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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 Company Motto Is “Light and Thin”

The Company Motto Is “Light and Thin”

(p.247) 20 The Company Motto Is “Light and Thin”
The Tale of the Scale

Solly Angel

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Toshihiko Oshima was the vice president and general manager of the Tanita Corporation of America, one of a number of subsidiaries of the Tanita Corporation of Japan. He pointed out that his colleagues in Tokyo had recently come across Solly Angel's Japanese patent for a new flat load cell, the cat face. Oshima asked if Angel would be interested in licensing the patent to them for use in making low-profile wheelchair scales for hospitals, and possibly other scales as well. Solly promised Oshima that he would show up in Skokie with a working prototype of the thin scale. After some further exchanges of faxes, the Shekel people and Angel agreed on a co-exclusivity arrangement. Only Shekel and Tanita would have the patent rights to this. Furthermore, the third prototype worked because (a) it incorporated the ball-and-socket arrangement; and (b) it reduced the deflection of the plate at full load to one-thirty-secondth of an inch.

Keywords:   Toshihiko Oshima, Tanita Corporation, Shekel, cat face load cell, prototype, ball-and-socket, thin scale, Solly Angel

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