When most people think about surge protection devices the only thing that comes to mind is the surge strips that you can buy at your local hardware store, when in reality they are an important and integral aspect of modern life. Industrial surge protection not only keeps daily life for most of the world running smoothly, but also keeps some of the most evolved and high-tech products and services affordable to the masses. The place to start is probably with a definition of what a surge protection device is, and how they are employed on the industrial level. A surge protection device can take many forms, but it is essentially a piece of equipment that is installed somewhere in between a power source and a piece of equipment that is powered by that source. There are numerous methods that the surge protection device may use in order to provide the protection it is designed for. These different techniques involve diverting the flow away from the device, completely cutting off the flow or drawing the flow down. The devices themselves are designed to understand the maximum level of electrical flow that can be tolerated by the equipment that they are protecting downstream, and are designed to provide a specific type of functionality that will deal instantaneously with any electricity over and above this level. The regulated flow of electricity that comes to your home or business can fluctuate significantly. It can handle extremely high levels of electrical flow without damage happening to the system itself. If the wires themselves that carried the electricity to your location would be damaged at the same level of access as your equipment which is connected to it, the surges that happen all the time would ultimately create damage to the system that would far exceed the costs for repair then anything that you could connect to it. Therefore fail safes are put in place previous to your equipment connection, and higher-level fail safes are put in place to protect the delivery system itself. The device that protects everything beyond it will function at a level it is engineered to perform to, and the industrial level of surge protection devices are designed to perform at a level far higher than consumer surge strips. They’re protecting equipment that is far more valuable and regulating electrical flows that are far higher than your residential ones. The stakes that are involved in protecting industrial equipment and installations are far higher because the damage that could be incurred through an unchecked power surge does not stop at equipment replacement, and also involves the rendering offline of critical services that are relied upon by the public. Industrial businesses manufacture and produce things that the general public both needs and wants, in order to maintain their daily life, and as such they must remain functional for maximum periods of time. When the stakes are higher, better forms of electrical protection are necessary.