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A Canadian Invention: The Spiral Nail

Business Assignment

Tima F.

on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of A Canadian Invention: The Spiral Nail

...as small as a nail GREAT iDEAS can sometimes be small
. . . In 1954, Allan B. Dove,
a Canadian metallurgist, invented
the Ardox Spiral Nail. Curiousity Imagination Research Relationship The History Of The Ardox Spiral Nail

• Allan B. Dove was able to invent the Ardox spiral nail and achieve financial success progressively through his developing entrepreneurial characteristics and skills. He had the curiousity and the imagination. He had the research and the relationship skills. From the very idea to the actual distribution of the Ardox spiral nail, Dove had what it took. • Allan Dove had what many have thought to be
quite the strange interest - nails! Since a young
age, he was peculiarly absorbed by them and
their small, simple functions. Whether they were
old nails, new nails, tiny tacks, big spikes, square-
cut nails, or round nails - you name it - he
enjoyed observing them all! Yet nobody would
have known that his odd obsession would lead

• originally born in Ayr, Scotland
• joined The Chemical Institute of Canada in 1928 while still a student at Queen's University
• was also a life member of the EIC, the ASM, the Association where he received a number of medals and awards
• he was elected as a Fellow in 1940
• received the J. Edward Donnellan Award in 1970 for
"leadership in maintaining the high principles in the wire
industry" • In the early 1930s, Allan
started working for The Steel
Company of Canada (Stelco), an In 1932, Dove had started out as an assistant supervisor at Stelco, and over the years, rose to the position of senior development. During his time working at Stelco, Dove developed an open relationship with his colleagues. He presented to them the Ardox spiral nail, and they loved the idea. They even took charge and patented Dove's invention. Even though it was Stelco's main operation to produce high-performance steel for the demanding needs of Global Automotive Companies, they planned to soon start producing the spiral nails. integrated steel producer based in Hamilton, Ontario. As he worked there, he recognized a need in nails in which everyone else overlooked. He realized that what he and his colleagues needed was something that would less likely split the wood when hammered in, with a grip stronger than the typical smooth, round nail. Allan was eager to start imagining a solution to the problem. • Dove asked himself if he could create a smarter nail that would be more convenient for builders to use. So, he decided to do some hands-on research. He collected all the types of nails available and studied them carefully. After much of research, he came up with a new and improved design for a nail with considerably more holding power than standard nails. Featuring a helical spiral from head to tip, he figured out that a spiral-shaped nail would twist, rather than pound, its way into the wood, making hammering it in much easier. The Ardox Spiral Nail's Impact On Society Today Today, the Ardox spiral nail has a much wider range of applications. It can be used not only for construction purposes, but also for bone injuries too. Surgical screws allow the mending of new bone-cell growth. Depending on the type of bone injury, the spiral screws either remain in the body permanently while others can be removed after the injury has healed. So, in a way, Allan B. Dove's invention has contributed to the regeneration and healing, and even survival of human beings. Works Cited
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