Surge protection minimizes the risk of damage from lightning strikes, voltage and power surges by blocking or redirecting unwanted surge currents to earth. A surge protector by itself can’t guarantee your facility from a surge caused by a direct or even a nearby lightning strike but when it is paired with a lightning protection system you have the advantage of both types of protection.
How does surge protection work?
A surge protector is connected to a conductor on the line side of the equipment. The protection is also connected to ground and functions by routing energy from an over-voltage transient to ground if one occurs while isolating the conductor from the ground at normal operating voltages.
For example, by installing a surge protector between the utility lines and your electrical panel, you limit the amount of lightning surge voltage that’s able to come in the form of external wiring. From here the surge protector between the electrical panels and the connected electronics will clamp down and divert even more voltage that finds its way into the electrical system.
Different types of SPDs
Type 1: permanently connected SPDs installed between a service transformer and the service equipment over current device line and load side.
Type 2: permanently connected SPDs installed on the load side of the service equipment, including SPDs located at the branch panel and molded case SPDs.
Type 3: Point-of-use SPDs installed at a minimum conductor length from the electrical service panel to the point of use.
For maximum protection, all SPDs should only be installed by a licensed electrician familiar with the equipment and its use. In addition, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. strongly recommends that a professional engineer experienced in surge suppression technology be retained to design the protection scheme for your entire facility to ensure SPDs are properly sized and coordinated.
Surge protection devices, patented by LEC provide two main functions:
LEC is known for patented Lightning Protection products and professional services.
Voice, video and data networks comprise of many devices, such as switches, routers, servers, and networks, all of which is vital to the running of a business. Most companies invest millions of dollars in their communications and networking systems in order to ensure seamless access and control of their networks and processing equipment. Networking has become a backbone for every business
Damaging surge energy can ruin any or every piece of equipment connected with this system. A power surge that the last one-millionth of a second can render a network inoperative. The annual cost of damage from such power related problems is estimated to run into billions of dollars. Regardless of the cost, this damage can rob you of the ability to serve your customers, and the toll of this is incalculable.
With a correctly coordinated and grounded surge protection designed and installed the system, this damage can be totally eliminated or reduced to a great extent.
How can surge damage an entire networking system of an organization?
When lightning hits within a mile of your facility several things can happen such as surge energy can enter through the phone line, cable line or any unprotected electric line that enters or leaves the facility. Even outdoor wireless access points and IP cameras are other ways surge energy can directly enter the networking system. And once this happens it's hard to predict where the energy will go and what it will damage on its way to the ground.
Lighnting no doubt is a major cause of damage to the networking and communication system within a facility, but it's not the only one. Other causes of the surge are:
It cost much less to avoid a disaster than to recover from one!
Surge protection devices come in all types and capacities; some of them are even patented by LEC. These are small devices, which are connected between each electrical conductor in a wireless networking system, to provide a short circuit to ground. Its sole purpose is to limit the rise in voltage when a communication or power line is struck by lightning.
Surge protection devices by lightning Eliminators are like low-cost insurance, preventing damage and safeguarding equipment.
We are a manufacturing, engineering and consulting company that sells total lightning and surge protection solutions. If you like any help to safeguard your lightning protection system, contact us.
As a result of changing technology, every industry is likely to feel the devastation of a lightning strike than ever. Microprocessor based equipment has increasingly replaced solid-state technology and is highly susceptible to surge.
Many complications can arise from a lightning strike:
The following lightning protection products from LEC will help minimize the risk of lightning damage
Direct strike protection
The DAS (Dissipation Array System) prevents lightning strikes by reducing the local, storm-induced electric fields, interrupting the formation of upward streamers, thus preventing lightning strikes in the protected area. Because direct strikes are prevented, most secondary effects are also eliminated.
An additional tool is our Spline Ball Ionizer – it uses the same technology as DAS. It’s often an important component of a custom design DAS, but can also be used as a stand-alone lightning protection product. As a stand-alone system, the SBI is capable of preventing direct lightning strikes.
Grounding and bonding
A very important lightning protection product; our grounding systems are responsible for dissipating lightning strike energy safely to the ground.
Our patented Chem-Rod grounding rod has been proven to be the best grounding (earthing) solution of all the electrodes available. The Chem-rod is so efficient that even one such rod can replace up to ten standard ground rods.
Also available is LECWELD – it’s an easy and efficient field welding system, requiring no outside power source or equipment for lightning safety installations.
Additionally, our Ground Augmentation Fill (GAF) is a lightning protection product that is specially formulated to help create low resistance earth interface, making it easier and less expensive to prevent lightning damage.
Surge and overvoltage transient protection
Lightning transients and surges are responsible for equipment failure and costly replacements.
LEC has UL listed lightning and surge protection products like Facility Guard (protection capacity of up to 400,000 amps per phase), Transient Limiters (protection capacity of up to 100,000 amps per phase), DC surge protectors (protection capacity of up to 10,000 amps in a range of voltages for all DC applications), etc.
