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Industrial technology upgrade wins Electrical Excellence Award


A technological upgrade for the Viridian glass coating plant in Dandenong has been recognised at the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Victoria Excellence Awards announced in Melbourne on 10 July. Electrical contractor O’Donnell Griffin won the Industrial Award for its electrical installation at the Viridian plant.

O’Donnell Griffin was engaged by Viridian to install the electrical and instrumentation components of a new glass coating process at the plant. The process produces hard coating, low energy products that are manufactured from stored chemicals mixed on site. The chemicals are heated and delivered to the glass surface at extreme temperatures via five retractable coating beams. The contract involved installation of switchboard, mains, sub mains, cable ladder systems, type K screened multi core cables (Europe supply), EMC screened control cabled (Europe supply) and power/control cables from Australia, plus other control panels, junction boxes and equipment. As the most advanced installation of this new technology in the world, the project knowledge and installation methods developed by O’Donnell Griffin have become a benchmark for similar installations globally.

David Evans, Senior Design Engineer of Pilkington Group in the UK that developed the technology noted, “O’Donnell Griffin continually exceeded my expectations regarding the electrical and control installation. Pilkington is currently using the experience learned to assist in the installation of similar equipment at other plants around the world.”

Peter Nixon, Victorian Divisional Manager of O’Donnell Griffin said on accepting the award, “It is a great honour to be recognised by our industry in this way. It was a significant challenge for our team to design the installation processes and adapt the overseas components for the Australian situation. It is a credit to each member of the team to have contributed to what has become an award-winning project that has set the benchmark for installing this technology world-wide.”

Victoria’s electrical and communications contractors have continued to deliver world-class installations using the latest environmentally sustainable technologies despite the tough economic conditions of the past year. All the NECA Victoria Excellence Awards winners across nine categories distinguished themselves through innovative design and clever use of technology that sets international benchmarks for electrical and communications installations.

Philip Green, chief executive officer of NECA Victoria said, “As the industry’s peak body, NECA is proud to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of our member organisations. These peer awards not only recognise the exceptional quality of the projects completed, but also the important contribution these organisations make to our industry in terms of business and project management, environment and sustainability, occupational health and safety, employment and training. The awards set these companies apart, giving them a competitive advantage in a very difficult economic climate. We congratulate O’Donnell Griffin on their win.”

The state winners are now automatically eligible for the National Excellence Awards, which will be announced in Melbourne on 26 November 2009.

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