eaton corp plc (ETN) Key Developments
Navistar to Market with Eaton Procision Dual-Clutch Transmissions on International Medium-Duty Trucks and IC Bus School Buses
Jul 27 15
Navistar announced that it will be first-to-market with the Eaton Procision line of dual-clutch transmissions for its International DuraStar medium-duty trucks and IC Bus CE series school buses, available in late 2015. Based on Eaton's testing, the new 7-speed transmissions deliver a significant fuel economy advantage compared to a similarly equipped vehicle with a torque converter automatic transmission. The Eaton Procision transmission features a dual-clutch design and electronic shifting that uses grade, vehicle weight and throttle input to provide optimal fuel efficiency and smooth, continuous delivery of torque. The Eaton Procision dual-clutch technology allows for more efficient acceleration from a stopped position and optimizes shift points that will efficiently get to the high gear. Gear changes are made by swapping the engine torque between clutches with the next gear preselected. The dual-clutch module is fully contained within the transmission, hydraulically controlled and oil cooled for extended life. The Eaton Procision includes features such as Eaton Dynamic Shifting, which allows the transmission to automatically switch between economy and performance shift schedules based on mass, grade and driver demand. Available torque, engine acceleration and grade drive dynamically modified base shift results. Economy and performance shift tables can be adjusted to tune an overall calibration to meet any customer's specific needs. Eaton Procision transmissions utilize a new synthetic transmission fluid that provides component protection while reducing maintenance costs, as part of 150,000 mile or 4-year lube and filter change intervals. The internal sump filter and electrical system do not require maintenance. Procision gives drivers more control in all situations and best-in-class low speed maneuverability due features such as Hill Helper, Creep Mode and Tap Down Shifting.
Eaton Announces Availability of Wall Receptacles and Circuit Breakers
Jul 14 15
Eaton has announced the availability of wall receptacles and circuit breakers designed to automatically monitor ground-fault circuit interruption, or GFCI, status. The new devices provide periodic automatic testing of the ability to detect and protect against ground faults in damp or wet locations. Engineered to enhance safety and electrical code compliance in residential, healthcare, institutional, commercial and industrial applications, the Eaton solutions meet recent Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) revisions to the UL 943 GFCI standard.
Eaton Expands Line and Speeds Up Deliveries for Flex Reman Transmissions
Jul 13 15
Eaton has enhanced its lineup of FLEX Reman transmissions with the recent launch of three new initiatives. These include: The introduction of 12 new part numbers, each with forward shift bar housings that complement the existing standard shift bar housing transmission offerings. The addition of the RTO 16908LL 10-speed model. FLEX program also now includes the implementation of a new delivery policy that can provide same day shipments. The additional FLEX Reman models were added to expand the availability of the popular aftermarket transmissions and are offered for all makes and models of trucks in North America. The new models became available July 1. By adding the RTO-16908LL model and the forward version of each of these other transmission models to the FLEX portfolio, as well as dramatically improving availability of the FLEX lineup, Eaton is better able to serve customers needs, said Bill Fouch, aftermarket marketing manager, Eaton Vehicle Group. Because Eaton FLEX Reman transmissions cover a wide range of torques and are shipped with no clutch housings, truck dealers are able to lower their parts inventories and still increase the availability of multiple remanufactured transmission models. In addition to dealers, fleets also benefit from the FLEX line with enhanced access to the many models of Eaton remanufactured transmissions. FLEX Reman transmissions, with standard or forward shift housings, are available for a variety of the most popular Eaton transmissions including the FR 10-speed and RTLO 13- and 18-speed models. All are made with 100% genuine Eaton components and carry a two-year/unlimited miles base warranty. Extended protection plans are also available.
