Date April 16, 2008

PITTSBURGH … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that it contributed $500,000 to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Arc Flash Phenomena Collaborative Research Project.

Eaton’s contribution will support IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project efforts to improve electrical safety standards, predict the hazards associated with arcing faults and accompanying arc blasts, and provide safeguards for employees.

"We are pleased to have Eaton Corporation join the growing list of sponsors for the Arc Flash project," said Sue Vogel, director, Technical Committee Programs for the IEEE Standards Association. "Eaton's contribution will help expedite the work of this project to produce the data needed to advance our understanding of the arc flash phenomenon."

According to the NFPA, an arc flash occurs “when an electric current passes through air between ungrounded conductors or between ungrounded conductors and grounded conductors.” An arc flash explosion blasts out heat equal to the surface temperature of the sun with equally devastating sound and pressure waves, blinding light, intense ultraviolet rays and gaseous toxins -- all without warning, resulting in critical burns, collapsed lungs, blindness, loss of hearing, puncture wounds and possibly death.

“Arc flash safety is tremendously important to a wide range of industries and Eaton is committed to improving education and providing solutions that will help companies protect their most important assets – their people,” said Jerry Whitaker, Eaton’s vice president and president, Power Component and System Operations.

In an effort to help businesses prevent arc flash incidents, and educate employees about arc flash, Eaton offers the industry’s widest range of arc flash-related products and services. These services include industry education through presentation of papers at IEEE industry conferences and electrical safety workshops, arc flash consulting services and arc flash mitigation retrofit services. In addition, Eaton is relentlessly working on developing new products to improve arc flash safety such as arc fault detection circuit breakers and arc reduction motor control centers.

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®, MGE Office Protection Systems™, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak and Moeller, provide customer-driven PowerChain 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 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; hydraulics, fuel and pneumatic systems for commercial and military aircraft; 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 79,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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