|Re: Original HP15C article from HP Journal, May 1983|
Message #6 Posted by Paul Gaster on 24 Sept 2011, 10:43 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Thomas Radtke
All sorts of crazy things happen in just about any company these days.
For an example I am now working as a temp engineer at a company, and my job is to get a new bench/workstation product launched. I will try to avoid the company name, etc. The company has been in business for decades and does great work. However they were bought out by a larger company about 2 years ago, and this parent company wanted them to have a new more modern looking bench/workstation with more features. The parent company paid a design firm over a quarter million dollars for development. There are more design problems and issues than you could imagine. The design firm never worked with the small company on details.
The workstation surface was supposed to be be available in two heights. There are some parts missing in the CAD files for one height, plus there is an interference problem if you drop the working surface and associated parts to the lower height. Oh, and some electrical wiring has no openings to run through for the lower height option.
On top of that the entire workstation was designed to use metric steel and fasteners and the company I am working with makes everything in house now and they don't have a metric wrench or tool in the place. There are other design issues and potential problems too. The workstation has a board and wire harness, but of course it doesn't look like the company's standard UL approved harness will be able to be re-used in this design, so we need to deal with that too.
It really is a mess.
Anyway, back to reality here and HP calculators. I am encouraged about some recent things in HP like the new 15C LE, the 30B and overall the use of ARM processors. Also it's great to see support, input and help from HP people here.