Bibi Haniffa posted:ksazma posted:
When I worked for Siemens back in the early '90s, we had a machine shop where we used raw wires to make flexible leads that goes from the pacemaker to the heart. Now that flexible lead was rubber coated. That rubber coating came from a candle-like material which we melted and molded into a coating sleeve for the lead. The image is stamped St. Jude as Siemens sold the operation to St. Jude in 1994. But when I was there, most of the pacemakers were fully assembled in our Sylmar, CA factory.
Six degrees of separation. The spouse of a GNI member also worked for Siemens in the '90s and still work there. And I work for a company that once owned St. Jude's.
That GNI member's wife may know about this. In the early '90s, Siemens Corporation developed their own financial consolidation package called Financial Accounting Consolidation Systems (FACS). We at Pacesetter and Infusion were using a mainframe software called NCS Maxim running off of DEC mainframe. For us to further integrate with Siemens, we were charged with changing our software to ASK Manman. That was going to be a $10M or so upgrade for us. Our fixed assets at that time had an acquisition cost of over $80M. I was on the implementation team for ASK Manman which was on schedule but suddenly came to a screeching halt. I did not know why it was halted. Nonetheless, I left in 1994 using the earthquake to convince all family members that we should move back east. I only learned of the sale to St. Jude sometime in 1995.