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Number 1 Reason Why Yearly Maintenance of Lightning Protection Design System is Important

It’s important to ensure that your facility’s lightning protection design system is in good condition and in proper working order. This means having regular maintenance and repair to help determine and identify potential problems. If these systems aren’t working as they should, they could cause hazards to health and safety for all occupants within the facility. A regular lightning protection, inspection and maintenance can help determine and identify potential threats or problems – deviations from the reference standards or anomalies in the installation caused by environmental conditions such as corrosion, incorrect handling such as sectioning or robberies, or other circumstances such as expansions of the building where the LPS is located.

Investing in a regular maintenance program can help maintain compliance with regulations, prevent untimely plant shutdowns, and help save money by addressing issues before they turn into expensive unplanned repairs.

Our services:

  • LEC’s fleet of inspection and testing engineers are fully competent in undertaking the detailed inspection and testing of all lightning protection design systems. We recommend yearly inspections, to take account of seasonal variations, ensuring that the entire system is effective at all times.
  • We also provide certificates of inspection detailing our findings, plus details of any repairs required to return systems to a serviceable condition.
  • All our repairs and maintenance works are carried out by our own expert engineers working to agreed methods and time scales; ensuring remedial work does not affect your staff or on-site operations
  • Upon completion of repairs and maintenance, your installation is fully re-tested. Certificates are then issued, detailing the test results and confirming the system's compliance to relevant standards.

Scope of inspection:

  • Visual Inspection of all materials used to conduct current
  • Inspection of lightning rod to ensure none are bent, cracked, broken or otherwise damaged.
  • Refastening and tightening of components and conductors where required.
  • Check for loose, damaged or cut cable connections
  • Continuity tests and measurement of system resistance and grounding electrodes

A special note:

LEC provides the only ‘No Strike’ Warranty in the industry on our DAS solutions. When installed, maintained and supervised by LEC, our DAS prevents direct strikes with a 99% success rate, minimizing the risks to facilities and operations. The benefits can be substantial, resulting in a healthier bottom line and increasing reliability and safety. However like every other lightning protection design product this too requires yearly maintenance.

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Lightning Protection Design Systems

Lightning is the natural electric discharge of static electricity in the atmosphere between clouds or between a cloud and the Earth.

Underwriters’ Laboratories Inc. states: “Each year, thousands of homes and other properties are damaged or destroyed by lightning… Lightning is responsible for more deaths and property loss than tornadoes, hurricanes and floods combined, but of these violent forces of nature, lightning is the only one we can economically afford to protect ourselves against.”

Frequent lightning events interrupt, degrade and destroy critical technology, life safety equipment and other essential systems in commercial settings. Full recovery can entail untold time lost and tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars expended. In worst cases, losses are irreplaceable. Professional lightning protection design system from Lightning Eliminators solves your lightning problems.

Traditional lightning protection design system principles consist in creating one or more preferred impact points for a lightning strike using low impedance, conductor elements. These then conduct and convey the lightning current into the ground. This coherent system enables the lightning to be captured and dissipated while providing protection to the structure. 

Our  patented and innovative Dissipation Array System is designed to delay streamers as compared to an air terminal. As a lightning downward leader is initiated and the electromagnetic field builds up, a static charge accumulation is experienced on the facility and on the lightning terminals installed on the facility. The lightning terminals react by generating upward streamers having the capability to intercept the downward leaders. DAS are manufactured using stainless steel ionization brushes that neutralize build-up of static charges and thus mitigate or delay streamer formation. These are the latest design in lightning dissipation technology. Science and experience show that DAS, and the structures on which they are installed, are less likely to experience a direct lightning strike than unprotected structures or structures with traditional lightning protection design system.

Look no further than our project to understand the trust placed in our professionals. Every project we facilitate is inspected and certified for quality and sustainability by trusted third-party validators.

Few commercial structures exist that are not driven in part, or significantly, by technology. Professional lightning protection design systems act as over watch, protecting the critical systems of the building and its tenants from disruption, or worse.

