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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      tends from the center of the drum to the first object to be   tal end 58 of the cable is detachably attached to an object
                     Wire  Rope  News  &  Sling  Technology          August  2006
         engaged or a sheave. Failure to align the winch will prevent   46 to which a pulling force is to be applied. The proximal
         the cable from winding onto the drum as it should. A com-  end 56 is secured to the drum.
         mon arrangement is for the winch cable to leave the drum
         and go through a fixed sheave or block. Grooved drums can   Gear reduction assembly and winch  including gear
         help the cable spool correctly. For example, a helical groove   reduction assembly
         can be provided to facilitate multi-layer applications that re-  Pat. 10,131,524 U.S. class B66D 1/225 Int. class B66D 1/22
         sults in additional layers of cable lying at a crosswise angle   Inventor: Stephen P. Wilkins, Floyds Knobs, IN., Larry C.
         to the lower layers.                                 Wilkins, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
           In  use,  one  method  for  operating  the  winch  system  10   Assignee: Wilkins IP, LLC., New Albany, IN.
         involves the processor 12 descending from above and en-  This  patent presents a gear reduction assembly includ-
         gaging the winch system 10. After engagement, the winch   ing a main input shaft, a carrier coupled to the main input
         system 10 is coupled to the movable processor 12. One em-  shaft, and at least one carrier shaft coupled to the carrier
         bodiment of the processor 12 has a pair of processor driving   and spaced from the main input shaft. The gear reduction
         rollers 14 and openable claw-like knives 16. Via a gearing   assembly may also include at least one spur gear pair in-
         system, the processor 12 provides rotational, translational   cluding a first spur gear coupled to the carrier shaft, and a
         and potential energy to the winch system 10. The gearing   second spur gear, wherein the first and second spur gears
         system rotates, stops or reverses the rotation of a drum 36   are coupled to one another such that they rotate together.
         around which the cable  40 is wrapped and to which the   The gear reduction assembly also includes a first internal
         cable 40 is tethered so that the cable 40 can be extended or   gear engaged with the first spur gear, a second internal gear
         retracted without detachment or slippage. In use, the dis-  engaged with the second spur gear, and a hub associated
                                                              with the first internal gear. The first internal gear has a first
                                                              number of teeth, the second internal gear has a second num-
                                                              ber of teeth, and the first and second numbers of teeth differ
                                                              by from one to five teeth.
                                                               Figures 16 and 17 show an exemplary embodiment of a
                                                              winch 10. Exemplary winch 10 may be used in a conventional
                                                              manner to perform a number of tasks related to deploying or
                                                              paying-out line attached to a load, pulling against a line at-
                                                              tached to a load, and/or merely maintaining a tension in the
                                                              line attached to a load. For example, winch 10 may have a
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