Slip Rings for Robotics
Mercotac® Brushless Slip Rings have been the preferred option in numerous industries and applications, especially in robotics and automation. They offer several advantages, including:
- Wire breakage risks eliminated
- 360-degree rotation capability
- Long-lasting stable connection without maintenance
- Low resistance
- Ability to handle power and data signals using a single, compact brushless slip ring.
The field of robotics is experiencing rapid growth, with slip rings playing a crucial role in power and signal transfer between stationary and rotating components. Mercotac slip rings are highly regarded in the industry and are frequently employed in robotic arms and other robotic mechanisms to ensure precise and uninterrupted operation.
One of the primary uses of Mercotac slip rings in robotics is enabling continuous rotation of robot arms and other movable parts. Without a slip ring the rotation would have to stop after a certain amount of turns and then rotate in the other direction to unwind the wires. This improved capability enhances movement flexibility and eliminates wire entanglement issues.
As a result, Mercotac slip rings are necessary in robotics systems that require continuous 360-degree rotation due to their dependable and low-maintenance design. These slip rings enable seamless and uninterrupted movement by transferring power and data signals between stationary and rotating robot components.
In robotics applications such as automated guided vehicles, welding robots, and pick-and-place machines, cable reels incorporating Mercotac slip rings might be employed. These cable reels facilitate power and control signal transmission to the equipment, ensuring reliable and accurate operation. The rotating reel which feeds the cable needs a slip ring for the electrical connection. Brushless slip rings are an ideal choice for this application due to their maintenance free design and stable low resistance electrical connection.
In various robotic applications, including robotic arms and grippers, the Mercotac 230 and 330 slip rings are commonly utilized. If low current is a requirement of the application, then the model 205 or 305 (which feature two and three conductors respectively) would be a good choice.
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