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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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 12      tensioning assembly is used to tension a steel wire rope; the   motor 10, the first variable frequency motor 10 drives the
                     Wire  Rope  News  &  Sling  Technology          August  2006
         steel wire rope loading assembly is used to provide vertical   reel 12 to rotate, and the torque sensor 23 is connected be-
         loading for the steel wire rope tensioning assembly, so that   tween the variable frequency motor 10 and the reel 12, and
         loading force is generated between the tensioned steel wire   measures torque on the reel 12 in real time.
         rope and the steel wire rope wound around the reel; the lead   The steel wire rope tensioning assembly includes a linear
         screw sliding assembly is used to drive the steel wire rope   tensioning assembly and a curved tensioning assembly. The
                                                              linear  tensioning  assembly  can  tension  the  steel  wire  rope
                                                              when the steel wire rope is in a linear state, and the curvilin-
                                                              ear tensioning assembly can tension the steel wire rope in a
                                                              curved state. The linear tensioning assembly includes a steel
                                                              wire rope tensioning plate 29, a support device 36, a tension-
                                                              ing sliding block 25B, a tension and compression sensor 35,
                                                              a first hook 34A, a second hook 34C, and a second threaded
                                                              rod 38. The support device 36 is fixed to one end of the steel
                                                              wire rope tensioning plate 29, a guide rail is disposed inside
                                                              the support device 36, and the guide rail provides guiding and
         Figure 6: Schematic side view of a device for detecting a layer-to layer              continued on next page
         transition of a lifting steel wire rope.
         tensioning assembly to move on a guide rail 2, so that there
         is a relative displacement between the tensioned steel wire
         rope and the steel wire rope wound around the reel; the reel
         assembly and the lead screw sliding assembly are mounted
         on a support base 1; the steel wire rope tensioning assembly
         is connected to the steel wire rope loading assembly via a
         threaded rod and a static torque sensor 28; the steel wire
         rope loading assembly is sleeved on vertical bare shaft guide
         rails 4 via sliding blocks 9; and lower parts of the vertical
         bare shaft guide rails 4 are fixed to a rack that is slideable
         along a horizontal guide rail 2.
           Referring to figures 7-10, the reel assembly includes the
         reel 12, a torque sensor 23, and a first variable frequency   Figure 7: Schematic front view of the detection device.
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