Today’s copiers, printers and other office equipment utilize much more advanced, sensitive electronic circuitry than the older-generation machines that preceded them. This circuitry can process large amounts of data at great speeds; however, it is also capable of detecting small electrical disturbances within an office’s power supply and misinterpreting them as legitimate communication signals. The most common and potentially damaging of these small electrical disturbances are spikes.
The larger the spike, the greater the potential for immediate damage. However, even the smallest spikes can cause machine data errors and other problems, and their cumulative effects may ultimately result in premature office equipment failure. Other dangers include dips, blackouts, over voltages, and electromagnetic and radio frequency interferences.