The inductive coupler of the NIC series is designed for contactless bidirectional transmission of power and data. The devices consist of two components, the primary part NICP and the secondary part NICS. The primary part supplies the secondary part with power via the air interface. In return the secondary part provides data to the connected sensors and actuators.
The NIC couplers are a wear-free alternative to slip rings or mechanically highly stressed connections. Thus, maintenance intervals can be extended, unplanned downtime reduced and higher clock speeds achieved. Inductive couplers as contactless connectors are also impressive on account of the freedom of movement they offer their coupled components, such as robots with rotating tools or shafts from which sensor signals have to be taken.