Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers free online courses aimed at professionals in the sector. If you want to participate in these training sessions, find the topic that interests you in your language, the course organized for your country and check the schedule.
The local detection of electrical storms is key in preventing occupational hazards. By adopting temporary measures before the lightning strike alert, accidents, damage to infrastructure and property, and even environmental disasters can be avoided. However, it is necessary to have sufficient anticipation time, especially in cases where the implementation time of preventive measures is high. A reliable detector of electrical storms targets decision-making, allowing the correct management of preventive actions.
Local detection of thunderstorms helps to prevent accidents caused by lightning strikes. In an sector such as the petrochemical industry, where human and material resources are subject to safety risks such as explosions, fires and toxic leaks, efficient action plans should be drawn up to eliminate or reduce the risk of lightning storms.
Lightning storms are dangerous and sudden phenomena that generate potential risks for people and property. Lightning protection in buildings is crucial to avoid personal, material and economic damage, and even environmental disasters. The smart air terminal DAT CONTROLER® REMOTE is part of the Smart Earthing and Lightning Solutions portfolio of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas. Our leading technology allows the lightning rod to perform a daily auto-diagnosis of its status and send the test results to the user via M2M communication system.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers, to all professionals involved in the design and implementation of lightning protection systems, free online webinars for May and June 2021. If you want to participate in these training sessions, find the topic that interests you in your language, the course organized for your country and check the schedule. By clicking on the link, you can register to participate.
The local detection of thunderstorms allows for the prevention of accidents derived from lightning strikes. Electrical storms can cause death and injury to people. The risk is increased for workers in open spaces. In addition to the loss of life and health, lightning strikes damage properties, infrastructures, industries, communication systems and cultural heritage. Lightning starts many wildfires, causes power line failures, and can also cause environmental disasters.
Un Pararrayos con dispositivo de cebado, conocido también por la abreviatura PDC o por el nombre de pararrayos ionizante, es un sistema de protección externa contra el rayo de alta tecnología. Estos pararrayos tipo PDC se conocen también como pararrayos activos y deben cumplir con las Normas o Reglamentos que le apliquen, tanto nacionales como internacionales (principalmente las normas UNE 21.186, NFC 17.102, Código técnico de la Edificación apartado SU8,y NP4426).
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers free online courses aimed at professionals in the sector. If you want to participate in these training sessions, find the topic that interests you in your language, the course organized for your country and check the schedule. By clicking on the link, you can register to participate. You can also check the schedule on our webinar page.
Hospitals, retirement homes, research centers, laboratories, etc., are key infrastructures that must be protected against the risks caused by electrical storms. Buildings in which there is a high concentration of people, high-cost equipment and even patients connected to electrical systems that cannot suffer cuts or alterations in the electricity supply, require a comprehensive lightning protection system with the maximum guarantees of safety and quality.
Lightning strike counters are very useful tools in lightning protection installations, since they provide first-hand information on whether the installation has suffered a lightning strike and therefore if there is a need for any subsequent verification or extra maintenance beyond the periodical inspections, according the provisions of the standards ((UNE-EN IEC 62305, UNE 21186, NF C 17 102, NP4426, etc.).
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers you the upcoming free online webinars for professionals in March and April 2021. If you want to participate in these training sessions, find the topic that interests you in your language, the course organized for your country and check the schedule. By clicking on the link, you can register to participate. All of our online webinars are free but places are limited.
Drawbridges allow the passage of high boats at specific times. In their movement they are transformed into vertical walls and they can reach a great height, making them clearly preferential points of impact for lightning strikes.
Lightning protection for buildings is crucial to avoid personal, material and economic damage. If they are also historic buildings, lightning can cause incalculable artistic and heritage losses. For this reason, Aplicaciones Tecnológicas designs and offers a wide range of products with the aim of minimising the damage that thunderstorms can cause.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers free online courses aimed at professionals in the sector. If you want to participate in these training sessions, find the topic that interests you in your language, the course organized for your country and check the schedule. By clicking on the link, you can register to participate. All of our online webinars are free but places are limited.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers you the Advanced Course on Lightning Protection with a 50% discount. This training provides the foundations, method and practical cases so that architects, engineers, electrical contractors, technical personnel of companies or professionals related to this sector, can design professional lightning protection systems based on the main international regulations.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas S.A. once again obtains the ISO 9001 Certificate, thus ratifying its commitment to the professionalism, excellence and quality of its products. The commitment to the continuous improvement through the processes of design, production, marketing, installation and review processes of lightning protection systems, as well as in its divisions of storm detectors and exothermic welding, again endorse its quality certificate.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers you the upcoming free online webinars for professionals in January and February 2021. By clicking on the link, you can register to participate. All of our online webinars are free but places are limited.
