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Although amusement park visitors are likely unaware, many of the rides they enjoy are powered by electrification systems mounted on or near the moving parts. Rugged and reliable electrification systems are needed to keep rides such as Ferris wheels, carousels, dark rides, free-fall towers, and the latest thrill rides running continuously. Electric components must operate with high degree of safety, whether inside or outside, or even run underwater. At the same time, ride manufacturers and park owners don’t want systems that will detract from the ride’s aesthetics. For economic reasons, as well as safety concerns, amusement park operators can not afford to have their rides go down!
Conductix-Wampfler offers decades of expertise working closely with major amusement parks and ride builders all over the globe. Our highly reliable electrification solutions have been proven in the world’s busiest amusement parks. Our broad portfolio of products allows us to meet the ride operator’s unique needs and technical requirements, all with the maximum degree of safety in mind. Whether a standard product or customized solution, our recommendation will be the right one without bias towards one system over another.
Our rugged product lines for amusement rides include:
Slip Ring Assemblies – with or without enclosures, transmit power and data to the rotating parts of all types of circular rides and in variety of operating conditions. We also offer fiber optic rotary joints for more complex systems.
Inductive Power Transfer (IPT®) – transmits of power and data without direct contact. IPT® is ideal for “wet rides” where traditional conductors won’t work and can be found at major theme parks around the world.
Energy Guiding Chains – for linear or circular rides that operate with cables or hoses, energy chains are the ideal solution.
Spring-Driven Cable Reels – to manage vertical cables that power and control movable stage lighting, sound systems, and video.
Huss Parc Attractions
Hanging Installation of the Slip Ring Body
Single pole conductor rail for curved tracks and circular or oval applications.
Standard application data
If you need to enclose your slip ring assembly, Conductix-Wampfler has several standard styles to choose from. If your slip ring is mounted in a hazarous locations, you need an explosion-proof enclosure - see Hazardous Duty Enclosures .
To request a slip ring quotation from Conductix-Wampfler, you can:
The NEMA 1 Wrap-Around Enclosure is available for all bore sizes. It features a rolled, brushed stainless steel panel that wraps around the body of the slip ring. It is held in place with plated snap latches. The slip ring assembly end plates ("outboard bearings") are available for incoming wire hubs. The thru-bore is open, so the unit can be slid onto a host shaft. Common options include:
Revolving Unit (RU)
The NEMA 4 "RU" is a painted spun steel enclosure that completely contains the slip ring assembly. It is available in 1.5", 2.5", and 3" O.D. shaft sizes. The cover is bolted to the base ("entrance ring") with a rubber gasket between. Brush wiring enters through a 1" NPT hub mounted on the entrance ring. A shaft and shaft flange are provided; the shaft runs on a double ball bearings. Common options include:
Maximum operating speed: 125 rpm (1.5" bore); higher speeds attainable with optional carriage ball bearings.
Swivel Unit (SU)
The "SU" is similar to the Revolving Unit, except that the cover has mounting straps enablinng the unit to be mounted "shaft-up". The shaft is equipped with a conduit elbow for incoming core wiring.
Conductix-Wampfler has a complete machine shop and metal fabrication shop and can design and build special enclosures. See Custom Slip Rings and Enclosures for examples!
Contact Conductix-Wampfller to discuss your slip ring requirements; ask for "Slip Ring Sales".