Datum Electronics Ltd. (UK) – Datum Electronics has developed a new range of contactless water-proof replacements for slip ring applications, DX 8600 Universal Wireless Data Link. The DX 8600 Series Data Link has been specifically designed for simple data and power transmission from any rotating shaft to a static location. The Data Link utilises an inductive coupling to provide power to the rotary transmitter, which then sends serial data back to the stator module.
Datum Electronics have supplied rotary couplings that are used in all manner of test rigs, drive lines, ships, mixers, pump monitoring and numerous similar applications. The latest DX Series has been designed as a wireless alternative to slip rings, suitable to retrofitting to existing machinery and drive lines, providing a greater range of signal and power to shaft options.
Unlike, traditional slip rings, which have limited performance and high maintenance costs, the DX 8600 Wireless Data Link is fully waterproof and doesn’t rely on friction to enable data & power transmission. Originally designed for marine applications, the system has been tested to meet food industry requirements, including cleaning with caustic soda, immersion in water, milk, oil and other contaminants. Furthermore, the coupling can be cleaned using a jet wash without damage.
Providing a greater range of signal and power to shaft options, the DX8600 Wireless Data Link system is also able to support most industrial protocols, including RS serial data outputs, as well as MODBUS, CANBUS, Ethernet and similar protocols.
The Datum Series 8600 Wireless Data Link can be supplied to fit shaft diameters from 10 mm to 90 mm, with the standard data rate of 256kb and 1MBaud. However, higher rates are also obtainable, subject to the physical space envelope available. Our design team can also design a specific coupling to fit an existing space used for a slip ring application. Additionally, Datum Electronics is able to provide prototypes for testing and proving trials.
Datum Electronics DX8600 Data Link Features:
- Fully Contactless
- No Mechanical Wear
- Maintenance Free
- Sealed to IP68
- Easy To Install Into Existing Applications
- Standard Data Transmission Rate 256KBaud, 1 MB.
- Standard Data Output RS485
Overall, Datum Electronics DX8600 Wireless Data Link is ideally suited to virtually any industry, looking to eliminate unreliability from using traditional slip rings and helping to prevent unplanned downtime.