As is mentioned in another article of this issue, our Oil Filled (OF) cable (66kV OFZN 675mm² cable) has been inscribed in the FY 2014 list of future Engineering Heritage, which is selected by the National Museum of Nature and Science as an essential historical material for science and technology to indicate this country’s development in the field of technology.
The system of future technology Heritage was launched in 2008, with the purpose of handing down to the next generation epoch-making technologies throughout the history of Japanese industrial technologies, as well as products that have had considerable impact in society and people’s daily lives. Nearly 200 products and technologies, including those selected this year, have been inscribed in the future Engineering Heritage list. Many other inscribed items include those that you can remember quickly, such as the 0 (zero) series train of the Tokaido Shinkansen, celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, as well as a black and white TV, and an electronic desk calculator.
The newly inscribed OF cable by Sumitomo Electric Industries was made in 1930. I feel that our engineers in those days did not expect that their product would capture the spotlight after more than 80 years. During this period, many engineers have continued making improvements and have worked very hard to enhance the reliability of the product, which has allowed the OF cable to continue sustaining society as an important element of power transport infrastructure. Although the product may not be so familiar among the general public, we feel highly honored that it has been selected as a future Engineering Heritage item this time, and believe that its selection is very significant.
Many staff members in our group continue working very hard day and night to develop excellent technologies and supply useful products for society. As indicated in the phrase “illuminating a small corner of society,” it is necessary to take pride in what you do every day and work very hard, even if the work seems simple and unspectacular. Actually, I always tell staff in the group about this phrase. Imagine that people in the next generation, say decades later, will praise what you are doing now. There would be nothing more pleasing to you than that!