Eaton has published a new white paper that describes how its intelligent wiring and communication technology can simplify wiring inside control cabinets. The power management company’s new white paper, entitled ‘Is Conventional Wiring Outdated?’ outlines several examples of this technology being applied. Moreover, real-world calculations explain how, by eliminating long wiring runs, machine builders can achieve significant wiring time and cost savings.

“Industrial fieldbus systems have replaced conventional field wiring in all modern applications, simply because they offer decisive benefits: they save money and time, they are much easier to design, offer more flexible functionality through individual parameterisation and they also aid the rapid location and diagnosis of faults,” said the whitepaper’s author Heribert Einwag, product manager at Eaton. “With its intelligent wiring and communication technology, Eaton offers the same benefits for more simple devices, traditionally controlled via individual wiring within panels or even outside when they are installed in the periphery.”

The technological solution uses smart modules that attach to standard motor control components. These smart modules connect via a multi-conductor ribbon cable to a gateway module, which connects to a standard fieldbus on the PLC’s CPU. By incorporating power as well as data, virtually all of the control wiring from the PLC’s I/O modules to motor starters and control circuit devices can be eliminated.

With wiring cost reductions of up to 85 percent easily possible, the intelligent wiring and communication technology helps machine builders reduce engineering, design, assembly, and wiring time. It also simplifies control connections, extends diagnostic capabilities to the device level, and increases the reliability, consistency and flexibility of the control scheme. Moreover, because the number of cable ducts and I/O modules can be notably reduced, panel space savings of 40 percent can be achieved.

To download the white paper, please visit: www.eaton.eu/en/iw/mac.

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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 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com .