Eaton Offers a Full Range of Networked Motor Starter Solutions

March 3, 2011
Eaton Starters Support Networking as Standard

With the introduction of the new SmartWire-DT interface module for its innovative range of PKE electronic motor protection circuit breakers, Eaton’s Electrical Sector is now offering a full range of networked motor starter solutions for control panels, which use only standard components from the renowned xStart family.

Compared with other networked starter solutions currently available which typically rely on special versions of contactors and protection devices, the Eaton approach brings benefits. These include thecompetitive pricing and the elimination of the need for system builders and end users to stock different ranges of devices for traditionally wired and networked panels.

Eaton's SmartWire-DT system is designed to make the benefits of the fieldbus available inside the control panel. It eliminates all conventional control wiring in the panel, with connections instead made by convenient plug-in daisy-chain cables. Not only does this reduce the time needed to wire the panel, it also makes incorporating future modifications quick and easy.

The new interface modules for PKE motor protection circuit breakers give users of SmartWire-DT access to versatile electronic motor protection. Other benefits of PKE motor protection circuit breakers include reduced heat dissipation and energy losses compared with devices that use conventional bimetal protection elements, high accuracy and stability, and the ability to transfer data, including real-time current flow information, to a PLC or similar external device.