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When Lightning Strikes

Download the PDF The bearings on a submersible pump at the Loxahatchee River District Wastewater Treatment Plant in South Florida were failing frequently and apparently at random during the summer. But after plant operators reviewed maintenance and weather records, they realized that the failures always occurred within 3 days of a suspected direct lightning strike […]

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Lightning Protection for Pipeline Compressor Stations & Other Facilities

Download the PDF ByBruce A. Kaiser, President, Lightning Master Corp., Clearwater, Florida If your pipeline or distribution system is using microprocessor-based control systems, a properly designed, installed and maintained lightning protection system may be just the ticket to help ensure long-term reliability. That is because while pipeline facilities and related structures- with a few spectacular […]

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Lightning Protection’s Potential Pitfalls and Best Practices

Download the PDF Lightning Protection’s Potential Pitfalls and Best Practices By Bruce Kaiser, Lightning Master Corp. With a few basic and cost-effective measures, communications centers can bring lightning damage to an acceptable level, assuring full-time availability of critical services. It was a dark and stormy night. The wind was blowing; the rain was horizontal. It […]

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Static and Lightning Protection for Tanks

Download the PDF On occasion in our industry, certain types of tanks explode or catch fire, sometimes, but not always, during electrical storms. These tanks include SWD, produced water, frac tanks and distillate tanks. The problem occurs with steel, lined-steel and fiberglass tanks. The two possible causes of these incidents point to static discharge and/or […]

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Static Solutions

Download the PDF In 2009, an operator in North Dakota began installing guided wave radar level sensors in fiberglass produced water tanks in their Sanish Field.  The purpose of this installation was to secure compatibility with the company’s SCADA system, allow reading without climbing tanks, and secure additional accuracy and reliability. Unfortunately, after six months […]

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Sometimes Simple Really is Better

Download the PDF LIGHTNING PROTECTION FOR EXTERNAL FLOATING ROOF TANKS BACKGROUND A lightning strike consists of two components: a short duration, high-energy spike, followed by a longer duration, lower energy tail (see graph).  While the high-energy spike is truly impressive, it is the lower energy, long duration component that is actually responsible for ignitions in […]

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How To Survive The Storm

Download the PDF In 2009, API 545, “Recommended Practice for Lightning Protection of Above ground Storage Tanks for Flammable or Combustible Liquids”, First Edition, replaced the lightning protection portion of API 2003, “Protection Against Ignitions Arising Out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents”.  With the new Recommended Practice (RP) came the requirement for by-pass conductors […]

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[PR] Clearwater Lightning Protection and Static Solutions Company Listens When Clients Speak

Clearwater, Florida October 7, 2015: We know incorporating clients’ feedback into our design and manufacturing specifications is one of the reasons for our success. We may have taken that practice a bit too far this time, but we’ll never dispute a sure thing! In this unprecedented move to allow our clients to drive product naming conventions, […]

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