From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: Generating Serial Numbers
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 22:41:11 -0400
Organization: Do I have to? Well, Ok. If you insist!
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"Michael R. Kesti" wrote:
> "Michael A. Terrell" wrote:
> >John Larkin wrote:
> >> Yes. Start at 101 and count upward. Nobody wants to buy sn 001.
> >> John
> > Why? I've bought equipment with serial # 01 before. It was a used
> >video router to select the video output from for a pair of
> >minicomputers, to several RGB monitors. I stripped some of the circuitry
> >and built a one in, 32 out 10 MHz distribution amp for the production
> >floor and Cal Lab at the Microdyne plant in Ocala Florida.
> One of the things I have long enjoyed about manufacturing equipment for
> the broadcast industry is that it is a very unique marketplace. One of
> the ways in which this manifests itself is that broadcasters recognize
> that they are a fairly small market and that this requires them to
> sometimes be more willing to take chances with new equipment. Some
> don't like to admit it, but this means that they are very often product
> beta testers. In exchange, they expect a far higher level of support
> than in most industries. In many cases, support matters more than
> > Some equipment is built, "engineered to order". The serial number has
> >to reflect this, or the customer will not want to pay the engineering
> Any broadcast products manufacturer that engages in charging custom
> engineering fees for standard product doesn't last very long. Their
> small market ensures that such ruses are too easily found out, with or
> without serial numbers.
> Michael Kesti | "And like, one and one don't make
> | two, one and one make one."
> email@example.com | - The Who, Bargain
The products weren't for the broadcast industry, they were custom
designed telemetry receivers, combiners, and complete telemetry
receiving systems designed to meet the customers unique needs.
They didn't come to us if there was an off the shelf item available.
Even with a basic item available in the product line we would have to
design a custom module, write software, or sometimes design a whole new
product to meet a unique need. Then the customer would buy a few, to a
few dozen of that exact design. After all, you don't have a big market
when you custom build a receiver for the space station.
Michael A. Terrell