The overvoltages known as transients, are very short duration increases in voltage, measured between two conductors, or between conductor and ground. These can be due to atmospheric electric discharges (lightning strikes) or to switching or fault processes (contact to earth or short circuit).
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers, to all professionals involved in the design and implementation of lightning protection systems, free online webinars for the next January 2021. If you want to participate in these training sessions, find the topic that interests you in your language, the course organized for your country and check the schedule.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers a wide range of products to protect installations and equipment against permanent overvoltages. This type of surge, unlike transient overvoltages, can last for an indeterminate period of time, causing significant damage to the equipment connected to the network, such as its deterioration or even destruction.
Exothermic welding or aluminothermic welding is a chemical process that creates a permanent molecular union of two or more conductors. This fusion results in a more reliable and durable connection, as well as providing equal or greater conductivity than mechanical bonding.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers you the upcoming free online webinars for professionals in November and December. 2020. Registration will be free and there is limited space. Do not miss the opportunity to learn about the latest news in the sector from the hand of specialized technicians.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has one of the largest laboratories in the world specialised in the development of products and services in the field of prevention and protection against the effects of atmospheric electrical discharges. The AT Research Center focuses its main activity on research into lightning and its effects.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers free online courses aimed at professionals in the sector. If you want to participate in these training sessions, find the topic that interests you in your language, the course organized for your country and check the schedule.
APLIWELD® Selector is a tool, aimed at all professionals who need to perform exothermic welding, designed to facilitate the specification and preparation of the material in any project with aluminothermic welding. Thanks to the APLIWELD® Selector software, the user obtains product references and quantities of each material for all the connections required in a project, quickly and efficiently.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers, to all professionals involved in the design and implementation of lightning protection systems, free online webinars for the months of September and October 2020. Registration is free and places are limited. Do not miss the opportunity to know the latest news in the sector, from the hand of specialized professionals.
A lightning protection system with an Early Streamer Emission (ESE) air terminal from Aplicaciones Tecnológicas protects the seat of the government of the Republic of Paraguay: the Palacio de López, also known as the Government Palace or the Presidential Palace.
Companies with assets, material or personnel, at the mercy of electrical storms have, or should have, a protocol of action and preventive plan in case of electrical storms risk. Sometimes this protocol does not exist, or if it is available, it could be improved, since, on many occasions, the decision to continue or stop the works is made in a subjective way, which is why certain decisions may not be correct.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has the software to design the most efficient lightning protection system in the sector according to current regulations. CD-RISK is the professional application that allows risk calculation and selection of the Protection Level of a building with regards to the Technical Building Code (SUA8) and UNE standards (EN 62305 and 21186).
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas advances on the programming of its next online courses aimed at professionals for the next September 2020. Registration is free and places are limited. Do not miss the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in early storm detection, exothermic welding, external lightning protection with ESE Air Terminals, surge protection and earthing.
In the domestic environment, there is more and more electrical and electronic equipment with very complex and necessary functions that facilitate daily life. But if these computers are not adequately protected, they are subject to damage during a thunderstorm.
This new website of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas aims to provide an optimal user experience, with improved navigation and functionality. It has been designed so that our customers can access and browse all product information easily.
Renewable energies present new challenges in the field of lightning and surge protection for direct current lines. Therefore, Aplicaciones Tecnológicas S.A. has developed a new range of surge devices for the protection of direct current (DC) systems up to 1500Vdc, according to the IEC-61643-31 standard and the REBT-BT-23 Guide.
In 2019, a total of 2,353,476,704 atmospheric electric discharges were registered in the world. This number includes lightning strikes between clouds and, above all, lightning strikes produced from cloud to ground. On August 13, 2019, the northernmost lightning known to date was detected, 52 kilometres away from the geographic north pole (89.53°N).
Telecommunication towers such as mobile phone, television or radio repeaters are high rise structures, often located in isolated places and equipped with sensitive elements susceptible to atmospheric electrical discharges. Their maintenance and repair usually requires technician call outs to remote locations, which creates an important cost and loss through downtime.
