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Surge Protective Device

There are many different types of industrial applications which utilize sensitive equipment in order to provide functionality, all of which should be outfitted with a surge protective device. In most cases this will be presented in the form of computerized machinery and data processing equipment or lines which will either provide accesses to networks or continually monitor/manipulate situations within the network in order to maintain ongoing operations. Advancements over the years have allowed for larger transfers of data with faster speeds and over larger distances, as well as tighter control over the machinery in play at any point, but with this advanced technology comes greater expense and risk with regards to electrical transients. All of these pieces of technology require certain levels of power to be supplied, and all have a tolerance threshold which cannot be breached safely. One of the most damaging and destructive phenomenon that can happen is the lightning created electrical surge, and without adequate protection against this phenomenon, a company can lose millions of dollars in an instant. The circuitry within modern computers and data processors are only able to withstand a minor fluctuation in current before damage or degradation happens, lightning strikes to the supply lines or the facilities themselves creating surges that are far out of this safety zone. The only effective method of damage prevention is suppression of the surge completely and totally, this being accomplished through the installation of surge protective devices which monitor electrical flow and instantaneously cut it off if necessary.

The method of surge protection and the devices which are installed will vary due to different circumstances and equipment types, but the general premise remains the same. The sole function of the protective device is to break the flow of current to an area if the current goes above a set point which has been established as the top of the “safety zone.” With ongoing monitoring of the electrical flow, an installed device will immediately switch off to stop the flow beyond that point, protecting everything past it in the chain. While this may seem to be a simple process that can be easily accomplished, the phenomenon of lightning strikes poses a specific extra risk in that an installation will typically be left exposed after a single strike, which will destroy the protective device itself. Through years of testing and modification for improvement, Raycap has developed its Strikesorb line in order to remain functional through multiple strikes and surges. This ongoing protective level allows for less windows of exposure than competing products, and maintains a higher level of security as a result. Because multiple strikes to structures and surrounding areas is common, redundant and ongoing protection is a must-have for any high tech industrial installation in the modern era. The technological levels of the machinery have improved, and the levels of the surge protective device which shields them must improve as well. Contact Raycap today to find out more about our Strikesorb technology, and how it can work for you.