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CASE STUDY

Sealed Industrial Slip Ring Provides Clean, Noise-Free Signals in Extreme Oceanographic Environments

Noise Free Rotocon

A worldwide designer and manufacturer of bottle filling and capping systems has relied on Meridian Laboratory’s multi-channel, Ethernet-equipped sealed slip rings for over 25+ years to provide maintenance-free, rotary electrical connections to all of their machines.  After struggling for years with Ethernet communication packet loss and consistently having to maintain or replace brushes, they were able to eliminate all of these issues by switching to ROTOCON rotary electrical connectors.

Challenge

A manufacturer of oceanographic winches and test equipment contacted Meridian Laboratory about numerous issues with conventional slip rings used on its vessels’ deep-sea winch assemblies. Issues included noise generated by slip ring brushes, contact resistance making signal strength weak and unrecognizable, and arcing (cross-talk) occurring between channels due to wet, humid oceanographic environments.

  • Noise generated by conventional slip rings made signals unrecognizable and distorted.
  • Saltwater environment corroded brushes and decreased slip ring longevity.
  • Slip rings required routine maintenance and retrofitted protective equipment.

Solution

Using Meridian Laboratory’s unique ROTOCON® MXO Series of oceanographic/harsh industrial environment rotary electrical contacts, the manufacturer eliminated all prior issues it had with conventional slip rings. The inherent qualities of ROTOCON’s low contact resistance (low noise) design allowed for signal integrity of water temperature and cable strain to be maintained. In addition to the stainless steel design and added sealing capability of the MXO series, the customer was able to specify a particular sub-sea connector which would directly mate to all existing equipment without any extra modification. This custom solution provides extreme ingress protection while the unit remains maintenance-free with uninterruptable operation for many years, despite its wet, humid and corrosive operating environment.

  • ROTOCON’s unique design characteristics provided clean, noise-free signals for test and measurement in harsh oceanographic environment.
  • Stainless steel construction with sub-sea connectors provided 100% sealed design.
  • Slip ring downtime drastically decreased without issues of corrosion, maintenance or cross-talk.
Underwater Slip Ring

 Key Statistics

  • ROTOCON® Sealed slip ring provides clean signal quality, regardless of temperatures or environment.
  • 100% maintenance-free alternative without needing adjustments or upkeep.
  • Downtime drastically reduced by improved slip ring allowing for cost savings and improvement in measurement quality.

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  • Avatar Alex Charters ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    I contacted Meridian Laboratory to obtain a slip ring for my Undergraduate Senior Capstone project. The project required … More a slip ring capable of highspeed data transfer with very little noise to drive an LED bar on a fan to generate images. Sven Krause was very knowledgeable and responsive and helped me figure out what product I needed. He even managed to get the slip ring donated to our team and had great advice on how to integrate it into our project. The project was a huge success thanks to Meridian Laboratory.
  • Avatar Max Thorne ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    I had a great experience working with Vance Nelson on a batch of custom polyurethane wheels. He provided fantastic design … More and material property advice related to my application and was able to deliver high quality wheels in a fast time frame at a reasonable price. I'd highly recommend working with Vance and Meridian Lab in the future
  • Avatar Andrew Diles ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    I've had the pleasure of working with Meridian Laboratory for the past couple of years, and they have revolutionized … More our product with the parts they created for us. Not only did they create the part, they also gave us advice on which type of material to use, and the combination of those two things has helped us be more efficient and productive.
    Vance has been helpful at every turn, and I look forward to working with him and the team at Meridian Laboratory more in the future. They do superb work.

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