On the occasion of our special focus on Chinese industry, we present to you various Chinese companies in various industrial sectors. In this article, we focus on JINPAT, which manufactures slip rings. Sherry Zhang, Account Manager at JINPAT, tells us more about the company.
This interview was conducted in collaboration with VE China.
Can you tell us more about the history of your company?
Sherry Zhang: We design, manufacture and sell slip rings. We are located in Shenzhen. Our company started its activity in 1996, but we have been registered as a private company since 2004. We have 400 employees and 15 offices worldwide.
What kind of products do you manufacture?
Sherry Zhang: We manufacture slip rings and rotary joints. We have different sizes, configurations and designs depending on the applications and the type of signals customers want to transmit. The mission remains the same for all our products. Our slip rings are used to transfer energy, data and electrical signals from a fixed structure to a rotating structure.
We have standard products but we can also customize them according to customer needs. For example, we can customize sizes, housing and terminals.
In very hazardous environments, such as in the marine industry and the oil and gas industry, we add some protection to our slip rings.
What are the main applications of your products?
Sherry Zhang: We have a very wide range of slip rings for various industrial applications. You can find our slip rings in marine and aerospace equipment, machinery, robots and wind turbines. Even domestic robots are equipped with our slip rings.
Our main areas of application today are automation, cranes, robots, drones and surveillance.
It has been two years since medical has become a new sector for us, and we are seeing a growing demand from this industry.
Is it because of COVID-19 that you are seeing more requests from the medical industry?
Sherry Zhang: Yes, that’s one of the reasons. With COVID, we have to test a lot of people. And test machines must have slip rings to work and allow testing.
And the other reason is that medical equipment such as robots and surgical knives also need slip rings. We were therefore forced to design slip rings that matched the requirements of this specific industry. For example, slip rings require very fast rotational speeds as well as very fast data transmission speeds.
How do you rate the competition in your industry?
Sherry Zhang; Our advantage over our competitors is that our slip rings allow data and signal transmission in addition to power transmission. Transmitting power is very simple. It is more difficult to transmit data and signals, especially for automation industry and long time uses. Automated machines need very fast data transmission, and our slip rings are able to do that.
What kind of future trends do you see for slip rings?
Sherry Zhang: There is a slip ring trend with the metaverse and virtual reality. Accessories for this industry require slip rings, for example VR headsets like Oculus and HTC. VR equipment requires very large data transmission and our slip rings have a part to play in that. This is a challenge as the requirement of this industry is to maintain high speed data transmission. We are therefore currently developing new products to meet these requirements. We are already working with Oculus and HTC for their VR equipment.