Eaton's PowerChain ManagementTM solutions help reduce America's multi-billion dollar cost due to power loss


PITTSBURGH, PA ... Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) is offering businesses a comprehensive way to manage the continuity, integrity and efficiency of vital electrical systems, improving operations while helping reduce excessive costs due to power loss and power quality.

According to the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), the U.S. economy loses up to $188 billion each year due to power outages and poor power quality. While weather and other outside forces cause the highest profile power quality problems, many problems occur when the proper actions are not taken within a facility.

Eaton's PowerChain ManagementTM solutions, announced today, take a system-wide, life-cycle approach to managing a company's entire chain of electrical systems to prevent power disturbances, and to make systems that are running, run more effectively - even when there are no power outages. Everything from wiring, switches, generators and power protection equipment, to monitoring and communications systems is part of a complete electrical power system. Every facility from a residence and retail store to a data center, healthcare center, military base, airport or manufacturing facility has a power chain at its core. The holistic management approach offered by PowerChain Management solutions provides greater reliability, improved operational efficiencies and enhanced safety.

"In today's world, electricity is no longer a commodity. Once it enters a business, it morphs into a tangible entity, and moreover, an important physical component of the enterprise," said Randy Carson, Eaton senior vice president and president - Electrical Group. "Electrical power management will be to the 21st century, what supply chain management was to the 20th century in that the sum of an electrical system is much more powerful than its individual parts."

As enterprises experience increasing competitive pressures to operate 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week in a more efficient manner, Eaton recognizes that the impact of poor electrical quality can hamper productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction. PowerChain ManagementTM solutions allow a single-point of electrical power accountability so that organizations can focus on their business objectives.

Additionally, as announced today, Eaton is collaborating with companies such as HP to revolutionize the way electrical power systems are managed.

Eaton's electrical business is a global leader in electrical control, power distribution, uninterruptible power supply and industrial automation products and services. Eaton's global brands, including Powerware® and Cutler-Hammer®, provide customer-driven PowerChain ManagementTM solutions to serve the power system needs of the industrial, utility, light commercial, residential, IT and OEM markets worldwide. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2004 sales of $9.8 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 58,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries.


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