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 right  off  the  bat  not  to  do  that.  I  just
 he has kept to this day, which has
 played the game. I ate, drank, and
 allowed him to become a successful
 partied  when  the  hosts  suggested  it.  I
 importer from the very start of his
 never  said  no.  I  was  astute  with  chop
 business. He typically drop ships
 stick,  learned  how  to  toast  directly,  and
 container  loads  to those  suppliers  in
 acted  with  all  the  proper  manners. I
 North  America  and  Europe  who  don’t
 made  a  point  to  learn  all  these  things.
 have these contacts which Cushman
 My hosts often said I must have an
 has  built  up  over  the  years.
 oriental wife. For this reason I was
 Is becoming a successful importer
 accepted much quicker  than I  might
 simply  a  matter  of  traveling  to  a  foreign
 have  been  otherwise.”
 company  and  placing  an  order?  Hardly.
 In  a  typical  day  one  supplier  would
 To get good deals and build loyalty
 take  him  to  breakfast  and  then  on  a
 takes  not  only  business  savvy  but  also
 factory  tour.  Then  he  would  be  handed
 considerable cultural acumen.
 off to another supplier and go on
 Cushman  got  his  start  in  learning  how
 another  tour.  Back  at  the  hotel  he  had  a
 to  relate  to  businessmen  from  different
 half  hour  to  clean  up  and  then  it  was  off
 cultures when they would visit this
 to  a  dinner  and  party  which  would  last
 country  and  he  would  meet  them  in  the
 until  midnight.  Cushman  traveled  for
 hope  of  picking  up  new  vendors.  “We
 about 12 years. Normally he would
 would  hang  out  together  and  we  would
 embark  every  nine  months  for  two  to
 always go out in the evening,”
 three  weeks.  “The  hardest  was  when  I
 Cushman  recalls.  “I  soon  learned  that
 had  23  flights  in  22  days,”he  recalls.
 Koreans, Chinese, and others from
 Cushman had many interesting
 oriental  countries  did  not  like  steak  or
 experiences on his travels. “My first
 hamburgers.  I  would  take  them  to  the
 experience  in  mainland  China  in  the
 best ethnic restaurant representing
                           company’s  116'  long  test  bed.
 1980s  was  like  going  back  200  years,  he
 their  culture.  I  still  do  that  today.”
                           world for two weeks. No one knew
 recalls.  “There  was  no  infrastructure,
 When Cushman began visiting
                           where  I  was. My family was  a  little
 no  transportation  systems,  and  limited
 foreign countries, he knew how to
                           concerned.  My  wife  said  never  do  that
 accomodations.  On  my  second  trip  to
 behave.  “A  lot  of  people  don’t  believe  in
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 China  I  was  cut  off  from  the  outside
 mixing  in  and  think  it’s  best  to  remain   a  little  aloof,”  Cushman  says.  “I  learned   1-3/4"  boom  pendants  being  tested  on  the
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         60. As shown in figure 10, after grapple 50 is engaged in   light cameras such  as cameras sensitive to infra-red and
 12                  Wire  Rope  News  &  Sling  Technology          August  2006
         receiver 60, processor 90 commands lifting device 10 to lift   ultraviolet light, and other sensors, with a respective bea-
         grapple 50 and load 70, which remains attached to receiver   con providing the appropriate wavelengths of light, or other
         60 with sling, rope or net 80. In some embodiments, sensor   radiation in accordance with the present invention. In any
         20, beacon 30, and processor 90 may continue to guide lift-  case, sensor 20 receives the light from a beacon and converts
         ing device 10 for a distance so that load 70 is lifted directly   the light into electrical signals that are provided to a proces-
         vertically,  and therefore  does  not  swing. In  other  embodi-  sor, which calculates at least distance and direction informa-
         ments, the load may be monitored to its destination, and   tion from the lifting device to a load to be acquired and lifted.
         the grapple disconnected when it is detected that the load is
         placed on the ground or other platform.              Method and device for producing a rope
           Figure 7 illustrates one embodiment of a sensor 20. In this   Pat. 9,803,316 U.S. class D07B 1/148 Int. class D07B 5/00
         embodiment, there is a camera 110, a lens 120, and a filter   Inventor: Bruno Lauer, Marpingen, DE.
         130. Filter 130 is a narrow band-pass filter designed to pass   Assignee:  CASAR  DRAHTSEILWERK  SAAR  GMBH,
         only wavelengths associated with beacon 30, and reject oth-  Kirkel, DE.
         er wavelengths of light. In other embodiments, other sensors   A method and device for producing  a rope, in  particu-
         to detect beacon  30 include  LADARs, RADARs, wideband   lar a wire rope, a fiber rope or a rope having wire and fi-
                                                              bers, wherein the rope is provided with a marking during
                                                              the stranding thereof. The marking is changed during the
                                                              stranding  operation.  Expediently, during  stranding,  the
                                                              marking  is  provided successively  with  details characteriz-
                                                              ing the stranding progress. The details include production
                                                              parameters, for example information relating to the length
                                                              of the rope already formed, about raw materials used, the
                                                              stranding speed and/or the current stranding time. The de-
                                                              tails are provided on a wire, a wire strand and/or a marking
                                                              strand, wherein the details are printed on the wire, the wire
                                                              strand or the marking strand or are embossed in the wire,
                                                              the wire strand or the marking strand, and/or chips, prefer-
                                                              ably radio chips, are arranged in the rope.
                                                               The device illustrated schematically in figure 11 for pro-
                                                              ducing a wire rope, a fiber rope, or a hybrid rope consisting
         Figure  10: schematic  diagram  illustrating,  by way of example, a   of fibers and wires comprises a marking unit 2, by means
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