Copper Alloy Collector Rings Manufacturing
Copper Alloy Collector Rings
At Electric Materials, we specialize in the production of high-quality electrical collector rings built to deliver reliable performance consistently. Collector rings are also commonly referred to as collectors, slip rings, rotating electrical connectors, rotary electrical interfaces, or electrical rotary joints. A collector ring is an electromechanical device used to transfer electrical power or a signal through a rotating assembly. Some applications for collector rings include wind turbines, alternators, air conditioning systems, and electric generators.
Electrical Collector Ring Design & Engineering
Designs for slip rings vary greatly depending on the application. A typical collector ring design is made up of one or more conductive rings mounted on a barrel. Most rings rely on an interference fit over a barrel to hold them in place or are bolted to the barrel. It is imperative that the rings are electrically insulated from each other and the barrel. The rings and leads are often made from a variety of materials. A range of testing can be done to evaluate the chemical composition and electrical properties of the leads and rings. Also, our lab can assess the mechanical material properties including yield and tensile strength and elongation to ensure that you are getting the correct material in your finished product.
EM’s full in-house capabilities allow us to design and engineer a full lineup of collector rings with outer diameters from 3 inches and larger. If required, we can redesign most collector ring assemblies into a split ring style. Often larger diameter collector ring assemblies utilize the multi-segment split ring design. Multi-segment rings are cast in our foundry, machine finished and supplied with the appropriate hardware. Collector rings can then be installed and or removed without having to take the entire assembly off the shaft.
Custom collector ring engineering revolves around both established collector ring models and modified designs. Our team of engineers will work with you to design a custom assembly to meet your particular alloy requirements and electrical specifications.
Collector Ring Manufacturing Capabilities & In-House Testing
With complete collector ring production and testing capabilities, The Electric Materials Company ensures that every collector ring assembly that leaves our facility is built to the highest quality standards. Only the best alloys, micas, and insulating tapes are used to achieve optimum electrical efficiencies and mechanical performance. All materials are inspected before production begins, and all leads, brazed joints, ring dimensions and projections are examined during the manufacturing process. Each assembly undergoes electrical testing before shipping.
Our extensive history as a copper alloy supplier combined with our experience as a motor component manufacturer enables us to design, manufacture and repair all styles of collector ring assemblies for any application. From initial collector ring design sessions to final collector ring testing and shipping, EM will stand behind the performance of your standard or custom built collector ring. We also offer manufacturing services for collector rings produced by an array of manufacturers.