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The Tale of the ScaleAn Odyssey of Invention$
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Solly Angel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158687.001.0001

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The License to Fail

The License to Fail

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(p.125) 13 The License to Fail
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The Tale of the Scale
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Solly Angel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158687.003.0013

There was no doubt that completing the development of the load cell was the first and highest priority; that the survival of the scale project hinged on the invention of an accurate and affordable load cell; and that all other aspects of the thin-scale project would have to wait on the backburner until the load cell performed to everyone's satisfaction and its development was largely complete. The hook design for the load cell that was presented in Groningen in late August 1988 was not thin enough to fit into a quarter-inch scale, but it embodied the idea of thinness more readily than other known load cell designs. The functional requirements for this design are reported. Solly Angel returned from Groningen to New York energized by the promise of a Philips development contract and its associated initial payment of $25,000, and he immediately set to work on the design of a double-grip load cell prototype. This design probably failed due to the grip connections. Moreover, the folded-wrench load cell prototypes still refused to perform, despite the rapidly approaching new deadline.

Keywords:   license, double-grip load cell, folded-wrench load cell, prototype, hook design, Solly Angel

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