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Lightning Surge Protection Devices is the Right Choice for Your Industry

Can a lightning rod protect electrical and electronic devices?

No.

Lightning rods do not provide any protection against surges in voltage caused by lightning. Because the electrical installations are connected to the same ground as the lightning rod, part of the current can actually flow back into it and destroy any connected device. Only lightning surge protection devices can offer protection.

How do these lightning surge protection works?

SPDs protect power distribution and telecommunication systems from high voltage surges caused by lightning strikes. They arrest surges currents at their point of installations, discharging them  to earth so that they bypass critical equipment.

Used together with a lightning protection system they provide maximum protection against lightning.

What are the terminologies used?

SPDs are classified according to their standards into three different types

Type1 – this can discharge partial lightning currents and commonly employs spark gap technology. They are generally installed in the service entrance switchboard to protect low-voltage equipment from direct lightning strike overvoltage.

Type2 – this version can help prevent the spread of over-voltages in electrical installations and help protect connected equipment. They are fitted to all distribution panels that serve electrical equipment. They offer protection against the residual effects of lightning strikes and switching overvoltages.

Type3 – This are only required to be installed as a supplement to type2 and has a low discharge capacity. It's best suited for a location close to the protected equipment to further protect against switching transients generated within a facility.

What are the basic functions of an SPD?

  • It prevents voltage spikes from stressing electrical equipment
  • It ensures that the surge current flow away from the equipment
  • It prevents secondary induced voltage from damaging the equipment

What are the qualities of lightning surge protection devices by LEC?

  • They are able to identify failures and activate an alarm quickly
  • They can filter EMI/RFI
  • Protect equipment from overload
  • Resetting is not required

Some of the patented SPDs from Lightning Eliminators are:

  • Facility guard
  • Transient Limiter
  • DC surge protectors
  • Hybrid surge protectors for data and telecom applications
  • Data line protectors
  • Coaxial line protectors

LEC continues to be an innovative leader in manufacturing, design and engineering SPDs. With our unique technology, we ensure reliable and continued protection during sustained and abnormal over-voltage events. Lightning surge protection devices are one of the best investments a business can make against any unlikely event like lightning strike.

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The Best Lightning Surge Protection Devices for Your Facility

Surge protection is important. More industries than ever before are now actively considering ways they can protect valuable electrical equipment from a power surge.

Lightning surge protection devices are used in electrical installation systems for protection purposes. Should an overvoltage event occur, the surge protection device diverts the resulting excess current flow to the earth, thereby protecting the electrical appliance.

The need for lightning surge protection devices can depend on numerous factors. These can include exposure of a building to lightning-induced voltage transients, the sensitivity and value of the equipment, the type of equipment used within the installation and the components within the installation that could generate voltage transients.

Based on the type of application, different types of lightning surge protection devices are used.

-          Type 1 is used in conjunction with a lightning protection system

-          Type 2 is usually installed in distribution boards

-          Type 3 is only required to be installed near the equipment to be protected, if at all necessary

Our patented surge protection products include:

-          Facility guards: these provide the highest level of protection with a peak surge capacity of up to 400,000 amps per phase

-          Transient Limiters: designed for light industrial and commercial use, these SPDs have a surge capacity of up to 100,000 amps per phase

-          DC Surge protectors: it gives out superior protection of control lines from transient to surge up to 10,000 amps

-          Hybrid surge protectors for data and telecom application – these SPDs provide industrial protection to a specific piece of equipment such as a computer, weighing bridge, etc.

-           Data line protectors – available in a range of configuration for telephone lines and control lines, it provides superior line filtering, thereby enhancing safety, reliability, and protection.

Inspection and testing

Lightning surge protection devices can offer a visual indication to help with the testing and inspection process. Usually color coded, if a green light is displayed then it means the device is operational.

 

Installing a lightning surge protection device from Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. ensures the security of your company’s data, employees and facility during an unpredictable lightning strike

It’s Time to Consider Lightning Surge Protection Devices

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Lightning: Once a devastating corporate nemesis, now negated by Dissipation Array System (DAS) technology, patented by LEC.

