Protecting Capital Assets in the Electrification Era

The new era of electrification is introducing an entire suite of electronic products, sensors, and connected devices that are susceptible to damage from electrical surges, also called transients: electric vehicles are replacing internal combustion engines; space and water heating in buildings can be converted to heat pumps or electric resistance heating; indoor agriculture may boost demand for lighting and HVAC equipment, which may necessitate grid upgrades; and industrial heating and automation can both increase electricity demand.
 
These complex new circuits and smart devices are driving another necessity for capital asset management: surge protection.
 
Complex electronic circuits that control the measurement of power (or gas or water) consumption as well as handle smart telecommunications and other functions are vulnerable to circuit threats like transients, electrostatic discharges, and power quality disturbances. Surges or transients can damage, degrade, or destroy the sensitive electronic equipment in offices or businesses, resulting in equipment damage, equipment downtime, lost revenue, and productivity losses due to downtime.
 
To protect new capital assets in today’s increasingly digitized world, robust circuit-protection technologies are essential. Surge protection is a cost-effective solution to prevent downtime, improve system and data reliability, and eliminate equipment damage due to transients and surges for both power and signal lines. It is suitable for any facility or load (1,000 volts and below). Typical applications within industrial, commercial, and residential include:
 
  • Power distribution, control cabinets, programmable logic controllers, electronic motor controllers, equipment monitoring, lighting circuits, metering, medical equipment, critical loads, backup power, UPS, and HVAC equipment
  • Communication circuits, telephone and facsimile lines, cable TV feeds, security systems, alarm signaling circuits, entertainment center and stereo equipment, and kitchen and household appliances
 
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Surge Protection Institute offers guidance materials and practical resources designed for engineers, contractors, and inspectors at www.nemasurge.org.
 
NEMA Industry Director Danny Abbate manages the electroindustry’s Commercial Products sector comprised of 13 product sections and 71 companies. Possessing unique crossover skills as a mechanical engineer with an MBA, Danny offers a business perspective fueled by technical acumen gleaned from a decade of experience in the manufacturing and service contracting industries.