Thunderstorms occur virtually everywhere and that puts any facility at risk. The state-of-the-art certified lightning protection system is a part of the electrical system design of thousands of commercial and industrial facilities worldwide and is designed to maximize the protection of life and property.
‘An industrial electric shock can carry between 20 to 63 kilovolts, but a lightning strike delivers a whopping 300 kilovolts.’
Electric currents from lightning strikes maintain a shorter duration (a few milliseconds per strike) than an industrial shock. A human, when exposed to a lightning strike, can result in death or injury by making the victim fall or can result in burns. In addition to the death threat, a lightning strike to an unprotected facility can be disastrous as well. It could explode bricks, ignite fire, sidewalls, framings, and induce harmful electrical surges that can destroy sensitive electronics.
To prevent this kind of lightning damage to a structure, a complete lightning protection system is the best way to dissipate the dangerous electrical discharge.
Protecting your business from lightning damage should always be in the back of a business owner’s mind and like mentioned above, a lightning strike is definitely disastrous for an unprotected facility.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself and your business for a lightning strike
1.Lightning protection system
The very best protection from lightning damage to a facility comes from Lightning Eliminator’s lightning protection system. DAS (Dissipation Array system) works on charge transfer technology and prevents direct strikes within the area of protection. As for indirect strikes or side flashes, it will safely direct it through or around the building without allowing the excess current to damage or destroy electronics inside.
2.Surge protection system
It’s used between the wall outlets and the electronics in a facility. Our patented products protect devices inside your building form dangerous voltage spikes, whether issued from an indirect lightning strike, a side flash or some form of issue with utility lines. Lightning Eliminators offer a full line of surge protection devices for all of your critical applications, backed by expert consulting and support.
A typical lightning protection system from LEC includes:
Investing in a lightning protection system will protect your organization’s investments from lightning damage.
Lightning strikes approximately 10 times each second, around the world. Exactly where each lightning will strike is unpredictable, and their occurrence is unpreventable. What is in our control is the implementation of proper lightning protection systems in accordance with the nationals and international standard.
The conventional lightning rod aka Benjamin Franklin rod was the first to demonstrate that an electrically conductive path can safely channel lightning strikes from the top of a building into the earth. This lightning protection system has proved its effectiveness for ordinary facilities time and again.
Yet the lightning protection requirement of many structures especially in factories and industries exceed those provided by these conventional rods. As sensitive electronic now control vital functions including facility security, climate control, data storage, access systems, etc the vulnerability has increased. At the same time, the risk appears to be rising due to the occurrence of more frequent extreme weather events associated with climate change.
A direct lightning strike can cause physical damage and secondary effects of the lightning can and will damage electrical and electronic systems. Thus, the selected lightning protection system must be designed and implemented such that no form of lightning-related destruction, disruptive and reliability impairment phenomena can penetrate or enter the protected system.
While evaluating a particular site we consider the following points in order to provide the best level of lightning protection required for your needs:
Determining the level of lightning protection appropriate for each situation can be complex and require expert engineering expertise.
In order to prevent lightning from striking your facilities, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc has developed an exclusive patented product line and a team of engineering specialists that can provide an array of solutions for maximum lightning protection.
‘Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it’s lightning that does the work’ – Mark Twain
Lightning is terrifying and mysterious – scientist still can’t answer all the questions. But it serves a purpose. These magnificent electromagnetic discharges recharge the Earth’s battery by keeping the ground flush with negative electric charge while maintaining the ionosphere’s positive charge.
But lightning is dangerous. An average bolt of lightning carries approx. 20,000 amperes of charge; one can well imagine the amount of damage a pulse can do!
Such a severe natural electrical force often leads to extensive thermal and physical damage whether it’s a direct strike and one occurring close-by. Besides the property damage and danger to delicate equipment and potential for serious injury, lightning strikes can bring a major disruption in our ability to serve the public. Radio and telecommunications systems damage is the most frequent cause of loss, followed by damage to computers.
