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Things You Should Know About Lightning Protection Design

Lightning strikes account for over a third of computer failures all over the world. With this number in mind, it makes sense to protect your assets from lightning strikes using state of the art lightning and surge protection devices.

This increases your facility’s protection from physical damage and reduces the possibilities of fire. Insurers now require the installation of lightning protection systems for commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, historic landmarks, and public venues.

Lightning protection design

An effective earthing system is critical to the safety of every electrical installation. And a robust earthing and lightning protection design is the first step in any electrical system to ensure the safety of assets, properties, and human beings.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. lightning protection design involves:

Collection of data

  • Soil resistivity measurement
  • Earth resistance/impedance measurement
  • Touch, step and transfer potential measurement
  • Lightning protection design visual inspection (if already installed)
  • Electrical measurements
  • Impact on immediate surroundings
  • Building contents
  • Type of construction
  • Building occupancy

Risk assessment

  • Determining the level of lightning protection required
  • Earth potential risk assessment
  • Interference studies
  • Fire risk
  • Assessing the risk in accordance with international standards

Design study

  • Arriving at BOQ and specification
  • Type of protection
  • Detailed and scientific evaluation of the site’s exposure
  • Sizes and dimension of components
  • Location of air terminals and coverage area
  • Conductor routing and connections
  • Earthing provisions

Supplying, installing, testing and commissioning

  • Provide labor, materials, products, equipment, and services
  • Installation and testing are carried out in accordance with international standards and code of practice.
  • Onsite or off-site risk management training and financial risk mitigation
  • All our manufactured and patented products comply with international standards

The lightning protection design consultancy services we offer with the years of expertise can reduce the exposure and susceptibility of the installations to lightning conditions and implement suitable protection measures.

Lightning Eliminators and Consultant inc., has been at the forefront of lightning protection design for many years and has contributed significant research on this natural phenomenon.

We thrive on excellence and being our best, we are always ready to assist anyone who needs help with a high quality, cost-effective solution for lightning and surge protection system and design.

Lightning Protection Is Not An Option.

Lightning Protection is easy to forget. Most people only think about it 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 an 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. Done scientifically, our system provides 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 system including surge protection – 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.

 

Lightning Protection for Floating Roof Tank

Lightning is the leading known cause of fires in tanks. With the frequency of violent weather on the rise, lightning strikes are expected to increase by 15% during each summer season.

The cost can be catastrophic; and can include loss of product, equipment and production, to loss of life, business and goodwill; to lawsuits and increased regulatory scrutiny.

Floating roof tanks are especially vulnerable to the direct and indirect effects of lightning. A direct or a nearby lightning strike will cause electrical currents to flow across the tank shell and roof. The most likely strike location on an FRT is the top of the rim or the gauge pole.

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc’s experienced engineering team works collaboratively with your operations and engineering group to co-develop a standardized approach to protect your assets from the dangers of ignitions caused by lightning strikes and static discharge.

Our plan comprises of:

  • The structural lightning protection system
  • A lightning surge protection system
  • Trunkey installation
  • Annual inspection & preventative maintenance

Our lightning protection system will include our award-winning lightning protection Retractable Grounding Assembly (RGA) which reduces the risk of lightning damage and fire by creating a low-impedance bond between the roof and shell

It may also include an appropriately placed Dissipation Array System working on Charge Transfer technology. This terminal is connected with an appropriately sized lightning conductor network; it also bonds all the isolated metallic structures together. The lightning conductor further terminates into a low resistance low impedance grounding system.

Included in the plan is a coordinated SPD plan comprised of a layered defense of the best lightning surge protection approach in eliminating the destructive effects of lightning-induced transients.

Our installation team is highly trained to install the recommended system correctly, quickly and safely every time. Each person on the team is certified for safe practice, and is equipped with appropriate tools that are safe to operate in areas where the work is executed.

Finally, our group of inspectors independent of our installation team walks through the site and evaluate if the key points of ignition are appropriately protected. Photo documentation is also made available for review. The final report facilitates prompt corrective actions where necessary and eases maintenance of compliance records.

Our entire lightning protection system comes with a ‘no strike’ warranty if installed and maintained by us.

