September 29, 2008

Eaton Introduces New CM80 Modular Hydraulic Valve With Unprecedented Flexibility For Mobile Applications

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that it has introduced a new modular hydraulic valve that offers unprecedented flexibility for a broad range of mobile applications. The new CM80 valve combines proven design modular features with the ability to utilize the full range of Eaton’s screw-in cartridge valve (SiCV) technology giving customers a virtually unlimited choice of configuration options.

CM80 valves are open center sectional designs with parallel, tandem circuits available in configurations with up to 10 operating sections, and support “Power Beyond” circuits. Rated flow is 80 lpm (21.1 gpm) and they are rated at 250 bar (3,625 psi) using the NFPAT2.6.1 protocol, giving them a maximum pressure of 290 bar (4,200 psi).

The initial product line includes both manual and hydraulically-actuated valves and build kits are also available.

Typical applications include compact and mid-size construction equipment, including rough terrain fork lifts, forestry equipment, cranes, small utility loaders, transit mix trucks, directional drilling machines, cranes, and truck mounted booms, winches, and cranes.

“These valves leverage Eaton’s proven sectional valve technology and incorporate the company’s line of Vickers® high performance screw-in cartridge valves, making them readily configurable,” said Eaton’s Mobile Valves Product Manager Scott Tollefson.

“The valves are manufactured, assembled and tested at our plant in Searcy, Ark. and supported by Eaton distributors nationwide,” he added. “They have been tested according to National Fluid Power Association protocol to more than a million cycles at 290 bar (4,200 psi), which gives them an essentially infinite service life at the rated 250 bar (3,625 psi) operating pressure.

“Compared to competitive offerings in this market, these valves deliver greater flexibility, domestic sourcing, and a field-proven design with a track record of outstanding performance in the applications for which they are intended. We believe that’s a winning combination,” Tollefson said.

Eaton’s Hydraulics Business is a 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 Business provides customer-driven solutions under brand names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydro-Line®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid™, and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems 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 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit


Lynn Soule
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