Exothermic welding, also known as aluminothermic welding, is a chemical process which creates a permanent molecular bonding of two or more conductors. As a result of this fusion, the connection is more reliable and durable than the mechanical union, and its conductivity is equal to or greater than the metals it connects.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, a company specialized in lightning protection systems, increases its offer of free online courses to meet the training needs of our customers during the exceptional situation caused by the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
From Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we inform you that, following the state of alarm and the new measures laid out by the Government of Spain to deal with Covid-19, we want to communicate that all our commercial team, technicians and administration staff are still operating and working in our usual hours from home office, being able to contact us by the same means as always.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of United States details in its report on “safety in the construction industry” that precautions should be taken to avoid the danger of lightning to workers. In Great Britain alone, according to issue Nº. 401 of The International Journal of Meteorology, reports for over the past 30 years show work-related activities accounted for 15% of the total of deaths due to electrical discharges.
Lightning bolts are powerful atmospheric electrical discharges that pose a great danger depending on where they strike. Without proper protection and prevention, these discharges are a risk to people, animals, buildings, and electrical / electronic equipment.
In order to prevent the effects of this natural phenomenon, the UNE-EN IEC 62793 standard establishes an application guide to determine the need or not for a thunderstorm detection system, as well as the types of detectors that exist for it.
From Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we inform you that, due to the crisis produced by Covid-19, we have been implementing preventive and organizational measures during previous weeks and preparing our company to be able to continue offering our products and services to our customers.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas SA has won the award for the best solution in occupational risk prevention for its ATSTORM® system, a local warning system for the prevention of thunderstorms. This award has been granted by the FSL magazine, a specialized publication on occupational risk prevention and safety and health at work.
The Online Course of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas on Lightning Protection provides the foundations, method and practical cases so that architects, engineers, electrical installers, technical personnel of companies or professionals related to this sector can design professional lightning protection systems based on the main international regulations.
Numerous studies ensure that harmful weather events such as lightning, hail and severe wind gusts will increase over the upcoming decades. One of the most recent is the study of the expected increase in storms in Europe, based on the detection of lightning and the observation of damages:
A surge is an increase in the voltage in the electrical network that can cause damages to the installation and electronic equipment in your home. Your home, given the continuous digital transformation, contains even more electrical and electronic equipment, with more complex and important functions.
A surge is an increase in the voltage of the electrical network and It can cause damage to the installation and electronic equipment in your home. In the United States, electric shock claims to insurance companies were estimated to be $909 million. This amount claimed comes from 78,000 users only.
There are two relevant data facts to keep in mind when evaluating the danger of lightning in golf courses. Firstly, the annual average of death casualties in golf courses is 13 people worldwide, being the majority due to electrical discharges caused by storms. Secondly, 5% of the total deaths caused by lightning strikes in the US occur in golf courses.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, a company specialized in lightning protection systems, offers you for free the next online webinars about Apliweld® Secure+, the safest exothermic welding in the market. Besides, there are also free online webinars about ATSTORM®, the thunderstorm detection system for labour risk prevention.
Between 18th and 22nd November the group meetings of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) took place in Milan (Italy). These are responsible for the review of the international regulation of lightning protection IEC 62305. This regulation review was performed for its four parts (General Principles, Risk management, Physical Damage to Structures and Life hazards, Electrical and Electronic Systems in Structures). In addition, a general assembly of IEC Group 81 (Lightning Protection) was held.
A surge is a voltage increase in the electrical network measured between two conductors which can cause damage to the installation and electrical equipment. It can be of two types: transient and permanent.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers free online courses for professionals in the sector. If you want to participate in these training sessions, choose the organized course in your country and check your time zone. All our online webinars are free but places are limited.
Photovoltaic power plants are always located in huge and isolated areas or on roofs due to their functions. They are high-cost equipment and when damaged can cause losses to energy supply, especially if they are connected to the distribution network. Its operation is controlled by sensitive electronic devices that can be highly damaged by transient surges. Therefore, from the point of view of lightning protection they are high-risks installations.
The ATLAN series surge protectors are especially designed to prevent data transfer failures between different pieces of equipment within a network. They protect the electronic circuit inputs of network cards against damage caused by surges.
It is an interception system that has the aim of intercepting atmospheric electric discharges and conducting them safely to earth. Any interception system (lightning rod) should meet the national and international standards or laws that are applied to it (mainly standards UNE 21.186, NFC 17.102, Technical Building Code SU8, Series IEC/EN 62.305 and IEC/EN 62.561).
A new international regulation, IEC 63052:2019, was published Last August 2019. It regulates the quality, safety and electromagnetic compatibility requirements for protectors against permanent or temporary overvoltages, also known by their acronym POP (Power Overvoltage Protectors).
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, leader in lightning protection systems, is organizing free online courses aimed at professionals. During the coming months of October and November 2019, free online courses will be held about two of its solutions: ATSTORM®, a thunderstorm detection system for labour risk prevention, and Apliweld® Secure+, an exothermic welding system in tablet format with remote electronic ignition.
