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Industrial Strength Lightning Rod Protection

Lightning may be unpredictable but implementing a proactive solution can lessen the risks lightning pose to your industry.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to utilize a combination of conventional lightning rods assisted by location specific lightning dissipators.

Lightning Rod Protection

Lightning rod protection has been around since Benjamin Franklin famously invented it in 1752. And a lot has changed since then.

For over 45 years, Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., has been providing advanced Lightning protection systems worldwide. The all-new lightning rod protection system is an advanced air terminal which enhances conventional lightning rod protection.  It takes the view of avoiding a strike rather than collecting it.

Our system lowers the static field in the protected area long enough for the lightning strike to terminate outside the protected area. It works on charge transfer system (patented as the Dissipation Array System) which is a naturally occurring, scientific phenomena to prevent the build-up of ground charge to the value necessary to trigger a strike within the protected area.

Let’s compare the two

The standard lightning rod protection system works on the principle of placing rods on the highest point of a structure for the purpose of attracting lightning strike and harmlessly neutralizing it to the ground through a robust conduction system.

Lightning Rod Protection

Our patented Dissipation Array system does just the opposite.

It dissipates the charge that accumulates in the atmosphere near the structure and lowers the energy needed to create a strike, thereby avoiding the strike altogether.

The DAS system is becoming more popular in critical facilities where downtime will be too costly or it is within a physically explosive zone. While other areas can still use the lightning rod protection systems.

LEC has over 40 years’ experience and success in minimizing the effects of lightning.   In addition, we provide the only ‘no strike’ warranty in the industry on our DAS solutions, when installed, maintained and supervised by us.

Our team of highly trained engineers and solution specialist continuously consult with companies, conduct a lightning risk assessments and provide recommendation and strategies.

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All You Need to Know About Lightning Protection

Lightning is an age-old problem with protection solutions dating back to 1755 when Dr. Benjamin Franklin experimented with lightning protection and discovered that a sharp point dissipates charge. This discovery led to the grounding rod which is still in use today.

Established in 1981, LEC is dedicated to providing a complete lightning protection solution for all types of industrial structures. We are an engineering company focused exclusively on industrial lightning protection for the buildings, communications equipment, instrumentation, and occupants by preventing a lightning strike within the protected area.

LEC focuses on creating new technologies, combining patented lightning protection innovations with high-quality engineering services that provide the best solution for our clients.

Our years of research and development has resulted in state-of-the-art products like:

  • Dissipation Array System
  • Spline Ball Ionizer
  • Spline Ball terminal
  • Streamer Delaying Air Terminal
  • Retractable Grounding assembly
  • In-tank Potential Equalizer
  • Facility Guard
  • Transient Limiters
  • DC Surge Protector
  • Chem Rods
  • Smart ground testing service

The LEC patents are remarkable breakthroughs that provide lightning protection for commercial or industrial facilities for industries such as petrochemical, information technology, utilities, transportation, manufacturing, water treatment and many others.

Over the years we have developed vast experience and expertise in consulting, design and installation in accordance with national and international standards.

Our capabilities

Worldwide supplier of Lightning Protection products, solution, and services that are:

  • Fit for the purpose
  • Compliant with local and international standards
  • Competitively priced
  • Customized as per customer’s needs
  • Our patents, test reports, quality certificates and references have made us an industry leader.

Our exceptional team comprises of industries leaders that strive to provide the best customer experience possible. Our design and engineering team can produce a complete lightning protection and grounding layout for any type of structure.

Frequently Asked Questions on Lightning Protection Systems

What is a lightning protection system?

“There is no product or scientific method capable of modifying a natural phenomenon. Our lightning protection systems simply prevent a lightning to strike within the protected area.”

Our lightning protection systems are designed to protect a facility and its contents from damage that will be caused if the intensely high voltage of currents from a lightning strike passes through it. Our system attempts to equalize the voltage between the clouds and earth within the area of protection thus preventing the lightning to strike.

We understand that lightning can be unpredictable and our lightning protection system takes this into consideration. It’s so designed that if lightning does strike a structure, the high voltage currents will be first drawn into the lightning protection system and safely grounded before these currents cause any serious damage or harm.

What are the components of a lightning protection system?

