Lightning Masts by LBA Technology Offer More Critical Protection Options With Three New Height Choices by dhivya.sherly

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Lightning security for outdoor assets has just gotten easier. LBA Technology now offers three new models to complement its noted PLP-30 lightning mast system.

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									  Lightning Masts by LBA Technology Offer More Critical Protection Options With
                           Three New Height Choices
Greenville, NC, November 21, 2012 -- Lightning security for outdoor assets has just gotten easier. LBA
Technology now offers three new models to complement its noted PLP-30 lightning mast system.
Lightning creates worldwide equipment damage and loss of life. The new models permit more effective
protection of critical infrastructure and personnel.

Ranging from 14’ (4.3m) to 38’ (11.6m), models PLP-14, PLP-22, and PLP-38 have all the convenience
and durability of the PLP-30. All also use a UL-listed streamer retarding air terminal and comply with
NFPA standards.

Many outside installations are natural targets for lightning strikes. Solar installations, mobile satellite
dishes, gas metering stations, logistics staging areas, pumping systems, and command center vehicles
are just a few vulnerable assets. The PLP-series lightning masts are available in both fixed and portable
styles to protect all types of at risk systems. The UL-listed streamer-retarding dissipator air terminal on
the PLP mast has proven effective in dissipating lightning charges, but can also safely terminate lightning
bolt discharges. Unlike conventional lightning rods, the PLP charge dissipater lightning mast stands alone
and provides a cone of protection; shielding vehicles, combustibles, equipment, electronics, and wiring
from discharges.




“With the combination of air terminal and streamer dissipating technology, PLP lightning masts provide
an unequaled lightning protection package for strike vulnerable assets,” said LBA Chief Technology
Officer Dr. Chris Horne, PE. “A lot of customers like the fact that the PLP masts have this functionality,
yet are readily deployable.”
For example, one PLP-30 lightning protection mast can provide a 40 foot (12m) radius cone of protection
for pumping systems up to eight feet high. Multiple lightning masts can be situated to protect larger
areas: Five PLP-30 masts erected in a designated pattern can protect a field hospital in an area of 25,000
square feet (2320 square meters). The PLP lighting masts are now available in 14’ (4.3m), 22’ (6.7m), 30’
(9m), and 38’ (11.6m) heights to match a wide range of applications and budgets.

Fully NFPA and UL compliant, the PLP-series masts are precisely fabricated of durable aluminum alloy
and engineered to resist at least 80 mph (128 kph) winds without guy wires. Optional base systems
allow multiple takedown and reuse, or permanent installation. The fixed base option permanently
attaches the lightning protection masts to concrete or steel structures. The portable base option permits
rapid field deployment, or may be used as a non-penetrating roof mount. Two people can easily install
any PLP system in less than one hour.

LBA engineers are available to assist in designing the proper configuration of PLP-series masts to suit any
application.

For ultimate deployment convenience, LBA offers complete flyaway kits, for all masts, of which the PLK-
30PK is typical. The PLK-30PK flyaway kit includes screw-together mast components, portable base, hold
down stakes, and ground system components. The system is kitted in a heavy-duty carry bag weighing
less than 100 pounds (45.5 kg), for easy assembly and transport. All configurations of the PLP-series
lightning mast can be conveniently overnighted by most express services such as UPS or FedEx.

Early adopters of the PLP-series mast kits include Northrup-Grumman Corp., the Canadian Defence
Forces, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Details of the PLP-series and other LBA Technology lightning protection products are at
http://www.lbagroup.com/international/tower-lightning-protection.php.

About LBA Group Inc.

LBA Group, Inc. has 50 years of experience in providing electromagnetic protection for industrial and
telecommunications infrastructure assets. It is comprised of LBA Technology, Inc., a leading
manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection, and EMC equipment for
broadcast, industrial, and government users worldwide; the professional engineering consultancy
Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc.; and LBA University, Inc., providing on-site and on-line professional
safety training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

Contact:

Katie Sneed, LBA Group Inc.

252-757-0279

katie.sneed@lbagroup.com

http://www.lbagroup.com

								
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