Maracaibo’s Lake (Venezuela) is nowadays, according to the latest study by NASA, the place where most lightning falls per square kilometer. According to data reached by Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), was concluded that in this area there can be formed around 279 thunderstorms a year.
The new AT-3503 Power Supply Tester of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas is responsible for monitoring and detecting dangerous voltages, network frequency variations as well as increases in the resistance of the earth loop of an installation. The line tester detects any network anomaly by acting through its dry contact relays.
The free online courses offered by Aplicaciones Tecnológicas are aimed at professionals in the sector and will take place during September and October. Registration is free and there is limited space. Do not miss the chance to comfortably learn about the latest innovations in the sector with great impact on the prevention of occupational risks wherever you are.
It is estimated that around 24.000 people die every year due to lightning strikes (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA). This is why every person who lives in a high isokeraunic area should be aware of the danger of this atmospheric phenomenon.
Lightning is still one of the most extraordinary phenomena in Nature. In the past it was understood as a type of fire and it can be found represented as a symbol in most ancient cultures. There even exist mythological representations of its destructive power.
Both exothermic welding and brazing are different methods of bonding one or more pieces of metallic conductors used in earthing systems. There are different types of welding and different forms to classify them. One of these forms is to distinguish if the pieces to be welded are actually melted or not when adding the compound material.
Summer period is traditionally the season where good weather and holidays are most enjoyed, but it is also the time of year where more cumulonimbus convective clouds are formed which produce lightnings.
Accidents caused by lightning strikes in hotel complexes or tourist resorts can be prevented by the storm detector system ATSTORM®.
Thunderstorm formation can’t be avoided but it’s possible to anticipate tens of minutes before to the event of a lightning strike in an area of interest. This anticipation allows us to minimize risks and avoid accidents setting in motion temporary preventive actions.
After the fire of Notre Dame cathedral in April 2019, the need to protect landmark buildings from fires has been highlighted. The causes of these fires are usually human failure or faulty electrical installations, but landmark buildings have also been destroyed by fires caused by a lightning strike.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, specialized in lightning protection systems, organizes free online webinars on two products: the exothermic welding system Apliweld® Secure+ in tablet format with remote electronic ignition and the lightning early warning system ATSTORM®.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas increases safety in theme parks by means of protection and prevention systems to minimize risks produced by lightning strikes. Dreamland Margate Theme Park located in Kent (England) is one of the last sites which has been protected by the company, where Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has provided the lightning protection system and the preventive system ATSTORM®, a local thunderstorm detector.
In every construction project it is essential to consider lightning protection in order to comply with standards. Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers a complete service of lightning protection study which includes the necessary technical documents, calculations and plans to offer the appropriate project according to the needs and standards.
In Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we offer lightning protection systems as well as local early warning for lightning storm risk prevention. Electrical storms are unavoidable natural events, but an early detection can allow users to carry out preventive actions which complement with lightning protection.
The extreme weather conditions and the structures and buildings in such a city as Dubai makes lighting protection a technical challenge which needs expert solutions and high-performance materials. The Early Streamer Emission (ESE) lightning rod Dat Controller Plus has been chosen to protect three symbolic projects in United Arab Emirates.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, specialized in lightning protection systems, organizes free online webinars aimed at professionals. Registration is free and there is limited space, so sign up as soon as possible and learn everything about ATSTORM®, the thunderstorm detection system for labour risk prevention, and Apliweld® Secure+, an exothermic welding system in tablet format with remote electronic ignition.
The wind energy sector and inclement weather are an extremely dangerous combination. When an electrical storm approaches or forms near a wind farm, the main priority of the occupational safety technicians will undoubtedly be to guarantee the protection of their workers.
The introduction of the tablet format in the Apliweld Secure+ system developed by Aplicaciones Tecnológicas implies innovation which has brought significant advantages for the implementation of exothermic welding in any earthing system.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, leader in lightning protection systems, is organizing free online courses aimed at professionals in the sector. During April and May we will be holding webinars on two products: ATSTORM®, a thunderstorm detection system for labour risk prevention, and Apliweld® Secure+, an exothermic welding system in tablet format with remote electronic ignition.
For an efficient and safe electrical vehicle charge, a specific instruction has been elaborated within the Low Voltage Regulation for the installations intended for that purpose: the ITC-BT 52. This instruction stresses the necessity to have specific material in transient and permanent surge protection. Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has tailored solutions for compliance with this standard.