Typical lightning protection systems from Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. include:

  • Dissipation Array System (DAS) working on the charge transfer technology. It’s available in a range of configuration for almost every structure. This is the key component of our system and is installed as close and practical to roof edges.
  • Chemically Charged Electrodes (CHEM-ROD) provides a low-impedance ground. The reliable performance of the entire lightning protection system depends on effective low-impedance grounding system. With Chem-rods a greater number of ions are transferred, allowing DAS technology to interrupt the formation of upward streamer, thereby preventing direct strikes.
  • Transient Voltage Surge Suppressions (TVSS) protects the electronic systems within a building from transient overvoltage damage, by blocking or redirecting surge currents to the ground instead of letting them pass through the equipment.

Who needs a lightning protection system?

As business and industries are demanding more sophisticated electrical systems and infrastructure, a lightning protection system has become very imperative. Imagine the destruction a lightning strike can cause an unprotected facility! The damage will be beyond repair and unrecoverable losses. Even an indirect lightning strike can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

We advocate a complete, comprehensive set of lightning protection systems to ensure complete protection of your employees, your facility and the various components therein.

 

Complete Lightning Protection Solutions for every Industry

Industrial lightning protection for businesses is vital to their success.

A direct lightning strike can damage structures, critical equipment and also the occupants as it can induce fast transient overvoltages into the power system. At Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. we offer superior lightning protection system to suit all types of commercial and industrial buildings. Our lightning protection and surge protection solutions are based purely on solid, well-grounded science. We endeavor to supply turnkey solutions, which are both technically and economically effective.

We boast of a very efficient workforce. Our personnel is responsible for installing all types of lightning protection and surge protection systems. We have all resources, materials, and the latest plant, machinery, and vehicle to work on any size project – large scale to a remote mountaintop. Our work progress and quality of workmanship are monitored regularly through various control and testing systems.

Further, every installation is done with minimum disruptions to your services. All our manufactured and patented lightning protection and surge protection products comply with the appropriate national and international standards. We also extend a ‘no strike’ warranty with all our installation and services.

Our brand is based on some very basic principles and as such our aim is simple too:

  • Don’t attract lightning, eliminate it
  • If some secondary currents to pass through a protected structure, to ground them safely to earth, thereby reducing the risk of side flashes
  • To protect equipment from surge and transient on power lines, signals and data lines.
  • Provide excellent pre-sales and after-sales services
  • Mitigate loss or damage to all expensive and important business electrical and electronics
  • Minimize financial loss and downtime

Our expertise in this field is well known, and we work heavily in this area to improve our offering and to service our customer base. With the wealth of experience of over 4 decades, we are now well placed to advise an appropriate and cost-effective solution to meet your specific lightning protection needs.

Lightning Rod Protection vs Charge Transfer Technology

A Lightning protection system is designed to protect a structure from damage due to a lightning strike. Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc, has been installing the best protection systems for every industry for over 40 years.

For over two centuries, lightning rod served as the primary means of protecting lives, electronic component and various other industrial assets. In this outdated lightning protection system, lighting rod is engineered to protect the structure in event of a lightning strike – the lighting will strike the rod and the conductor cables will carry the lightning current from the lightning rod to the ground through wires instead of passing through the structure. The heavy and long rods buried in the ground provide a safe path for lightning discharge.

Do you know with technology advancements in the lightning protection industry, lightning phenomena  can now be prevented?

LEC’s Charge Transfer System works by reducing the static charge, which builds upon the protected area without the use of a lightning rod. As the lightning downward leader is formed, it looks for opposite polarity to equalize itself. Our device interrupts the formation of these polarities thus eliminating the strike completely. The ionizer offers a medium for point discharge to occur, while the down conductors provide the electrical connection between the charge collector and ionizer. Interconnecting ground electrodes and conductors, the ‘charge collector’ collects and channels the electrical charge to the ionizer.

Traditionally, a lightning protection system includes lightning rods or air terminals, conductor cables, ground electrodes, utility bonding clamps and surge protection. Whereas our charge transfer system consists of one or more ionizers, down conductors, charge collectors.

LEC has a range of patented technologies that are designed to avoid a lightning strike from occurring as opposed to a lightning rod which attracts and then grounds the strike to earth.

The confidence in our products has prompted us to extend a full ‘no strike’ warranty to each and every client. We aim to deliver a wide range of patented products, services, experience, commitment and specialist support whilst maintaining the best possible standards of workmanship and safety.

 

Having the vision to combine manufacturing, design and engineering expertise has ensured that our clients have the exact installation that gives them the ultimate efficiency of the lightning protection system

Non Conventional Lightning Rods for Protection

Every industrial plant is struck by lightning at least once in several years. Thus Lightning rods are just as important as they have ever been and the lightning protection system is in common use today.

There are different types of solutions available today to protect a facility from lightning but it is a common misconception that they are variations of the same technology.

