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Eaton Bolsters Machine Builder Profitability, Development Flexibility and Energy Efficiency while Reducing Machine Downtime at SPS IPC Drives

2 November 2015

At this year’s SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, power management company Eaton will showcase its latest innovations in machine protection, advanced connectivity, drive and interface solutions. Visitors will experience how these can help build intelligent machines and systems that are more reliable, safer and efficient while reducing time and cost across the entire manufacturing process. A central focus of the booth is an intelligent Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) that runs three different electrical set-ups in parallel. Those coming to stand 371 in Hall 9 will have the opportunity to observe the different systems’ dynamics, compare energy efficiency values and evaluate the total cost of ownership.

Alongside the real life machine Eaton will also be offering visitors a virtual experience using augmented reality with 3D interactive overlay technology on tablets or smartphones to bring to life different areas of the booth. One virtual experience explores how to easily and effectively comply with the ErP directive whilst significantly reducing energy costs. Another demonstrates how the intelligent wiring and communication system SmartWire-DT can help reduce installation costs, increase development flexibility and machine availability, thereby increasing profitability. A third one takes visitors on a virtual tour of a 3D production machine showing them how Eaton can help solve their electrical and hydraulics challenges as partner for the entire machine.

Key objectives in machine building are to maximise uptime, productivity and safety. Achieving these depends heavily on a successful circuit protection strategy. Eaton’s wide portfolio and deep expertise means it is ideally positioned to help meet these objectives from specification through to installation and maintenance. At the same time, machine builders have to increasingly develop and build more individualised machines, and the ‘face’ of the machine is gaining importance. Eaton brings intuitive user guidance, precision gesture control and multimedia integration to machine building. In Nuremberg, Eaton is also introducing its expanded range of command and control devices that help save installation time.

“Manufacturers have to work smarter to meet the growing demands of their customers and to stay competitive on a global scale,” said Floriano Masoero, Segment Lead at Eaton. “SmartWire-DT introduces more intelligence to machines and systems across the entire process - at hardly any additional cost - as the intelligence is built into the components already. With this model we are laying a foundation for Industry 4.0 and industrial IoT (Internet of Things) concepts that are and will be implemented in smart factories. Combined with energy efficient motor starters, intuitive touch panel HMIs and best-in-class circuit protection, we can enable modern manufacturers to successfully meet their challenges.”

For the exhibition, ATP Hydraulik AG, which designs and produces hydraulic systems and mechatronic solutions combined with automation, has built the working HPU system. As such, visitors can immediately compare the different dynamics as well as information on energy consumption and cost. SmartWire-DT seamlessly integrates the hydraulic and electrical systems. As such, the intelligent HPU can provide valuable information about the status of the system in terms of temperature, pressure or motor currents.

In cooperation with Muller Martini Electronic AG, a specialist for modular machine architecture and automation, Eaton is also exhibiting innovative control panel solutions. As a leading supplier of systems for machinery and equipment Muller Martini Electronic AG develops and manufactures customized control panel solutions with HMI and electronics that are directly built into the machine.

To meet the demands for increased engineering support from machine and system builders Eaton continues to expand its Authorized Solution Partner network of application specialists, including ATP Hydraulik AG and Muller Martini Electronic AG. At SPS IPC Drives representatives of both companies will be present alongside Eaton representatives, so that visitors have access to experts they can discuss their real-life engineering challenges with.

For more information, please contact:

Eaton Information Response Service
Grimshaw Lane
M24 1GQ
Tel:  +44 161 655 8900,
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