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NEW NATIONAL POWER LABORATORY REPORT TAKES ATTENDANCE ON POWER LINE NASTIES -- TYPICALLY 344 DISTURBANCES PER YEAR

 NECEDAH, Wis., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- National Power Laboratory (the Necedah, Wis., product evaluation and research center division of Best Power Technology, Inc.) reports that typical computer sites encounter 344 potentially damaging power line disruptions per year. Its tally of disturbances large enough to damage equipment or corrupt data shows that a typical site encounters 199 surges, 110 sags, 19 spikes and 16 outages. This is based on 850 site-months of study from 108 US and Canadian monitoring locations.
 National Power Laboratory is gathering these statistics as part of its 1990-1995 power quality study. Special equipment monitors power at a variety of points of usage, including residences, light industry, offices, institutions and manufacturers. NPL plans to report a total of 1,800 site-months from 235 randomly selected locations.
 The study follows Computer Business Equipment Manufacturers Association (CBEMA) guidelines for "product susceptibility" in determining which disturbances are potentially damaging. Damage or data corruption may or may not result from spikes, sags, surges or outages, depending on such factors as the severity or duration of the disturbance and the age or condition of the equipment.
 Best Power Technology, Inc., is a longstanding leader in power protection systems and equipment, and operates the National Power Laboratory.
 For more information contact National Power Laboratory, Best Power Technology, Inc., P.O. Box 280, Necedah, Wis. 54646; 608-565-7200; fax 608-565-2929.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Contact Martin Winston, Newstips, Inc., 13993 Sweetbriar Lane, Novelty, Ohio 44072, 216-338-8400, or fax 216-338-3480.
 Graphic artwork representing the NPL finding is available from Best on request.
 Reviewers: Please submit letter or electronic mail request./
 /CONTACT: Ken Urban of National Power Laboratory, Best Power Technology, Inc., 608-565-7200/


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