Three main types of lightning protection systems used today: conventional system, charge transfer system and early streamer emission air terminal systems.

Conventional lightning rod – invented by Benjamin Franklin; these rods attract a strike and convey the energy to the ground without damaging the building or facility. They are mounted on top of the buildings and electrically bonded to the ground.

Although lightning rod is the most commonly known form of conventional lightning protection system there have been a great number of technological advances.

Early streamer emission – this technology is very similar to the conventional lightning rod: it moves towards streamer generation and attracts lightning. The lightning rod can be distinguished due to its geometrically complex shape, the presence of a small object near the top and a discharge trigger.

Charge transfer technology – it takes a completely opposite approach to lightning protection: it prevents a lightning strike within a specified area designated for protection. The lightning rod or air terminal, in this case, collect the induced charge from thunderstorm clouds within the protected area and transfers it through an ionizer into the surrounding air. This results in relieving the imbalance between the cloud and ground and the strike are prevented.

As opposed to conventional lightning rods and early streamer emission, CTS is a better technology for various industries such as oil and gas, storage tank farms, all types of energy producers, etc. These facilities have many flammable and other sensitive materials, where using conventional lightning rod carries the risk of ignition or damage to various equipments.

Lightning Eliminators & consultant Inc. has the best solutions for creating a protected zone against a lightning strike and it is through their Dissipation Array System – a specific type of CTS. This system was invented and patented by LEC.

Contact us to actively boost the resistance to lightning attacks on your property, buildings, plants and other facilities. 

Structural Lightning Protection beyond the Conventional Lightning Rod

As external lighting protection system consists of components like lightning rod, cable connections, surge arresters, ground termination and cable fasteners.

A typical lightning protection system from Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. includes

-          A dissipation Array system, which is the key component and available in a range of configuration for almost any structure

-          A grounding system using Chem lightning rods(chemically charged electrodes)

-          A transient voltage surge suppression

-          Modular strike prevention devise

For more than 200 years lightning rods have been used to collect and control the destructive powers of lightning. But now there has been a greater number of technological advancement in the lightning protection industry. So it not wise to allow thousand of amperes to flow near sensitive electronic equipment by installing a lightning rod.

This is primarily because Charge Transfer System is available to prevent a lightning strike from occurring altogether.

In very simple language, a lightning rod serves as a terminal to pull away harmful electrical current from structures directly inside the ground; whereas, CTS actually prevents the formation of lightning within a protected area.

Conventional lightning rods are very simple in design - they are just electrically conductive metal rod barely 10 in tall.

The DAS (Dissipation Array System) working under CTS technology has proprietary configurations and contains electrical charging configurations. They use fewer air terminals, bonds, and grounds and still provide a larger zone of protection. Unlike a lightning rod, this technology works to reduce the rapid transfer of electrons that occur with lightning into a slow drip by pushing storm-induced electric charge up into the atmosphere, away from the protected place.

Both, the lightning rod and Dissipation Array System initially operate off the same scientific principle known as point discharge. The similarities between them end here as their actions diverge. A lightning rod moves towards streamer generation whereas DAS utilizes a slow discharge process.

Because CTS technology prevents rather than redirects lightning, it is a solid solution to lightning strike problems as compared to the conventional lightning rod.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. has been in the forefront of DAS development and also its patent holders. In the last four decades, this system has demonstrated a history of 99.7 percent reliability and includes a ‘no strike’ warranty.

 

Lightning Protection Products

Lightning protection products have become a necessity.

Lightning is a natural phenomenon that simply cannot be avoided, thus we need to protect ourselves against it. Lightning causes major problems for companies such as damaging buildings, plants, and critical equipment. This phenomenon alone accounts for millions of dollars annually in structural damage to buildings. But what is not accounted for is the loss to business due to downtime or when the businesses are forced to shut down for repair.

Modern lightning protection products provide means by which the cause of lightning is eliminated altogether.

At Lightning Eliminators Consultant Inc., we provide high quality, effective and patented lightning protection products. Our aim is to provide the highest standards of services without compromising on quality and price. At LEC, our wealth of knowledge in lightning protection, earthing, and surge protection gives us the ability to offer leading edge product development and unparalleled technical support.

This commitment to quality follows through all aspects of the company. Our dedicated workshop, using a combination of high tech machinery, skilled staff, and technical expertise; have the ability to engineer and modify product items to the specification of each facility.

Catering to the requirements of the ever changing technological world we offer lightning protection products like:

Dissipation Array System – a breakthrough technology in preventing lightning strike, DAS reduces the formation of electrical field between the cloud and earth. Thus it prevents a lightning strike altogether diminishing the loss of assets and downtime.

