LIGHTNING PROTECTION FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

Available at Alpha Process Sales - TX & LA & Murray Energy - Texas

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For over 45 years, LEC has been providing advanced lightning protection systems worldwide. The systems LEC designs, manufactures and applies do not provide the traditional Franklin Rod protection schemes. Rather, we take the view we should avoid the strike, not collect it.

LEC's name is somewhat of a misnomer; LEC does not eliminate all lightning. LEC's Charge Transfer System (patented as the Dissipation Array System or DAS) uses a naturally occurring, scientific phenomenon called point discharge to retard the collection of lightning within a finite protection zone. LEC does not attract the lightning. LEC's system lowers the static field in the protected area long enough for the lightning strike to terminate outside the protected area. The DAS is engineered to the specific application or site.

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LIGHTNING PROTECTION
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PREVENTING
LIGHTING STRIKES

LIGHTNING FEATURED PRODUCT

COMPREHENSIVE LIGHTNING STRIKE PROTECTION FOR FLOATING ROOF TANKS

Pre-Tensioned: The RGA 750 is pretensioned at the factory, so no on-site tensioning is required.


Corrosion Resistance: New aluminum cable* originally developed for marine use greatly improves corrosion resistance and is highly resistant to hydrogen sulfide (H2S).


Easy-to-Install: Installation takes only two hours on both new and existing tanks.


Effective: Permanent, reliable, low-impedance bond prevents fires triggered by lightning currents.


Durable and Low Maintenance: Engineered for years of durability and reliable performance in corrosive environments and requires virtually no upkeep as compared to shunts.


Standards Conformant: The RGA conforms to both API 545 and NFPA 780 recommendations and meets the API 545 requirements for a bypass conductor.

 

The ATEX approved and patented RGA substantially reduces the risk of tank fires by subduing sustained arcs during lightning events and other electrical phenomena. The RGA does this better than other traditional methods for bonding floating roofs because the retractable cable is always at the shortest possible length. The resultant low resistance and impedance results in too low of a voltage to sustain the arc, i.e., no fire.

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LIGHTNING PREVENTION

DISSIPATION ARRAY® SYSTEM - DAS®

LEC lightning protection products include LEC's patented Dissipation Array System (DAS) which prevents direct lightning strikes by reducing the electric field to below lightning-collection levels, within the protected area. As a result, the DAS lightning protection systems help to prevent downtime and loss of assets, while increasing lightning safety for personnel.

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SBI - SPLINE BALL IONIZER®

The SBI from Lightning Eliminators is a modular lightning prevention component used to supplement Dissipation Array installations, and as the first line of defense for structures that require lightweight protection with a low wind profile.

Like the Dissipation Array System (DAS) the SBI is based on over 25 years of research & development and utilizes similar technology to reduce the risk of direct lightning strikes at the protected site.

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SBT® - SPLINE BALL TERMINAL®

The Spline Ball Terminal from Lightning Eliminators offers a superior alternative to standard air terminals for new or existing lightning protection systems.

Unlike traditional lightning rods designed only to collect, the SBT is engineered to both reduce the risk of direct strikes and function as a highly efficient air terminal.

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SDAT - STREAMER DELAYING AIR TERMINAL

The LEC SDAT from Lightning Eliminators offers an inexpensive alternative to standard air terminals for new or existing lightning protection systems.

Unlike traditional lightning rods which are designed only to collect strikes, the LEC SDAT is designed to delay upward streamer generation, reduce the risk of direct strikes, and function as a highly efficient air terminal.

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STORAGE TANK PROTECTION

RETRACTABLE GROUNDING ASSEMBLY 750

Comprehensive Lightning Strike Protection for Floating Roof Tanks

Pre-Tensioned: The RGA 750 is pretensioned at the factory, so no on-site tensioning is required.
Corrosion Resistance: New aluminum cable* originally developed for marine use greatly improves corrosion resistance and is highly resistant to hydrogen sulfide (H2S).
Easy-to-Install: Installation takes only two hours on both new and existing tanks.
Effective: Permanent, reliable, low-impedance bond prevents fires triggered by lightning currents.
Durable and Low Maintenance: Engineered for years of durability and reliable performance in corrosive environments and requires virtually no upkeep as compared to shunts.
Standards Conformant: The RGA conforms to both API 545 and NFPA 780 recommendations and meets the API 545 requirements for a bypass conductor.

