[CES] Eaton announces new structured wiring design


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CLEVELAND… Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) recently announced an update to its Cutler-Hammer Structured Wiring Solutions. The product offers a home voice, data, video, computer and entertainment networking system for residential applications. The enhancements of the product line will feature an updated design for both enclosures and distribution modules.

To the consumer, structured wiring means one access point for all data and entertainment needs – phone, cable, music and Internet access. Structured Wiring provides the infrastructure enabling the connected home lifestyle. According to Park Associates, a leading market research and consulting firm, sixty-five percent of all new homes built in 2005 will have structured wiring installed, and currently there is a structured wiring system installed in over 10 million homes nationwide.

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"Structured wiring is increasing in demand as more and more families want the convenience and function of wired homes," said Chris Pickering, Product Manager, Advanced Residential Products for Eaton's electrical business. "Eaton's new structured wiring design is better suited for both the residential and light commercial markets."

To better serve contractors, Eaton has changed the structured wiring enclosures to include larger standard conduit knockouts on the endwalls, redesigned venting holes on the cover, the addition of a three position grounding lug on the inside of the enclosure and moved to a thicker gauge steel on both the new covers and enclosures. The current 6" enclosures will also be replaced with a new 12" enclosure, which provides more wiring room for contractors and extra space for future upgrades. These changes will allow Eaton to penetrate markets where codes require that low-voltage cabling be carried in conduit.

Telephone and video modules are being upgraded to better handle the new technologies being offered by local phone and cable companies. New modules include 2GHz passive video distribution, 1GHz amplified video with reverse path amplification and surge suppression, a 4 by 8 phone distribution module with line breakout, and a new combination wired/wireless router module. In addition, the audio is being expanded with new speakers, volume controls and a CAT5 A-BUS product.

Eaton recently launched an innovative, multi-room audio solution, based on the A-BUS protocol. The easy-to-install A-BUS system is intuitively simple to operate so that all family members can immediately enjoy their favorite music in any room of the house. The system requires no programming, and operates on a single Category 5 wire, making for faster and easier installation, requiring less time and money for the consumer, the installer, and the builder. The A-BUS system requires only a single Category 5 wire to carry signal, data, IR, status, and power. This approach places the amplifiers closer to the speakers (enabling superior sound quality), allows more consumer-friendly operation, and plugs into existing Eaton structured wiring architecture. The system can handle up to four A-BUS ready inputs and two four-zone outputs for multiple audio options in the home. Eaton's A-BUS system is simple to install, easy to operate, and expandable.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2004 sales of $9.8 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 59,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit http://www.eaton.com.