long battery life while still being able to be used in tough and cold environmental conditions. I am continually testing my equipment in a variety of conditions and environments to improve on them and meet the needs of my clients.
I have since started to build other electronic tools for the heavy duty industry. These are mostly signal generators and voltage regulators to actuate solenoids for diagnostic testing. I can now replicate most PWM signals and DC voltages used on the modern equipment.
What's next? I am in the research and development stages of building a crankcase pressure add on for the wireless gauges. Moreover, I am always looking for ways to make my guages better and meet the requirements of my clients.