The ATEX approved and patented RGA substantially reduces the risk of tank fires by subduing sustained arcs during lightning events and other electrical phenomena. The RGA does this better than other traditional methods for bonding floating roofs because the retractable cable is always at the shortest possible length. The resultant low resistance and impedance results in too low of a voltage to sustain the arc, i.e., no fire.

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IPE® - IN-TANK POTENTIAL EQUALIZER®

Charge Mitigation for Non-Metal & Lined Storage Tanks Containing Flammable or Combustible Liquids

The problem of internal electrical discharges and the subsequent ignition of the vapors inside tanks containing flammable or combustible liquids is becoming more widespread as the use of non-metal and lined tanks proliferates. These types of tanks are often used to store and separate the produced water and other products from hydraulic fracturing and other processes. Because these products can be highly corrosive, the tanks are often made of either corrosion resistant materials, such as fiberglass or PVC, or internally-lined steel, where the lining is a non-conductive material such as epoxy.

During normal operation, the tanks accumulate flammable or combustible vapors inside the tank above the fluid level. These vapors may then be ignited by an electrical discharge inside of the tank. The discharge can be caused by an accumulation of static electricity inside the tank or by a direct or nearby lightning strike. A lightning strike will cause several indirect effects to rapidly occur including: ground current transients, changes in the electric field surrounding the tank, and changes in the ground potential. Any of these effects could then trigger an electrical discharge inside the tank.

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DISSIPATION ARRAY® SYSTEM - DAS®
Total Lightning Prevention

The Dissipation Array System prevents direct lightning strikes within the area of protection.

Reduces Operating Costs

Protects against lightning damage, including fires, destroyed electronics, and downtime.

Reliable

Our “No-Strike” warranty ensures complete protection on all LEC supervised installations.

Universal

Engineered to integrate with any building, tower, tank, stack or other structure.

Proven

DAS technology has been in use since 1971, protecting thousands of sites worldwide.

No-Strike Warranty

LEC extends a “Warranty” subject to “terms and conditions” and subject to inspection and maintenance.

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SURGE PROTECTION

Facility Guard®

Facility Guard provides UL listed lightning protection and surge protection for service entrance and subpanel applications. Designed for industrial and commercial use with a peak surge protection capacity of up to 400,000 amps per phase to ensure lightning protection and lightning safety.

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Facility Guard® Basic

Designed for industrial and commercial use, the Facility Guard Basic is available with a
peak surge capacity of 200,000 amps per phase. Ensuring proper surge protection is critical to uninterrupted operations and serves as a building block to complete lightning
protection. With high-current handling capabilities and near-instantaneous clamping, the Facility Guard is the ideal choice to protect your sensitive electronics from lightning transients and other dangerous surges.

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TLX100® - Transient Limiter

A nipple-mounted surge protector for Light Load Service Entrances and Subpanels. The TLX100 line can be used indoors or outdoors - mounted to the electrical panel through a direct nipple connection. LED status indicators allow each visitor network to be visually monitored. Provides a wide variety of voltages and configurations for any application: industrial, commercial or residential. Can be installed upstream or downstream of main disconnect.

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TLX50® - Transient Limiter

TLX50 surge protectors are fully automatic, reacting immediately to stop damaging surges, with no restriction on the amount of load current. These compact and durable devices offer cost-effective, high capacity protection along with application versatility - features that make the TLX50 line of surge protectors the ultimate solution to your surge protection needs.

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SP-vDC-AM - Surge Protectors

The SP-vDC-AM protects all modes (L-L, L-G) against both the high-energy, fast rising
transients and the slower high-energy impulses.

  • SPD Category and Type – Full weather permanently connected.

  • Technology – Matrix of individually fused Metal Oxide Varistors.

