Industrial Surge Protection In Modern Industrial Businesses
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As businesses become more reliant upon computerization and robotic manufacturing to produce goods and services for public consumption, we find that there are unique challenges that present themselves as technology becomes more integrated. Industrial businesses still share the same types of physical makeups as they always have, being positioned in regions and areas that are not close to other developments, in order to both allow for the aspects of business to happen that must without disturbing the daily lives of others, and also to provide the space that is necessary in many operations. In other cases, the “end units” of a business comes into play, with things like solar panels and wind turbines needing to be positioned in places that are unobstructed, once again necessitating a remote location. In all these cases, each year that goes by shows more reliance upon technology to regulate and operate the business itself. Computers and robots are replacing human beings in many roles, and the processes are becoming more streamlined and productive as new technology is integrated. The downside to the integration of computerized and circuit driven equipment is the expense of its maintenance and repair when it is damaged. The more expensive the components in equipment, the more cost to maintain it. The more integral the equipment is to the process, the more damaging it becomes when it goes offline. The unfortunate aspect of integration of these types of systems is that they can easily be damaged by the natural weather events that take place all around us, especially lightning strikes.
When lighting strikes an industrial facility, it causes two types of damage. The most obvious is the explosion and fires that happen at the strike point, usually resulting in structural and equipment damage at the point of the strike. There is little that can be done to prevent this type of damage, but downstream damage because of the power surge that follows a lightning strike can be prevented. An unprotected system will see damage at the strike point that also results in damage to components some distances away. This is because of the connections between that equipment and the strike point itself. If the power surge that follows the strike is allowed to travel along any pathways that lead to other circuit-driven equipment, it can easily damage that connected equipment as a result. This compounds the costs of regularly doing business because the damage that must be fixed and restored to functional status is not isolated to one place. Instead, it can be seen anywhere that is ultimately connected to that point through a cable or wire. Any component directly connected to equipment at the strike point, or directly connected or mounted to the same structure, can be easily damaged and must be attended to. This is why the need is so strong to integrate industrial surge protection devices along all possible pathways that electricity can follow. The result of allowing a facility to be inadequately protected will almost always be more expensive than providing that protection in the first place.