Industrial Surge Protection

Industrial Surge Protection is the term that is used to describe the securing of data equipment, processors or other machinery from damage as a result of electrical surges. While the most severe kind of surge which will effect industrial applications is as a result of lightning, there are also surges which are produced by numerous other kinds of failures or errors. No matter what the source of an electrical transient, the only way to prevent damage to equipment is to prevent it from ever reaching the end point. In order to do this specialized industrial surge protectin equipment must be installed in between the source of the electrical surge and the equipment itself. The installation points are generally at junctures, electrical boxes and line joins. The power lines themselves are designed to allow for the most unrestricted flow of electricity possible, so the installation of these diversionary or breaker types of devices becomes crucial in order to prevent the flow when necessary.

The surge produced by a lightning strike is obviously the most potentially damaging as it can far exceed the limits that machinery can withstand, immediately destroying circuitry and potentially producing fires which will also destroy adjacent equipment. The strength of the surge produced by a lightning strike directly to a power line connected to equipment or coupled into that line by a strike to an attached structure, is unlike all the other levels of surge which will effect regulated flow throughout a typical day. This enormous production of electricity traveling over lines which are designed to allow maximum flow can spell disaster to any equipment attached to those lines if left uninterrupted. This type of situation presents the greatest overall danger of total equipment and data loss, and therefore must be protected against with the most robust and advanced electrical protection technology available. Raycap’s industrial surge protection solutions come in multiple configurations which will provide the maximum level of redundant protection that can be achieved. In addition to these features, Raycap’s technology also enables the supression to continue even multiple surges without needing to be replaced. For these reasons, Raycap’s Strikesorb products are considered industry leaders with regard to industrial applications.

Switching errors are other potentially dangerous situations which produce surges throughout a typical day at industrial sites. As equipment is switched on or off, a transient is generally produced which is of a level far lesser than a lightning strike, but still enough to degrade circuits over time. For this reason, the lifespans of equipment can be extended through protection measures which prevent transient surges from reaching their destination, even if they are not powerful enough to completely destroy circuitry in an instant. Varying levels and types of surge protection must be considered for an industrial application is to be fully protected.

The ongoing battle against electrical surges at industrial sites is one that is won through prevention. The surges themselves cannot be prevented, but their ability to do damage can. Contact a Raycap representative today for more information.


Electrical Protection

Electrical Protection is crucial to the ongoing preservation of the sensitive components inside of computers and most high tech equipment that requires electricity through the power grid. Electrical protection devices will generally fall into two categories, those designed for consumer use within the home and those designed for industrial use to protect today’s complex and sensitive electronic equipment worth millions of dollars. Naturally, the levels of protection necessary for these two classes of equipment are vastly different. Raycap specializes in the manufacture and sale of electrical protection equipment that is designed for industrial use.

One of the first considerations in the discussion of electrical protection equipment is to differentiate between consumer products and industrial products. Electrical protection for a home computer or other consumer product will generally come in the form of power strips or slightly more advanced trip mechanisms that cut off the flow of power to equipment if a surge is detected. These types of “in-line” devices provide an extra level of surge protection above and beyond the circuit breakers which are installed into the electrical service box of the home. The breaker will cut the flow of power to a specific area of the home, but may provide a range that is too wide for specific computer equipment or more sensitive processors. While the circuit breaker systems are installed in order to trip and prevent surge-related fires, power strips with surge protection give users more peace of mind and catch the smaller surges which may not trip circuit breakers but would still damage equipment. For the home application, circuit breakers and power strips can provide a reasonably adequate level of protection as long as they are compliant to the UL 1449 safety standards for surge protective devices (they won’t blow up, explode or catch fire) and as long as the surge is not great enough to disable and continue on, leaving the equipment unprotected.

For industrial applications or facilities with a higher level of investment in technological machinery than a household, a higher level of surge protection is necessary. The losses which can occur as a result of data losses and service outages to customers are one of the aspects of protection that must be considered in these higher risk installations. Other losses, causing the need to replace technological equipment on industrial sites, can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars as a result of a single strong surge. Resulting fires can also destroy structures and other business assets. With a greater level of power necessary to keep an industrial installation online comes a greater risks of surge-related losses.

Lightning strikes and switching errors are two of the most common forms of electrical events that produce surges with potentially damaging effects. A lightning strike either directly to a structure or to the power lines that feed a structure can produce a surge far greater than the safety ranges that are normally adhered to as power continually flows to the facility. The resulting spike can literally destroy all unprotected equipment in an instant. Switching errors occur when minor spikes of electricity happen on startup or shutdown of equipment, producing a degradation of the internal circuitry over time, and eventually shortening the lifespan of the technology. Raycap’s industrial electrical protection systems and products can protect your installation from instantaneous damage or that which takes place over time by regulating the power flow and stopping the surges. The technology is superior to our competition through a proprietary system that allows for functionality to remain intact even after a surge event. Contact our representatives today to learn more.