  • Application – For direct connection to power buses, load centers or equipment input/outputs. May be used on grounded (+ or -) or floating power systems, for dc or low voltage ac (up to 400 Hz).

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TE-500® - Series Hybrid Surge Protectors for Data and Telecom Applications

Data lines and telecommunication lines require protection from lightning and other electromagnetically induced transient surges. Digital and analog data is transmitted at very low voltages and is particularly vulnerable to transient voltages, and equipment can easily be damaged. LEC’s TE-500 Product Line of surge protection devices use a series-hybrid design, are extremely fast and handle high surge currents. These devices have a very low insertion loss, allowing more than one device to be installed on a single line. Because of their compact, modular design and packaging flexibility, TE-500 products are the protectors of choice for data, telecom, LAN and IBM applications.

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DLP - Data Line Protectors

Surge protection for ALL types of data lines, instrument lines, phone lines, current loops, and DC circuits.

  • Maximum Surge Current - 10,000 Amps

  • TMaximum Energy Handling - 500 Joules

  • Response Time - 1 Nanosecond

  • Clamping Voltage - Selected by Customer

  • Operating Altitude - Up to 10,000 Feet

  • Operating Humidity - 5% to 95%

  • Operating Temperature - 40C to 85C

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CLP® (Coaxial Line Protector) - Gas Tube Surge Suppression

The CLP series of coaxial surge protectors has been designed to protect antennas, microwaves, broadband applications, two-way radios, cellular systems, and GPS equipment against lightning surges and electrical transients. They are the first line of defense for your sensitive electronics. 

The CLP series employs a patented gas tube, and can be mounted and grounded in one of three ways: using the bulkhead mount, via the M6 ground screw, or with an optional mounting bracket. 

  • 20kA transient amps protection (8/20μs)

  • 5kA transient amps protection (10/350μs)

  • DC Pass to +/-48V

  • VSWR < 1.2

  • Insertion Loss < 0.1dB

  • Bi-directional, series installed

  • Removable GDT

  • Waterproof, outdoor rated enclosure

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GROUNDING / EARTHING

Chem-Rod® - Low-Impedance Chemical Grounding Electrode

The Chem-Rod solves problems found with conventional ground rods by requiring less
real estate and fewer electrodes to meet specified resistance.

Each Chem-Rod creates an optimal electrical connection to earth with a large conductive surface. The earth/electrode interface is further enhanced by conductive backfill and electrolytic salts, ensuring a consistent path to ground. Engineered to meet applicable design and safety standards, the Chem-Rod is uniquely suited for both general grounding and as the foundation of a complete lightning protection system.

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LECWELD® - Weld Metal

LECWELD Weld Metal is a mixture of copper oxide and aluminum formulated to obtain an exothermic union of highest quality for the following applications:

 Between copper and copper
 Between copper and steel
 Between copper and copper clad steel

LECWELD Weld Metal is an easy and efficient field welding system, requiring no outside power source or equipment. The process forms a solid copper molecular bond that does not loosen or corrode throughout the life of the host structure. Compared to compression connectors, split bolts, crimp connectors, brazing, etc., LECWELD is clearly a superior choice.

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Grounding Augmentation Fill (GAF)

Grounding Augmentation Fill (GAF) is a lightning protection product from Lightning Eliminators that is specially formulated to help create a low resistance earth interface, making it easier and less expensive to prevent lightning damage.

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SMART GROUND® TESTING

Smart Ground is a lightning protection solution designed to provide an advanced ground audit system that produces highly accurate results, even on energized systems. Smart Ground lightning protection includes computer modeling, a complete professional analysis to IEEE/IEC standards and practical recommendations to improve your grounding/earthing system.

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CONSULTING SERVICES

Consulting

With LEC’s unique combination of experienced consultants, engineers and integrated services, you can rely on expert advice backed by over 45 years of experience. LEC's services have provided lightning protection, grounding and surge protection solutions throughout multiple industries providing greater lightning safety, savings and efficiency using a proprietary approach to risk reduction. The necessary services are dependent on your company’s lightning safety requirements. They can be as simple as a technical review or as extensive as a site survey. An LEC sales associate will be able to help you determine what your needs are.

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