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The SurgeX technology was initially developed to ensure the electric field used during Gel electrophoresis remained constant. In 1995 SurgeX announced its presence in the AV industry and has been the technological leader ever since.
SurgeX Advanced Series Mode technology combines true surge elimination, EMI/RFI filtration and unsurpassed analytical software to help businesses diagnose, monitor and protect sensitive AV systems. It completely eliminates surge energy without producing harmful side effects such as ground contamination or common-mode disturbances that can degrade equipment performance.
SurgeX technology was originally invented to ensure the electric field used during gel electrophoresis remained constant. Electrophoresis is the movement of charged molecules like DNA and RNA in a fluid or gel under the influence of an electric field. It is a method for separation and analysis of macromolecules and their fragments, based on their size and charge.
Molecules are separated by applying an electric current through a gel containing the molecules so they start moving through the matrix of the gel towards the positive pole. The power supply takes the standard alternating-current electricity available from a wall outlet and converts it into the one way, direct-current needed to set up an electrical field across the gel. The applied electric field must be uniform for electrophoresis to deliver accurate results. If there is any disruption to the electrical field, the movement of the molecules are affected and the results of the study are invalid.
In 1989, scientists in New Jersey were consistently having issues with the electrical field in their electrophoresis tests. They were wasting valuable time and money as many of their tests were producing failed results. They concluded that the electricity coming from the wall outlet was most likely the source of the problem. In desperation, they contacted an engineer to help them get their equipment, testing, and studies back on track.
To resolve the problem, he took on the challenge to reinvent the surge suppressor by developing a Series Mode® protection circuit which could safeguard against standard and worst-case electrical anomalies.