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Eaton Launches New DC Power System Controller Offers Greater Network Power Control and Efficiency

Sydney, 29 October 2009 - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced the launch of an advanced new power system controller for telecommunications network operators. The SC200 V3, part of Eaton’s ‘Smarter Energy’ portfolio of products, features automated site energy control options that could save energy costs for many network operators.

The new controller introduces two site-programmable options that raise the bar on network energy control and apply to a wide variety of network operator needs.

The first key feature, Smart Alarms, uses Boolean logic to control individual network sites automatically, across a range of site variables to deliver optimised management for issues such as peak grid-power periods or cooling by automatically controlling non-critical loads, and intelligent management of cooling to reduce overall energy use. Running an outdoor suburban power cabinet on low noise mode at night or customising site alarms to match network management requirements, are other examples.

The second feature is the Eaton Fuel Saver (EFS) for hybrid network sites using a diesel generator as a backup to a poor alternating current (AC) grid supply, or where the site runs entirely on generator, 24 hours a day, every day. EFS is Eaton’s solution to expensive diesel fuel costs where it intelligently delays generator starts, first engaging the site’s battery bank to either bridge a grid power outage or delay the generator start for as long as possible, thereby reducing diesel consumption, reducing need for refuelling visits, and reducing generator wear and tear and servicing costs.

“The new smarter energy features of the new SC200 V3 system controller further illustrate Eaton’s commitment to developing solutions that help customers achieve lower operating costs and a reduced carbon footprint,” said Darren Salter, Product Line Manager for Eaton Data Centre Systems, based in Melbourne.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and industrial automation products and services. Eaton’s global electrical product lines, including Cutler-Hammer, Moeller, Powerware, Holec, MEM, Santak, and MGE Office Protection Systems™ provide customer-driven PowerChain Management solutions to serve the power system needs of the data centre, industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, and OEM markets worldwide.  The company has a global competency centre based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

About Eaton

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of US$15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.