With technology making tremendous strides over the last few decades, industries have seen a proliferation of important and expensive electrical devices and electronic products.
In today’s electronic world, electrical systems in every industry aren’t complete unless they incorporate surge protection devices.
A sudden increase in voltage that can occur from a lightning strike or damage to a power line can cause excess current to pass through the earth to these sensitive circuits. In just nanoseconds, the same energy that powers a device or machine can stop it from working. Just a slight electrical disruption can have devastating consequences, varying from disruption to repair to complete ruin.
Surge protection devices are intended to afford protection from electrical surges and spikes, including those caused directly and indirectly by lightning, successfully without impairing the operation of the system or causing excessive in-line resistance.
Deployed with the latest state-of-the-art technology all our devices are specially designed with a high surge capacity to suit even the most lightning prone regions of the world.
It is used as both a complete device or as an integral part of a lightning protection system.
How they work
Under excessive surge conditions or when a transient surge occurs, our SPDs will switch to a fully conductive state diverting high current. They will then reset automatically to a non-conductive state when the current falls below the holding current.
With our patented Surge Protection Devices, you can
The newest generation of wireless networks and infrastructure not only bring higher data speeds but also provides an innovative wireless interface that has been specifically designed for use of automation. Additionally, voice, video, and data networks are comprised of many devices such as switches, routers, servers, and network attached storage. In some cases, companies and governments invest millions of dollars in their communication and networking system to gain seamless access and control of their networks.
A single bolt of lightning carries the explosive power to thoroughly destroy networking and communication equipment. In order to prevent lightning damage, we need to divert lightning from hitting the object directly. This can be done by providing an alternate target for the lightning to strike, which requires installing lightning rod technology.
But the damage isn’t limited to a direct strike alone – indirect strikes on any data or power lines can be equally catstrophic.
This is the reason we highly recommend surge protection devices along with our lightning protection system.
Solutions for various industries
Industrial automation – Ethernet ports can be found just about everywhere in today’s industrial networks and these networks are highly susceptible to power surges and voltage anomalies due to their use of high voltage equipment. Lightning damage even from an indirect strike can cost companies thousands of dollars. For new and existing networks deploy Facility Guard, transient Voltage (TLX100 & TLX50) or DC Surge protector as required. These surge protection products are UL listed and patented by Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc., to ensure maximum lightning safety.
On the other hand server, routers, switches and other networking components, vital for running the day to day business operations can be destroyed in a matter of seconds due to a secondary lightning strike leaving the business crippled. Data Line protectors (DLP) and Hybrid surge protectors for data and telecom applications (TE500) provide peace of mind as well as financial protection for your business.
Wireless networks – wireless base stations are one of the most common victims of lightning. The tower attracts lightning and all the equipment on the tower and in the machine room endures huge secondary lightning effects. Multi-level power supply surge protection devices are required to protect and prevent damage. Coaxial Line Protector, a LEC patent is a must of any indoor or outdoor wireless network installations.
A beautiful force of nature, lightning has long been admired for its power and ferocity and dreaded at the same time for its destructive capabilities.
Lightning is a massive discharge of atmospheric electricity which can occur suddenly and without warning. Because of its unpredictable nature, it is important to know how to protect yourself, your business, staff, and assets when a lightning storm begins.
Employers should recognize lightning as an occupational hazard and supervisors and workers should consider lightning safety tips seriously.
We at Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., offer you very valuable tips, which if followed will go a long way in protecting what is very important to you. And we follow the same lightning safety tips at our company as well.
Some very important lightning safety tips
Lightning safety tips must be accompanied by an emergency action plan.
However, you can make your workplace safer during a storm with our lightning protection systems.
Health and safety are always at the forefront of our company. Additionally, our engineers are experienced and fully trained in conducting safe operations and installation of our lightning protection system in your company.
Lightning rod protection technologies are designed to provide protection to structures against physical damage from lightning strikes. Various technologies are available to shield a facility from lightning.
