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Johannes Schuil

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Johannes Schuil (c1857-1926) of A. Reyrolle and Co and later of Schuil and Cullinan

1926 Obituary [1]

JOHANNES SCHUIL was educated in Holland and came to England during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and was for some time in the employ of the A.E.G. He later became the electrical engineer to the industrial establishments of the Salvation Army.

In 1902 he joined the firm of A. Reyrolle and Co., Ltd., which had just recently been transferred from London to Hebburn-on-Tyne, in which place the remainder of his work was carried out. During the 19 years he was engaged by Messrs. Reyrolle he was responsible for the experimental and testing departments, and in addition was largely responsible for the design and development of several lines of the firm's manufactures, including a complete range of d.c. motor starters of the faceplate and drum types. The drum-type starter which he designed included an ingenious arrangement of interlocked double-pole automatic circuit breaker, as well as the well-known graphite resistance with current-growing characteristic.

Other products which he developed while with the Reyrolle Co. were a line of tubular ventilated fuses, and flame-proof enclosures for fuses and motor starters.

In 1921 he started business in Hebburn under the style of Schuil and Cullinan (which was subsequently altered to the J. Schuil Engineering Co.), manufacturing d.c. motor starters and other small parts.

Towards the end of his business career he was engaged on the production of a form of oil-immersed metal-clad switchgear and high-voltage transformer for pressure-testing. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1922, and was a regular attender at the meetings of the North-Eastern Centre, where he will be much missed by the members.

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