In the US, lightning strikes about 25 million times a year. Although fascinating to watch, you should never be outside during a thunderstorm. You don’t even need to have a storm right over your head to be in the danger zone, it can strike many miles from the heart of a storm. If you are hearing the thunder, you are close enough to be struck.
Lightning damage is more extensive than what you can initially see. For example, when lightning hits your facility, it creates a power surge and this surge runs through your facility and damages everything plugged into the outlets. Secondly, it has the potential to start a fire and thirdly, the sound that lightning creates – shock wave. It has the potential to blow plastered walls, break the glass and even crack foundations.
Lightning damage to a million dollar facility can have a lofty price tag, so installing a lightning protection system from LEC is a smart move.
Don’t let lightning damage your property. Contact us. As our name suggests – Lightning Eliminator’s & Consultant Inc. – We design, manufacture, install and maintain the best solutions to eliminate lightning from striking the protected area.
Did you know that lightning is the single biggest cause of damage to and destruction of electrical and electronic equipment in industrial facilities and commercial buildings? Also, that thunderstorms occur virtually everywhere and that puts any building at risk.
Due to the ever-changing climate and rise in temperature lightning strikes are becoming more and more frequent.
How can you prevent lightning damage?
Lightning damages equipment and affects production in two ways, either through direct strikes to the equipment or through the electrical surge that is produced within the power lines and ground that is delivered to the equipment. Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and patent holders of lightning and surge protection systems.
Lightning strike, one of the most beautiful pictures every time it strikes however it’s also the most dangerous act of nature.
Besides the deadly effects of this natural phenomenon, the lightning strike can cause more damage to than you think to any industry. Thus extreme protection measures are mandatory and a well-designed lightning protection system is required.
Let’s talk about the telecommunication industry.
In less than 30 years, cellular mobile towers and antenna structures have proliferated on every continent. These are very tall structures, because of the nature of their jobs, making them the perfect lightning targets.
The telecommunication towers such as cellular, microwave communication, television broadcast, and radio repeaters are like magnets for lightning strikes – these towers are made of conductive metal materials and they are the tallest structures around.
And it’s the nature of a lightning strike to flow down to the ground through the fastest (most conductive) way, which usually is the tower’s body and leg.
Once a direct lightning strike flows through the tower, any equipment located in the tower, the supplying generator, shelter or fence, and any additional energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines located near tower can be damaged beyond repair.
Installation of our lightning protection system can mitigate many such damages.
Traditional lightning arrestors are not appropriate for these telecommunication towers as this tower being the tallest conductor in the area already collects the lightning strike. What needs to be done is to keep lightning away from these sites to avoid any possible damage.
DAS - lightning protection system
Dissipation Array System is our most innovative and patented system. It consists of air terminals, bonding conductors, ground terminals among others. We manufacture and design this lightning protection system with full precision to ensure complete safety and smooth functioning.
During a storm, our DAS makes these towers almost ‘invisible’ to lightning. It works on Charge transfer technology which means it reduces the electrical field to below lightning collection levels thus preventing lightning from striking the protected area.
As no lightning strikes the tower, there are no damages and no loss of service.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. is the name to reckon with a robust lightning protection system.
Lightning strikes are characterized by very high stroke currents arriving in a very brief amount of time. This current flow across the surface of the earth in all directions until the cells between the thundercloud and earth, are neutralized.
An average lightning strike delivers about 30000 amps of electricity to the ground within a few milliseconds.
Being at the forefront of both the basic science and product development, we are uniquely qualified to address the problems inherent in lightning protection. Whether it is the petrochemical industry or the telecommunication industry, our methods use similar technology; a combination of a Dissipation Array system comprising of down conductors and grounding terminals along with surge protection devices.
