The Best Industrial Lightning Protection

The Best Industrial Lightning Protection

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With regard to industrial businesses, a lightning strike can prove to be one of the most costly occurrences that can happen, creating damage to the attached high end equipment such as  programmable logic controls which are used to automate manufacturing systems, as well as microprocessors and computers. These components are generally chained together in a way that allows them to communicate as well as share a common power source, which is one of the primary aspects that makes them so susceptible to this type of damage.  Even though lightning strikes are rare, they will usually produce large scale electrical surges that will be responsible for interruptions to the process, and catastrophic failures.  Unprotected equipment can sustain damage valued in millions of dollars from a single strike instance, which is why so many companies will invest heavily into technologically advanced lightning protection systems, their single function being to minimize the damage that occurs in these rare instances.

Most people are familiar with lightning itself but are unaware that there are distinct differences in the types of equipment damage which happens as a result.  The direct strike is the damage that occurs at the point where the lightning bolt strikes the equipment.  This will generally cause catastrophic failure, explosions and fires which result in the possible total destruction of the component at the strike point.  Mitigation attempts will usually involve the installation of some sort of overhead metallic structure or distribution line to draw potential strikes away from the equipment towards a safer area.  The risk of damage to the down line equipment is not minimized by this type of solution, but the damages that would occur as a result of a direct strike can be avoided in some instances.  The local strike is one where there is a lightning strike that couples onto the power lines which are located outside of a building or enclosure.  The grounding equipment that has been installed as a failsafe for this type of incident will attempt to divert the excess electricity to the earth.  These types of systems will attempt to absorb overvoltage before the current comes into contact with the equipment which is being powered via the lines that have been struck.  The coupled strike is where excess voltage provided by the lightning couples into supply lines of all types that feed the equipment inside of the protected area. Direct strikes to structures can also sometimes result in electrical coupling, and without protection mechanisms which can diminish the voltage we will see damage to the sensitive equipment as a result.  All three types of lightning strikes will produce damage if left unprotected against, and all three types can also be mitigated if the proper steps and components are installed.  Raycap manufactures the world’s leading lightning protection systems designed for industrial facilities and is trusted globally to provide the best defense available against lightning strike damage.  Inquire today to find out about the latest developments in industrial lightning protection for your business.

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