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Lightning Protection Products

Central Plaza, Hong Kong, P.R. China

Centrepoint Tower, Sydney, Australia

Skytower, Aukland, New Zealand

Lightning can be devastating. Besides the danger to people, it is a major cause of expensive electronic equipment failure and costly business disruption. In general, the highest point of a facility is the most vulnerable to adirect lightning strike. Lightning rods or air terminals are needed to capture the strike to a preferred point and to safely conduct the energy to ground to minimize the risk. ERICO has developed the ERITECH SYSTEM 3000 advanced lightning protection system. This innovative system has been used in over 15,000 installations around the world. The Skytower in Auckland New Zealand is an example of thesuitability of the system for a wide variety of structure types. On July 21st, 1999, the ERITECH SYSTEM 3000 ERITECH® DYNASPHERE captured as many as 16 lightning strikes to the Skytower in a period of 30 minutes during a fierce thunderstorm. Video footage of this spectacular event shows the ERITECH DYNASPHERE capturing the lightning strike. As the lightning bolt approaches the tower, the ERITECHDYNASPHERE can be seen to launch a continuous upward leader to intercept the approaching lightning bolt (downward leader). The Bank of China in Hong Kong has been protected by the ERITECH SYSTEM 3000® from more than 100 direct strikes since 1989. Mt. Tangkuban Perahu Communications Tower in West Java, Indonesia, installed the ERITECH® SYSTEM 3000 and has experienced 56 lightning strikes over aperiod of 3 years without damage or downtime. The ERITECH SYSTEM 3000 installed on the Centerpoint Tower, Sydney has recorded more than 40 strikes since November 1995 and the Central Plaza, Hong Kong has been protected from more than 20 lightning strikes since the installation of the system.
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ERICO® is dedicated to providing the best lightning-protection solution for any given application, whether this involves the use of the standards compliant ERITECH® SYSTEM 2000, the ERITECH® SYSTEM 3000 or a hybrid design utilizing a combination of both system types. ERICO manufactures lightning Various Air Terminals protection systems in full accordance with more than twelve national andinternational standards, as well as non-conventional systems based on enhanced air terminals and insulated conductors for applications where these provide an advantageous solution for the customer. ERICO’s approach is solutions driven. The aim is to provide the best solution for a given application. Some structures are more suited to the traditional conventional lightning protection – designs thatrequire protection via complete building structure bonding. Other structures are more suited to a method that utilizes protection via isolation. Whatever the application or protection problem presented, ERICO offers a solution.


What is the ERITECH® SYSTEM 3000? The ERITECH® SYSTEM 3000 is a technically advanced lightning protection system. The uniquefeatures of this system allow the achievement of reliable lightning capture and control. The ERITECH® DYNASPHERE air terminal provides a preferred point for lightning discharges which would otherwise strike and damage an unprotected structure and/or its contents. The ERITECH® DYNASPHERE is optimally connected to an ERITECH® ERICORE downconductor and low impedance grounding system in such a way asto provide a totally integrated system. ERITECH SYSTEM 3000 includes the following elements: • ERITECH® DYNASPHERE air terminal • ERITECH® ERICORE downconductor • Lightning event counter • Purpose designed low impedance grounding system. These components form an integral part of the ERICO® Six Point Plan of Protection. Each component must be considered independently and ultimately integrated...