Today’s transportation world is becoming intolerant to surges. As sensitive micro-electronics are added to our intersections, roadways, and modes of transportation, our Traffic Systems are not immune. The most effective way to prevent the damaging effects of surges to electric equipment is to install Surge Protective Devices (SPDs).
We have products to fit every traffic application from low voltage RS-223 protocol for individual equipment protection to the power entry inside a traffic cabinet. These products include SPDee, SPDee DC, XCS, XDS, Low Voltage DIN Rail, and BNC among others.
The below article snippet is an example and reminder that surge protection is crucial across technology fields, not just for your home television.
"Railroads rely on lightning protection equipment to protect increasingly sensitive wayside electronics"
November 2012 | By Angela Cotey, Progressive Railroading
Railroad officials know all too well the havoc that Mother Nature can wreak on their systems. Floods, hurricanes, blizzards and tornadoes cause damage to rail infrastructure that is costly and time consuming to repair.
Lightning strikes can do a number on wayside assets, too. And these days, railroads are using more microprocessor-based equipment that’s more sensitive to lightning strikes — and more expensive to replace.
“The old relay systems could take a pretty good hit without any big issues,” says Tom Ulrich, president and chief executive officer of Arthur N. Ulrich Co.
Not so for today’s microprocessor-based equipment, which isn’t nearly as surge resistant. That’s why some rail suppliers are taking steps to make their wayside equipment more robust so it’s better able to sustain a hit. Meanwhile, companies that offer lightning protection equipment have taken steps to create systems that are as sophisticated as the equipment they’re defending. Because once lightning strikes, the difference between a poorly protected and well-protected system can mean the difference between trains continuing to operate or being stopped due to equipment failure.
“Wayside equipment has become more mission-critical to railroads as they employ more electronic equipment,” says Rob Eberly, worldwide manager for transit for lightning protection equipment supplier ERICO International Corp. “And, railroads are looking for more electronically sustainable locations in relationship to classification yards, bridges, communication sites and, now, positive train control.”