We used a lot of test equipment which I had a hand in purchasing. I can tell you that except where the only choice was HP for an item of measuring and test equipment, I always specified Fluke or another vendor from that point forward. I would estimate HP lost close to a million dollars in sales while I was there
When did HP spin off their Test Equipment division to Agilent? Seems to me it was right around that time. Hewlett-Packard, the computer purveyor, did not even vaguely resemble Hewlett-Packard, the test equipment manufacturer. The test equipment company's business practices, employee welfare and general corporate practices were always completely beyond reproach. In my opinion, its very sad that the test equipment division did not retain the corporate name. I can't help but think that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard wore some deep grooves turning over in their graves! The computer company? Well, in my opinion, that's another (very sad) story.
I would estimate HP lost close to a million dollars in sales while I was there
Let's see! That would be about a third the cost of a SINGLE high end Cesium clock of the type that one or two are carried in EACH GPS satelite.