Lightning strikes are powerful atmospheric discharges. Even though they are natural phenomena, they can pose great risk when they strike on Earth due to their power. In the residential sector, lightning can have important consequences among which fires are included.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, leader in lightning protection, offers free online courses on two of its products: the exothermic welding Apliweld® Secure+ and the ATSTORM® lightning early warning system. During March and April thirteen courses aimed at professionals in the sector will be held.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas adds new accessories to the Apliweld® Secure+ system. The new car charger for the electronic starting device and the mould accessory increase the range of products of the most efficient and secure welding system in the market.
Thunderstorms are unavoidable natural phenomena that pose serious threats to goods, services, environment and even cause death to people. The mining industry is really vulnerable to these meteorological events due to the fact its operations take place in open areas and the activities involve the use of heavy equipment and the handling and storage of flammable materials, which increases the risk for employees (Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2016).
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, leader in lightning protection systems, is organizing free online courses on the exothermic welding system Apliweld® Secure+ and on ATSTORM, a lightning warning system aimed at professionals in the sector. During February and March we will be holding eleven webinars on different topics.
A lightning warning system is a device which warns of lightning strike risk in areas that need to be protected against the effect of atmospheric electrical discharges. ATSTORM is an expert system for storm detection developed by Aplicaciones Tecnológicas which is able to provide local early warnings.
A lightning strike is a natural event which significantly affects all outdoor activities and can pose a risk if the right preventive measures are not considered.
The data obtained by different institutions corroborates the high frequency of lightning strikes in sports events. According to the information gathered between 2006 and 2013 by The United States meteorological service (NOOA), 14% of deaths caused by lightning strikes happened during outdoor sports and leisure activities.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers free online webinars for professionals in the sector. If you want to participate in these training sessions, choose the course organized in your country and check the schedule. Registration is free and availability is limited so we recommend you to register as soon as possible.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas offers online formative courses for professionals in different sectors. If you are interested in participating in one of these online courses, you only need to choose the webinar organised for you country and check the timing. The registration is free and there are limited places until full capacity of registered users.
This week the Technical Congress of the National Committee of CIGRE 2018 is talking week in Madrid. For two days, 27th and 28th of November 2018, companies and public and private organizations present their experiences with the objective of improving the high voltage power distribution.
In terms of protection against lightning and prevention measures, the 30/30 rule as it is commonly known, is a household measure to protect against lightning strikes. In fact, you wouldn’t have any problem finding information related to the matter with very little research.
Before we start explaining why the 30/30 rule has risks involved and why it is not actually reliable, we would like to clarify first some concepts about what this rule is about and in which ideas this popular belief is based.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has organised a series of formative Webinars addressed to professionals in various sectors.
If you are interested in attending one of these online courses, you can simply select to register for the upcoming webinar organised for your country and check the time zone. The registration for the training sessions is free and there are limited places until full capacity of registered users.
The protection against overvoltages in an electrical installation is vital to guarantee peoples safety and avoid short and long term damages to equipment. A large majority of the installations are protected against overloads and derivations, but the installed devices do not protect against transient overvoltages (due to lightning) and permanent overvoltages (for example due to neutral failures).
The fourth edition of ILPS, the International Lightning Protection Symposium, will be held this week, from the 23rd to 26th October 2018, in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. The symposium is organized by ILPA, the International Lightning Protection Association.
CINASE, National Circuit of the Electrical Sector, is the travelling technical event in Brazil that aims to bring together different experts from the electrical industry to discuss and present the progress made in the technological market.
The CINASE congress is held annually in Brazil and in this 2018 edition it is going to take place in the cities of Fortaleza, Canoas, São Paulo and will end in Rio de Janeiro in November.
Lightning is one of the most fascinating and spectacular natural phenomena. The powerful electrostatic discharge that it represents lights up the sky during electrical storms.
Nevertheless, we must not forget that lightning strikes Earth with great force, and without appropriate protection and prevention it is potentially hazardous for people, animals, buildings and electrical and electronic equipment.
The general earthing system connects the different parts of an electrical installation with the surface conductor of the Earth to guarantee security and functionality.
In an electrical installation, the soil itself provides equipotentialization for all of the metallic parts so that there are no differences in potential between each other. This is carried out in order to guarantee the safety of people and equipment from any possible defects in the actual facilities.
Nowadays, around 25 million lightning strikes impact the earth every year. In relation to the frequency of the lightning strikes, some research studies point out that the heat and a rise in temperature are related to cloud electrification. In fact, it is known that during the summer, thunderstorms are more frequent.
This reasoning could make us think that if the climate change produces a global rise in temperatures, an increase in lightning events could be produced.