Lightning rods have been used for over 200 years as a conductive metal rod mounted atop a roof. They route the lightning strike away from the structure, channeling it into the ground. These are normally metal rods, typically made of copper or aluminum and are placed safely on a roof.
First, let us understand how lightning is formed.
Its nature’s way to equalize the voltage between storm clouds and the earth. The positively charged ions move up during a storm, to attach itself with the downward moving negatively charged ions from the cloud to create a strike. The striking distance across which the spark can form defines the placing of an effective lightning rod.
Lightning rods are simple metal rods installed over a structure connected to conductor and earth terminals. They protect the building by rerouting lightning strikes away from the structure and channelizing it safely to the ground.
Various technologies are available to provide lightning rod protection - Conventional lightning rods, early streamer emissions and Dissipation Array system.
‘Lightning rod collects a strike and grounds it along with a preferred path, whereas CTS does not allow a strike to form in a protected area.’
Conventional rod – invented by Benjamin Franklin, these are simple tapered metal rod dominating a structure to be protected.
Early Streamer Emission Lightning rod protection – these rods artificially generate upward leaders, before the natural upward leaders, in order to establish a privileged impact point for the lightning strike.
While conventional lightning rods and Early Streamer Emission work in much the same way, Dissipation array system working on Charge transfer technology is the complete opposite.
Dissipation Array System – it’s based on Physics and state-of-the-art engineering. It reduces the naturally occurring electric field within a protected area – the upward streamer does not get enough energy from a storm to connect with downward leaders. This point discharge becomes more efficient when connected to a low impedance grounding system as more ions can be transferred.
The DAS lightning rod protection reduces operational costs and is our most reliable product. We also offer a ‘no strike’ warranty ensuring complete protection on all our installations.
Contact our Lightning Eliminator & Consultant Inc. team for more information.
As more and more complicated and sophisticated machinery are dotting every industry; a need to protect them from a direct lightning strike has become imperative. We all know, lightning is very unpredictable, it will strike without warning or reason damaging anything and everything in its way. It is not only destructive to equipment and systems inside a structure but also destroys business through loss of revenue, downtime and expensive repairs.
At Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., we are passionate about delivering the best quality solution, especially when it comes to safety and protection.
To help protect industries from a lightning strike, we manufacture the most innovative lightning protection products and our ‘no strike’ warranty ensures complete protection on all our installations.
Our lightning protection products include:
Electricity has provided countless benefits to people and we are continuously making remarkable discoveries in the field. But unless we have truly grounded our electrical system we are taking a very large risk. In event of a direct lightning strike or power surge, a high voltage electricity will be produced. With an effective lightning protection and grounding system in place, all the excess electricity will be diverted to the earth, thereby saving your sensitive electronics.
Grounding electrical work is a necessary and smart move.
One of the primary components in dissipating the static discharge to earth is a grounding rod. Lightning Eliminator & Consultant Inc, has manufactured and patented CHEM grounding rod. This component is most effective when installed as a part of the total Lightning protection system. Some characteristics of the grounding rod are:
We are a full-service firm offering:
Lightning bolts and electronics do not play well together. Lightning is the most dramatic surge source. With today’s sensitive, valuable and critical electronic equipment within industries, installing lightning protection system and surge protection devices has become essential to protect your property and technology from lightning damage.
Thunderstorms occur everywhere, putting any facility at risk. Make state-of-the-art certified lightning protection system from Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc., an integral part of your facility’s electronic systems to get maximum protection of your equipment and property from lightning damage.
Lightning protection designs from LEC aim to protect structures and provide a specific path to harness and safely ground the over voltage currents of a lightning bolt.
Our engineers investigate and provide an assessment of the site to be protected from direct lightning, voltage surge or fluctuations, and power outage. They also provide a deep understanding of how electrical and mechanical systems such as HVAC systems, electric motors, alarm and communication systems, and other electronic systems can be easily destroyed by a resulting electrical activity.
