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Keeping Lightning in the Bottle

Keeping Lightning in the Bottle

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Lightning isolators for tension applications

Yellow Jacket isolators provide safety and protection for tension load cell applications. The devices protect against expensive scale damage caused by lightning, careless welding, or static electricity by isolating the load cell and controls from the support structure. Interlocking stainless steel parts with electrical insulating properties allow direct loading without the risk of breaking. Installations include suspended hoppers, tanks, and conveyor scales. EVO Industries. 800-386-4637.


Optical isolation for load cells Opt

2500 Flash Series truck scales with Intalogix lightning and surge protection technology feature a unique method of digital load cell communication that converts a weak analog load cell signal to a stronger, more reliable digital interface. Signals have a high resolution and greater accuracy. Producers can upgrade any type of scale with the Intalogix conversion kit. Fairbanks Scales. 800-451-4107. www.fairbanks.com.


Protect batch computers from surges

Integra Batch's unique design provides complete electrical isolation for lightning protection between the computer control and the physical plant. Connections between the batch computer, weigh scales, junction box, and the plant control wiring are made via fiber optic cables which do not transmit electrical surges. Smart valves can provide further surge isolation. Systech Inc. 630-515-0200. www.systech-inc.com.


Mobile weather tracking

Mobile Threat Net provides Doppler weather data and instant storm tracking, with estimated time of arrival for thunderstorms, tornados, and hurricanes. Mobile Threat Net uses a GPS display to show the user's exact location relative to nearby severe weather. Users can be in a moving vehicle or at a fixed base using an XM satellite. The system pinpoints conditions at specific locations, monitors lightning strikes, and tracks watches and warnings. Baron Services Inc. 256-881-8811. www.mobilethreatnet.com.