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How does a Slip Ring work?

A slip ring is an electrical connector designed to carry current or signals between a stationary wire and a rotating device.

Typically, it is comprised of a stationary graphite or metal contact (brush) which rubs on the outside diameter of a rotating metal ring. As the metal ring turns, the electrical current or signal is conducted through the stationary brush to the metal ring making the connection. Additional ring/brush assemblies are stacked along the rotating axis if more than one electrical circuit is needed.

This simple design has been used for decades as a rudimentary method of passing current into a rotating device. Some other names used for slipring are collector ring, rotary electrical contact and "electrical slip ring". Some people also use the term commutator, however commutators are somewhat different and are specialized for use on DC motors and generators.

Question # 1 on our FAQ Page describes how Mercotac® rotating electrical connectors are different from and superior to traditional slip rings. Many industries have found the superior performance of Mercotac® connectors to be the answer for their slip ring assembly problems and requirements.

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Mercotac® provides superior, brushless, no-maintenance, rotating electrical connectors to industries utilizing slip ring assemblies. 

Mercotac's "slip ring" connectors are made in the USA, available in stock, are compact in size and low cost, and can transfer power, signals and data through the same connector.

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