There are also data lines and telecommunication lightning and surge protection products like TE500, DLP, and CLP.
To know more about our range of lightning protection products, visit our website.
As everyone knows, Lightning surge protection devices protect electrical equipment against over voltages caused by lightning.
When lightning strikes, a big portion of that energy goes to ground, while the rest will move to any other electrical circuit nearby and this is called an induced surge. Though lightning is not the only culprit, the cycling of air conditioners, refrigerators, fan motors, and other appliances can also produce a damaging surge. The bottom line – surge or line spikes can actually destroy many sensitive electronics within the devices we use.
Not only is the potential for damage from a surge event increased but the value of sensitive electronics deployed in the industrial application means that surge protection should be a key priority.
For some industries, surge protection is achieved simply by installing a surge protection breaker at the building’s main breaker load center. However, true protection requires lightning surge protection devices at various levels within the building to provide the most reliable protection.
LEC takes a holistic approach to industrial surge protection in the most appropriate way to minimize the risk and its potential impact. Its purpose is to divert the excessive incoming voltage to the ground by developing low impedance between the line and earth.
Virtually every business relies on modern electronics equipment to some degree – and such equipment can be easily damaged or weakened by the surge. Businesses face significant threats as their products or services rely on sustaining continuing operations supported by electronics and telecommunication equipment and if it malfunctions business is exposed to catastrophic risks.
Example of business and equipment at risk includes:
Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc. offers lightning surge protection devices and installations. Our patents and standards differentiate our products from others and help protect your investments in electronic systems.
Surge protection devices protect your facility from electric surges and exclude costly and destructive power surges.
What is a power surge?
When the line voltage rises above the accepted level than it is rated for and remains there for more than 10 milliseconds, a power surge occurs. In best case scenarios, that spike of overvoltage will only cause a minor hiccup on your electronics. However, if the surge is high, an unprotected circuit can be rendered useless. A surge can be so excessive that even common electronics in an industry can be destroyed beyond repair.
What causes power surge?
Improper grounding system, wire arcing, and when an appliance or machinery starts and stops, a power surge may occur. But, a lightning strike is the most common cause as a huge amount of over current passes through the site destroying any unprotected appliance, computer or electrical device. The potential for fire is always a concern.
How does a surge protector help?
These protective devices integrate discrete circuit protection devices into an assembly or system that provides an enhanced level of functionality and protection. In today’s hi-tech globe, computerized appliances and electronics can be spoiled or destroyed due to surges.
Are there different types of industrial surge protection devices?
Yes. For protection against overvoltage to be effective, the position of the SPD in the installation and the type of SPD must be appropriate for the level of risk.
LEC offers a comprehensive range of Surge protection devices.
Facility guard: it’s designed to protect sensitive electronics at the service entrance for light commercial service panels with a peak surge protection capacity of up to 400,000 amps per phase. This UL listed product protects against both surges caused by severe transient events as well as smaller scale disruptions.
Transient limiters: it offers a simple means to bring down initial surge to manageable levels and offer value to light industrial, commercial and home use.
DC surge protectors: this product protects against fast-rising transients and slower, high energy impulses. For example, the inverters within a solar farm can be easily damaged by surges in DC current caused by lightning strike, making the installation of SPD crucial within those inverters.
Hybrid surge protectors for data and telecom application: the demand for faster data speeds has urged equipment manufacturers to use fragile high-speed components thus the use of SPD has become more important than ever before. Our TE500 offers protection from electromagnetically induced transient surges.
Since 1971, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has been creating products that simplify your life and empower you to fully leverage technology. We combine extensive research and development with over 4 decades of experience to give you innovative and dependable lightning and surge protection products and solutions backed by a robust warrant.
Surge protection devices are used to protect conductor wires, transformers, and other equipment from lightning surges. They are responsible to maintain the surge voltage below the basic insulation level of the equipment.
What are surges?
When thunderstorms occur, do you watch the natural pyrotechnics in awe? Or dread what could be happening back at the plant? Has it ever occurred to you that the moment lightning strikes the ground, it actually generates an electrical surge that creates a ripple effect in the ground and enters into the electric cables that cross its path? When this happens, it induces an electrical surge into the cable and sends a power surge to your connected electronic equipment.
Proven and reliable technologies can now protect industrial plants and equipment almost as simple as the surge strip protecting your home computer.
Consequences of the surge:
Electrical surges happen all the time, and they have a wide range of causes. Lightning strikes, tripped circuit breaker, a power outage can all wreak havoc, costing thousands of dollars in a split second. Then there is the inconvenience of replacing valuable and sensitive equipment, insurance claims and increased insurance premiums.
Power lines, electrical distribution paths and also each electrical conductor within the plant require protection. Industrial control, factory automation, and electronic communication applications typically use copper wire as a medium.
Application of surge protection devices:
A surge protection device performs well for your expensive equipment used in your office and for protection of large equipment like transformers.
You can discover more about surge protection devices by contacting us.
