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Industrial Grade Surge Protection Devices

When surge protection is not only suggested but absolutely necessary to keep operational costs manageable, businesses turn to technology. The concept of surge protection is relatively simple, take flowing electricity and stop the flow if it exceeds a specific amount, thus keeping the surge from equipment in the system. Since there are capacities that cannot be breached without damage being done to equipment, surge protection is put in place to cut the flow if damage could occur. This protects the components as a failsafe, rendering them inoperable but yet not continuing to protect in the case of a follow on surge. Often surge protectors, once they do their jobs, need to be reset or replaced. If this is done before the follow on surge, then operators avoid the need to replace the equipment being protected. When systems cost millions of dollars, the prevention of any percentage of expected damage repair can add up to a healthier bottom line for the business.

Surge protection devices that consumers are familiar with take the shape of surge strips and battery backups that we plug computers into, we call these consumer and commercial grade surge protectors, they are not industrial grade surge protectors. We may have some familiarity with the breaker box in our homes, and understand that these devices are designed to shut off if the power levels flowing across them exceed the safe zone. The reasons behind the surge are irrelevant, and could be caused by anything from trees falling on power lines, transformer malfunctions, or lightning strikes. What matters is that when the electrical flow is outside the safe range, surge protectors function to either stop or divert an electrical surge before it can reach the components downstream. Protecting your home computer saves money in replacement costs, but protecting the computer equipment of industrial facilities actually makes our lives easier. This is because the systems that are being protected by industrial surge protection are relied upon by consumers every day. The regular functions of modern life that we all take for granted are generally tied to some form of industrial grade surge protection system.

The way that the commercial grade breaker boxes and surge strips in our homes function is the same way that industrial surge protection and power systems function. The excess electrical flow is detected and stopped as quickly as technologically possible. Advancements to industrial surge protection devices can be seen in these devices having a faster response time or made with more robust materials in general. Every time a surge protection device is improved, more savings as far as costs of operation are seen. There is a specific advancement that may outweigh them all with regards to business operations, the “always on” features of Raycap Strikesorb surge protection devices. While a typical surge protector in both the consumer grades and commercial grades functions by switching off at the device level, Raycap devices do not “turn off” so to say. Provided that the surge is of high intensity and short lived (i.e. typical lightning surges), they activate quickly, do their job of shunting the surge to ground, and then return to their normal “inert” state. A slowdown in production is seen when a system is rendered inoperable until the surge protection devices can be reset in order to restore functionality. This takes time and manpower, and ultimately every second that a system is unprotected it is vulnerable to a new surge, and when inoperable money is lost. Raycap Strikesorb devices do not need replacing and resetting to restore functionality, which makes the restoration to functionality of a total system able to be accomplished faster and with less manpower. This advancement saves millions of dollars in businesses worldwide every year, and Raycap is the patent holder and exclusive provider of Strikesorb.