Surge suppressor protects computers in harsh environments

09 July 2013

Surge suppressor protects computers in harsh environments

Industrial-grade USB port protectors from B&B Electronics is compact and portable and operates to industrial emission standards.

The affordable USBSSP2 USB Sentinel USB 3.0 surge suppressor is compact, measuring 114x 31x25mm, portable, and connects in-line between the computer and the peripheral device to protect it from the surges, spikes, and ESD that can occur when connecting computers to equipment in the field and factory. It has a wide operating temperature of 0 to 80°C, advanced heavy industrial emissions standards and an EN61000-6-2 heavy industrial rating.

The protector provides fast, 20µs clamping of surges -- up to 700V on the data lines and 1000V on the power lines -- without interfering with normal USB 3.0 connectivity, says the company.  It is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0. The device is transparent to the operating system, host computer or hub, and it requires no drivers.  It can be used for field service as well as fixed installations in industrial automation, instrumentation, security, kiosks, point-of-sale and laboratory market applications.

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