Eaton LifeSense® Receives Prestigious R&D 100 Award Recognizing It As One of the Top New Technologies Of 2012

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that R&D Magazine bestowed its R&D 100 Award on Eaton's LifeSense hose, a hydraulic hose condition monitoring system that detects failure-related events and provides advance notification so that the assembly can be replaced to prevent unplanned downtime. Selected by an independent panel of experts from a strong field of nominations, Eaton's LifeSense hose joins the ranks of other breakthrough technologies that have been recognized as the most technologically significant products within a given year. "Being recognized as an R&D 100 Award winner is rewarding and a testament to the significance of LifeSense technology for our industry," said Jeffrey Finch, Eaton senior vice president and general manager. "This development delivers an unmatched solution for a long-standing challenge that costs customers time and money. With this patented technology, they are notified when a hydraulic hose is near the end of its useful life." LifeSense hose is the result of an Eaton initiated, joint research project with Purdue University, to effectively address the issue of hydraulic hose failure and its related costs of unscheduled equipment downtime, environmental spills, equipment damage, and safety. The project sought to identify measurable structural phenomena associated with hose deterioration over time and develop the required technology to monitor them accurately. The patented technology monitors hydraulic hose assemblies in real time and detects both internal fatigue and external surface abrasion failures; notifying users when a hose is approaching the end of its useful life. Notification is provided with enough time for the hose to be replaced during a normal preventive maintenance function. "LifeSense hose can dramatically reduce the incidence of hose failures in the field and it gives our customers critical performance value by mitigating unplanned downtime and its costs," Finch said. "Furthermore, it virtually eliminates the wasteful practice of time-based hose replacement that yields countless feet of good hose being discarded every year." About the R&D 100 Awards
The annual R&D 100 Awards, often called the "Oscars of Innovation," were established in 1963 to identify the top high-technology products of the year. Entries include sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics technologies from industry, academia and government-sponsored research projects. Eaton's Hydraulics 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®, SEL®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid(TM), and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services 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 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Contact Lynn Soule, (952) 294-7992

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