While the priorities of each lightning protection project differ from industry to industry, some common features in every project are:
Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc., serves a wide range of customers including oil, gas, chemical and other industrial facilities. We have established ourselves as a global leader. Contact us to get your property protected.
While a lightning strike on its own is bad enough, when that strike ignites a fire, it opens doors to a host of issues. As these disasters aren't planned and they are unexpected, a prudent business creates a disaster recovery plan which is frequently tested and regularly maintained.
A still better approach to averting such disasters altogether is by installing a lightning protection system.
Our lightning protection products can safeguard various industries including but not limited to refineries, offshore platforms, and rigs, pipelines, terminals and tank farms.
Let us take a closer look at our patented products according to their usage:
Dissipation Array System – Based on the charge transfer technology, this patented product prevents downtime, loss of assets while increasing the level of lightning safety.
Spline Ball Ionizer – A supplement to our patented Dissipation Array installation, our patented SBI is the first line of defense for structures that require lightweight protection with a low wind profile.
Spline Ball Terminal – a superb alternative to standard air terminals; it is engineered to reduce the risk of direct strikes while performing as a highly efficient air terminal.
Streamer Delaying Air Terminal – another alternative to standard air terminals; it is designed to delay upward streamer generation and reduce the risk of lightning damage.
STORAGE TANK PROTECTION
Retractable Grounding Assembly – floating roof tanks are most susceptible to fire from lightning strikes. Our award-winning RGA creates a low impedance bond between the roof and shell giving you a cost-effective, easy to install and virtually maintenance free system.
In-tank Potential Equalizer – As the name suggests, our IPE combats the problem of internal electrical discharges within non-metal and lined tanks.
GROUNDING / EARTHING
Smart Ground Testing Service – It’s an advanced ground audit system producing highly accurate results even on the energized ground. Our smart ground offers practical recommendations to improve the earthling system as well.
ChemRod – it requires less real estate and fewer electrodes to meet specified resistance. Each Chem Rod creates an optimal electrical connection to earth with a large conductive surface.
LECWELD – this is an easy and efficient field welding system, wherein the process forms a solid copper molecule bond that does not loosen or corrode throughout the life of the host structure.
Grounding Augmentation fill – GAF is a special formula to create a low resistance earth interface, making it easier and less expensive to prevent a lightning strike.
The primary purpose of our products is to reduce the accumulation of electrical charges thereby prevent the electrical current flow into the building which could cause considerable damage.
Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has the experience and expertise to manufacture, engineer, install, and maintain systems that integrate lightning protection, grounding, and power quality products into existing infrastructure.
A ‘no strike warranty’!
Ever heard about it?
Well, we provide one. Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., offers a ‘no strike warranty’ on our manufactured and installed Lightning protection systems. But of course, you are required to have a recertification done annually in order to validate our warranty.
Once our lightning protection system is installed in your facility, it must be inspected and maintained like any other piece of equipment. A damaged lightning protection system is as dangerous as having no lightning protection at all.
Although maintaining your lightning protection equipment takes some time and effort, it is welcome relief for many companies. Those who don’t maintain and inspect them learn the hard way and have paid substantially for the failure to do so.
Dangers to various industries
Floating roof tank – a direct strike is not the only reason for these tanks to become vulnerable to fire; when the grounding connection is compromised, even a nearby strike can cause the electrons on the roof of the tank to create a spark.
Oil and gas industry - high electrostatic fields produced during thunder and lightning storms cause internal and external arcing subsequently causing an explosion of the chemical storage tanks. This is a hazardous and dangerous occurrence plaguing oil and gas industry.
Whether, upstream or downstream; platforms, rigs, tank farms, tank batteries, refineries, pipelines and structures near this equipment or their related sensitive electronics must be protected and that protection must be checked regularly to ensure that it is working properly.
