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‘Eaton’s hydraulics technology has set new standards for performance’

August 12, 2009 11:40 am

Eaton has been a pioneer in designing and developing products specific to meet the challenges of the industry. Nitin Chalke, Managing Director-India, Hydraulics Business, Eaton, talks about the vital role played by the company in various sectors in this interview with Dilip S. Phansalkar
 
What kind of hydraulic systems and components does Eaton provide to support the needs of various industries and sectors across India?
From massive earthmovers to delicate molding machines, Eaton provides the hydraulic power solutions to meet our customers’ most demanding standards for performance, safety, reliability and comfort. Eaton is one of the few companies which has the capability to offer system solutions for all market segments.
 
The entire product portfolio within Eaton’s Hydraulics business is put into three major categories: Power (pumps, motors, etc.); Controls (valves, cylinders, actuators) & Fluid Conveyance Products (hoses, fittings, fire sleeves, etc.) and these components and/or complete system solutions cover various applications across industries and markets including  Mobile (agriculture or construction, earth moving) to Stationary (machine tools, IMM, metal processing), Marine, Mining, Aerospace, Wind power, Hydropower, Nuclear Power or Thermal Power, Oil & Gas, Paper/ Plywood  and so on. 
 
From world-class engineering capabilities in system design assistance to comprehensive service and technical support after the sale, Eaton’s Hydraulics business is committed to one clear objective – complete satisfaction with all Eaton products and systems, for both industrial and mobile users.
 
How significant has been the role played by Eaton in various sectors such as oil & gas, transport, construction, etc?
Eaton has been a pioneer in designing and developing products specific to meet the challenges of the Industry. Eaton’s Hydraulics system control technology has helped set new standards for performance and reliability.  Eaton components have logged millions of hours operating in demanding construction environments. Our engineers fully understand temperature, dust and water demands construction machines must deal with on a daily basis.
 
Eaton offers the most robust line of customized hydraulic solutions for both land and sea-based oil and gas exploration, production and refinement platforms, starting with our specialized rod coatings on large cylinders, heavy duty pumps, high pressure hoses for subsea production and no leak tube fittings.
 
Our solutions for the various sectors are:
·         Oil & Gas: Special sub-sea tube bundles/hoses and fittings for offshore drilling (challenging environment & high performance demand), thermoplastic hoses for CNG applications.
·         Transport: Power saving/fuel efficient hybrid transmissions, hydrostatic transmission, fan drive systems.
·         Construction: Eaton has pioneered off-highway steering systems & special valves for mobile application.
·         Stationary: Vickers brand of Eaton were the pioneers to introduce products like Vane pumps, solenoid valves, proportional valves, control valves for stationary market. Such has been the contribution of Eaton that today oil companies also measure the quality of the hydraulic mineral oils by a test called “Vickers Test” using a Vickers Vane pump.
 
What specific requirements of the gricultural sector have been met?
Long recognized as a global leader, Eaton has a wide range of reliable world-class products to serve virtually any mobile vehicle. In the agricultural sector Eaton is the only company in India offering complete system solution for tractors.   Our Pune plant caters to the requirements of most of the products for the Indian market. The diagram below represents the products that go into tractors.
Apart from tractors, Eaton is also system solution provider for both Wheel and Track Combine Harvester and has been the pioneers in introducing the Hydrostatic Technology in this application in India.
 
Can we have a brief list of hydraulic systems (products)?
Eaton designs and manufactures hydraulics solution for large on-road and off-road mobile OEMs in the agriculture, construction, mining, marine and lawn and garden markets. Eaton is also a major force in providing hydraulic components and systems to leading industrial OEMs. It manufactures an array of products as mentioned below:
Pumps: Gear Pumps, Vane Pumps and Piston Pumps.
Motors: Gear Motors, Vane Motors and Piston Motors.
Hydrostatic: Low Pressure (140 bar) HST, Medium Pressure (210 bar) HST and High Pressure (400 bar) HST.
Directional Control Valves: Mobile Manual Valves, Solenoid Valves, Proportional Valves.
Control Valves: Pressure Control, Flow Control, Screw-in Cartridge Valves, Slip-in Cartridge Valves
Cylinders: Stationary applications (machine tools, presses), Mobile Steering Cylinders,
Position Control Feedback Cylinders, Special Heavy Duty Cylinders for DAM Gates, Stacker Reclaimer and Mil Duty Application Cylinders.
Fluid Conveyance: Hoses and Fittings for all applications.
Filters & Accessories: Filters, Accumulators, Pressure Switches, etc for various applications.
Complete Power Units: Power units designed, manufactured, assembled & tested by us for numerous applications including steel mills, wind mills, dam gates, thermal power/material handling applications.
 
Why do you feel clients should choose Eaton’s hydraulic solutions?
Eaton wants to be the most admired company in its markets and we strive hard to better ourselves to provide the best of solutions to our customers. Eaton produces not only some of the world’s best hydraulic products, but also the best and most complete world-class hydraulic services, systems and solutions. Customers thus get the value for their money and can be assured of complete system solution for their application. Eaton also has an Engineering Center located in India which is involved in the design and development of cutting-edge hydraulic products. This gives Eaton the strength and capability to develop machine-specific adopted products. One of our recent successes has been to design a Hitch Valve which meets the Indian application conditions. The complete development of Hitch Valve was done by Eaton India team. It is a proportional flow control valve specifically designed for tractor application. This product is designed for domestic as well as export market. It has many advanced features and integration of various valve functions like unloader, relief valve, check valve, rate of drop valve (transport lock), discharge & pre-selector. In addition, it is very easy for maintenance

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