Artwork reveals hidden beauty of NOJA Power ACRs
Electrical switchgear engineers NOJA Power today announces the commissioning and installation of a series of five paintings by local artist John H. Lynch. The paintings feature the company’s Automatic Circuit Reclosers (ACRs or “auto-reclosers”) in locations around the world. The paintings demonstrate that industrial products primarily designed for safety and performance rather than appearance can reveal a hidden beauty when seen operating in the environments for which they were planned.
The first painting, situated in the NOJA Power’s training room, shows an OSM Series three-phase ACR at Albury Wodonga on the border between NSW and Victoria in outback Australia. This image demonstrates how NOJA Power’s products are both ideally suited for operation in harsh environments (the ACRs have a maximum operating temperature rating of +55°C) and for servicing long feeders in rural areas.
The second Lynch painting, also in the training room, captures a scene evoking the atmosphere of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In the image, two NOJA Power ACRs ensure that the power supply for the Castelão Stadium in Fortaleza, venue for six games at the tournament, is protected. The NOJA Power ACRs—which have a maximum rated voltage of 15.5 kV and a rated continuous current of 800 A—are shown in an Auto Change Over (ACO) configuration where the supply can be quickly and safely swapped from one feeder to a back-up feeder.
The third and fourth paintings show the ACRs operating faultlessly in freezing conditions; one shows an ACR operating in the Swedish sub-Arctic climate where temperatures range from -30°C in Winter to 25°C in Summer with 60 to 80 mm of rain in the Summer months, and the other painting features Finland where the ACRs are expected to operate in temperatures plummeting to -40°C. NOJA Power’s OSM series ACRs are rated for use in temperature extremes from -40° to +55°C in challenging environments across the globe.
The final painting by John H. Lynch shows an ACR in use in Noosa, Queensland, a rural seaside location that demanded a distribution automation solution capable of remote interrogation. NOJA Power’s ACRs offer optional remote interrogation to obtain network performance metrics through the company’s Power Quality Software (PQS) suite. For example, NOJA Power’s RC15 supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)-ready controller for its OSM series ACRs incorporates a cellular network modem that supports 2G, 3G and 4G mobile communications enabling the utility to remotely interrogate the ACR, change settings or download new firmware. Long-distance, remote communication is a key requirement for smart grid implementations.
“We strive to make NOJA Power a pleasant place to work and instead of mounting uninspiring canvases on the walls of the campus, we thought it would be a good idea to support a local artist and encourage them to come up with something a little different,” says Neil O’Sullivan, NOJA Power Group Managing Director. “John Lynch has repeatedly demonstrated that he can turn unconventional subjects into beautiful paintings so we were confident that he could produce artworks featuring our technology—of which the staff at NOJA Power are rightly very proud—that would catch the eye of employees and visitors alike. With this series of paintings, he has achieved exactly that.”
John H. Lynch is a Brisbane-based, self-taught sculptor, painter and sketcher with 35 years of experience. He takes an alternative viewpoint of art and has produced works ranging from animals demonstrating their ‘mojo’ through tattoos and jewellery, to German car emblems adorned with iconic images of Australia such as the Sydney Opera House and Uluru. He has even decorated the wing of one of the RAAF’s decommissioned F-111 fighter bombers. Lynch is known for not using a recognisable style in every painting he produces. He was commissioned by NOJA Power to both support this local artist and to provide conversation-provoking backdrops for the company’s office, R&D and training facilities.
NOJA Power specialises in the R&D, manufacture, marketing, sales and service of low- and medium-voltage switchgear products. The company’s main product family is one-, two- and three-phase Automatic Circuit Reclosers (ACRs) specifically engineered to form the fundamental building blocks of smart grids. The company has recently launched VISI-SWITCH®, a 15.5kV, 800A load break switch (LBS) which is the only vacuum interrupt solid dielectric insulated load break switch available in the world today and features patented visible break capability. Over 40,000 NOJA Power OSM series medium-voltage (15, 27 and 38 kV) Automatic Circuit Reclosers (ACRs) have been installed by utilities in 85 countries around the world.
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