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95/165/1 Powerpoint with instruction leaflet and packaging, 'Surge Arrestor', plastic / cardboard / paper / metal, designed by Nielsen Design Associates, made by HPM Industries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1991. Click to enlarge.

'Surge Arrestor' powerpoint

Designed
Designed by Nielsen Design Associates for HPM Industries this device was one of the first products to receive the Powerhouse Museum Selection in 1992 as part of the Australian Design Awards. Still on the market in 2006, it uses an innovative audible and visual warning for surge protection of electronic equipment. This device is an example of the work of Nielsen Design Associates, one of Australia's oldest industrial design consulting firms. Established by Carl Nielsen in 1961, the group has …

Summary

Object No.

95/165/1

Object Statement

Powerpoint with instruction leaflet and packaging, 'Surge Arrestor', plastic / cardboard / paper / metal, designed by Nielsen Design Associates, made by HPM Industries Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1991

Physical Description

White plastic double powerpoint with instructions in sealed plastic bag inside yellow and black cardboard package.

Marks

see parts

Production

Notes

This device uses an innovative audible and visual warning for surge protection. It represents increase in domestic installation of computers and other electricity surge sensitive equipment in the 1990s.

History

Notes

Used to protect computers & other electrical equipment against electrical surges (ie thunderstorms). Takes extra voltage a surge can generate & transfers that to earth.

Received an Australian Design Award and Powerhouse Museum Selection 1992.

Nielsen Design Associates, established by Carl Nielsen in 1961, was one of the first industrial design consulting businesses in Sydney. In 1985 Carl's first employee David Wood, became a director of the group along with senior designers Sandy McNeil and Adam Laws. in 2005 David and Sandy were the group's directors. From a studio in Hunters Hill, Nielsen's ten designers develop products for a broad range of industries, from telecommunications to medical devices. About half their work is for clients outside Australia, mainly in Europe and Asia.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of HPM Industries Pty Ltd, 1995

Acquisition Date

20 June 1995

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Surge Arrestor' powerpoint 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <https://ma.as/143410>

Wikipedia

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