Electrical Mechanical Devices is unique in what it does

Carl Draper, one of the founders of Electrical Mechanical Devices, Inc., tests a computer board at the EMD office on Monday, Feb. 15. EMD repairs a variety of electronics at its Huntington location.
Carl Draper, one of the founders of Electrical Mechanical Devices, Inc., tests a computer board at the EMD office on Monday, Feb. 15. EMD repairs a variety of electronics at its Huntington location. Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Feb. 22, 2010.

"We're unique in what we do," says Michael Scott, one of the founders of the Huntington-based Electrical Mechanical Devices Inc.

The statement proves to be true as EMD is one of just a handful of companies in the United States with the authorization and experience in electronic repair.

EMD is essentially a repairer of fixing everything from computers to monitors to computer processors.

Scott and Carl Draper formed the company in July 1996, after working together for a number of years at Richard J. Bagan Inc. in Columbia City.

Scott Draper says that EMD can repair "anything controlled by a computer," but EMD caters to industrial needs.

EMD gets most of its business from the Chicago area. Industries send EMD broken hardware, and EMD boasts a two to three day turnaround. The Huntington facility even has various machines that can be used to test repaired parts to make sure the repairs are successful.

EMD is also the only repair facility licensed to fix products made by the Chicago-based Sodick corporation, a manufacturer of industrial machinery.

EMD repairs locally as well.

"We serve just about every machine shop in Huntington," Scott Draper says.

And repairs aren't the only thing EMD does in Huntington. In the past, the company has sponsored Little League teams, with pictures in the facility's lobby that teams have given the company, grateful for EMD's support.

EMD will also repair a variety of televisions, including flat screens, and other electronics brought in by community members.

"Anybody that comes in the door, we try to help in any way we can," Scott Draper says.

The company has a long-standing commitment to quality, as EMD adheres to International Organization for Standardization 9002 quality standards, and backs up its work with a six-month warranty.

In the end, however, both Scott and Carl Draper agree that they continue to operate the business out of their love of the job.

"I like the challenge," Carl Draper says as he tests a faulty computer board sent to EMD. "It's like a sixth sense, you have to have a feel for it. You can learn the math and the theory, but you have to have a sense. It's hard to explain."

Electrical Mechanical Devices Inc. is located at 20 Commerce Drive in Huntington, and can be reached at 359-1164. A list of all services EMD performs can be found on the company's Web site at www.emd-display.com.