Eaton and automation have been two words that haven’t been associated for quite a few years. For at least eight years (maybe longer), when I think about Eaton, I think electrical power (switchgear, for example). The old IDT group that pioneered operator interface panels had all but disappeared. Hadn’t heard about a controller for years. An early leader in DeviceNet networking, it all but disappeared from there, too.

Talked with Richard Chung of Eaton yesterday. The company does have a controller line and it sounds like there will be additional investment in it. Along with more in the way of operator interface. He was talking about a new I/O wiring system with a gateway to several fieldbus networks.

Should have more after a booth visit to Pack Expo in a couple of weeks. Always happy to see more activity in automation.

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