When lightning season peaks, proper lightning protection is imperative.

Protecting Your Industrial Assets - Lightning Protection System

A lightning protection system provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a potentially catastrophic problem has been dealt with proactively.

A lightning protection system is designed to protect a structure from damage by intercepting these strikes and safely passing their extremely high voltage to ground.

Lightning Protection Systems

Today, nearly every industrial site has sensitive computer-based components. These components are connected with power lines and data transfer lines for them to work effectively and perform their duties. Often times these components are isolated from each other but still connected by copper power cables and housed within the same structure. If a lightning strike were to affect any component in the chain, it will open an entire system of interconnected components to catastrophic failure.

Our defensive is called a lightning protection system.  A combination of systems that when installed in and around these facilities, attempt to either dissipate the strike to another area or, where it can’t be controlled, draws the strike to itself and safety grounds it and prevents the incidents of transient electrical flow that follows the strike.

These systems include a network of air terminals (DAS working on the principle of Charge Transfer technology), bonding conductors, ground electrodes, surge protection devices designed to protect the facility from the potential strike.

Lightning Protection Systems

Why do we need Lightning protection system?

  • Large surface areas and metal structures are more susceptible to being struck by lightning
  • Any damage to an equipment or machines will result in serious production problems and loss of services
  • Highly inflammable materials are more prone to a fire caused by an indirect lightning strike
  • It's an essential pre-requisite for insurance companies to cover the cost of an incident and reduce the cost of the policy.

What are the services offered by LEC?

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc. specializes in providing integrated lightning protection system - prevention products, solutions, and services, utilizing the innovative charge transfer technology, grounding system engineering, surge protection design and consultancy services. Additionally, we are the only ones in the industry to provide a ‘no strike’ warranty on our DAS solutions, when installed, maintained and supervised by us.

Our lightning protection system protects every industrial asset from damage caused by a lightning strike and static discharge. With our experienced engineering team, your plans to incorporate lightning protection system within your facility will comply with national and international standards.

 

Lightning Protection FAQ for Novice

Lightning Eliminators & Consultant Inc., lightning protection system is a comprehensive coordinated approach to complete industrial protection caused by lightning and transient currents.

Let us provide you answers to your commonly asked questions.

Is lightning protection required?

Yes, it’s a necessity, a prerequisite for insurance. There are different types of lightning protection for different facility depending on the amount of protection required and geographical location of the facility among others.

Will lightning ever strike the same place twice?

Yes! Lightning can strike the same place over time. It can happen during a single thunderstorm or in a thousand years, however, it will eventually happen.

Why does electronic equipment get damaged during a lightning storm?

Today’s technology is extremely sensitive; microprocessors have zero tolerance to overvoltage. During a lightning strike, the massive electromagnetic field is generated by inducing potential surge into any cable it finds to ground itself.

Isn’t the purpose of lightning protection to prevent lightning from striking?

Nothing can prevent a lightning from striking. However, having said, our patented DAS technology is built to prevent a lightning from striking the protected area. In other words, the lightning does strike but not within the area of protection. On the other hand, lightning rods intercept a lightning strike, provide it with a low resistance path and safely ground it to earth.

Can electrician take care of a lightning protection system?

Lightning protection work should be performed by lightning protection specialist only. It’s a specialized trade requiring trained licensed technician with immense knowledge and expertise on multiple codes and specialized equipment. Remember an improperly installed lightning protection system is more dangerous than no lightning protection system at all. To ensure that a UPS is installed in accordance with national and international standards its imperative to hire an experienced lightning protection company.

Is surge protection necessary with a lightning protection system?

Surge protection is an integral part of any lightning protection system. Our patented technology, prevents a lightning from striking within a protected area but a surge protector enhances the protection level of sensitive electronics from overvoltage causing stray currents.

Do these lightning protection systems wear out?

They need to be maintained and repaired periodically. It’s highly recommended that our manufactured and installed LPS be visually inspected annually. And you need to maintain your equipment and ensure it is working properly at all times. We have customers that call to inspect their system after an incident has occurred, while there are others who do not examine the system and are shocked when a lightning strike hits them. It’s better to check and make proactive reviewing a regular practice than finding out the hard way.

 

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

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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.