If you have looked around the UEA website much, you know that United Equipment Accessories was established over 60 years ago in Vern Iserman's garage. The original product, a remote control kit, was used on cranes, but over the years the equipment that UEA supplies slip rings for has expanded dramatically. Now, along with many varieties of cranes, our slip rings are used for everything from aerial fire trucks ladders to flight simulators, from car wash equipment to off shore drilling rigs, from tortilla cookers to rotating signs. Our slip rings make it possible for carousels to spin and for pallet wrappers to wrap pallets. Some of the more noteworthy applications are listed below.
Replacement slip rings for a swing bridge, similar to that shown in this photo, had been in use for over 100 years. The slip ring provides power and control to rotate the bridge to allow barge traffic. The replacement ring was custom designed and built in record time to get automotive, railroad and river traffic flowing again.
Rotary milking platforms are constructed with enough room for up to 100 dairy cows. A slip ring is installed in the center of each platform to supply both communication circuits to computerized controls and power to the pumps. A 12 inch center bore is necessary on these slip rings to allow vacuum lines for the milking machines and milk lines back from the platform.
In the construction of the stage set for Shrek the Musical, UEA slip rings were used to rotate two platforms and raise and lower a third platform 5 feet above the main stage.
And, of course, we can't forget about wind generators. The copper graphite and silver graphite brushes in our slip rings are designed to last up to 200 million revolutions for very low maintenance.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, there is bound to be a UEA slip ring in use close to you.