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Why is the Lightning Protection Design so Critical

The lightning threat to mankind is well known (even without considering economic losses) because, in every second there are at least 8 lightning strikes around the world.

Lightning protection design systems help shield the workforce from danger, assist in the protection of equipment from damage and safeguard assets from downtime. A well designed lightning protection system lessens the hazards associated with these risks.

There are three types of lightning risks that should be considered while considering a lightning protection design, these are:

  • An indirect strike which can be potentially lethal as it can strike the person with in the area, while the current dissipates into the earth
  • A direct strike that runs through a metallic object, which a person comes into contact with directly
  • A flashover, which can cause nearby or natural, objects to spill over into the surrounding area.

Thus a lightning protection design should have two parts. The first is the external lightning protection system, which intercepts, conducts and dissipates the lightning flash to the earth. Second, the internal system that prevents flash over within the structure. 

However, a system designed in compliance with industry standards does not guarantee 100% immunity from damage. Lightning protection is an issue of statistical probabilities and risk management. Lightning protection systems designed in compliance with standards should statistically reduce the risk below a pre-determined threshold.

LEC offers that go beyond the industry standards and include the following patented lightning protection design products, such as:

Dissipation Array System

Spline Ball ionizer

Spline Ball Terminal

Facility Guard

Transient Limiters

Hybrid Surge Protectors for Data and Telecom Applications 

Coaxial Line Protector

The option to install a lightning protection design system is a critical decision for the purposes of life safety, protection of property, insurance costs, and installation expense.  Armed with the right tools and an understanding of national and international standards, an engineering company like LEC can provide a critical evaluation of the potential risks. This evaluation can help the asset owner make the right decision for maximum protection within budget.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc. will be pleased to advise you on the proper type of lightning protection, minimizing loss and damage of any kind.

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Why install a Lightning Protection System - 5 Critical Risk Factors

Lightning can cause severe damage and destruction to the buildings that it strikes, leaving owners to pay massive amounts in repairs and damages. However, by getting a lightning protection system you can rest easy knowing that no lightning strike will increase your business risk.

Lightning Eliminators offers superior lightning protection systems to suit all types of commercial and industrial buildings.

5 critical factors to judge the risk of not installing a lightning protection system today

Personnel risk

Locations where personnel risk are high include mine sites, factories, schools, churches, sporting facilities, and hospitals. Here employers should recognize lightning as an occupational hazard and take lightning protection seriously.

Equipment and structural damage

Direct strikes cause serious damage to infrastructure, communications, air-conditioning and other exterior structures. Indirect damage can cause serious damage to electronics, equipment and data. In short, Lightning can cause severe electrical-related damage by fire, surge and shock wave damage.

Consequential problems of such failures

For a business such damage can be devastating; from costly repairs to downtime, loss of information and data, ability to service the client, production down time and the brands reputation to market.

And if it’s a public service business such as railroads, hospitals, airports, and public utilities, then they must look beyond their own initiatives to consider the public that would be affected by interruptions.

Fire is another major concern with lightning strikes. Even a side flash can be a cocktail for disaster in industries using highly flammable or explosive materials.

Revenue loss

Lightning protection systems can prevent detrimental, avoidable downtime and costly repairs. The investment associated with protecting an asset from lightning strike is a fraction as compared to the revenue loss incurred by not being prepared. Mining and manufacturing industries must consider LPS on priority.

Corona Phenomenon

This can create an audible noise that can interfere with communications and cause damage to conductors, transformers and other vital electronics.

Lightning is one of nature’s most powerful natural phenomena. A lightning strike to a structure can result in serious destructive damage, fires, explosions and risk of electric shock, which presents a significant risk to life, operations and electronic systems.

Lightning Eliminators provides coverage for all services relating to lightning protection, priding ourselves on a professional and prompt service to our clients.

