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Why a Proper Grounding System Is the Key to Effective Lightning Protection

Posted by Brian Liederbach on Apr 10, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Lightning currents inherently want to ground—whether the proper systems are in place or not. A lightning strike, which is intercepted by an air terminal, must have its current transferred to the earth safely and seamlessly. 

The grounding system is the integral part of a modern electrical lightning protection system that must be dependable for this process. 

Without an effective grounding system in place, dangerous ground faults, side flashes and electronic noise can occur, causing damage to structures, fires or personal injury.

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Topics: Lightning Protection, Grounding & Bonding

Combat Copper Theft: How to Protect Your Investment

Posted by Rohit Narayan on Mar 27, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Copper is viewed as the global standard for electrical conductivity in the utility sector. It’s high current carrying capacity coupled with its resistance to scratches and breakage, and its resilience to corrosion makes it a universal metal for many applications.

As international construction booms and copper demand rises with it, we’re faced with a startling reality: copper theft costs U.S. businesses nearly $1 billion in losses annually.

There’s no sign of slowing in the global construction sector, and that means the threat of copper theft is greater than ever before. Read on to learn the issues surrounding copper theft and how to prevent it from happening to your business.

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Topics: Copper Theft

The Six Point Plan to Achieving Telecom Facility Lightning Protection

Posted by Rohit Narayan on Mar 13, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Lightning is a constant risk. A single direct strike can result in physical damage to buildings and cause catastrophic failure of sensitive electronic equipment. Lightning causes 22,600 fires per year and is the number one natural cause of system failures. As a result, these problems can result in substantial revenue losses.

Telecommunications facilities are particularly at risk of direct lightning strikes—and the electrical surges that ensue—due to their tall stature and complex electrical makeup. 

However, there is a way for engineers to protect telecommunication facilities from the devastating and lasting effects of lightning damage. 

According to Above Ground Level Magazine, engineers can help protect telecom facilities from the dangers associated with lightning strikes using a six point plan of protection. Continue reading below to learn more about these six steps of lightning protection for telecom facilities. 

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Topics: Lightning Protection

How to Gain Faster, More Reliable Railway Connections with ERICO CADWELD PLUS

Posted by Didier Quoy on Feb 27, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Travel delays are frustrating. On the consumer side, delays cause late days to work or missed flights. For engineers, travel delays mean low customer satisfaction, unexpected downtime and emergency repairs. Everyone has experienced a delay one way or another—especially when they travel via train.

In the state of New York alone, an estimated 1.8 billion people took the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last year. And in the single month of January, there were a total of 60,000 weekday subway delays, with 2,644 delays caused by faulty equipment.

What causes these delays? A main cause of railway delays is due to poor or faulty connections. Below we explain some common railway issues, and how you can correct them to avoid system downtime using the fastest, most reliable railway connections.

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Topics: Railway Protection

A Beginner’s Guide to Lightning Risks and Protection Methods

Posted by Brian Liederbach on Feb 13, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Scientists and scholars alike have had a longstanding fascination with lightning. Of course, the most famous student of this natural phenomenon, Benjamin Franklin, was also one of the first to study and document the dangers and effects of lightning. His research dates back to the 1700s.

Technology and knowledge have evolved since Franklin’s time, when the only method of protection was a simple lightning rod. Today, electrical engineers know the need for full facility lightning protection to defend everything from the structure, to personnel, to valuable electronic equipment, from strikes.

Need a refresher? Read below to learn the basics of lightning risks, as well as common lightning protection methods to lessen damages.

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Topics: Lightning Protection

The 4 Critical Qualities of Effective Ground Enhancement Materials (GEM)

Posted by Du Pham on Jan 30, 2018 8:06:00 AM


Ground enhancement materials (GEM) exist to solve the toughest grounding problems. To finalize the dissipation of a lightning current safely into the earth, high conductivity ground must be present. Without such material, certain types of earth or particular seasons may leave your personnel and products in harm’s way.

Read on to learn more about GEM and the four most important qualities needed to make it effective. 

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Topics: Ground Enhancement Materials

3 Reasons Engineers Should Choose Copper-Bonded Ground Rods

Posted by Rohit Narayan on Jan 16, 2018 8:04:00 AM

Picture yourself driving your car on the highway when all the of the sudden you see brake lights and are forced to slow down because of construction. As you come to a stop, you see workers repaving a damaged road. Now, cars begin to line up in front of you and behind you. Where do you go? Nowhere—you’re stuck.

A ground rod, also known as an electrode, is similar to this highway scenario. It acts as the only electrical path to dissipate static discharge voltage (such as lightning) into the earth. When that path starts to break down, the static discharge has nowhere to go and puts the whole system at risk.

Many times, engineers are given the choice between three types of ground rods: copper-bonded steel, copper clad ground rods or galvanized steel for grounding systems. However, one material reigns supreme when it comes to strength, service life and overall investment. Hint: it’s copper bonded steel. 

Continue reading below to learn why copper is the better choice for grounding systems versus it’s steel alternative.

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Topics: Grounding & Bonding

The Pivotal Role Of Railclips in Preserving Rail Conductors [VIDEO]

Posted by Guillaume Rey on Jan 2, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Along the tracks of an electric powered train, electrical conductors provide potential to the system. When rail conductors are damaged or broken, downtime, costly maintenance and new equipment can follow.

To keep conductors in their place and functional, ERICO recommends railclips. These come in a variety of designs to accommodate unique tracks around the world.

Check out the video above for a look at how railclips are installed, or continue reading below to learn why railclips can make or break a system’s effectiveness and efficiency.

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Topics: Railway Protection

A Year in Review: Top Electrical Engineering Posts from 2017

Posted by The ERICO Team on Dec 26, 2017 8:02:00 AM

As 2018 quickly approaches us, what better time to reflect on the past year’s successes than now? This past year, the ERICO team worked to share the most relevant and timely resources on lightning protection, copper theft, grounding systems and general engineering tips.

Below, we detail our top five posts from 2017. Don’t forget to brush up on safety tips and the latest engineering news to make the 2018 another great success.

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Topics: Industry Trends

3 Considerations to Maximize Grounding System Life

Posted by Andrew Ritosa on Dec 12, 2017 8:02:00 AM

While there’s no known solution to completely protect your facility from naturally occurring environmental threats, certain steps can be taken to minimize risk. These precautionary steps to total facility protection include the following concepts:

  • Direct strike protection
  • Grounding and bonding systems
  • Transient surge and over-voltage protection

To maximize both the effectiveness and service life of a grounding system, careful considerations must be followed. Read below to learn three considerations to keep in mind when installing your next grounding system.

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Topics: Grounding & Bonding