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Choosing the Right Surge Protection for Industrial Automation Equipment

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As such more and more electronics-based equipment is being installed factory-wide in control systems and sensors of various types. At the same time most industrial manufacturing facilities contain heavy-duty equipment such as pumps, arc-welding machines and high performance AC and DC motors along with a variety of electrically controlled actuators. This equipment typically consumes high levels of current and creates voltage transients during operation, particularly at start-up and shutdown, creating the potential to interfere with, or even damage, sensitive sensors and electronic control equipment located in the vicinity.

In this whitepaper we highlight the need to employ circuit protection devices within equipment used in the industrial automation environment. With an emphasis more on the aspects of ESD rather than EMC/EMI, we highlight the possible causes of surges and the different types of protection devices available to incorporate in control systems and their associated network interfaces (CAN, Ethernet etc.). In highlighting the different types of circuit protection available, a small selection of applications are discussed, along with specific products examples.

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Industrial, Industry 4.0 technology, IIoT

 

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