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The rotating machinery spin game – just a little bling

September 6, 2012 / 0 Comments / 160 / Industrial Applications
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When you talk rotation in industrial equipment and machinery, the current solution proposed in most applications is a mechanical slip ring. However in the word mechanical you must read contacting, friction, heat, moisture susceptibility and maintenance.

If you’re a manufacturing person, this means downtime. If you read the websites of leading slip ring manufacturers, they want you to believe that the maintenance is gone, that the environmental factors don’t affect their system and they will run forever.

As you read further, you hear about the use of precious metals and new fiber components that eliminate the wear, corrosion and moisture effects on their systems. I will agree that these have helped improve their performance, but in no way eliminated the environmental issues – this is just their spin game. Ask any wind turbine operator and you will still hear of frequent slip ring problems that are driving way too much downtime.

You did notice the word PRECIOUS in their solution.

What is really precious is your maintenance dollars and your operating uptime. You’re only making money when the system is operating. Their new and improved technology is still old methods with the same issues, but in a shinier package. Please pardon my language, but you’ve probably heard the saying, “even if you gold plate a turd to make it look better, in the end all you still have is a turd”. I rest my case.

With PowerbyProxi’s Proxi-Ring, all of the environmental factors are truly neutralized. No contact, hermetically sealed up to IP68, rated for temperatures from -40 to 185⁰F. The system will transfer power and data over an air gap through any non-metallic material.

So, let’s save precious metals for jewelry and protect your precious operating uptime with a superior Proxi-Ring solution that keeps environmental conditions a subject for the local weather forecaster.

David Terkosky is VP of Business Development – Industrial Technologies

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