Across industries, the power of lightning strikes to injure personnel, destroy assets and disrupt processes through the fire, explosion or electrical damage is clear.

Lightning Eliminators is a one-stop shop for all lightning safety products. Our 3 individual product lines include lightning prevention products, surge protection devices, and enhanced grounding products.

Lightning prevention products:

  • Dissipation array system: this is a unique and effective solution to preventing direct lightning strike termination to facilities. Its key features include strike prevention, not the collection, low maintenance, customized design, and all-time protection among others.
  • Spline Ball Ionizer: it creates an enhanced area of protection by collecting any strikes it cannot avoid from a single direction only. SBI is a hybrid, lightweight and easy to install protection that minimizes potential damage and is available in low and high wind models.
  • Streamer delaying air terminals: based on charge transfer system, SBT has been developed to reduce the likelihood of lightning strike directly to the premises. It’s available in multiple length options, is lightweight and is apt for low wind profile.

Lightning Surge protection devices:

The terms surge protection devices and transient voltage surge suppressors are used to describe electrical devices typically installed in power distribution panels, process control systems, communication systems, and other heavy-duty industrial systems, for the purpose of protecting against electrical surges and spikes caused by lightning. LEC provides an entire product line of lightning surge protection devices, like:

  • Facility guard provides for industrial service entrance and subpanel applications.
  • The DC surge protector provides protection for all DC applications to ensure maximum lightning safety.
  • Data line protectors for low voltage telecom and control lines
  • Coaxial line protectors provide protection for all types of coaxial line applications including antennas, microwaves, broadband, cellular systems, and GPS equipment.

Enhanced grounding products

A grounding system connects specific parts of an electrical installation with the Earth’s conductive surface for safety and functional purpose. Our products provide low impedance ground.

  • Chem-Rod grounding electrode maintains low impedance while improving safety and reliability to protect personnel, equipment, and operations within a facility
  • Retractable Grounding assembly provides direct electrical bonding connection between the floating roof and the tank shell.
  • Grounding Augmentation Fill is specially formulated to help create a low resistance earth interface, making it easier and less expensive to prevent lightning damage.

Being a leader in the field of effective lightning protection systems, we have spent years developing and testing superior lightning surge protection devices.

Contact our team and get protected today!

Lightning Protection – The Smart Risk-Reduction Choice

Lightning is a bright flash of electricity produced by a thunderstorm. It's an electrical current.

As clouds form in the sky, the water droplets on top of the clouds turn into ice. These small bits of ice collide with each other, building up an electrical charge. Eventually, the whole cloud fills up with an electrical charge. The positive charge, as they are lighter forms at the top of the cloud while the negative charge sinks at the bottom of the cloud. And as we all know opposites attract, the positive charge builds up above the ground, right beneath the cloud.

When the positive charge from the ground connects with the cloud negative charge a spark occurs; lightning strikes.

We all have heard stories and seen pictures of the damage and strange effects lightning strike has on industrial facilities.

Lightning protection has become ideal for every facility; over years of research and development, we have learned one thing – lightning is a powerful force and we are a long way from taming it!

  • A single bolt can generate up to 40,000 amps
  • It can be as hot as 90,032-degree Fahrenheit
  • Lightning strikes the earth 100 times a second, somewhere
  • Annually, lightning causes at least 26000 fires with damages of 5-6 billion dollars in the USA alone

Lightning Eliminators and Consultant, Inc. (LEC) advises that you consider a multi-pronged lightning protection approach rather than solely rely on the Franklin or grounding rod.  The Franklin rod system, which has been around for more than 250 years attracts lightning to the area where the lightning may have been terminated well outside the protected zone. In our view, using traditional lightning protection only, creates potential problems for industrial facilities.

On the other hand, our DAS lightning protection method lowers the static field in the protected area long enough for the lightning strike to terminate outside the protected zone.

