What Does Your Insurance Company Say About Surge Protection?

Whether it’s a home, school, office, hospital, stadium, hotel, casino, 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 damage and downtime to electrical and electronic devices due to transient surge activity. Understanding how to eliminate electronic degradation and failure is important to keep systems at peak performance. Most insurance companies along with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers recommend a coordinated surge protection solution to protect sophisticated electronics.

Phantom errors, lockups, glitches, and reduced equipment life are all recognized by both IEEE and insurance companies as major problems.  The power company is responsible for supplying raw power for your high-end sophisticated electronics. It is the end user’s responsibility to take the steps needed to surge protect and provide filtering to their electrical system in order to protect the expensive and sophisticated electronics. The most efficient place to do this is at the breaker panels.  Plug-in type protection can also be applied at the equipment level when possible.  This way a large surge from the utility power lines has to go through staged protection before it can get to your equipment and controls. With the right information, your systems integrators can coordinate both data and power surge protection systems to maximize their effectiveness.

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