Quadrant Electronics Inc.
is an original device manufacturer

We invent, design, and manufacture great electronic products.

Product concept

Have a great idea but not sure how to make it? We’ll suggest technologies and processes that can bring your idea to fruition. We’ll make prototypes for you to try out your idea in the marketplace.

Product design

We follow a gated product lifecycle to capture your expectations and prepare your idea for volume production including verification, certification, and market trials. You own all the product IP.


Combining design and manufacturing means procurement, component engineering, process/product optimization, and test system support are under one roof. We have open book pricing. You own the test system.

Featured projects

Machine vision lighting systems

QEI designs and manufactures leading illumination systems used in Papertech Inc’s TotalVision™ optical inspection systems for global papermaking applications. We designed luminaries for both reflection and transmission applications for tissue, pulp and corrugated quality inspection and production control applications. We have luminaries with selectable optics for Narrow - Wide Spot or Elliptical beam widths, Edge Lit panel illumination and Line Scan. All these lights work remotely with QEI developed bi-directional camera strobe distribution and lens FIZ controllers.

QEI develops product concepts, mechanical components, electronics, firmware, test systems, and completes all product verification testing. QEI sources components globally, electrically tests and programs the PCBA, assembles and packages finished goods. We’ve shipped thousands of products to Papertech since 2009.

Nautilus Marine Rescue GPS

This -125m depth rated, emergency use, Marine VHF beacon with DSC & AIS protocols is designed specifically for divers. The MRG has user replaceable batteries, an ON/OFF battery disconnect, and smart-phone user configuration with apps on Android and iOS.

QEI designed the mechanical components, electronics, firmware, production test systems, and completed all DSC & AIS protocol verification testing. QEI sources all components globally, programs the PCBA, assembles the finished unit, and has shipped more than 30,000pcs to Nautilus since 2016.

Nuytco Research

Light engines

QEI designed and manufactures the lighting modules used in ANDLight’s beautiful Pebble Series fixtures.

Ship’s pilot aid

Working closely with NavSim, QEI designed and manufactured the RG5 rate of turn navigation equipment used by British Columbia Coastal Pilots to guide large foreign and domestic vessel traffic through BC’s dynamic coastal waterways.

Our process

1 Engage

At QEI we work hard to become part of your team. If your company doesn’t have an existing electronics design culture, we’ll recommend our process developed from experience, formal instruction, and best practices we’ve seen in action. A first step always includes a (mutual) non-disclosure agreement. While a paper agreement is important, we value and respect a handshake. We would not be in business successfully without protecting and respecting our customer’s intellectual property. Next we work to ensure we’re a personality fit with your team. We like our customers and enjoy positive, day-to-day working relationships. Let us know how we can help your company succeed. We’ll let you know if we can deliver what you’re looking for before committing costs.

2 Exploration

Many of the products we’ve developed have not existed before.

To explore technologies, processes, or methods we may initially propose a bounded-cost study phase. During this fixed cost phase we’ll determine if we can build what you need. You own all our findings and recommendations.

3 Proposal

This is the key phase in our process. Before we design anything, we write a detailed Statement of Work (SoW) listing our understanding of your expectations, all the product specifications, high level test plan, deliverables, technology ownership, manufacturing plan, and committed costs. Yes, at this stage we tell you what the project will cost.

If you don’t change the SoW then the development costs don’t change. This document forms the basis of our development process and we don’t start till we’ve received your Purchase Order for the project. Your PO# is your approval and acceptance of our quotation.

4 Design & Development

Schematics, software, mechanical drawings, prototypes, weekly progress reports, and test reports.

We have our own development tools, labs, and test equipment to tackle most projects including thermal and humidity chambers. If we need specialized equipment we rent tools on your behalf.

5 Verification

Verification means we need to complete a test plan, usually some sort of regulatory certification and (most critically) field testing.

End-customers always find undocumented product features no matter how thorough an engineering test plan. We won’t commence production without a field trial.s

6 Production

We use open book pricing. You see the cost of every part, process step and courier delivery. This means we only need to negotiate our gross margin and you’re not left guessing what your product really costs. Once you’ve signed off on all the testing we commence (ramped volume) manufacturing using components sourced from around the world. We prefer to manufacture locally.

We don’t make changes without telling you what’s going on, but we continually engineer products in production. Each time we build we may find a cost optimization, process or quality improvement or a vendor may change a component. We then roll these changes into the next build. Having engineering and production under one roof means all this happens without your having to initiate the effort.

Contact us

+1 (604) 813-5131

931 Calverhall Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1Y1