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Safe and Reliable Lightning Protection Systems

Traditional lightning protection systems (LPS) transfer the lightning current safely to the ground. These systems include air terminations, down conductors and earth termination systems and they are also known as a lightning protection grounding systems.  They are intended to provide a low resistance path to dissipate high current into the soil.

In addition to traditional LPS systems Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. (LEC) provides more advanced lightning protection systems called Dissipation Array Systems (DAS) based upon our patented charge transfer technology.  This solution is based upon the concept ‘to avoid the strike and not collect it’.

Our charge transfer system (patented as the Dissipation Array system) uses a naturally occurring scientific phenomenon called point discharge to retard the collection of lightning within the finite protection zone.

The lightning protection system designed by us lowers the static field in the protected area long enough for the lightning strike to terminate outside the protected area.

The devices work by dissipating the electric charge that builds up on objects on the ground when downward leaders begin to form. Because lightning occurs when upward streamers seek out the downward leader; the stainless steel brushes on the lightning protection rod disrupt the increased electromagnetic field conditions through an ionization process, mitigating or delaying the formation of upward streamers and thus eliminating the occurrence of lightning within the protected zone.

Developing innovative lightning protection systems and solutions for more than 4 decades, LEC engineering team has been regularly consulted for the protection of very sensitive sites: dangerous, explosive or flammable products, their storage, large stadiums and arenas, high rise buildings, complex industrial sites, etc.

The list of clients that choose LEC's DAS is extensive. A portion of that list includes global clients such as: Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, Chevron, United Energex, Valero Refining, BASF, FedEx, UPS, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Florida Power & Light, Southern Carolina Electric & Gas, Duke Energy, Entergy, Fidelity National Information Services, Turner Broadcasting, International Paper, Weyerhaeuser Company, US Navy, and the Israel Defense Forces. These customers are repeat customers often with multiple facilities in different geographic locations across the world all protected by LEC's DAS.

Contact us if you want safe and reliable lightning protection systems and solutions to protect both the structure and personnel.

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The Effectiveness of a Proper Lightning Protection Design

It's important that your property, contents and personnel are protected from the dangers of lightning at all times. Whether you are building new premises for your company or your existing building needs a lightning protection upgrade, we are the experts who can design, install and maintain a comprehensive lightning protection system.

A lightning protection system designed by Lightning Eliminators will protect a structure from damage by reducing the cause of a lightning strike within the protected area and/or safely passing the extremely high voltage currents to ground. Our systems include a network of air terminals, bonding conductors, and ground electrodes.

We bring years of real-world experience and a scientific engineering process to lightning protection design system. With over 10,000 lightning protection designs completed, our team provides unmatched expertise in all aspects of lightning protection for your site and facility.

What comes as a standard?

  • Project management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Site Surveys
  • Protection System Design
  • Installation, testing and maintenance

Our lightning protection design is effective because:

  • We customize the type of protection required for each site or facility
  • The level of protection is based on in-depth risk assessment
  • Our products are technically qualified as per latest and relevant national and international standards; and patented as well
  • Location of the air terminal, sizes and dimensions of the components, conductor routing and all the connection are done as per survey
  • We even utilize natural components as down conductors, if applicable

Each year thousands of properties are damaged or destroyed by lightning. Lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars annually in structural damage to building in the United States. What is not reported is the loss of business, the downtime and liability that occurs when businesses are forced to shut down to repair lightning damage.

Lightning Eliminators will design a world-class lightning protection system for your property with everything you need included. We provide all materials, engineers and equipment as well as complete project management for the design, installation and maintenance of your lightning protection system. Protection against direct lightning strike and surge is not an easy one. A proper lightning protection design depends on a number of contributing factors. We will be pleased to advise you on the proper type of lightning protection, minimizing loss and damage of any kind.

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Lightning Protection Systems to eliminate the risk of strike

Lightning Protection is avoided by most people until after a tragedy. We can only hope more people think about lightning protection in the calm before the storm.