Lightning Eliminators & consultants Inc recommends retests to be conducted annually. This ensures that the system is fully compliant all the year round. Like a mudslide can affect the positioning of a Chem Rod grounding solution or a tree that had fallen on the Dissipation Array system had damaged it. Anything can happen and rather than finding out the hard way, make proactive reviewing a regular practice.
If the recertification by us is not conducted the No-Strike Warranty is no longer in place and there is no certainty that the system will function properly when needed.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact us.
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In our fast-paced environment, we depend on wireless and satellite communications for everything – cell phones, internet, radio, television, and data and more; reliability has become imperative. These towers are constructed of steel and designed to be the highest structure in the surrounding area in order to supply communications without any interruptions.
Sadly, telecommunication towers are particularly at risk of lightning damage and an ensured electrical surge; due to its tall stature and complex electrical makeup. A single direct lightning strike can cause physical damage and catastrophic failure resulting in substantial revenue losses.
When lightning strikes a tower the current flows downwards to the ground and can damage electronic equipment like antennae, dishes, cameras, etc. On its way down, these currents can leak and jump into nearby structures resulting in permanent damage to sensitive electronic devices and equipment.
The good news is there is a way to protect telecommunication towers and facilities from the devastating and lasting effects of lightning damage.
The lightning protection system from Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. – The Tower Kit
It’s a hybrid package that offers a robust and cost-effective solution for communication tower to protect them from lightning damage. The protection package includes direct strike protection, surge protection, and grounding.
And we protect the towers from lightning damage by enhancing lightning rods with lightning dissipators!
Spline Ball Ionizer – this is our patented and advanced air terminal that functions as a streamer retarding air terminal. It utilizes the phenomena ‘charge transfer’ – it provides a low resistance route for the static ground charge to reach the atmosphere, preventing the build-up of ground charge to the value necessary to trigger a strike on the protected structure. In short, it exchanges ions between the air and earth keeping the local electrical field below lightning potential.
Chem Rods – another patented marvel from us; it creates the optimal earth connection with a large conductive surface, electrolytic salts, and specially formulated backfills.
Transient limiter TLX100 – this versatile type 1 SPD is primarily used for light load service entrance and subpanels. It can be installed upstream or downstream of the main disconnect.
This simple, reliable and inexpensive (compared to the cost of repair) method can protect most wireline communications from lightning damage.
LEC offers lightning protection products and services to many industries including broadcasting, wireless communications, data centers, 911 call centers, and many more.
Lightning strikes can be catastrophic for a building or any structure that is not adequately
A traditional lightning protection system consists of a lightning rod and a network of down conductors and earthing electrodes that provide initial protection to a building. When appropriately designed and installed this system carries a lightning strike safely to the ground, avoiding damage to property and life. However, it is not practical to let charged electromagnetic current near sensitive electronic devices.
At Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., we recognized the need to design a more practical and efficient system. Through our skills and experience in this field, lightning protection system under the Charge Transfer Technology is widely recognized as the best and most advanced protection from a lightning strike.
The Charge Transfer Technology used in Dissipation Array System prevents the termination of lightning within the desired area of protection. This reduces operating cost and downtime as it safeguards against lightning damages fire and electrocution.
How we work
We offer a comprehensive set of services from the first inspection to the final installation. Our experts perform an extensive on-site survey and assess the requirements. Based on this survey our engineers design an all-inclusive protection system in accordance with subjective needs. The design of the system is a critical part of any installation and identifies all that is required to meet the set
international standards and specifications. While the concept behind lightning protection system is relatively straightforward, the requirements for proper installation can be complex.
Our industry trained professional installers complete the installation process within the time stipulated and to the highest and safest standards. Follow-up testing is carried out at regular intervals and involves a visual survey of the entire system. Electrical resistance testing is also carried out as a part of the service.
Surge suppressors are another very important part of a lightning protection solution. It adds another layer of protection to sensitive electronics from the surge of transient voltage.
We are a US manufacturer providing a full range of lightning protection systems designed to the highest standards using state of art technology and machinery.
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