IEEE Daytona Section Life Members

A Life Members Affinity Group encourages life members to retain active IEEE association; it encourages them to contribute to the social good in their communities and to advance the professional interests of IEEE.  Members automatiocally become “life members” after they

  • Have attained the age of 65 years;
  • Have been a member of IEEE for such a period that the sum of his/her age of membership equals or exceeds 100 years.

Notice dated 9/11/2022:  The Daytona Section Life member Affinity Group is planning for a set of tours for its members. Notices will be sent once the tour dates and times are finalized.

Life Member Chair:  Martin Oksenhorn
Vice Chair:  Ron Gedney, LF
Additional Members:  Roger Grubic; Dr. Al Helfrick; Charlie Husbands; Allan Jusko.
The Life Members Committee @ IEEE publishes a quarterly newsletter each year.

Life Member News

On March 11, the Daytona Section, Life Members Affinity Group was given a tour of Sandvik Corporation in Palm Coast, Florida. Sandvik is a global corporation based in Sweden that employs over 40,000 people; the Palm Coast location employes 120 people.

Sandvik was founded in Sweden in 1862 by Goran Fredrik Goransson. Goransson was the first in the world to use the Bessemer process for steel production. As of this writing, Sandvik has 6060 active patents coming from 55 Research and Development centers.

Sandvik Corporation business units are:
◼ Machining Solutions – Manufactures tools and tooling systems for metal cutting.
◼ Mining and Rock Technology – Supplies equipment and tools for mining and rock excavation for the construction industry.
◼ Materials Technology – Develops and manufactures stainless steel, powder-based alloys

The Palm Coast plant produces wire used for medical devices and other custom wire products under the brand name Exera. In addition, value added products are also manufactured at the Palm Coast facility such as precision tolerance coated wire, multi-conductor wire braided together and cut to length wires. Sandvik Palm Coast medical products are used for sensing, stimulation or signal transmission. Applications include cochlear implants, glucose monitoring, deep brain stimulation and pacemaker leads. Medical wire accounts for 85% of the sales at Sandvik Palm Coast.

In the recent past, the Life Members Affinity Group has visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the manufacturing facility of American Radionics Co. Inc. (AMRAD), and the manufacturing facility of Everglades Boats in Edgewater.

Read about it in the April 2019, the October 2019, and the January 2019 Newsletters.