A typical lightning flash contains about 300 million volts of electricity. Even if your facility does not receive a direct hit, through the process of mutual induction, a conductive circuit located within just a few miles of a lightning strike can cause a several thousand volt transients that will leave electrical service panels vulnerable to power surges.
Going without a surge protection is an expensive and frequent dangerous gamble.
A surge protector is a device to protect electrical equipment from voltage spikes that may occur from lightning, power outage, short circuits, and many other natural occurrences. Power surges cause a great amount of heat to run along electrical wiring and cause the wire to burn because more voltage than the wire was designed to hold is being forced into it.
The replacement of mechanical subsystems in industrial applications with electronics has greatly increased the demand for surge protection engineered to this specific environment. Not only is the potential for damage from a surge event increased, but the value of sensitive electronics deployed in the industrial application means that surge protection should be a key priority.
A surge protection device functions in three ways:
LEC Surge protection comes in many forms and can vary depending on the application. It meets every industry requirement, regardless of the exposure risk. Reduce costly downtime and protect sensitive electronic equipment against the damaging effects of lightning.
Our facility guard, transient limiters, Power DIN, Pro-line, Data line protectors, Coaxial line protectors, etc; each product solves every challenge faced by different industries.
Regardless of the type of electrical disturbances, our manufactured and patented surge protection devices can protect your company’s power supply, minimize downtime and safeguard your investment. Our patents and standards differentiate us from others and help protect your investment in electronic systems.
Medical centers are under intense pressure to deliver higher standards of care to more people at a lower cost than ever before – and this requires a safe, absolutely reliable and efficient supply of electric power. From heart rate monitors to medication pumps, from video surveillance to access control systems; should these stop functioning, the result could be catastrophic or even fatal. For this reason, it’s essential in healthcare facilities to protect these systems from damaging power spikes and surges. Downtime is simply not an option.
Surge Protection Devices protect machinery from external occurrences such as lightning strike that cause over-voltage transients. These are installed in power transmission and distribution systems.
They protect against the loss of productivity and save money by eliminating the need to replace equipment damaged by excess voltage. Lightning surge protection devices not only prevent harm to the device itself, but they also protect against catastrophic loss of data stored on hospital backups and sensitive medical imaging equipment.
We manufacture comprehensive product and service solutions to meet the healthcare industry’s challenges.
The Healthcare sector is one of the largest power consumers on the grid, with the most to lose in the event of a transient or complete blackout. Protecting electrical systems within these facilities is paramount to ensure equipment operation and longevity.
Given the multiple sources of power surges and uneven power flow in the electric distribution system, installing lightning surge protection devices from Lightning Eliminators makes the most sense, especially since the investment required is relatively modest.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. continues till today as an innovative leader in the manufacturing, design, and engineering of SPDs. With our unique technology, we ensure reliable and continued protection during sustained and abnormal over-voltage events. Supporting all major areas of a hospital, including clinical labs, diagnostics, data centers, and mobile medical equipment; we provide a holistic approach to your facility.
Over the last 30 years, electrical distribution systems have changed and grown substantially. Electronic equipment uses sensitive microprocessors while industrial facilities are powering energy-efficient solid-state lightning, telecommunications, air handling, security systems, HVAC systems and more.
In all modern power systems, computers, laser printers, copiers, variable speed drives, electronic power supplies, and sensitive silicon-based microchips share the same electrical systems with traditional equipment. And these sensitive modern electronics and processors cannot tolerate the high-frequency transients and surge.
Utilizing a power strip to protect valuable appliances is at best a feel-good measure. At worst it invites the critical failure that sees these devices rendered inoperable and often damaged beyond repair.
Properly networked surge protection devices solve many of the electrical problems experienced by commercial and industrial facilities. It dramatically improves the total operating efficiency and reliability of the electrical system.
Our patented surge protection devices allow only a normal and safe amount of electricity to pass through the devices.
How does a surge protection device work?
Electrical charges generated in a thunderstorm discharge to the ground with a current of approximately 150 kA. Lightning-induced surge occurs in the cable and instantly applies high energy to the equipment connected to both ends of the cable. These are also called spikes or transients. The duration of these transients is typically measured in microseconds.
Without adequate surge protection, the greatest consequence is the risk to human life. Secondly there is the potential downtime in production and lastly, there is the inconvenience of replacing valuable and sensitive equipment, insurance claims and increased insurance premiums.
Incorporating the latest technology, our manufactured surge protection devices divert the surge current directly to the ground and limit the overvoltage to values compatible with the connected equipment.
Each of our products solves a particular challenge:
Our AC power surge protectors such as facility guard, transient limiters, power DIN, Pro-line are designed for industrial and commercial purposes. While our single line and DC power protection such as coaxial line protectors, transient eliminators, transient limiters interface between network equipment and data/signal/telephone lines.
We also have patented gas tube protection.
Surge protection from Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., have excellent surge protection designs that offer more outlets at comparable prices. This is one of the best investments a business can make against any unlikely events like lightning strikes.
Why are Layered Lightning Surge Protection Devices Necessary for Every Industry?
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.