introduction of solid state devices, most AC-powered
equipment was too insensitive to be upset by
"dirty" or surging power. However, electrical
power surges and the damage they can cause are
commonplace today. Our home and workplace are comprised
of solid state devices vulnerable to surges. We deal
daily with computers, office machines, data,
telecommunication equipment, major appliances, etc. All
of these depend on solid state devices which are
vulnerable to surge.
Solid state devices depend on consistent,, good-quality power. A single powerful surge literally melts, welds, pits, and burns its way through solid state circuits and components.
Device failure is often the result of many small surges and the cause is often not detected by the repairing technician. In addition to the loss of use, priceless stored data can be lost and meaningful input or output information is turned into nonsense.
The driving force to shrink device
geometries to increase speed and storage capacity will
continue to make solid state devices even more sensitive
to dirty power and surges.