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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      the wire rope 224. It is also contemplated that the collar 100   the bends between the elbow 215 and the first and second
                     Wire  Rope  News  &  Sling  Technology          August  2006
         may be deformed in any other suitable manner such as, for   bare cable segments 214, 216. As a result, the amount of
         example, by crushing or swaging.                     force  that must be countered  by the engagement between
           When an excessive tensile force is applied to the looped   the third collar portion 116 and the second bare cable seg-
         cable assembly 200, the crimp or swage is stressed, and may   ment 216 is greatly reduced, thereby increasing the amount
         in  some  circumstances  begin  to  fail.  In  such  case,  the  first   of tensile force that the cable 200 can endure without collar
         bare cable segment 214 may begin to slip or slide out of the   failure. Thus, it should be appreciated that the looped ca-
         first collar portion 114. This in turn results in a tightening of   ble 200 can provide a greater holding force than traditional
         the cable turn or elbow 215, which may be positioned along   looped cables. This added strength increases the pull force
         an axis arranged substantially perpendicular to axes of the   required to break the swage or crimp, thereby resulting in
         second and third openings 124, 126. When this occurs, the   an increased amount of weight that can be lifted or towed
         tensile force in the cable 200 must be translated from the first   using the looped cable 200 such as, for example, when used
         bare cable segment 214 to the now straightened elbow 215,   as a sling, and/or resulting in improved security such as, for
         and from the elbow 215 to the second bare cable segment 216.   example, when used as a cable.
           Because  both  the  first  and  second  bare  cable  segments   With reference to figures 29 and 30, shown therein is a
         214,  216 are arranged substantially orthogonal  to the el-  looped cable assembly  400 according  to a second  embodi-
         bow 215, much of the tensile force is countered by friction-  ment which includes a collar 300 and a cable 410. The cable
         al forces between the collar 100 and the wire rope 224 at   410  includes  first  and  second  coated  cable  segments  412,
                                                              413, a bare rope cable segment 414, and a bare core segment
                                                              416. The coated cable segments 412, 413 include a plastic
                                                              outer  coating  422 surrounding  a wire  rope  424 having a
                                                              central core 426 and a plurality of braided or twisted wire
                                                              groups 425 positioned about the central core 426. The bare
                                                              rope cable segment 414 includes the wire rope 424, but does
                                                              not include the outer coating  422. The bare core segment
                                                              416 includes the central core 426, but does not include the
                                                              wire groups 425 or the outer coating 422. In the illustrated
                                                              embodiment, the central core 426 is a solid core consisting
                                                              of  a  single  flexible  wire.  However,  it  is  also  contemplated
                                                              that the central core 426 may comprise a group of braided
                                                              or twisted wires, which may be the same as or similar to the
         Figure 30: Looped cable assembly including the crimp collar of figure 29.  wire groups 425 which surround the central core 426.  n
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