Why the increased need for surge protection?
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Surge protection devices (SPDs) were, in the past, often tacked on in applications where some additional protection might be appropriate. In many cases the addition of SPDs was a case of locking the barn after the horse had run away. People become true believers in the devices’ value after dealing with disastrous surge-related equipment failures. Today, more engineers are seeing the value of incorporating SPDs in an increasing number of their designs.
The expanded use of SPDs is largely due to the changing nature of the equipment and systems they protect. Today’s increasingly digital technology is also increasingly susceptible to surge-related damage. Should you be making additional use of these devices in your designs?