Industrial Lightning Protection

Industrial Lightning Protection is an industry that was born out of necessity. As advancements in sensitive electronic components capable of being damaged by even slight fluctuations in electrical current have grown, the necessity to protect that equipment from electrical surges has become more crucial. Because of the expense and more mission critical nature of electronic equipment being installed in industrial applications, advances in electrical protection became necessary.

In telecommunications, mobile networks are a leading factor driving the need to install more and more powerful industrial lighting protection devices. Since cell towers are now being installed all over the world with more elaborate and expensive equipment, gone into more remote locations and gotten considerably taller, they are more susceptible to damage from lightning surges. As the demand for faster data transfer, more reliable service and expanded coverage areas increased, the necessity to keep up with demand by installing more powerful equipment into the cell sites was identified. Of course, this increased expense was difficult for many carriers, and the need to protect and prolong the lifespans of the equipment itself became more necessary. Within these structures (which are natural attractants for lightning simply due to their height and locations) the equipment expense of the RRH and BSU has increased significantly due to the added capacities and new networks being demanded by customers. With the advent of the cellular phone becoming the computer of choice and the connection to the internet for many users, the necessity to significantly increase data transfer rates skyrocketed. Strikesorb technology from Raycap was created to provide a level of protection from lightning produced surges that was commensurate with the levels of equipment necessary to keep the network online and functioning. The Strikesorb line is superior to competing products due to its more robust nature and its ability to continue to function even after numerous strikes.

In addition to cellular sites, any industrial application that is required to be kept online 24/7 through advanced electronics will require lightning protection. The circuitry within these types of installations will be degraded or destroyed by surges produced by lightning strikes to the structures, coupled strikes through which the surge enters the connected lines, or by strikes to the lines themselves even miles away. It is necessary to continue to provide protection at all times to these types of installations in order to avoid equipment repair and replacement costs as well as the costs associated with the shutdown of the operations and customer dissatisfaction.

Enclosed data networks are also at risk for surge related damage to the data lines, so installation of industrial lightning protection within these areas is also highly suggested. Without adequate protection, customer loss due to frustration during outages as well as the standard concerns of equipment costs is in play. With these types of installations as with the others discussed, the installation of multiple, redundant products designed to combat the effects of surges produced by lightning and switching errors is no longer an option, it is a necessity.


Hannover Messe 2016

Find Raycap in Hall 13, Stand F90 at the Hannover Messe 2016 in Hannover Germany, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology, April 25-29th, 2016. The event presents visitors with a wide range of themes and exhibits including R&D, industrial automation and IT, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as energy and environmental technology. Raycap will showcase its solutions for the electrical protection of new energy systems and industrial systems, featuring its patented Strikesorb surge protection modules.


RF Protection

RF Protection

RF Protection is an industry term to describe protective devices that are installed in order to shield radio frequencies, and are typically involved in modern base station transceiver equipment. In most cases the application involves protection RF and Coaxial data lines, which can be severely impacted by lightning strikes and the associated transient that follows. The area of concentration with regards to RF protection at Raycap involves the design of protective devices which can influence the experience of uninterrupted service within enclosed areas. Raycap designs and manufactures products which protect against the surges and spikes which can produce data failures and outages through the destruction of communication boards. Ongoing, unfettered communication within specific areas of service is our goal.

Data and communication lines are as susceptible to electrical surges produced by lightning strikes and associated events as standard power lines. The fact that data lines are designed to carry less electrical current than a typical power line, combined with the fact that data lines are nearly always directly connected to devices that are necessary for the ongoing operations of business or communications, increases the need for protection. Within the RF spectrum, a single lightning strike to the connected lines can easily knock out crucial communication capabilities of networks, as well as destroying the data storage components which are housed in equipment connected to the lines. Raycap offers several solutions designed to provide protection against this kind of damage, each individually designed for the specific application.

Raycap’s cellular surge protection offerings not only protect against transients but also against EMP (electromagnetic pulses) which are also caused by lightning. Strikes directly to lines or nearby have the ability to produce a steep rise in electric fields, only micro-seconds after the strike happens. The fields that are produced generate extremely high voltage pulses which can travel through any transmission line or unprotected antenna leading to the primary communication equipment. The damage to equipment and the customer satisfaction losses that occur after outages routinely impacts the expenses incurred by the company, and protective measures can improve not only bottom line but also customer retention rates.

Maintaining a happy customer base will generally involve two major elements, the ability to connect to a network and maintain that connection as long as possible, and the strength and clarity of the signal. Within the enclosed public areas where radio frequency equipment provides this service to customers, the failure to take protective steps which will ensure their network availability can create situations where equipment is not only damaged and will need replacing, but also where crucial data is lost. Coupled with the unsatisfactory customer experience of an inability to receive a strong signal can spell disaster for providers of these types of services.

