Does UEA Manufacture Slip Rings for the Wind Turbine Aftermarket?

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in UEA Blog

United Equipment Accessories is known for our custom wind turbine slip rings, but what may not be well known, that has become an important part of our business, is that we replace aftermarket existing slip rings.

The majority of the time we are contacted by service companies, site owners, or power companies that are having issues with the existing slip ring in their wind turbines. The most common problem we face is the lack of detailed specifications. What they do have is the existing product, which we can then reverse engineer the mounting and electrical connections. 

The reverse engineering need is only for the mechanical mounting of the slip ring and the electrical connections for the customer. This allows the slip ring to be a drop-in replacement. The internals of the slip ring are designed by UEA and consist of our brush and ring combinations. However, this can be challenging depending on the amount of information we receive.   

In a lot of instances, we only receive the existing slip ring and "no" circuit ratings or specifications. In these cases we have to pay extremely close attention to detail to make sure we build our circuits to handle the power and data required based off existing sizes or wires and contacts. We must also take into consideration the problems that have caused the customer to contact UEA. Many times the problems were caused by the supplier "under engineering” the slip ring, or perhaps they were given bad information by the original customer.

UEA slip ring for wind turbine

Whatever the reason for the replacement, our goal is to give the customer a product that will fix their problems and perform well beyond the slip ring we are replacing.

Do you need help with an aftermarket slip ring? Fill out our quote form!

Jesse Shearer

Senior Application Design Engineer