Detailed CV for Nigel Bromley
Now properly retired.
FFEI Ltd 2017..2023
After a short retirement I worked part-time on self-contained
aspects of the inkjet printer
projects, and on some early feasibility work on the life sciences side.
British Naturism 2014..2019
This was a volunteer position with the company representing Naturism in the UK.
British Naturism was formed in 1964 to provide support for naturist clubs and to
protect and advance Naturism as a health movement.
As Eastern Region Director I was responsible for representing naturists in the
eastern part of the UK on the Executive Committee of BN, for driving policy
decisions from the centre outwards, and for ensuring that internal communications
worked. I also visited as many naturist events as I could, in my region and in
the rest of the UK.
FFEI Ltd 2006..2016
FFEI was formed in 2006 by a management buy-out of Fujifilm Electronic
I was employed as a Technical Integration Manager, working on
industrial inkjet printers. My principal projects were the FFEI Graphium
digital label press and before that the Caslon
printing module for the Nilpeter FA-series label press. FFEI supplied the
inkjet systems for these presses including their own mechanical, electronic,
software and ink supply sub-systems, all based on Xaar 1001/1002 printheads and
FFEI-branded UV ink. These were technically challenging projects, not
so much in producing a working system as in solving the many problems
relating to reliability and image quality that come from the interaction
of printhead, ink and substrate.
I was also Integration Manager during the early stages of development
of a modular printbar produced by FFEI for Xaar.
Fujifilm Electronic Imaging 1997..2006
From 1989 Crosfield became jointly owned by Fujifilm and Dupont. In 1997
Dupont sold their interest to Fujifilm and most of the assets and staff were
transferred to a new company.
Consultant up to 1999; then Technical Integration Manager.
- AMIS. A scanner to digitise the whole of a microscope slide in
sufficient detail to allow diagnosis without further reference to the
slide. I was involved with this only in the early stages of concept
development and prototyping of novel opto/electronic/mechanical systems.
This project also required us to start the risk assessment process
necessary to market a medical device.
- Integration functional development. Development of a company process
for the integration function.
- Patent compliance work. Organising searches and studying patents
to prove no obstacles to marketing various scanners.
- Inkjet PCB manufacture. Integration of a flatbed inkjet printing
platform using various Spectra (now Dimatix) heads and mostly
bought-in parts with our own software. The platform was used to experiment
with inkjet printing of resist onto printed circuit boards, but failed
to achieve adequate resolution, and process reliability with the available
fluids was poor.
- Fujifilm Lanovia Quattro. A development of C-550 into a lower-cost
desktop form, using a bespoke CCD from Fuji. Sold well, but not as
well as its bigger and more expensive predecessor. This was the end
of the line for graphics arts scanners, as digital origination was
becoming the norm.
- Microscan 580. A small scanner for a specialist application inside
a life sciences company's cell-counting machine.
- Fujifilm Lanovia C-550 and Agfa XY-15. A floor-standing flatbed CCD
scanner that was more of a sucessor to Maxtel, but made much better than
Maxtel would have been by incorporating the experience of Celsis 360. A very
successful product in the marketplace.
Crosfield Electronics 1984..1997
Principal Electronic Engineer up to 1990; then Consultant.
An important part of this phase of my development was learning techniques
for consensual, multi-disciplinary concept generation and design. They can
be used to develop an efficient project team without conflict, they reduce
the risk of clearly wrong design decisions, they foster right first time.
Often such processes are accused of wasting time. The scanner projects
I worked on at Crosfield demonstrated that this is just not the case, and
some more recent projects where the systematic approach has been maligned
and ignored have shown what can be lost.
- Celsis 360. A desktop 60mm slide scanner. An odd market choice
forced on us by corporate rivalries between the owners of Crosfield.
Our first CCD scanner to make it to market, and a good learning experience.
- Maxtel. Our first flatbed scanner, which didn't make it past the
prototype stage before Celsis 360 was forced on us instead.
- Klischograph simulator. A rackful of electronics to test Gravure Plus
2000 in the absence of an engraver.
