What Is It?
If you live in an area where lightning strikes often, it is important to protect your property. ALP Systems, Inc. offers a wide range of services to keep you, your family, and your employees safe. Our technicians will custom-design a lightning protection system to fit your needs. We offer lightning protection, concealed installations, industrial installations, inspections, estimates, and much more. If you have any questions, need more information, or would like to request service, feel free to give us a call.
What We Provide
Lightning protection systems primarily consist of five components: air terminals, down conductors, grounding, bonding, and surge protection.
- Air Terminals: Air terminals are commonly called "lightning rods." They provide the strike point for the system, taking the direct strike of the lightning bolt.
- Down Conductors: Down Conductors are the cables that connect the air terminals to the grounding. Each air terminal is required to connect to at least two paths to ground. This spreads the electric current along several paths as well as providing redundancies.
- Grounding: Grounding can consist of ground rods, a counterpoise, and/or ground plates. The grounding is the component of the lightning protection system that dissipates the lightning strike into the surrounding earth.
- Bonding: Bonding consists of making an electrical connection between the lightning protection system and most nearby metallic objects, as well as any metallic piping and the ground of the electrical system. This prevents the lightning current from jumping to other metallic objects or inducing current in those objects.
- Surge Protection: Surge protection protects electrical equipment from voltage surges. Voltage surges are quite common and can be caused by nearby lightning or normal fluctuations in the power grid. Surge protection should be installed on all incoming electrical services such as power, phone, and cable. Power surge protection generally consists of two parts: a primary surge protector attached to the circuit breaker panel that protects large electrical appliances such as refrigerators, and additional smaller surge protectors that protect electronic equipment such as computers and entertainment systems.
A Few Jobs That We Have Completed
- Marathon Oil-Equatorial Guinea
- Marshall Flight Centers-NASA
- Alcoa Products
- Ft. Benning- US Army
- DOI- Blue Ridge Parkway
- NEXRAD Radar Sites
- Florida Power & Light
- Various military bases throughout South Korea
- Robbins AFB
- US Marines-MCRD Parris Island
- Oak Ridge Nuclear Site
- Ft.Bragg-US Army
- Bass Pro Shops
- US Dept. of Energy
- Florida DOT-Turnpike Comm. Sites
- Tyndall AFB
- Savanna River Nuclear Site
- VAMC-Asheville, Salisbury, Salem, Panama City, Etc.
- 3M WWTP
- Georgia Renewable Power