Eaton Expands SmartWire-DT Connectivity Options to Enhance Panel Wiring Efficiency and Reliability
Jul 13 15
Eaton announced it is introducing SmartWire-DT IP67 Machine Mount I/O into the North American, European, Middle Eastern, and African markets. These components extend an existing SmartWire-DT product portfolio designed to reduce panel wiring complexity, improve machine reliability and uptime, save wiring and device installation time, and reduce panel space by connecting devices in the panel and around the machine using only a single cable. Transforming the way Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) build control panels and wire machines, the solution replaces bundles of wires and cables found in traditional machine constructions with a single cable, connecting motor control components such as contactors, pushbuttons, variable frequency drives, soft starters, stacklights, sensors, valves and other actuators to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Eaton is committed to providing innovative solutions that improve customers businesses by improving system reliability and efficiency, said Matt Simms, product line manager, Control and Power Conversion Division, Eaton. For many years, the SmartWire-DT system addressed critical concerns for panel builders by eliminating the time needed to cut, strip, mark, bundle, and check numerous individual wires, dramatically reducing the wiring effort required to build control panels. Innovative new IP67 Machine Mount I/O components complement the original in-panel SmartWire-DT products to extend the reach of the system and create a simple wiring system for an entire machine, both inside and outside the control cabinet. SmartWire-DT from Eaton was originally engineered to reduce panel wiring complexity and assembly labor time, speed the start-up and commissioning of machinery, and provide extensive run-time diagnostics during machine operation and troubleshooting. SmartWire-DT has traditionally been optimized for this in-panel use, linking in a simple and trouble-free way many of the standard motor control components found within a control panel. Additionally, the capability of the SmartWire-DT system enables devices with advanced intelligence to communicate additional performance and diagnostic information for use in the machines logic control. Eatons SmartWire-DT flat cable connections help safeguard against unauthorized wiring changes to protect the craftsmanship and integrity of the control panel. Eatons new SmartWire-DT IP67 Machine Mount I/O modules are designed to extend these features and benefits outside a machine control panel and onto the machine itself. At the panel wall, the innovative SmartWire-DT wiring system transitions from the standard 8-conductor flat cable used for in-cabinet wiring to a 5-conductor round cable with standard DC M12 barrel connectors suitable for wiring around a machine. Digital machine-mountable modules are automatically addressed on the SmartWire-DT network and can be connected anywhere around the machine with the single SmartWire-DT cable carrying both power and communications signals. This allows standard digital 24 Volt direct current (DC) command and control devices including sensors, valves, remote pushbuttons, pilot lights, stacklights and other components mounted anywhere on a machine to be connected to the SmartWire-DT system. A single SmartWire-DT branch can extend up to 2,000 feet and connect up to 99 devices. The SmartWire-DT round cable outside the machine control panel is rated to carry up to 4 amperes (A) at 24 VDC, and the system includes both in-cabinet and IP67 power feed modules that allow additional sources of DC power to be added to the network in any location when and where necessary based on the power demands of connected devieces. For machine wiring requirements that extend beyond the stated network length or device limits, additional SmartWire-DT branches can be added in the main control cabinet simply by adding one communication gateway for each additional branch that is required.
Eaton Introduces TOLBrace Software Updates for Increased Reliability and Efficiency
Jul 13 15
Eaton announced that it is offering updated B-Line series TOLBrace seismic bracing software for engineered fire sprinkler applications. With a new English and Spanish language selection tool, TOLBrace 8.0 offers a step-by-step approach to seismic bracing, including a project bill of materials generator and many other valuable features for fire sprinkler systems. This solution provides a greater amount of design flexibility, identifying the component with the lowest load capacity. Available for engineers, designers, plan reviewers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), the TOLBrace 8.0 software version helps to quickly and easily perform zone of influence calculations according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 guidelines, Uniform Building Code (UBC) and International Building Code (IBC). It also contains the latest California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)-approved loads, for both the Preapproval of Anchorage (OPA) 0030-10 and Preapproval of Manufacturer (OPM) 0052-13. TOLBrace 8.0 software also includes a space calculation feature, allowing users to calculate the maximum allowable spacing with an alert when there is an improperly spaced sway brace assemblies due to load capacity or allowable pipe deflection per NFPA 13.