Contact Raycap’s associates in order to find out more regarding the specific technologies that Raycap utilizes in order to provide the necessary protections that will keep your RF networks, your datalines and your communication systems fully operational at all times.


TVSS or SPD

TVSS or SPD

TVSS is an older term in the electrical surge suppression industry, which is still used by some but is more frequently referred to today as SPD, or “Surge Protective Device.” The term TVSS stands for “transient voltage surge suppressor” and was officially replaced by Underwriter’s Laboratories in the recent past. TVSS devices, which will be referred to as SPDs for the remainder of this article, are interrupters which act as a cutoff of electrical spikes and temporary surges on AC power lines. SPD installation is not only suggested but is crucial for sensitive equipment which would sustain damage if such a surge was to happen on a connected AC power line. SPDs make up the most popular and most widely used of all surge suppression equipment today.

One of the common misconceptions about SPDs is that they function to conserve energy, this misconception probably is arising from the fact that some devices have been marketed as green technology in recent years. SPDs do not have energy conservation functionality, and are only used in the capacity of cutting power to a piece of equipment if the power level was to surge beyond a set point, thus protecting the equipment. The SPD does not function in a way that would assist in reduction of power consumption or increased power capacities, and instead is merely a shutoff which interrupts the power supply if necessary.

The function of an SPD is as a guard against transients arising in the power system. This phenomenon is better known to the general public as a power surge, and usually the general population will only become aware of their existence after significant damage or loss occurrs. The most damaging types of power transients are caused by lightning strikes, due to the fact that they can cause significantly larger spikes in electrical current than typical fluctuations. A transient produced by a lightning strike (also known as an impulsive transient) can grow to an excess of 50,000V, and is generally able to surge to a point so great that even the installation of protection will not be enough to prevent damage to equipment. This is where the Raycap Strikesorb line of SPD technology becomes so valuable in preventing losses due to equipment failure or destruction. The Strikesorb technology is far more robust than other competing traditional surge protection products. The majority of SPD products (Silicon Avalanche Diode, Single MOVs, Gas Discharge Tubes), are designed to be destroyed with the surge (sacrifice themselves), preventing the majority of harmful current to the machinery, and need to be replaced after achieving their purpose. Strikesorb technology is designed to withstand multiple surges and continue functioning as before. When it is installed at the main service entrance it provides the best electrical protection from lightning available.

Other types of surge-related damages can occur when transients are produced by electrical switching errors or other forms of brief, small spikes. Power levels going briefly past the safe levels causes the ongoing degradation of microprocessors, shortening the lifespan of the equipment in use. It is important to extend equipment life as long as possible through protective measures in order to avoid the replacement costs associated, and to prevent downtime and data losses that can accompany electrical failures. The installation of Raycap’s Strikesorb technology, in combination with other Raycap protective devices, will create the suggested protection redundancy that can keep your business operational, within budget and functioning even during the times when natural occurrences like lightning strikes threaten the bottom line. Contact a Raycap representative today to inquire about the installation of our products within your facility or site.


Raycap at 2016 Mobile World Congress

Raycap will be one of more than 2,200 exhibitors at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain, the world’s MWC 2016 logo
largest annual gathering for the mobile industry, February 22-25th, 2016. Find Raycap in Hall 6, Stand K20.


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Lightning Protection For Cell Sites

Mobile network providers face higher equipment costs as the demands for expanded coverage areas and network speeds increase.  Customers are not only demanding faster networks, better connectivity and uptime from their network providers; they are also faster data rates and lower costs.  All of these increased capacities translate to higher expenses for operators, who must find ways to mitigate the costs by extending equipment lifetimes and eliminating risks associated with damage to the equipment on their cell towers and cell sites.  Raycap is a specialized company that engineers, produces and distributes technology that provides lightning protection and connectivity solutions for cell sites.


Protection Of Industrial Sites From Lightning

The protection of industrial sites from lightning is a necessary endeavor.  The equipment used for lightning protection at a typical industrial site is varied and available in different configurations depending upon the need at the site. The equipment to protect industrial sites from lightning and other electrical overvoltages in order to minimize downtime and avoid industrial equipment replacement costs.  Although the expensive and sensitive equipment that drives operations at factories and other industrial installations has an expected lifespan, the business plan will generally figure in an additional cost for replacement of components due to accidents and “less standard” occurrences such as lightning strike or other electrical damage, or theft.  One way to increase revenues retained by the business is to leverage equipment in order to minimize replacement costs and maximize the useful lifespan of equipment necessary for continuing operations.  The installation of lightning protection technology and systems from Raycap is an excellent way to leverage such assets.