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Lightning Master issued US Patent for bypass conductor system

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Lightning Master Corporation recently announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 9,001,488 for the company’s MAGS® bypass conductor system for floating roof tanks.

The MAGS®, Movable Arm Grounding System™, is a gravity powered external floating roof tank bonding system, which has been thoroughly tested; including simulated 110 mph wind in excess of 3 million cycles (at time of printing), without wear or failure. Lightning Master Corp MAGS® is ATEX Certified and exceeds the requirements of the American Petroleum Institute API 545 and the National Fire Protection Association NFPA 780.

EFR tanks are particularly vulnerable to the effects of lighting due to their isolated floating roof. A direct or nearby strike will cause a difference in potential between the floating room and tank shell, which, if not properly bonded, can become an ignition source. The MAGS® bypass conductor system that protects EFR tanks is a superior solution that requires little to no maintenance.

Unlike other bypass conductor systems, MAGS® is certified for installation in a Classification 1, Division 1 area. Components of MAGS® include UV thermal protected cable, 300 series stainless steel bases and fibreglass arms; all fabricated by Lightning Master Corporation at its headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. The MAGS® fibreglass mast arm removes the risk of improper roof operations that typically are created as a result of tangled and broken cables on traditional floating roof tank systems. Additionally, the gravity powered system requires little to no maintenance, negating the need for spring loaded parts and moving reels that have the potential to arc. This system is easy to implement and has a worldwide base of trouble free installations.

“This patent is an important component of Lightning Master’s intellectual property portfolio covering specific lightning protection and manufacturing techniques.” said Bruce Kaiser, Founder and CEO of Lightning Master Corporation®.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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