December 2, 2008

Eaton Features New Contactor-Based Automatic Transfer Switch Products At Power-Gen International 2008

ORLANDO … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has launched a line of contactor-based automatic transfer switch (ATS) solutions for electrical distribution systems used in a wide range of commercial and industrial environments, including utilities, hospitals, government buildings, communications and data centers. The ATS systems have capacities ranging from 40-1200 amps and come in open and closed transition designs, as well as with bypass isolation. The ATS solutions will be on display at Eaton’s booth (#1815) at Power-Gen International 2008, in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 2-4.

The new Eaton units are available in basic, enhanced and premium solutions. The new premium solution Bypass Isolation ATS will promote ease of maintenance through initiation and control of the bypass power contactor via door-mounted controls and, with the doors closed, facilitates the transfer of electrical current from the ATS power contactor to the bypass contactor. The innovative design provides enhanced safety by separating control and power components to prevent the possibility of contact with rear-mounted power connections. Barriers isolate line current from the user.

“Offering contactor-based ATS solutions enables Eaton to expand as a single source for meeting customers’ electrical control requirements,” said Saúl Muñoz, ATS product line manager, Eaton’s Electrical Group. “With so many options available, we can customize an ATS to meet the specific needs of customers in all business sectors.”

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Standard features of Eaton’s Bypass Isolation ATS solution include an identical and interchangeable draw-out cassette design for both the ATS and Bypass power contactor; a controller that is active on the bypass contactor providing a dual ATS; and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) for programming, system diagnostics and help menu assistance. The field reconnectable terminals come in standard front access for any combination of top and bottom entry. Optional features consist of surge protection; automatic transfer with selectable, non-automatic or automatic re-transfer; and a space heater with thermostat, communication capability and load sequencing contacts.

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 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 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit


Mark Horner
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