Eaton's Lean Philosophy
With these three key approaches – Lean Connectivity, Lean Automation and Lean Power – Eaton's Lean Solution significantly improves the overall value chain. Eaton takes the entire machine into account: from the electrical control system with automation, visualization, safety, control devices, sensors, motor starters and drive technology to energy management including UPS. Even the complete hydraulic system is integrated into Eaton's machinery solution.
The central premise of Eaton’s “Lean Philosophy” is the identification and prevention of any form of waste, which includes: expensive processes, long routes, waiting times, overproduction, errors and material waste.
Eaton has brought lean solutions to the machine building sector through the development of its disruptive SmartWire-DT technology. This trend setting technology enables:
All SmartWire-DT devices are connected to the SmartWire-DT cable using simple plug-in connectors. Complex and error-prone, point-to-point wiring is no longer necessary. Testing and commissioning can be carried out quickly and safely. The savings that can be made are enormous. The effort and expense for wiring, test and commissioning can be reduced by up to 85% depending on the machine.
The key innovation that SmartWire-DT provides in the automation field is decentralized intelligence. Modules for standard switchgear generate digital and analog information, thus eliminating the need for the I/O level. The new technology is being implemented in controllers and in drives at the same time. SmartWire-DT partners are also adding the technology to their components. This results in easily designed, straight automation structures requiring fewer components. The components for this solution are the Eaton PLC and control relay with SmartWire-DT master interface. The Lean Automation solution with Eaton HMI/PLC combines additional control and visualization in a single device.
A major benefit of the new technology is the data transparency from the controller to the actuator/sensor. All data related to electricity and energy consumption is made available to the entire machine and to the individual actuators. This information can be used on plants and machinery to optimize energy consumption, carry out preventative diagnostics, optimize processes and increase the availability of machinery.