Lightning protection has come a long way – technologically, practically and geographically. By assuming and actively engaging in industry leadership position, Lightning Eliminators and Consultant Inc. continue to be at forefront of the industry’s drive for universal best practices and professional standards.

Spanning four generations, our brand has been synonymous with exceptional products, competitive prices and superior service standards strongly adhering to national and international standards.

Over the years we have mastered the art of total site and facility protection by designing and manufacturing site-specific grounding, lightning protection, and surge suppression systems. Our scientifically engineered systems provide solutions that secure operations, protect infrastructure and offer peace of mind.

Lightning has the power to tear through buildings, explode walls, disturb steel and ignite deadly fires. The cost of this damage can be enormous, not to mention deadly. The potential for losses due to equipment damage, business interruptions and personal injury caused by lightning can be a major expense for companies. A properly installed lightning protection system can minimize this threat to your business.

In short, there are three very good reasons to install and lightning protection systems - people, property and assets.

After more than 4 decades in the business, we are proud of our worldwide reputation for providing our customers with quality service, excellent value, delivered safely with a professional attitude.  The LEC advantage over the other vendors is our unique market leading experience, knowledge and expertise. We have an excellent library of technical articles, research papers, client success stories and product presentations that document the success of our patented lightning protection solution.

We have become a source of knowledge and intelligence for all aspects of lightning protection, control, and subsequent risk mitigation and management. Our combined real word operational experience, research, innovative product development and consulting services have enabled us to carve out a unique niche within the lightning prevention arena across a wide range of industries and governments both domestically and internationally.

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Lightning protection system that can best save investments

Thunderstorms can be quite fascinating and likely to be watched. The rapid flashes and the growling sound is a thrilling experience for many. However, there is no bigger menace to our everyday life than lightning. It has proved to be one of the most disastrous and fatal occurrences.

Lightning is the process of discharging electrical charge in the clouds. The energy released produces a series of light, heat and a very strong sound; with enough capacity to damage buildings, kill humans, blow up trees and impair electrical equipment.

A single bolt of lightning can generate up to 200,000 amps of electrical energy, making a threat of fire from a direct strike or indirect surge a serious concern for any industrial facility. Thus it is critical that any outdoor structure, whether temporary or permanent, have a lightning protection system installed.

Benefits it offers to business:

  • Saves investments: it's much cheaper to invest in a lightning protection system as compared to what you have to pay for repair and replacement of assets.
  • Prevents electrical and electronic damage: apart from the obvious direct damages of lightning, secondary damages from surge and transient voltage is also real and destructive. LPS solutions from LEC provide both structures as well as transient protection.
  • Safeguards life of personnel: an LPS is a preventive system that provides efficiency in protecting company personnel also.

Every industry requires a lightning protection system because:

  • Buildings are susceptible to lightning strikes  
  • Equipment and machines damaged by lightning or its effects can result in serious production problems and loss of service
  • Businesses that use and store highly flammable materials are at a greater risk
  • Protection of workers is very important
  • Having a lightning protection system is an essential condition for insurance companies to cover the cost of incidents or reduce the cost of policies.

 

LEC has designed a lightning protection system called the Dissipation Array System or DAS, which works on the principle of charge transfer technology. This system eliminates the huge lightning energy away from the protected area and at the same time uses its other patented devices to draw away, without damage, any energy which might have entered the protected area.

Lightning Eliminators has over forty years of experience in protecting varied industries from lightning. We continue to invest in continuous research and professional solutions allowing for a considerable reduction in lightning damage.

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Lightning Safety Tips for Every Maritime Company Should Follow

Lightning seems like the ultimate “act of God”. Unpredictable, capricious – it can come as a literal bolt out of the blue.

