Eaton Expands Motor Control Center Solutions with Intelligent System to Avoid Downtime, Reduce Maintenance for Global Oil and Gas, Mining Customers

Date: October 18, 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton announces a powerful new system for motor control centers (MCCs) and power distribution centers in low-voltage global International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) applications. The dynamic SmartPXTM hardware and software system provides a range of protection, monitoring and control functionality and is integrated with Eaton Power Xpert CXHTM motor control centers.

“Eaton’s latest motor control center technology provides predictive and preventive maintenance tools for critical process industries,” said Bernie Wasserman, product manager at Eaton. “This kind of approach to managing power systems enables greater process reliability, reduced maintenance and enhanced safety for our oil and gas and mining customers.”

Although real-time data is increasingly required to monitor how well systems are functioning today and predict issues before they occur, the abundance of data can overload existing networks. Eaton’s SmartPX technology stores and analyzes data from connected electrical equipment, learns normative load characteristics and sends alarms and warnings to upstream systems when connected equipment is not operating as expected. The system tracks trends in total power, current and voltage used by connected electrical equipment.

The SmartPX system is integrated and factory configured and tested in Eaton’s Power Xpert CXH low-voltage motor control and power distribution centers. The intelligent system builds on Eaton’s networked MCC technology and provides enhanced maintenance tools, systems reliability, performance analysis and load profiling.

Eaton’s SmartPX technology can be used locally or through an existing distributed control system (DCS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), enterprise resource planning (ERP) or other network.

Customers can view and interact with Eaton’s latest IEC MCC technology at the Eaton Experience Center, Houston. The SmartPX technology is part of the simulated petrochemical refinery and power distribution grid at the Experience Center, which features more than 8,000 products installed in applications from upstream and midstream to downstream.

To learn more about SmartPX technology, visit Additional information about Eaton solutions for oil and gas customers is available at For information about Eaton solutions for mining applications, visit

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

Mark Horner
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