Eaton's Eatonite Laser Coating for Piston Rods Wins Design News Golden Mousetrap Award as One of the Best New Products of 2011

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that its Eatonite(TM) anti-corrosion laser coating for hydraulic piston rods has won Design News magazine's coveted Golden Mousetrap award as one of the best new products of 2011. Eatonite laser coating was selected by the editors of Design News from among a record number of entries in the global Golden Mousetrap competition.

Eaton Oil and Gas Segment Director Neal Benedict said that Eatonite was developed initially to extend the life of piston rods used in hydraulic riser tensioning systems on offshore oil and gas platforms.

"Controlling corrosion is an ongoing challenge for the offshore oil and gas industry," Benedict said, "and Eatonite coated piston rods deliver the mechanical performance of traditional SAE 4130 piston rods, along with corrosion resistance comparable to Inconel 625, a benchmark Highly Corrosion Resistant Alloy. Eatonite laser coating ultimately reduces maintenance costs while increasing system reliability. Eatonite laser coatings have subsequently been applied to piston rods used in a variety of civil engineering applications including dams and wastewater treatment facilities."

In announcing the award, Design News Editorial Director David Greenfield said the products highlighted in this year's Golden Mousetrap winners and finalists "clearly demonstrate both cutting-edge design ideas and the practical evolution of technologies for systems and product design engineers. Design News congratulates all the engineers and their companies who have been recognized with the Golden Mousetrap Award, and we are grateful for their contribution to this year's competition."

Eaton's Hydraulics Group is a segment of the company's Industrial Sector. The business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and stationary applications. Mobile and stationary markets include agriculture, alternative energy, construction, forestry, manufacturing, material handling, mining, oil and gas, processing, transportation and utility equipment. Eaton's Hydraulics Group provides customer-driven solutions under product names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydrokraft®, Hydrowa®, Hydro-Line®, Integrated Hydraulics®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid(TM), and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, 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

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