In Reply to: Re: Cube Root posted by Tim Daley(MI) on January 12, 2019 at 10:58:16:
About that same time I was working for a small custom manufacturer in the St. Louis area. Supervising the electronic production and filling in as a Electronic Engineer.
We received a new machine, Either a riveter or a punch press and it fell to me to set it up. Opened the manual and was faced with an adjustment, the measurement of which was given in 4 decimals. I had nothing I could measure that accurately with.
Happened to take another look at the name plate and found it was manufactured in Italy.
The light bulb lite and I realized it was converted metric. Did the reverse conversion, grabbed my pocket scale and set the machine up!
On a side note: All of the talk in Washington about the Chinese stealing technology. What's new? We built two machines which ended up going to China and were no doubt copied many times. One was a multi-head spiraller for manufacturing resistors, the other a bottle inspector machine. I left that job in 1977 after 11 years there.