You see there are two kinds of electronics One is the kind used in cable TV

You see there are two kinds of electronics one is the

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“You see there are two kinds of electronics. One is the kind used in cable TV (called RF Electronics). The other is Power Electronics used in
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inverters. Power Electronics engineers are different from RF Electronics engineers. You generally specialise in one or the other!” But Kunwer had experience in both areas and using the Spectrum analyser, he started testing and experimenting. I used to read a lot of books and articles - whatever I could get hold of. Those days internet was not popular, so I used to go for exhibitions, buy thick books and lug them home.” “That was a strong drive. Whether people understood or not, I did not bother.” Knowledge for the sake of knowledge - sounds foolish but it is always a way forward. Take the spectrum analyser itself. Kunwer used it to test his cable TV’s amplifier and modulator. It was not a standard requirement, no small manufacturer bothered with it. And yet, he did the tests - because he was fanatic about quality and accuracy. And because issme mazaa aa raha hai. Ek na ek din kuch fayda bhi zaroor hoga. “Definitely, I learnt how different things performed. I learnt many practical things and also showed it to my boys.” Kunwer finally managed to launch an inverter but it did not rock the market. He did not give up. “We kept trying, improvising, and to do that we bought more equipment.” This included a power analyser and some more meters for testing. The team spent a whole year in making that first inverter, then taking it apart and making it better! The company manufactured just 100 inverters in its first year of operations. Bigger manufacturers shook their heads and said, “No need to do all this.” Kunwer was a ‘my way or the highway’ kind of man. He was determined to make his ideas work.
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Finally, the team came up with an inverter with a smaller circuit which worked on one battery, as against the standard two batteries. The efficiency was also much higher. This inverter caught the market’s fancy, sales started picking up. “Our inverter consumed less power. Other inverters - when you kept the batteries for charging, the technology was so bad, that it never used to get charged properly. When you started the inverter, it would get spoilt. People were frustrated!” Perhaps the companies made more money by servicing inverters than selling it? I used to talk big and that worried my family Ki badi badi baatein karta hai. My dreams are so big that even if I work for another 50 years there will be more to do! “I never understood that,” he says. “You only wanted to make a very good product?” I ask. “I don’t know, I wanted to make a good product and some thing which I was convinced with. I only knew that I have to work with this technology.” So he brought in more people to work on the inverter.
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