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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
                           company’s  116'  long  test  bed.
 best ethnic restaurant representing
 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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 12      detecting the tension on a guide rope of a hanging scaffold in   method are applicable to thick and thin steel wire ropes and
                     Wire  Rope  News  &  Sling  Technology          August  2006
         a construction shaft. The guide rope is released by a winch,   highly universal, and are low in cost
         rounds over a hoisting sheave, is connected to the hanging   As shown in figures 16-19, a device for detecting the ten-
         scaffold, and then is tensioned up. The hoisting sheave is   sion on the guide rope of a hanging scaffold in a construc-
         disposed at a position above the winch, and the device com-  tion shaft is provided. The guide rope 1 rounds over a winch
         prises  a slide  device,  two  tension  ropes,  and a pull  rope,   7 and a hoisting sheave 8 and then extends into the shaft.
         wherein,  the  slide  device  is  fitted  around  the  guide  rope.   One end of the guide rope 1 is connected to a hanging scaf-
         The two tension ropes are fixed to the two sides of the slide   fold 10, and the hoisting sheave 8 is positioned above the
         device respectively and arranged parallel to the guide rope.   winch 7. The device further comprises a slide device 3, two
         The pull rope is fixed to the lower part of the slide device   tension ropes 2, and a pull rope 4, wherein, a tension sen-
         and arranged perpendicular to the guide rope. On the basis   sor 5 is arranged on the tension ropes 2 and the pull rope 4
         of the basic principles of mechanics, the force applied on the   respectively.
         guide rope can be calculated indirectly according to the pro-  Specifically, the slide device 3 is fitted over the guide rope
         portional relation between the forces applied on the tension   1, and comprises a grooved track roller 3-3 and two guard
         rope and guide rope and the lengths of the ropes. The device   plates 3-1. The two guard plates 3-1 are arranged symmetri-
         disclosed in the present invention is simple, and the method   cally at the outer side of the two end faces of the grooved
         disclosed in the present invention is skillful. The device and   track roller 3-3 and are hinged to the track roller 3-3 via a
                                                              roller pin shaft 3-4 and a bearing 3-5. A connecting shaft 3-2
                                                              is arranged at the top left corner and top right corner of the
                                                              guard plate 3-1 above the guide rope 1, and passes through
                                                              the two guard plates 3-1, and a tension rope 2 is fixed to each
                                                              of the connecting shafts 3-2 respectively. A third connecting
                                                              shaft 3-2 is arranged on the guard plate 3-1 below the guide
                                                              rope 1 and passes through the two guard plates 3-1, and a
                                                              pull rope 4 is fixed to the third connecting shaft 3-2. The
                                                              slide device 3 is fitted over the guide rope 1 in the following
                                                              way: first, removing the third connecting shaft 3-2 from the
                                                              slide device 3; then, placing the groove of the track roller 3-3
                                                              of the slide device 3 on the guide rope 1. Next, connect the
                                                              removed connecting shaft 3-2 to the slide device 3. Finally,
          Figure 16: Schematic system diagram of the device for detecting the   fasten the pull rope 4 to the two upper connecting shafts 3-2.
          tension on a guide rope.                                                            continued on next page
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