Clients who choose our system for their facility lightning protection are those that cannot tolerate any collection of lightning within the desired protection zone.

Our list of clients includes Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, Chevron, Valero Refining, BASF, FedEx, UPS, etc. Most of our clients are repeat clients often with multiple facilities in different geographical locations across the world.

LEC is a smart risk-reduction choice for critical systems’ lightning protection.

The Essentials Of Lightning Protection System

In recent years, changes in the global environment, such as global warming, extreme weather conditions, heat islands, and other phenomenon has led to increased heavy rain and lightning. On the other hand, advanced precision electronic equipment have become the need of the hour for every facility. Thus, preventing equipment damage and breakdowns caused by direct lightning strikes has become a major issue.

Lightning Protection

With a proper lightning protection system installed, you can rest assured that your system, investments, and personnel will be protected. That is why we advocate a total solution approach to lightning protection – it ensures complete protection of your employees, the fabric of your building and the electronic systems therein.

Why is it so important?

It is because lightning strike can cause a fire, explosion, chemical release or mechanical disruptions within or around your facility.

At LEC, we are fully aware that all these risks need to be considered and protected against when developing a lightning protection system. With over 4 decades of experience, our support and expertise have assisted thousands of businesses, both large and small, to achieve effective protection against lightning.

Lightning Protection

Our LPS are engineered with advanced technology and consist of the same four key components – air terminals, conductor/bonding, grounding, and transient/surge protection.

Air terminals – by LEC is based on point discharge principle or charge transfer. It provides thousands of points with specific point separation which simultaneously produce ions over a large area, thus preventing the formation of a streamer, which is a precursor of a lightning strike. Our patented Dissipation Array system prevents strikes by continually lowering the voltage differential between the ground and the charged cloud to below lightning potentials, even in the midst of a worst-case storm.

However, we also consider secondary lightning strikes and transient currents while designing a lightning protection system. Thus,

Conductors/bondings – are required to create a low impedance grounding system by using chemically charged electrodes to neutralize any stray voltage that may have entered the facility.

Transient/surge protection – is required to protect against transients traveling through data lines and another conductive path.

Because DAS prevents rather that redirecting lightning strikes, it is a solid solution to lightning strike problems. Throughout this time, DAS has maintained a success record of over 99%.

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Benefits Of Lightning Rod Protection On Structures

The importance of lightning rod protection is overlooked despite the fact that it’s a very serious thing to consider. It’s critical that any outdoor structure, whether temporary or permanent to have lightning rod protection.

Lightning is a natural occurrence that cannot be avoided, which occurs in every geographical location. It’s destructive and potentially deadly.

When developing a strategy for lightning rod protection, structural damage and injury quickly come to mind. There are secondary effects of lightning that need to be considered as well. The solution must include transient protection of electrical systems.

Over the last hundred years, Franklin's lightning rod was used as a means of protection. This rod protects a structure or object from lightning strikes by attracting them to the rod and discharging the lightning current into the earth limiting potential damage to the structure or object to be protected. The idea is to let the lightning strike take place and minimize or divert its impact on electronic devices, buildings, etc.

Basically, lightning will strike any area it wants, and when it strikes, lightning can jump around, moving sideways to find a path of least resistance to the ground. Often, the path is a tree, a pole or a structure. When a lightning storm is in the area, there is a possibility that your business might take a hit. With a lightning rod protection system installed, the hit will conduct the electricity to the ground instead of spreading the energy over the roof and building, causing fire and other damages.

The obvious benefits of a lightning rod protection system:

  • It can save lives
  • It can save the date - Even if there is no fire, a lightning strike can damage your computer or POS system, and other sensitive and expensive electrical equipment.
  • It can save money – insurance companies are known to offer lucrative packages if a lightning rod protection system are installed.

Over the years, great strides have been made in the lightning rod protection technology. Take for example our very own patented Dissipation Array System. It prevents direct lightning strikes by reducing the electrical field to below lightning collection levels, within the protected area. As a result, the DAS lightning rod protection system helps to prevent downtime and loss of assets better than the conventional lightning rod.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has been protecting industrial facilities from the devastating effects of lightning as comprehensively as possible.

