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Eaton Delivers New Level of Energy Efficiency, Power Reliability for Industrial Customers
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 03:31:50 PM


Date: October 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton expanded its medium-voltage adjustable frequency drive solutions to improve energy efficiency, reliability and safety in harsh industrial environments. The new Eaton SC9000TM EP medium-voltage drives are engineered to help customers achieve energy savings in global oil and gas, mining, utility and water, and wastewater applications, while reducing downtime during routine maintenance through an encapsulated powerpole (EP) and modular inverter design.

“Eaton is helping customers do more with less energy, while improving the reliability of critical systems and process,” said Jon Beaver, product line manager at Eaton. “Eaton is providing advanced motor control technology to make it easier for industrial customers to reduce energy consumption, improve uptime and enhance the safety of their processes.”

The powerpole inverter with heat pipe technology provides a high power density in a compact footprint, while enabling the SC9000 EP drive to withstand harsh environmental conditions. By incorporating a three-level neutral point clamped (NPC) inverter topology, the drive reduces the number of power switching devices in the inverter, improving reliability by cutting down on the overall components needed.

The next generation of Eaton medium-voltage drives is also designed to help customers reduce costs, beyond driving energy efficiencies that lower utility bills. Eaton’s industry-leading drive technology enables synchronous transfer, which allows customers to use a single drive to control the power to multiple motors and reduce equipment costs. Eaton is the first to provide a double bus design, eliminating the need (and cost) for cabling to support synchronous transfer; the Eaton solution is integrated and does not require additional equipment, cables and related maintenance.

The SC9000 EP drives are engineered to enhance personnel safety during maintenance by incorporating a grounding stick to support safe access to the direct current (DC) bus and mechanical system interlocks. With less required cabling, the devices reduce the risk of failure at connection points with the motor and cable insulation.

The SC9000 EP drives meet the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 519 guideline for harmonic control and reactive compensation of static power converters, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 347 for medium-voltage power conversion equipment and Canadian Underwriters Laboratories (cUL) standards. The drives are Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant.

The SC9000 EP drives are seismic certified and meet the applicable seismic requirements of the current International Building Code (IBC) and California Building Code (CBC). Eaton is the only supplier with certification from the State of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).

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