More and more buildings and houses have electronic devices that allow for a more efficient and comfortable home: thermoregulation, sophisticated security systems, all kind of automations, remote controllers, energy management systems, several interconnected devices…There is no doubt in there being a trend for domotised homes which will increase, given how these technologies mean an important improvement in the quality of life.
Lightning rods must undergo periodic inspections and maintenance, as indicated by national and international regulations (UNE21186, NF-C 17 102, IEC EN 62305). These periodic inspections of the lightning rod allow the detection of deviations from the reference standards or anomalies in the installation caused by environmental conditions such as corrosion, incorrect handling such as sectioning or robberies, or other circumstances such as expansions of the building where the lightning rod is located.
Lightning causes significant damages and losses all around the world, especially in those areas with higher frequency of thunderstorms and during the summer months. It is estimated that there are about 2,000 active storms every day and that approximately 40 lightning strikes per second on Earth, which means about 1200 million strikes per year. Some researches suggests that there could be an increase in thunderstorms due to climate change and pollution.
An Early Streamer Emmision air terminal, also known as ESE or as an ionizing lightning rod, is an external lightning protection system with innovative technology. This ESE air terminal is also known as active lightning rod.
It is estimated that approximately six million people work in the Oil & Gas sector. In many cases, these jobs are characterized for being located in isolated areas far away from cities since the activities involve operating with hazardous materials: gases and flammable liquids stored in large quantities.
Earthing, also known as grounding, is a fundamental and essential part of an electrical system. Despite not being a visible element, the earthing system is of vital importance for the safety of people and equipment, as it protects against dangerous potential differences.
Exothermic welding is a chemical process which enables the molecular bonding of metals in a long-lasting way. It is applied to metal joints and its use is very widespread in sector such as rail and the electrical sector, in the grounding connections.
In the last decades, the technological innovation in the lightning protection matter has revolutionized the sector. Nowadays, we offer lightning protection systems really sophisticated, designed to increase the protection zone.
The storm detection in airports is the key to prevent accidents of the workers and guarantee their security in the track. The labour accidents produced by lightning in airports can be prevented by the early warning system ATSTORM® developed by Aplicaciones Tecnológicas.
In Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we have two new videos of our Apliweld® Secure+ exothermic welding, both of them explain the usage of the specific and multiple graphite moulds. Before starting the videos, its convenient to know the concepts related with this type of welding.
Due to the characteristics of public lighting, they require specific protection against transient overvoltages. The ATSOCKET protectors of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas were designed ex profeso to be used in outdoor luminaire installations, although they have other applications, given how it is possible the connection in the interior of the trunking which feed the socket powers.
The lightning protection system from Aplicaciones Tecnológicas protects the Nossa Senhora de Aires Pilgrimage Sanctuary, located in Viana do Alentejo, Portugal, is an 18th century building designed by architect P. João Baptista.
In residential sector and in small tertiary business, it is recommended to protect correctly the installations against both permanent and transient overvoltages. Usually, in such cases (houses, business, worshops, restaurants, etc), are limited by a lack of space. The most appropriate solution is to use permanent and transient overvoltage protectors in the same device.
In Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we are adapting our data protection policy and the way we send emails to the new European legislation. This action is an indissoluble part of our commitment to the security and digital privacy of our users.
The exothermic welding system of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas APLIWELD SECURE + now has a new ignition device that includes a controller with Bluetooth connection for a wireless ignition which improves the performance.
Lightning rods with the most advanced technology from Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, DAT CONTROLER® REMOTE, protect Malacky Castle in Slovakia, as well as part of the Zamocky Park, the classicist style English park that surrounds this 17th century fortress.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has developed, together with the Municipality of Cascais, located west of Lisbon in Portugal, a lightning protection study for the installation of lightning rods in its public schools.
Lightning rods are an essential part of the external lightning protection system, which main objective is to intercept the lightning bolt and drive it safely to the ground. The external system of protection against lightning is also part of the permanent measures of prevention and protection against lightning, according to the NTP 1084 for prevention of occupational hazards caused by lightning strikes.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, since it was founded, has maintained as a fundamental value the development of quality products for protection against lightning, that are responsible with the environment. For this reason, it has once again renewed its certificate of Environmental Management System, based on the UNE-EN ISO 14001: 2015 standard.
Lightning is a phenomenon that, despite being very common, is little known outside the specialized forums and creates uncertainty. It is important for people’s safety and to safeguard the equipment, that some key points are taken into account on what not to do in case of a storm:
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has developed a new concept of exothermic welding: the APLIWELD® SECURE + system, based on the use of compact tablets and remote electronic ignition. In addition, we have also developed an APLIWELD exothermic welding selector in order to facilitate the specification and preparation of materials for exothermic joints.