Lightning Safety Tips When Caught Outdoors

Lightning kills more people than hail, wind, rain, and tornadoes combined, making lightning an important safety consideration. This fact is especially true for people who make a living working outdoors (for example, construction workers, road crew, farm workers, etc.)

A lightning strike happens faster than the blink of an eye and just that quickly lives can be changed. Thus it’s important to understand that there is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. NOAA warns that if you can hear thunder, you’re in danger of a lightning strike.  If thunderstorms are expected, you or your workers should stop any outdoor activities quickly. Many lightning casualties occur because people fail to seek shelter soon enough.

The following lightning safety tips will help you take appropriate measures to protect your employees

  • Protection from lightning begins before the storm. Keeping an eye on the local weather conditions gives you time to plan and react appropriately.
  • The best place to be during a thunderstorm is indoors
  • And the next best place for shelter is an enclosed metal car, truck or van. However, this list doesn’t include tractor, golf cart, soft-top vehicles, etc.
  • Disconnect and don’t handle electrical equipment, connected telephones, and radios.
  • Stay away from water, water bodies, isolated trees, tall towers, and utility poles.
  • When outside, seek the lowest place possible for shelter
  • Our best lightning safety tip for those stuck in an open area during a thunderstorm will be to squat with your heels touching; ears covered and head between your knees.
  • In the event that an employee is struck with lightning, it’s critical to seek medical assistance immediately. Remember these individuals don’t carry any electrical charge, thus it’s perfectly safe to touch them.

Nonetheless, employees need to recognize the hazards associated with electrical storms and where appropriate, have safety procedures in place to minimize the risk of injury or harm to employees.

Having a preparedness plan and taking some basic safety measures like a lightning and surge protection system can prevent many lightning death and injury.

Following these lightning safety tips will ensure that you and your employees are safe from lightning while working outdoors. As for the safety of your assets, contact Lightning Eliminators to know more.

Lightning Safety Tips on How to Protect Your Team Outdoors

Thunderstorm comes from rain-bearing clouds that also produce lightning and therefore are dangerous and extremely destructive.

Lightning is an occupational hazard that’s often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be because it can severely injure or even kills workers, particularly if they are working at height. A company without clear lightning safety tips or plan risks not only the lives of their crew but also substantial financial losses.

According to a local report, a worker saw severe weather approaching and decided to head down from the rooftop, where he had been working. Unfortunately, lightning struck as he was climbing down. While concentrating on the job at hand, it's tempting to shrug off approaching severe weather and remain at the site for few extra minutes. But the result, as this event demonstrates, could be deadly.

Here are some lightning safety tips on how you can protect your workers and maintain lightning safety outdoors.

  • Be prepared to stop working or take the work to a lower level. Actually, the weather plays a crucial role in deciding what tasks can or can’t be done on certain days. Awareness of changing weather conditions is the first line of defense. Weather reports can easily be checked via mobile apps, internet, weather radio stations, etc. Hold a supervisor responsible for watching the weather report, continuously if the job so demands.

         If the storm is on its way, stop all work and move to a safe indoor area, typically a permanent, enclosed building with four walls and a roof. The next safest place would             be a metal vehicle with rolled up windows.

  • Stay away from conductive materials including fences, machinery, and electrical equipment. Avoid solitary trees, open fields, water bodies, and corded telephones.
  • Create a safety policy. Add a section on lightning safety to your company’s safety manual. Make sure all employees review the policy and insist they promptly follow the instructions recommended when a thunderstorm approaches the job site.
  • Resume operations at least 30 minutes after hearing the last sound of thunder. Of course with Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc’s lightning protection system in place, you need not to worry about the damage to any equipment; still, it is recommended to do a thorough pre-use inspection of the equipment again to check for damage.

For more lightning safety tips for your facility, contact us.

