Date: July 9, 2007

Eaton Corporation Announces The Release Of The C396 Electronic Overload, The Solution For Accurate, Reliable Performance

PITTSBURGH … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced the release of its C396 Electronic Overload. The motor protective device directly measures motor current, enabling it to model a motor’s thermal condition. The C396 identifies excessive current or “loss of phase” more accurately than traditional bi-metallic overloads, reacting to the motor stress conditions with greater speed and reliability.

“Eaton has significantly invested in the research and design of the C396,” says Zari Talebi, marketing communications specialist. “As a result, we’re able to give customers a reliable and flexible option to meet their motor protection needs.”

The C396 is a flexible option for applications that require:

• Motor overload

• Phase unbalance

• Phase failure protection

It also has low energy consumption, minimizing temperature rise issues inside control cabinets and has a noticeable impact on energy costs, an advantage other products do not offer.

The C396 reduces inventory stocking requirements and the associated carrying costs with its wide 5:1 Full Load Ampere range. The wide range results in the need for less than half as many catalog numbers as a traditional bi-metallic alternative, all while covering the same current range. This also allows for greater installation flexibility for dual voltage machines.

The C396 features include:

• Installation flexibility for dual voltage machines

• Cost-effective

• Device set-up is quick and easy

• Comes standard with a selectable manual/automatic reset

The C396 is available as a stand-alone device with a current range from 0.1 to 150A, which can be increased to 1,500A with an external current transformer kit and selectable trip class 5, 10, 20 or 30. The product will also be offered as starters in conjunction with XT IEC Power Control, Freedom Series NEMA Power Control and DP Control products.

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 electrical brands, including Cutler-Hammer®, Powerware®, Holec® and MEM®, provide customer-driven PowerChainTM Management solutions to serve the power system needs of the industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, IT, mission critical and OEM markets worldwide.

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

Contact: Zari Talebi
(414) 449-6470