Thus basic lightning safety tips can and do save lives. Following are a few very simple precautions:

 

Indoors:

  • Stand clear from electrical appliances and windows
  • Unplug TVs, stereos, computers immediately after hearing the first thunderstorm
  • Avoid contact with water, and piping including sinks, baths, and faucets
  • Do not use plugged / corded telephones

 

 

 

Outdoors:

  • Look for a concrete shelter or a closed vehicle
  • Never use a tree as a shelter
  • Avoid areas that are higher than the surrounding landscape
  • Keep away from metal objects and bodies of water including pool, lakes, etc
  • If you’re in a crowd, spread out
  • If the lightning is about to strike, crouch down and cover your ears
  • Victims of lightning strikes should be administered CPR immediately

 

 

However, any job that requires you to work outdoors places you at risk when dangerous weather occurs. Lightning is one of the most significant dangers for outdoor workers. Here we are seriously concerned about maritime workers.

Offshore platforms and rigs are generally considered grounded because they connect to the bottom of the ocean. Unfortunately, oil, rust, and decay can impede the direct path that energy would travel to the ground, making offshore structures extremely susceptible to electric failure, surge effects, and fire.

Lightning safety tips related to maritime

  • Use the ’30-30’ rule. If less than 30 seconds elapse between two lightning strikes, you should move indoors and take adequate measures to protect yourself
  • If you are working offshore and there is a tropical storm or hurricane approaching, do not hesitate or wait for the last minute to evacuate.  These storms can be extremely dangerous and can complicate standard lightning safety protocols
  • Utilize strategies to access risk, protect your assets (physical and human), reduce downtime and improve overall safety. LEC personnel can help you through
  • When a storm rolls in, stay away from danger zones like heavy machinery, electrical currents and conductors, tall structures and explosive and flammable materials

No matter the level of protection needed, Lightning Eliminators has proven to be the right choice for the solution. Some of the world’s largest offshore producers are utilizing LEC’s DAS no-strike protection – which is the only system available with a “no-strike” warranty – as well as surge protection systems to provide a critical safety net.

The Importance Of Maintaining A Lightning Rod Protection System

Lightning rods must undergo periodic inspections and maintenance, as indicated by national and international regulations. These periodic inspections allow the detection of deviation from reference standards or anomalies in the installations caused by environmental conditions such as corrosions, incorrect handling or expansion of the building where the lighting rod protection is installed.

Maintenance of an effective lightning rod protection system is essential due to the following:

  • Efficiently dissipate heavy fault currents and electrical surges, both in magnitude and duration, to protect equipment being damaged so as to minimize downtime, service interruptions and replacement costs
  • Provide a stable reference for electrical and RF circuits at the installation to minimize noise during normal operations
  • Protection of personnel who work within the area from dangerous electrical shocks

For a lightning rod protection system to work optimally, each and every part needs to be in good condition. For example, lightning rods must work correctly, down conductors must maintain continuity at all times, ground resistance must be below 10 ohms, etc.

Generally, lighting rod protection maintenance consists of two types:

Visual inspection

  • No physical damage due to a lightning strike
  • All the elements within the lightning rod are in good state
  • Fixings are in good conditions
  • No parts are damaged by corrosion
  • State of equipotential bonding is correct
  • Report of systems for compliance with current codes

Complete verification

This includes physical verification mentioned above along with other necessary measures as specified by our engineers at the time of installation – electrical tests, performance parameters, resistance testing, continuity testing and ground, and soil resistivity testing.

In the hands of experienced engineers from LEC, proper testing and maintenance of lightning rod protection system can become a routine, minus any harassment. At the very least, the consequences of not taking a thorough approach could incur unnecessary costs, and given the destructive potential of a lightning strike, those consequences could be much worse.

At the end of the day, regardless of the industry, whether an electric power plant, power generation facility, utility, or sub-station, oil gas upstream or downstream, platform, rig, tank farm or the building that houses the operational equipment or sensitive equipment, all must be protected and that protection must be checked continuously in order to work.

Lastly, because changes are likely if not inevitable, all building maintenance schedules should include annual lightning protection equipment maintenance.

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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.