Eaton's Hydraulics Business Introduces a Line of Electronic Controllers and Programming Software for Hydraulic Systems

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has expanded its electro-hydraulic portfolio with the addition of a line of electronic controllers and corresponding programming software. The programming software, Eaton CONTROL F(x)(TM), will be used to program the Eaton EFX electronic controllers. This new offering satisfies global demand for Eaton customers who require programmable electronic controllers for control and integration of hydraulic systems. Part of Eaton's Hydraulic Operations, the new line of controllers will broaden Eaton's existing electronic offerings and meet a variety of application needs.

The EFX electronic controllers offer robust capabilities like analog inputs/outputs (I/O), digital inputs/outputs (I/O), pulse width modulation (PWM) and current controlled outputs. Communication protocols supported by the units include industry CAN bus standards, such as CANopen and J1939. The electronic controllers and their cable assemblies are rated at IP67, making them resistant to harsh environments and suitable for both mobile and stationary (industrial) hydraulic applications.

The Eaton EFX electronic controllers are available in a range of combinations to support demand for applications that require as little as 12 inputs/outputs to those requiring up to 80 inputs/outputs.

Eaton also offers input/output modules that, when combined with any of the electronic controllers via CAN bus communication, extend the total input/output capacity of the system by eight to 16 I/O, depending on the module added. These modules can be located remotely from the controller, providing additional application flexibility.

The Eaton CONTROL F(x) programming software for the electronic controllers leverages the IEC 61131-3 programming standard enabling Eaton customers to combine a wide variety of components in a reliable manner. It also promotes a modular and scalable approach that enables programming code re-use for increased efficiency.

Eaton's Hydraulics Operations is a business segment of the Eaton Fluid Power Group. 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 industrial applications. Mobile and industrial markets include agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, utility, material handling, earthmoving, truck and bus, machine tools, molding, primary metals, automotive, power generation, port machinery and entertainment. Eaton's Hydraulics Operations provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydro-Line®, Vickers® and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 61,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit

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