- Gravure Plus 2000. The application of the real-time imposition
hardware from Lasergravure onto our competitor's mechanical engraver.
It worked well, but the competitor did not like it.
- Lasergravure development. Alongside the electronics development, I
was involved in the system design for parts of the engraver, particularly
the methods for stabilising the laser.
- Lasergravure new electronics. Lasergravure was a suite of machines
to replace copper gravure printing cylinders with plastic-coated ones.
I joined the project to lead the process of updating the control
electronics including real-time imposition and bus-based control of
the complete system. The job was done and tested, but the plastic was
never made hard enough to survive the press and the project died.
Jeaborough was a small design consultancy based in Milton Keynes. In its
short life it created many products demonstrating how productive a small
focused team can be. Those that I was involved with extensively were:
- The Tycom Microframe personal computer. I designed the interface cards
for the hard drive and the display adapter including writing the embedded
firmware. I was involved more generally in the inital concept generation
and the integration and testing.
- A Telephone Data Interface. My part was an 8748-based tone generator
module and some of the process of getting approval for connection to a PABX
- A Speech Storage System. This was a later component for the Telephone
Data Interface allowing storage of an announcement which could then be made
on multiple phone lines asynchronously.
- A Telephone Wake-up System. This was a software package written in
Pascal for Apple II that was intended for a 600-room hotel. It used the
Telephone Data Interface and the Speech Storage System to replace operators
on the hotel switchboard when the manual switchboard was replaced by a
PABX. The hotel was adjacent to Heathrow airport and often had
large numbers of wake-up calls booked for the same time.
- An Apple II IO card to provide a number of functions required in a
custom hotel reservation system, including a system and real-time clock and
a buffered printer interface.
Decca Radar 1975..1981
This was the part of Decca Radar that specialised in military products
for the UK and other governments. My contributions were:
- Assisting the design and testing of analogue thick-film circuit modules
for an airborne application: a fast amplifier and a follow-and-hold.
- A semi-automated test box for a module of an airborne system using
digitisation of signals and discrete ALU and sequencing circuits to produce
results directly on LED numerical displays.
- Software in BASIC for early HP desktop calculators running automated
test via HP-IB connections to custom and standard test equipment.
- The Feasibility Study and Product Definition study for a new submarine
system. This was mostly deskwork, editing reports and communicating with the
customer, while others did some basic experiments. I also ported a large
FORTRAN program for modelling radar propagation from batch on an IBM mainframe
to interactive on a minicomputer.
- Design of the first prototype of this system. I was responsible for the
front-end digital radar pulse analyser, a set of six PCBs with TTL, bit-slice
processors, microcode sequencers and storage. Later improvements included
a microprocessor-based (6802) pre-filter and a writeable control store. I
was also involved with the main software team, which was provided by an
external agency, in specification and monitoring. I had two junior designers
with me on this module.
- Testing of the prototype at a coastal naval base and also during a naval
exercise in the North Sea.
University of Bristol 1972..1975. BSc in Physics (1). Stage III Project
Prize for project on Oscillatory Magnetostriction in Zinc and Antimony.
Kingston Grammar School 1963..1972. O-levels in Mathematics (1); Further
Mathematics (3); English Language (1); English Literature (3); French (4);
Latin (2); Physics (1); Chemistry (1); Biology (1); History (6). A-levels in
Physics (A); Chemistry (A); Mathematics (A). S-level in Physics (1).
Various summer holiday jobs working for Decca Radar.
Patents and applications
nib 2003-01-30 .. 2024-02-22
- US 8,319,829 / EP 2120080 (A1) Method and system for controlling the position of a microscope lens
- US 7,271,099 Forming a conductive pattern on a substrate
- US 6,999,205 Image projection systems
- US 20050158668 Method of forming a mask pattern on a substrate
- US 20050122364 Inkjet printers
- US 20030227562 Multishot camera
- US 20010030774 Method and apparatus for controlling scan conditions
- EP 1531051 (B1) Improved points for ink jet printer
- EP 0822701 (A1) Method for generating electronic expression for original image and device therefor