Electrical Protection Saves Money

Many owners of a wide range of business types are realizing that upgraded electrical protection equipment in the form of industrial surge suppression devices can significantly impact the bottom line in a positive way. The continual push towards improved business functionality has found great success through elimination or reduction of replacement costs associated with equipment damage through electrical surges and lightning strikes. As one of the biggest costs associated with many industrial businesses like wind energy producers, solar farms, hydro-electric plants, cellular networks and a host of other industries that utilize connected computer equipment and data processors, surge damage reduction is always being considered. Now, through improvements to the surge suppression systems that were originally created for light industrial or residential use, industries like these are able to save thousands of dollars every quarter. This money was once set aside for ongoing and expected replacement of equipment damaged by lightning and surges, and now can be allocated to the bottom line or business expansion.

Many industries must factor surge related damage into their business plans in order to set their prices for the products or services they produce. Because of the remote placement and physical structures associated with many industrial installations, lightning strikes are common and are planned for. While the damage that is caused to equipment at the strike point itself is nearly unavoidable, the subsequent damage to attached equipment as a result of the surge produced is not necessary if it can be effectively interrupted. In the past, the power lines that joined the control equipment and the actual devices that were exposed to the elements provided the weak link in lightning damage prevention. The interruption of the surge produced by a lightning strike may have been possible, but would then require either resetting of the surge suppression devices themselves, or potentially replacement of them. During the period in between strike and resetting, the systems are generally offline and not producing. This situation caused prices to be forced to be inflated in order to compensate for the expected strike damage.

Today’s surge protection devices are able to withstand a far larger surge than in the past, and are able to protect higher levels of equipment than ever before. There is even a line of SPDs being manufactured that never needs resetting or replacement, allowing uptimes to be extended to longer timeframes than ever before. Money is being saved through electrical protection devices, and that money can be used to increase profitability or provided to customers in the form of lower prices.