Surge Protection Special Devices

Surge Protection Special Devices

Industrial businesses rely upon the ability to function in a variety of harsh circumstances in order to maintain their ongoing ability to generate revenue.  Industrial business components are often manufactured with higher tolerances based on the need for a functionality that exceeds the typical requirements found in residential types of applications. All in all, industrial equipment must be more robust  because it is installed into harsher, more exposed environments that would typically damage less hardened  components.  Industrial equipment is required to function under conditions that are far more difficult than what is asked of most of the commercial equipment that we interact with on a daily basis.  Therefore the types of components found in industrial equipment and machinery, while being tougher than residential grade equipment, are also expected to be exposed to a variety of unforeseen circumstances that can also bring about damage.  We will often see these types of unforeseen things happening in a variety of ways, ranging from theft and vandalism due to the fact that industrial spaces are less populated than others, to damage as a result of weather because industrial equipment is often more exposed.  Either way, protection against the unforeseen is necessary in order to maintain the ongoing operations of the businesses as well as protect the bottom line as much as is possible.

One of the most obvious areas where we find the need for extra levels of protection is against the natural elements that weather produces.  One of the most destructive phenomena that can happen is a lightning strike either directly to or around an industrial installation.  These types of businesses are targets for lightning strikes because they are generally located in relatively remote areas and are often some of the tallest structures in an area.  Because of this natural setup that attracts the lightning strike to it, most businesses of these types will employ different methodologies of protection in order to avoid as much repair and restoration cost as possible.  This will usually entail the addition of external systems that are designed to either attract the lightning to strike in more controlled environments, or provide a barrier that can stop the electrical surge that is produced by the lightning strike.  The diversion of lightning strikes to a more managed and controllable environment is generally accomplished by use of overhead shields or lightning rods which will direct a direct strike to ground without damage to equipment in the region.  Surge protection devices are also installed throughout the systems in order to prevent excess electrical flow that is produced by a strike from coming in contact with sensitive equipment downstream.  Most electrical surges will couple into connectivity lines, so the installation of surge protection devices along these lines is critical in order to prevent the destruction of equipment outside of the strike point.  These types of preventative measures can produce an advantage in savings by extending equipment life beyond the projected points of retirement.

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