Protect Your Facility With Lightning Surge Protection Devices

Today’s industrial setups are heavily reliant on the continuous and efficient running of electrical and electronic systems. Overvoltage surges are a major cause of failure of this equipment.

Surge protection Devices

An electrical transient or surge is a short duration, high-energy impulse that is imparted on the normal, electrical power system whenever there is a sudden change in the electrical circuit. They can originate from a variety of source like lightning strikes, switching of utility grid or capacitor banks, electrical accidents, circuit breaker tripping, etc.

Modern microelectronic components are very sensitive to overvoltages and because many systems are networked, they rely on each other for the system to operate. If one part of the system gets damaged, due to lightning or surge, the whole system won’t operate. The consequential losses suffered during such events i.e. downtime and lost production can be very high.

Costly repairs, downtime and sustained revenue losses can be caused by the absence of lightning arrestors. Reason enough to protect your facility against damage by using LEC’s lightning surge protection devices.

We offer an extended family of lightning surge protection devices for various types of power distribution systems.

Facility Guard – our patented, UL listed lightning surge protection device eliminates common destructive failures at the service entrance and sub panels. With a peak capacity of up to 400,000 amps, it ensures complete protection for industries.

Transient Limiters – fail-safe, self-protected design; these nipple mounted devices come in a range of voltages and configurations for light commercial, industrial and home use. Another patented, UL listed device from Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., with a protection capacity of up to 100,000 amps.

Electrical transients are not limited to the electrical distribution system. They can enter a facility through phone/fax line, cables and satellite systems, and even the local area networks. Therefore, in order to achieve maximum protection from surge damage, lightning surge protection devices should be installed on all systems susceptible to electrical transients.

Data lines and telecommunication lines require protection from electromagnetically induced transient surges. We offer:

Data Line Protector – this state-of-the-art hybrid surge protection are available on a range of configurations.

TE500 – a hybrid form of surge protector for data and telecommunication lines.

For safe operation of electrical equipment, these lightning surge protection devices are extremely useful in places where ultimate protection is required. Choose from our wide range of devices designed to protect your installation systems by limiting high operating voltage and diverting surge currents to ground.

Properly Applying Lightning Protection System in the Healthcare Industry

Lightning on a healthcare facility can be catastrophic. It can knock out, disable or even destroy electronic equipment essential to a health care facility's day to day operations. Life support, imaging, safety, security and communication systems depend on digital circuits that cannot withstand lightning’s hundred million volts.

Many facilities assume electrical systems are protected when grounded according to the National Electric Code – but this does not address lightning protection. Even an ordinary thunderstorm can cause the problem to a health care facility’s electrical system.

Though the risk is less to a low-rise outpatient facility in a dry region than that of a multi-storied healthcare center in an area prone to a frequent thunderstorm, all structures in every region are vulnerable, hence the need of a lightning protection.

The basic

Lightning protection provides a path to safely conduct lightning’s electrical charge from the top of a structure into the ground. Air terminals are installed on the roof and connected with conductors approved for lightning protection. These conductors lead from the roof to the ground level and connected to a ground terminal to provide an electrically continuous path to the ground.

In addition to direct lightning strikes, a building is subject to electrical surges due to strikes that occur outside the building. These surges send high voltage current spikes through power, telephone and utility lines; thus surge protectors at service entrance is mandatory.  

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant inc. lightning protection systems work the same way yet provide additional protection.  Our system negates the electrical currents within the protected area, eliminating the causes for a lightning to strike. This product is our patented Dissipation Array System (DAS). The DAS is designed with a combination of different multipoint ionizer to reduce the electric field intensity; eliminating the strike within the protected area.

Moving on

To ensure the lightning protection system installed is functioning properly, inspection and compliance are mandatory. This includes direct strike protection as well as grounding and surge solutions.

In addition, each DAS design is engineered to be the most effective protection for each site, and comes with our “no strike” warranty. – This ensures complete protection on all LEC supervised installation.

We are successfully serving the health care industries for decades--"Lightning Eliminators".

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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.