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Oerlikon

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1881.
1885. Machines for grooving and polishing chilled rollers.
1906. Oerlikon bevel gear planer.
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1910. 50-70hp 4-cylinder aero-engine.
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1914. Single phase electric locomotive.
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1927. High-Pressure testing Equipment.
1927. Part of Test Room on Ground Floor for Large Apparatus.
1927. Part of Test Room on Second Floor.
1927. Part of Erecting Shop.
1927. test Room for Apparatus on Second Floor.
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Oerlikon near Zurich

Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon, of Norfolk Street, Strand, London

1851 Charles Brown arrived in Switzerland and started building electrical equipment at Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon[1].

1885 Charles Eugene Lancelot Brown joined his father at the factory making electrical equipment

1891 The younger Brown was responsible for the 175km 3-phase transmission demonstration to Frankfurt in Germany

Brown left Oerlikon and, with Walter Boveri, founded Brown, Boveri and Co.

c.1900 Dr Behn Eschenburg developed the single phase series commutator motor with spark suppression at the commutator which became the basis for electification of Swiss railways[2].

1907 Employing 2,200 persons. 'The production of the works is of a varied description. and includes castings, machine tools, machines for making axes and for forming gun stocks, grinding machines, mill machinery, bolting machines, electric generators and motors; of all kinds, electric tramway material, overhead cranes, electric cranes, mining locomotives, steam turbines, &c'

1925 Moved its office from Norfolk-Street, Strand to Oerlikon House, 28-31 Essex-Street, Strand, London, WC2.[3].

1927 Installed New Switchgear Works.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 5 October 1959
  2. The Times, 5 October 1959
  3. The Engineer 1925/12/25
  4. The Engineer 1927/04/15
  • The Times, 5 October 1959