[time-nuts] 5370B OCXO
paulswedb at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 03:01:21 UTC 2010
So little has really changed in 30 years even between completely different
Dilbert strikes again
On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 9:57 PM, Richard (Rick) Karlquist <
richard at karlquist.com> wrote:
> Bob Camp wrote:
>> Tough to believe that HP worried a lot about SKU inflation back when they
>> did the 5370 :)....
>> I'm assuming that the 5370 was a Santa Clara design. That would put the
>> counter designers down the hall from the oscillator factory. Unlikely that
>> there was a communications gap about what could or could not be done.
>> You may well be correct though. Setting up and managing another part is
>> most likely reason why not to add a couple more tests.
> I was at Santa Clara Division in the 1980's. They worried about both
> the paper work for extra part numbers and the inventory problem. Especially
> the latter. There was always some manager whose stock
> options depended on keeping inventory down (this was during the
> Japanese "just in time" fad).
> Also, if you wanted a part number, you had to obtain one from the official
> keeper of numbers, and she would usually give you a lecture
> about the perils of "wasting numbers".
> The counter designers were in a different bldg than the oscillator factory,
> which were at opposite ends of the 55 acre site. More
> importantly, they reported to different managers. So
> you shouldn't assume that communication was great.
> Rick Karlquist N6RK
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