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The Company Motto Is “Light and Thin”

Solly Angel

in The Tale of the Scale

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195158687
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849826 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158687.003.0020
The Company Motto Is “Light and Thin”

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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

Chapter.  9528 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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