Furse lightning protection systems, a part of Thomas and Betts and now ABB, are available to be purchased from CSE. Their external lightning protection systems intercept, conduct and disperse a lightning strike safely to earth. Without such a system, a building’s structure and the people, equipment and electrical systems around or within it, are all at risk. Lightning strikes, or even electrical discharges resulting from nearby lightning, can cause damage or injury in many ways and there for a conductor system is an essential part of any electrical installation solution. Furse has three different types of system:
1. Flat Tape Conductor System
Flat tape conductors are easy to install, with no need to straighten for a neat finish. Available in copper or aluminium, flat tape can be installed bare or with a choice of PVC coverings, to enable the tape to blend with modern building fabrics.
Tinned copper tape is also available for applications that require additional protection measures, and copper braid is available for use where flexibility is necessary, e.g. on moving installations like gates or doors.
Furse copper tape is approved to BS EN 13601, whilst Furse aluminium tape is approved to BS EN 755-5.
2. Solid Circular Conductor System
Solid circular conductors can be used in applications where aesthetic considerations are important.
The 8 mm diameter solid circular range is less conspicuous than the flat tape system, and lends itself much better to being concealed. Available in copper or aluminium, solid circular conductors can also have PVC coverings.
A coil of circular conductor can be quickly installed, being easy to bend in any plane, and only needing a straightening tool to give a very neat finish.
Furse copper solid circular conductor is approved to BS EN 13601, whilst Furse aluminium solid circular conductor is approved to BS EN 755-5.
3. Stranded Conductor System
The Furse range of soft drawn stranded conductors is available in copper, either bare or PVC insulated, and complies with the US standard NFPA 780.
Furse soft drawn stranded conductor is approved to BS EN 60228, whilst our PVC insulated stranded conductor is approved to BS 6004.
The Furse range of conductors is complemented by a complete range of fittings, including clips, clamps, holdfasts and bimetallic connectors.
Fittings are designed to conform to the IEC/BS EN 62561 series of product standards governing performance of lightning protection components which form part of an external lightning protection system.
Furse is now a part of the ABB Group of companies and a new range of products we have access to and compliments our other ABB Low Voltage equipment.