Eaton’s lightweight, low-voltage technologies are designed to withstand harsh environments.

Eaton’s lightweight, low-voltage technologies are designed to withstand harsh environments.

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Power management company Eaton has announced its vehicle group now offers an array of low-voltage electrical components that fulfill growing power and control requirements, including conversion, protection, and distribution for commercial vehicles and off-highway applications. The technologies are designed for multiple segments, including commercial vehicles as well as military, construction, and agriculture applications.

Eaton’s lightweight, low-voltage technologies are designed to withstand harsh environments. The customizable portfolio can be easily integrated into a vehicle’s existing architecture based on customer demands.

Agriculture equipment manufacturers are increasingly following the lead of the commercial vehicle industry by replacing existing equipment traditionally enabled by hydraulics with electrified components. Electrified components eliminate the risk of fluid spills that can contaminate soil, destroy crops, and are costly to remedy.

Eaton’s electrified components make transitioning from hydraulics to electronics easy. For example, if a high-volume seeder that requires 56 volts is joined with a 12-volt architecture, Eaton’s DC-DC power conversion​ circuit protection box steps up the power from the tractor to 56 volts to operate the seeder, all while eliminating the traditional tangle of hydraulic lines.

Construction equipment and its operators often perform grueling work in harsh conditions. Operators can sit in a cab for long periods in hot conditions with the air conditioning functioning continuously, which means the engine must remain running as well. Switching to an electrically powered air conditioning system allows the air conditioner to run while the engine is off, saving fuel and reducing exhaust emissions.

Eaton’s line of Omnex Trusted Wireless mobile control solutions for heavy machinery and field operations provide a greater degree of safety and efficiency on construction sites. The wireless controllers operate heavy machinery, such as vacuum trucks, tow trucks, concrete mixers, and cranes. Remote operation provides several benefits, including reducing the amount of personnel on-site and keeping workers out of harm’s way.

Construction equipment manufacturers are also adopting higher-voltage architectures, including 48- and 56-volt systems, to run more advanced, power-consuming equipment. While this fulfills power requirements, there is still a need to run the vehicle and lower-voltage systems, such as lights and communication equipment. Eaton’s DC-DC power conversion and inverter solutions are used to reduce or increase voltage as needed. Eaton’s power protection solutions work alongside the power conversion solutions to assure proper voltage and current levels are present at the vehicle electrical components.