Your harnesses that is. As a slip ring design technician at United Equipment Accessories, I get a lot of great information from our thorough sales department when working on a new slip ring design. However, one of the aspects that is often overlooked is the covering or protection of wire or cable harnesses that carry the power or signals through either end of the slip ring. While the slip ring serves as the most important piece of any rotary assembly, protecting the wire or cable harnesses for longer life and reliability is just as important to keep your machine up and running. At UEA, we have a couple different options to ensure your leads are protected.
Harness (Tape Wrap)
Our first option is covering the harness with tape wrapping. The tape serves as a minimum measure of protection, where the wire or cables are running through a relatively safe environment with little worry of the harness becoming damaged by outside factors. A step up from that option is adding heat shrink over the length of the harness.
Harness (Heat Shrink)
It is placed outside the assembly, over the tape wrap for added protection from bumping, movement or other things that may come into contact with the harnesses. If you’re looking for even more protection for your harness due to a hazardous environment, anylon braiding is used either in conjunction with heat shrink and tape wrap or one or the other. This serves as a strong outer protective jacket for your harness that will greatly extend its life in your machine.
We also offer different kinds of conduit, which can be used with or without any of the previous harness options I have laid out. This would be the maximum amount of protection for your harness allowing your wires or cables to be run through potentially hazardous environments, including places where heat may be an issue. There are many different sizes and types of conduit available, so let us know what type works best for your application. If you’re not sure, our engineers would be happy to help you find conduit that works best for you.
As you can see we have many different options available to properly protect your slip ring assembly harnesses. If there’s something that you’d like that we don’t have listed, please let us know and we’ll make it happen, because at UEA we’ve got you covered.
Design Technician, Engineering