Our investigation does not end here. If your facility has an existing lightning protection system in place then we can:
At the very least, we recommend surge protection at the main service entrance panel boards to prevent AC power line surges from travelling downstream.
The cost of lightning damage is downtime, reduced production, and industrial electronic repairs or replacement costs. Let LEC help you to safeguard your property and people.
Lightning is one of the most devastating natural phenomena and a direct strike will damage anything and everything on its way. Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. installs a wide range of products to divert a strike away from the structure and equipment. These products are designed to prevent physical damage to people, structural damage to buildings and protect against internal system equipment failure.
LEC lightning protection products are based on the fundamental principles of Charge Transfer Technology. It collects the induced charge developed by thunderstorm clouds and through ionization transfers it to the surrounding air. This results in a potential electric difference between the clouds and the protected area, thus preventing direct strikes.
The LEC’s Lightning protection products are
DAS - Dissipation Array System is designed with a combination of different multipoint ionizer
SBI - Spline Ball Ionizer is a supplement Dissipation Array installation. It provides lightweight protection but greatly reduces the risk of a direct lightning strike at the protected site.
SBT – Spline Ball Terminal is an air terminal designed to delay the upward streamer generation thus reducing the risk of a lightning strike.
RGA - Retractable Grounding Assembly creates a low impedance bond between the roof and shell, reducing the risk of lightning damage and fire to floating roof tanks.
IPE – in-tank potential equalizer is specially created for lined metal and line tanks to combat the problem of internal electrical discharges.
Facility Guard – a surge protection device designed for industrial and commercial use
DLP – Data line protectors are available in a range of configuration for telecom lines and control lines.
Lightning is a powerful force in nature. It is a global phenomenon but not uniformly distributed geographically.
A single bolt of lightning can contain up to 100 million volts of electricity. With that much power, lightning damage can be extreme, beyond recovery and repair and financially devastating.
There a multiple protection schemes to prevent lightning damage. A lightning protection system must be capable enough to deter lightning related destructive, disruptive and impairment phenomena away from the protected area.
Like in the transportation industry most wireless systems used by them are located in open areas and have components installed on tall buildings and towers; these are more susceptible to lightning damage. So a direct lightning strike will cause physical damage while secondary effects can cause electrical and electronic damage.
What can you do to protect your business?
Considering industrial level protection from lightning, one must combine protection systems that are designed to mitigate each type of strike. The traditional method of protection may actually increase the likelihood of lightning damage. The right protection lies in not channeling the strike but preventing the charge from accumulating in the first place.
There is a system – Dissipated Array System designed to lower the voltage difference between the cloud and earth.
Manufactured and patented by Lightning Eliminators and Consultants Inc., this system is based on a natural phenomenon known as charge transfer or point discharge principle. It prevents rather than redirects lightning thus eliminating the risk of a lightning damage.
LEC specializes in designing, manufacturing and installing integrated, engineered systems to prevent and eliminate any lightning damage.
Petrochemical industries are important arteries of individual countries and the entire region. These industries heavily depend on the reliable operation of facilities and electrical and electronic equipment.
This sector operates round the clock, thus very interested in protecting property and people in line with the company’s activities. In event of a natural disaster like a lightning strike, they need to be able to halt the damages and use of flammable and explosive products and evacuate personnel from sensitive areas.
Lightning safety experts at Lightning Eliminators and Consultants Inc., understands the need of these industries to protect production equipment to avoid sudden drops or surge in voltages or even to disconnect from the main supply grid.
Though every structure is unique requiring different levels of protection; LEC offers some common lightning safety measures to prevent lightning hazards:
The company has over 4 decades of experience in lighting safety and protection for these sectors, continuous research and professional solutions allowing to a considerable reduction of lightning damage.
Next time you are in the path of a thunderstorm remember the above measures and watch out for your safety.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. (LEC) serves its clients by installing and maintaining lightning protection systems (LPS), and prevention solutions. Equipped with over four decades of experience, LEC has provided successful support to over 90 countries and throughout the United States.