Earthing systems, as well as their connections, must last for the lifetime of the building. Exothermic welding meets this objective better than mechanical connections or other types of welding. Aplicaciones Tecnológicas goes even further with Apliweld® Secure+, the exothermic welding system that provides perfect results, cost savings and increased worker safety.
Lightning bolts are static electricity discharges, with which their formation is impossible to avoid. However, we can take measures to protect and prevent workers against the risk of electric shock by direct lightning impact.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has protected a company of storage tanks for palm oil with the lightning rod DAT Controler® PLUS 45. This facility is located in the Free Zone of Industry and Commerce of Puerto Barrios, in Guatemala.
APLICACIONES TECNOLÓGICAS, S.A. has managed to certify, once again, its Quality Management System based on the new UNE-EN ISO 9001:2015 Standard. The main objective of this standard is to demonstrate the capacity of the organization to provide quality products and services that meet the requirements of the client and the applicable regulations.
At Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, we have developed projects with Brazilian specialists from the USP (University of São Paulo) IEE (Institute of Energy and Environment) in the field of lightning protection and storm detection.
At Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we are experts in the execution of lightning protection studies and projects for structures and buildings. Let’s consider what would happen if these installations did not count on lightning rods?
It is estimated that 2,000 storms coexist simultaneously on the planet and about 100 lightning bolts discharge on the earth every second. In total, this represents some 4,000 daily storms and 9 million atmospheric discharges every day. Therefore, 1.2 billion lightning strikes occur per year on our planet.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has protected, with a total of 19 DAT Controler® Plus Air Terminals, the world's longest bridge over water, connecting Hong Kong with Macao and the city of Zhuhai, in southern China.
The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, an agency belonging to the Ministry of Employment in Spain, has recently published a Technical Note of Prevention NTP 1.084,that describes, among other important aspects, the effects and consequences of a direct lightning impact on workers in open areas.
Resiquímica, a chemical waste Factory located in Sintra, Portugal, has renewed all its lightning protection system and has chosen the protection offered by DAT Controler® PLUS + AT-Remote Tester air terminal.
In Lahore, Pakistan, a new research centre in nephrology and hepatology (Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre – PKLI) has been created and it will have four DAT Controler® PLUS 60 ESE lightning rods and all the earthing installation with products of Aplicaciones Tecnológicas.
The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, an agency belonging to the Ministry of Employment in Spain, has recently published a Technical Note of Prevention for occupational hazards caused by lightning strikes, in which Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has collaborated as experts in lightning and surge protection technologies.
One of the latest product launches from Aplicaciones Tecnológicas is the ATPLUG CONTROL, a protector for permanent and transient overvoltages and undervoltages that is plug-in, single-phase and self-reclosing.
The Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the new football field of Club Atlético de Madrid, has hosted the first league match this weekend. The new sports hall, includes a complete lightning protection system, projected and supplied by Aplicaciones Tecnológicas.
Always aware of the ever-present dangers of lightning, at Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we try to share our knowledge and experience on the subject to ensure that all lightning protection installations are safe and of the highest quality.
The National Pantheon of the Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción is an emblematic building located in the capital city of Paraguay which, at the moment, is under restoration.
The emblematic church of São Roque in Lisbon, as well as the museum next to it, are already protected, both building and contents in their interior, by our lightning rod DAT Controler® Plus, which was chosen due to the security offered by its certificates and tests passed in independent laboratories.
Last June 14th, the 3rd edition of an important event that involves installers and distributors of electrical equipment, the ‘Installer's Party’ took place. The event is organized by CSI Suministros since 2015 and Aplicaciones Tecnológicas has sponsored it once again.
At Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, besides offering integral protection against lightning and surges, we are experts in exothermic welding (also called aluminothermic). Therefore, many companies have requested specific training in this type of welding by our specialized staff.
DAT CONTROLER® PLUS 60 ESE lightning rods provide a maximum protection for the Paraguayan Olympic Park, the new sports complex that hosts the Olympic Training Centre (CEO) of Paraguay, offices of sports federations and sport halls, among other spaces.
The new logistics centre of Amazon is located in El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona and will open on October 4th. During its construction, 25 electrical panels have been installed with our surge protective devices.
The Electric Material Distribution Association in Córdoba (ADMECO) held its first congress on the 17th, 18th and 19th of May to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The event brought together more than 900 attendees, mostly installers and electrical equipment distributors, as well as architects and professional colleges in order to discover innovations in the field.
Exothermic welding, also known as aluminothermic welding, is an irreversible process of molecular bonding of two or more metallic conductors that was developed in the late 19th Century in Germany. There has not been much innovation in the field since then… Until now!