Spline Ball Ionizer – the lighter version of the DAS technology, SBI is ideally installed on structure requiring lightweight protection with low wind profile. But it offers the same effects as its counterpart.

Spline Ball Terminal – a superior alternative to the conventional lightning rods, engineered to function greatly and reduce the risk of a direct lightning strike.

Streamer Delaying Air Terminal – as the name suggest, the SDAT is designed to delay upward stream generation and reduce the risk of lightning damage.

Our lightning protection products have great resistance to corrosion, offer security of high standards by drastically nullifying the effects of lightning and comply with the industry standards.

We continuously look for ways to make improvements and development to our company and have built long lasting trust with every customer.  

The Only Lightning Protection System that Eliminates a Strike

A lightning protection system commonly known as LPS is designed to protect non conducting structures such as buildings and its contents from lightning damage. This system provides mean by which a lightning discharge may enter or leave earth without damaging or even passing through conducting or non-conducting source such as electrical and sensitive equipments.

A standard LPS does not prevent lightning from striking; it simply provides the lightning strike a low resistance path to the ground where the enormous energy is safely dispersed.

However, the lightning protection system manufacturers and patented by the Lightning Eliminators and Consultants Inc. work under the Dissipation Array System. This technology retards the collection of lightning within a finite protected zone. In more simple words, the system reduces the potential voltage difference between the protected site and the storm clouds significantly, thus preventing a lightning strike.

This reliable system encompasses both structural and transient overvoltage protection.

Let us understand the lightning protection system under the charge transfer technology; patented as the Dissipation Array System.

Without a protection device, every ground object will provide a path to earth to emit positive streamers (electricity) upwards into the sky. These positively charged ions intercept the negative ions from a thunder storm creating a channel of air for these voltage currents to travel along thus causing a lightning strike.

With LEC’s lighting protection system in place, the formation of upward positive streams is interrupted thereby eliminating a direct lightning strike within the protected area. It continuously lowers the voltage potential between the protected site and storm cells, preventing any lightning activity from terminating and does not allow itself to be struck either.

Advantages of installing a lightning protection system

-          It prevents fire and/or explosion. A fire or explosion can be triggered by the heat of lightning flash or by the overheating of electrical arcing and conductors.

-          It prevents failure of internal electrical and electronic systems

-          It prevents mechanical damage including dislodged materials  and punctures of structure roofing

 

Lightning can be unpredictable and a well-designed lightning protection system will take this into consideration. Lightning Eliminators and Consultants Inc. has designed this system such that it eliminates the huge energy from the protected area and at the same time safely using its other devices to draw away the energy which might have entered the protected area. 

All You Need To Know About Lightning Rod

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All You Need To Know About Lightning And Lightning Rod

  • Today every building is equipped with many sensitive electronic system thus they need to be protected from any unforeseen damage such as a lightning strike. This is the reason more people are installing lightning rod than ever before. And as every structure is vulnerable to lightning damage, a lightning rod is installed on the roof of every building - schools, hospitals, health care facilities, airports, shopping centers, office buildings, manufacturing units, etc.
  • A lightning rod is erected on the roof of a building and it is connected to a conducting channel to take the huge discharge of electricity into the ground.
  • It is a very common misconception that a lightning rod attracts lightning. Let us understand it this way. The only aim of a lightning strike is to neutralize itself with the ground. And a lightning rod provides the most easy and adequate pathway thereby preventing the lightning strike from damaging any other asset within the area. So it does not attract lightning , but just provides the most convenient pathway.
  • Another very common misconception is that an electrician can take care of installing a lightning protection system. Only a professional company adhering to international standards and government norms should be hired for such installations. For Example, LEC has over 44 years of experience with many awards and patents under their belt.
  • When the lightning rod was first invented, it was believed that the rod could prevent a lightning strike. But it was not true then. Years later, LEC made this come true with its Charge transfer technology. This system prevents the clouds from forming an electronic field – a requirement for lightning to strike.

Lightning rod has been protecting places for 100 of years. This is a tried and tested method that has been used by most of the world’s tall buildings. Only the technology on which it is built has advanced as per the modern requirements.

Lightning eliminators and consultants have lightning protection systems based on state of the art engineering principles and physics. With patented products and over 44 years of experience, they have been protecting majority of global 1000 companies from disaster and loss. They also extend a full no strike warranty to every client.

Contact them and know more about their ground breaking technology. 

 

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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.