Power management company Eaton, Galesburg, Mich., announced on Feb. 9, 2022, its Vehicle Group now offers an array of low-voltage electrical components that fulfill growing power and control requirements, including conversion, protection and distribution for commercial vehicles and off-highway applications. The technologies are designed for multiple segments, including commercial vehicles as well as military, construction and agriculture applications.

Eaton’s lightweight, low-voltage technologies are designed to withstand harsh environments. The customizable portfolio can be easily integrated into a vehicle’s existing architecture based on customer demands.

Agriculture equipment manufacturers are increasingly following the lead of the commercial vehicle industry by replacing existing equipment traditionally enabled by hydraulics with electrified components. Electrified components eliminate the risk of fluid spills that can contaminate soil, destroy crops and are costly to remedy.

Eaton’s electrified components make transitioning from hydraulics to electronics easy. For example, if a high-volume seeder that requires 56 volts is joined with a 12-volt architecture, Eaton’s DC-DC power conversion circuit protection box steps up the power from the tractor to 56 volts to operate the seeder, all while eliminating the traditional tangle of hydraulic lines.

Construction equipment manufacturers are also adopting higher-voltage architectures, including 48- and 56-volt systems, to run more advanced, power-consuming equipment. While this fulfills power requirements, there is still a need to run the vehicle and lower-voltage systems, such as lights and communication equipment. Eaton’s DC-DC power conversion and inverter solutions are used to reduce or increase voltage as needed. Eaton’s power protection solutions work alongside the power conversion solutions to assure proper voltage and current levels are present at the vehicle electrical components.

Founded in 1911, Eaton reported revenues of $19.6 billion in 2021 and serves customers in more than 170 countries

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