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Eaton Develops First Clamping Enclosure Design for Hazardous Industrial Environments, a Major Safety Enhancement for Explosion-Proof Enclosures

Date: April 27, 2017


SYRACUSE, NY — Power management company Eaton announced today it has developed the first clamping enclosure technology for hazardous areas to help oil and gas and other industrial customers dramatically enhance safety and improve productivity. Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds® series EBMX enclosure technology is a major product advancement in traditional explosion-proof enclosures . The technology is also the first National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 7 classified enclosure to use clamping technology.


The Eaton clamped enclosures are designed to automatically apply even pressure across the flame path between the cover and body. This design enhances safety by reducing installation errors due to missing or improperly torqued bolts. The EBMX technology is designed for explosion-proof enclosures operating in harsh and hazardous locations. 


“With our new clamped enclosure technology, customers can enhance safety by reducing the risk of installation errors,” said Craig Atwater, senior vice president and general manager, Americas, Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds Division. “Without compromising personnel or equipment protection, the EBMX enclosures also enable customers to open and close enclosures 97 percent faster than traditional bolted solutions, increasing speed for installation, maintenance and troubleshooting. The EBMX enclosure is part of Eaton’s portfolio of electrical solutions for harsh and hazardous environments that help enhance safety and reduce risk by design.”


Eaton will display the new EBMX clamped enclosure technology at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference(OTC) May 1 to 4 at NRG Park in Houston, booth #539. Attendees can learn how Eaton helps lower cost of ownership and enhances safety through innovative electrical and industrial solutions and advanced techniques. 


The EBMX enclosure is designed for motor control devices, including starters, combination-starters, disconnect switches and circuit breakers. Eaton’s enclosure is rated for 65,000 ampere interrupting capacity (KAIC) at 480 volts and meets Underwriters Laboratories® (UL) 1203 standard for explosion-proof and dustproof equipment for use in hazardous locations. The equipment also meets National Electrical Code® (NEC) and Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requirements and is built to withstand extreme temperatures from -50 to 60 degrees Celsius.


To learn more about Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds series enclosure technology, visit www.eaton.com/crouse-hinds.


Eaton offers a range of Crouse-Hinds series cable fittings, enclosures, plugs and receptacles, industrial lighting fixtures, signals and alarms, and electronic components designed for the most demanding environments. These products serve customers in the industrial and manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, solar, infrastructure and other markets.


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 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

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