All businesses operate on a relatively simple premise, to bring in more in revenues than is put out. This profit motive is the driving force behind most businesses, with the additional motivations of doing good for the community by providing essential services or goods. The balance of bringing in more in revenue than is spent in the operations of the business must be maintained if the business is to continue functioning, and this balance is extremely difficult to maintain in industries that are subjected to potentially damaging circumstances that cannot be predicted. All these types of operations can do is to plan for the expenses that will come with damage, and work towards minimizing these damages through preventive measures. Industries like the cellular network space, energy production and almost any other business that positions high tech equipment in the field must take all possible steps to minimize equipment damage due to the fact that their competition is continually squeezing margins to smaller levels, essentially creating the need for more expensive equipment while also charging less to customers. It is a difficult balance to achieve, but surge protection devices are helping stabilize the situation for many businesses.
Surge protection devices are growing more technologically advanced the same way most computer equipment is. Simple breakers and surge strips might be fine to protect a computer that costs a thousand dollars, but when the equipment at risk costs millions of dollars the surge protection must be taken more seriously. This is why the SPDs that are now utilized in these types of installations are continually being improved using modern engineering, creating more robust components, faster response times and even the ability to no longer need replacing and resetting after a surge. The functionality of a surge protection device is to create a cutoff of electrical flow along a path if that flow exceeds a safe level. Computer equipment will be damaged at the circuit level if electricity flows to it above a specific amount, and a lightning strike to a structure and the accompanying surge around or nearby vulnerable equipment can easily send the flow out of the safe range. The power surge that follows a lightning strike is actually the source of more damage than the strike itself in most cases. The damage that results from the strike is generally isolated to the strike point, but the damage as a result of the surge can effect equipment that is nowhere near it. This damage can also affect any other components that are connected through copper power or data transfer lines. This chain effect of damage can be minimized and even prevented if the installation of effective and redundant surge protection devices has taken place along flow paths. While the strike itself cannot easily be prevented, the surge damage can.
Through the minimization of the damage that is typically seen as a result of the surge, businesses can increase profitability and maintain a greater control over their expenses. Keeping expenses lower allows a more competitive pricing model for consumers, and keeps businesses functioning. Does your business have adequate surge protection in place?