Consumer demands for reliable electric power have continued to increase over the years with technological advances. The prevalence of high tech devices has required utilities to provide near uninterrupted service.
Lightning protection devices date back to the mid 1700’s. Early technology, such as the lightning rod, originally provided protection for homes, before being adapted for use on the telegraph and electric grids.
The modern term “arrester” was first used in the mid 1800’s for simple gap devices that protected telegraph lines. These products consisted of a simple gap and could be operated remotely by the telegraph worker.