The Queen's Club, one of the most prestigious sports clubs in London, has completely renewed its lightning protection system and has relied on our early streamer emission (ESE) air terminals to ensure the safety of facilities and attendees.
Permanent overvoltages are voltage surges above 10% of the nominal value of the distribution network which are maintained for several cycles or permanently. They are normally caused by a defective connection of the neutral or by a failure in the transformation centre.
The Motorcycle Grand Prix of Valencia closed the 2016 World Motorcycling Championship on 11th, 12th and 13th of November. In order to ensure the protection for attendees and facilities during the celebration, the Gran Prix Organization decided to count on an ATSTORM® V.02.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas S.A. is a company committed to the Environment. We use our experience of over 30 years to manufacture high quality products that are, at the same time, environmentally responsible.
The castle is a major tourist and culture attraction source for Peñíscola (Castellón – Valencian Community). It is located in the upper part of the city, on a hill by the sea. One of its towers was the chosen place for the installation of the DAT CONTROLER® PLUS ESE air terminal. Our ESE air terminals fulfil all the regulatory requirements, they have the N mark of AENOR and they are designed to work in adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, with an insulation over 95%.
In order to facilitate the coordination of the different business activities and in accordance to the current legislation for Prevention of Occupational Hazards, the related documents of AplicacionesTecnológicas are available and permanently updated on the Obralia website.
We have extensive experience in manufacturing lightning protection components. In our desire to improve ourselves and to promote industrial growth, we design and develop devices of greater capabilities to attain lower residual voltages. To achieve this, we rely on the most innovative lab equipment and strict quality control guidelines.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas is a committed company to both sustainability and the environment. We employ our 30 years’ experience in developing quality products which are at the same time responsible with the environs.
Lightning event counters are very useful tools in lightning protection installations, since they allow to find out easily if the installation has suffer a lightning strike and therefore if there is a need for a verification or extra maintenance beyond the periodical inspections according the provisions of the standard UNE 21186:2011.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, S.A. and its workers have launched a solidarity campaign to collect toys to be delivered at the City Hall of Paterna, where the company has its headquarters. The toys, books and even video games that are being collected will certainly bring joy to less fortunate children during this upcoming holiday season.
Standards assert that the good condition of a lightning protection system should be ensured over time. Therefore the standard UNE 21.186:2011 establishes, depending on the protection level of the installation, different periodicities for visual and complete inspection.
Several key factors should be considered when exothermic (also called aluminothermic) welding is employed, in order to make the best use of the resources invested in the purchase of material and to improve the work in site.
From the 26th to the 30th of October, several meetings were hold in Athens (Greece) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) groups that are in charge of re-viewing the 4 parts of the lightning protection standard IEC 62305 (General principles, Risk management, Physical damage to structures and life hazard, Electrical and electronic systems within structures).
During its formation lightning moves in any direction, but only until it finds a way to ground: then the path for the discharge is already created. High buildings are therefore preferred points for lightning strikes, so that risk assessment standards consider, for calculating the equivalent collection area of a structure, a surface of 3 times its height around. Besides, according to these standards, for buildings higher than 60 meters lateral impacts should also be considered.
Offering the right product for different industrial sectors, achieving that such product is suitable for the chosen lightning protection solution, is more complex than it first appears, since key factors for the safety of persons, services and goods are involved.
In Aplicaciones Tecnológicas we are committed to promote the best support for our customers, always at their disposal. Our Customer Service is composed by a team of highly professional people, devoted to offer a high quality attention in all its functions:
The recent series of Latin America distributor’s training held last June has run around several axes of interest: presentation of our new products, review of the most relevant standards for lightning protection (IEC 62305, IEC 62561, NF C 17102, UNE 2186, NFPA 780, EN 50536, UL 467,…), as well as our software for risk assessment.
Lightning protection standards establish certain periods for the verification and maintenance of the installed systems, which may vary depending on the normative. However, one point is the same in all of them: a complete verification is necessary every time the installation has been stroke by lightning. Mechanical or electrical lightning event counters record these strikes with one account every time a lightning current passes trough them.
Aplicaciones Tecnológicas manufactures lightning protection systems since 1986. The acquired know-how and service orientation has led us in the years to lead the technological and standardization changes in the sector.
End of the 18th Century. Discovery of the electrical nature of lightning and the possibility of avoiding its damages by giving the lightning current a path to ground. This led to the installation of air terminals, down-conductors and earthing on the highest and most important existing buildings, thus avoiding many of the personal and economical damages caused by fires and breaks due to lightning.