Why Fiber Optics Are Revolutionizing Industry

Why Fiber Optics Are Revolutionizing Industry

forj slip ringsWhat makes fiber-optic rotary joints so revolutionary? When compared to conventional metal wire (copper wire), optical fibers are:

  • Thinner – Today’s optical fibers can be drawn to smaller diameters than copper wire


  • Carry a higher capacity – Because optical fibers are thinner than copper wires, more fibers can be bundled into a cable than copper wires


  • Less signal degradation – The loss of signal in optical fiber is less than in copper wire and conventional slip rings  with graphite or gold wire


  • Light signals – Unlike electrical signals in copper wires, light signals from one fiber does not interfere with those of other fibers in the same cable unlike conventional slip rings


  • Low power – Because signals in optical fibers degrade less, lower-power transmitters can be used instead of the high-voltage electrical transmitters needed for copper wires


  • Digital signals – Optical fibers are ideally suited for carrying digital information due to the virtually unlimited bandwidth capability of fiber optics


  • Lightweight – An optical cable weighs less than a comparable copper wire cable, and fiber-optic cables take up less space


  • Flexible – Because fiber optics are so flexible and can transmit and receive light, they are used in many flexible digital cameras for the following purposes:
    • Medical imaging – in bronchoscopes, endoscopes, laparoscopes
    • Mechanical imaging – inspecting mechanical welds in pipes and engines (in airplanes, rockets, space shuttles, cars)
    • Allowing for high speed data transfer applications in wind turbines
    • Plumbing – to inspect sewer lines
Because of these advantages, fiber optics are revolutionizing the way many industries perform.
Learn more about the BGB Optilinc system for the slip ring market. Optilinc is the first of the new generation of contactless slip rings to be produced by BGB Engineering Ltd.

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