Surge Protection Device

Surge Protection Device

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An industrial grade surge protective device is also known as an “SPD.” These are pieces of equipment that are specifically designed and manufactured for the express purpose of preventing excess electricity from reaching a specified point.  The general application involves the installation of a surge protection device somewhere before a piece of equipment or a series of equipment connections.  These pieces of equipment the surge protector protects are understood to have a threshold of electricity that they can operate within without damage occurring.  If the level of electrical flow exceeds a certain point of measurement, it is understood that the equipment will sustain damage at either the circuit level, or potentially sustain a complete and total loss of operability as a result of explosion or fire.  The surge protection device is installed along connected wires or cables that meet the equipment itself.  These can be traditional power lines as well as data transfer lines or connectivity cables that supply communication between devices.  The surge protection device is installed previous to the equipment that is desired to be protected, and the power source.  Other points of SPD installation can also be found at junction boxes or critical points within a structure that may see electricity coupled into elements that have the ability to conduct electricity.  The surge protection device would be installed in a way that only allows electricity to flow through it in order to reach the equipment at the other side.  Through this installation, the surge protection device can cut off or divert the flow of electricity past it if this electrical level exceeds a specified point.  This way, the operational range of electrical flow is maintained continually.

An industrial grade electrical surge protection device differs from residential devices of the same type because they are constructed of far more robust components as well as able to handle far wider ranges of electrical flow.  Technological advances have also allowed some industrial grade surge protection devices to remain functional even after the surge instance, essentially acting upon a surge and then going back to a “resting” state.  Equipment protected by SPDs that don’t behave with this characteristic will be left exposed after the surge protection device has done its job and “sacrificed itself” in the event of a power surge.  A conventional surge protection device would typically be rendered inoperable after it has diverted the flow of electricity until which point it must be reset or a new pluggable SPD device installed.  This leaves industrial installations at risk due to the fact that the equipment is unprotected should another power surge come along, whether from a lightning strike nearby or from a grid occurrence caused by accidents near power lines.  Even though the expression says “lightning never strikes twice”, this is actually far from the truth.  Multiple lightning strikes to the same facility during inclement weather is common, and multiple power surges as a result of those strikes is also common.  Through the integration of technologically superior surge protection devices like Strikesorb technology from Raycap, industrial facilities have a far greater ability to protect equipment in the facility.  The wind, solar, telecommunications and transportation industries are just a few of the mission critical types of businesses that have benefited from the improved surge protection technology that Raycap offers.

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