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A big shoutout to KiwiRail and John Holland for hosting us and our business partners Driescher Moosburg Eisleben on site to conduct practical training on the P2P line⚡🔧 

This was a fantastic opportunity to provide training on our 25kV Railway disconnector switches, load break switches and remote motorised actuator, to both the field staff and maintenance engineering team. We appreciate your support and commitment to excellence! 🛤 🚧

Where and why Driescher 25 kV A.C. single-pole and two-pole disconnectors, earthing switches and switches for on-load applications are used in railway elctrifaction?

25 kV AC Single-Pole and Two-Pole Disconnectors

Single-Pole Disconnectors

  • Purpose: Used to isolate a single phase of the electrical circuit.

  • Application: Typically used in railway electrification to isolate sections of the overhead catenary system for maintenance or in case of faults.

  • Operation: Manually or remotely operated, ensuring that the line is de-energized and safe to work on.

  • Design: They are designed to handle high voltages and currents, ensuring reliable disconnection even under adverse weather conditions.

Two-Pole Disconnectors

  • Purpose: Used to isolate two phases of the electrical circuit simultaneously.

  • Application: Less common in single-phase 25 kV railway systems but might be used in specific configurations or in systems with a return conductor.

  • Operation and Design: Similar to single-pole disconnectors but designed to handle two phases, ensuring safe isolation and maintenance of the power lines.

Earthing Switches

  • Purpose: Used to ground (earth) a section of the electrical circuit.

  • Application: Essential for ensuring safety during maintenance, by providing a direct path to the ground, preventing any accidental energization.

  • Operation: Usually manually operated but can also be remote-controlled. They are often interlocked with disconnectors to prevent the earthing switch from closing when the circuit is live.

  • Design: Robust design to handle fault currents and ensure effective grounding.

Switches for On-Load Applications

  • Purpose: Designed to operate under load, meaning they can open or close the circuit while current is flowing.

  • Application: Used to control power flow, manage network configuration, and isolate faults without interrupting the power supply to other sections.

  • Types:

  • Load Break Switches: Specifically designed to interrupt the load current safely.

  • Circuit Breakers: Provide protection by interrupting fault currents.

  • Operation: Can be manually or remotely operated. Equipped with mechanisms to handle the arc produced when breaking the current.

  • Design: Built to withstand high electrical and thermal stresses, ensuring safe and reliable operation under load conditions.

Importance in Railway Electrification

  • Safety: These devices are crucial for the safety of maintenance personnel and the reliable operation of the railway electrification system.

  • Reliability: They help in maintaining a reliable power supply by allowing sections to be isolated or grounded without affecting the entire network.

  • Efficiency: On-load switches enable efficient network management, reducing downtime and improving the overall performance of the railway system.

In summary, single-pole and two-pole disconnectors, earthing switches, and on-load switches are essential components in 25 kV AC railway electrification systems. They provide the necessary isolation, grounding, and load management to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the railway's electrical infrastructure.

As always it was great to have our business partner Arthur Flury AG visit the other week to do a tour of Australia & New Zealand. Practical and theoretical training for proper install of section insulators is always beneficial to customers and we’re happy to share our knowledge and expertise.⚡🔧🛤 🚧

To our business partners and friends

As 2023 draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey we've undertaken together. Your unwavering support has been the cornerstone of our success, and for that, we extend our heartfelt gratitude.

In the spirit of the season, we wanted to inform you that our offices and warehouse will be closed to celebrate the holiday season, from Friday, 22nd December 2023, to Monday, 8th January 2024. We appreciate your understanding during this festive period.

For any urgent technical support matters that may arise during this time, we kindly ask you to reach out to your dedicated account manager directly.

As we approach the New Year, we look forward to the possibilities it brings and to further strengthening our partnership with you. May the holiday season bring you joy, warmth, and moments of well-deserved rest.

Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Warm Regards,

Ruben Lewis and the MV Technology Team

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