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Read more >> What Does Your Insurance Company Say About Surge Protection?
Whether it’s a home, school, office, hospital, stadium, hotel, casino, a police station, 911 center etc., we all rely on sophisticated electronics running at peak performance to deliver the most efficient and reliable products and services. See what the Risk Control Services Department of Glatfelter Insurance Group has to say about protecting your electronic equipment from potential downtime and damage.Critical equipment is critical equipment, no matter what type of facility it is located in. A properly designed Transient Protection Design surge suppression system will eliminate over 90% of d...Nicole Bomberger
Read more >> Surge Protect Cable and Data Systems
Cable and data lines are relatively easy to run to video and network equipment. However, correctly surge protecting and grounding these lines require a systems integrator’s understanding of how to coordinate a Transient Protection Design (TPD) surge protection system. When multiple breaker panels or structures are involved these systems become more complex to surge protect and ground. An unprotected or incorrectly grounded cable or data wire in one system can allow ground potentials to migrate to other cable and data systems producing large scale damage system wide during a lightning strike....Nicole Bomberger
Read more >> Electronic Failures, Lock-Ups and Glitches – What are They? What Causes Them? And How Do I Prevent Them?
Just because your HDTV, computer, lights, and network switch turns on and seems to work does not mean it has not been damaged and degraded by transient surges. Everyone knows that a single lightning strike or large surge event can cause immediate destruction of electronics and their circuit boards. However, some surges and transients, may not be large enough to destroy an electronic device or individual circuit board, but the effects of this surge energy overtime will cause lockups, glitches and premature failure at some point in the future. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engine...Tim Fazio
Read more >> Ten Things We Should All Know About Whole House Surge Protection
Power is just like the water coming into your home. If a water pipe leaks, it’s your responsibility to fix it. Once power gets into the home it’s your responsibility to deal with it. It is not the utilities responsibility. If incoming and outgoing data and telecommunications lines are not correctly protected and grounded as they enter or leave the home, there will almost certainly be damage caused by a difference in ground potential when a nearby lightning strike occurs. Whole home surge protection starts with breaker panel protection, along with incoming phone and cable protection. Larger...Nicole Bomberger
Read more >> Why Use More Than Just Plug In Type Surge Protectors?
The use of a plug in surge suppressor or rack mount Surge Protective Device (SPD) is a standard part of most AV installations today. Millions of plug in type surge protectors are sold each year to protect the power to computers, printers, stereos, TVs, and other consumer electronics. What is typically missed is the coordination of surge protection at the breaker panel protection. Also missed are protection and proper grounding for incoming and outgoing phone, data, cable and satellite lines, etc. In today’s home or office, most all electronic equipment and appliances have power supplies an...Tim Fazio
Read more >> Incoming and Outgoing Data Wires Mean Liability
Phone, cable and satellite companies in addition to systems integrators are all paying liability claims due to lightning damaging home electronics. Even one copper pathway allowing lightning to enter the structure can lead to tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. If you are concerned about liability use Transient Protection Design surge suppression products on all incoming and outgoing data and power wires going between buildings or to outside equipment in order to limit your potential liability. Between improperly or poorly grounded phone, cable and satellite installation...Nicole Bomberger
Read more >> Lutron Recommends Transient Protection Design Surge Suppression - Are you?
Less service calls equals better client satisfaction which equals more referrals and more jobs! See technical note from Lutron recommending Transient Protection Design surge suppression as part of that solution.HOW IT WORKSImproved service quality will increase your economic competitiveness. Systems integrators can eliminate unnecessary downtime and damage by offering a Transient Protection Design surge suppression system. Your next referral depends on the quality of work you offer and that can be best shown years later when examining old jobs and your clients of the past. Are they happy? Ar...Nicole Bomberger
Read more >> Storm Clouds Are Coming - Reduce Systems Integration Service Calls
Are you resetting customer equipment late at night? Are some homes worse than others for nuisance issues, and why is that? Systems Integration is a customer service driven marketplace. For a majority of your clients, glitches, lockups, and unexplained failures may not be an issue. For a few others it can be a nightmare. If you don’t answer your phone late at night, on the weekend or over the holiday you might not get another call. Most systems integrators want to answer that phone and be as service oriented as possible, but dealing with and explaining why electronics lockup, glitch and are dam...Nicole Bomberger
Read more >> Electronic Performance and Product Warranties
Once power from the utility gets into the home it’s the homeowner’s responsibly to deal with it. Customers are not happy paying to diagnose, uninstall & reinstall electronic equipment when it does not work properly. If power were always perfect and all electronics were kept cool and dry there would be no need for extended warranties, and there would be greatly reduced service calls under maintenance contracts. With “perfect power” once your electronics were programmed properly they could probably stay that way forever without any servicing. In theory with “perfect power” there would be no lock...Nicole Bomberger
Read more >> Surge Protection for Commercial Buildings
In a commercial facility probably all electronic systems were specified by electrical engineers working with architects. Lockups, glitches, handshakes in a commercial automation system are not something the building’s electrician wants to trouble shoot. In a commercial facility the electrical person may not be able to properly fix an automation related issue. At the same time the systems integrator may fix or replace damaged equipment but does not want to get involved with the power system and with recommending three phase surge protection. Consequently, often no one wants to leave his or ...Nicole Bomberger