Since April 15, 1984 E-Clips surge suppressors have been protecting electronic & electrical equipment for commercial, government, hospitality, industrial, military and residential applications, throughout the USA and Internationally.
We have E-Clips AC and DC Circuit Protectors, AC Plug-In protectors, Burglar Alarm System Protectors, Card Access System Protectors, CCTV Camera Protectors, Data Line Protectors, DVR Protectors, Fire Alarm /Loop Protectors, Gate Entry System Protectors, Generator Transfer Switch Protectors, HVAC System Protectors, LAN/Local Area Network Protectors, Motor Control Protectors, Lightning System Protectors, Modem Protectors, Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) Protectors, Recreational Vehicle Protectors, Relay Protectors, Robotic System Protectors, Satellite Protectors, Surveillance System Protectors, UPS System Protectors, Video Camera and Monitor Protectors. They are many other applications our E-Clips products are used for. We also make custom models.
Until the introduction of solid-state devices, most AC powered equipment was too insensitive to be upset by “dirty” or surging power. However, electrical power surges and the damage they can cause are commonplace today. Our home and workplace are comprised of solid-state devices vulnerable to surges. We deal daily with computers, office machines, telecommunication equipment, data, major appliances, etc. All of these depend on solid-state devices, which are vulnerable to surges.
Solid-state devices depend on consistent, good-quality power. A single powerful surge literally melts, welds, pits, and burns its way through solid-state circuits and components.
Device failure is often the result of surges, the repairing technician may or may not detect. In addition to the loss of use, the priceless stored data is lost and meaningful input or output information is turned into nonsense. The driving force to shrink device geometries to increase speed and storage capacity will continue to make solid state devices even more sensitive to AC power.
Many people think of surge damage as being caused by a single, catastrophic event such as a lightning strike. While lightning is one of the most powerful and destructive surges, it’s not always the cause of most of the surge damage. In reality, surges range from the mighty to the minuscule.
Smaller surges occur several times a day, or hundreds of times an hour. Almost continuous surges can be produced by sources ranging from 250 to over 1,000 volts. Typically, they are caused by the operation of electric motors or other inductive loads such as elevators, office machines, HVAC equipment and material handling equipment. Microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, lamp dimmers and countertop appliances are some of the surge sources in the home.
Powerful, random surges result from the switching of an inductive load such as an electric motor starter, arc welder, furnace ignition, compressor, etc. and these momentary surge sources range from 250 to over 3,000 volts.
Over or under voltage power conditions over 250 to 6,000 volts usually accompanies a utility switching lines to meet changes in demand, or when correcting a brownout or blackout.
While mother nature provides the most visible and spectacular surges in the form of lightning, the power company, your own equipment, other equipment in the building you occupy, or from a source some distance from your facility can generate the sure damage you suffer. Surges travel AC lines, data lines, communication lines, coaxial cable, metal fences, metal conduit, metal duct work, as well as through the ground and air. Surges travel via any conductor they can find.
Surge damage can be classified into three categories: Hard Failures, Glitches and Latent Failures.
cause damage requiring repair or replacement of electrical components.
usually do not cause permanent damage, just temporary damage or lost data.
result from continuous exposure to smaller, non-catastrophic surges that erode equipment and its performance. In the end, the equipment suffers hard failure and the cause is unseen.