Adjustable frequency drives save energy, lower risk, add reliability

Eaton helps commercial, industrial, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers achieve new levels of energy efficiency, safety, and reliability with the new Eaton PowerXL Series adjustable frequency drives, reducing energy costs.


Eaton helps commercial, industrial, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers achieve new levels of energy efficiency, safety, and reliability with the new Eaton PowerXL Series adjustable frequency drives, reducing energy costs. Courtesy: EatonPower management company Eaton announces the launch of the PowerXL Series DG1 adjustable frequency drive. Designed for global commercial, industrial, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers, the Eaton engineered drive is designed to help dramatically reduce energy consumption compared to traditional control methods, improve safety, and support reliable operations.

"Global megatrends indicate there will be a substantial increase in the demand for improved efficiency, and adjustable speed motor control provides reductions in energy consumption," said Rob Fenton, product line manager, Eaton. "Eaton is delivering new energy efficient technologies like the PowerXL Series DG1 drive to not only reduce energy usage, but also achieve better motor performance and system reliability-helping customers power their businesses more efficiently, effectively, and safely," Fenton said.

The PowerXL DG1 is a general-purpose drive that incorporates an energy control algorithm, extensive onboard industrial communication protocols, and built-in harmonic reduction to help customers reduce the cost of using a variable frequency drive. 

Third in the series

The DG1 is the third model available in the PowerXL series of adjustable frequency drives. Earlier this year, Eaton released the compact PowerXL Series DC1 drive, which simplifies programming for machinery OEM customers. The PowerXL Series DA1 drives, also released in 2014, provide advanced control functions for the most demanding drive applications.

Applications that already incorporate adjustable frequency drives may realize additional energy and emissions savings of up to 10% by switching to the PowerXL DG1 drive. With Eaton's Active Energy Control algorithm, the new drives are programmed to dynamically adjust energy consumption and minimize motor energy loss. The modular design, using the latest generation of semiconductor technology, is designed to provide greater reliability and reduce maintenance time and costs.

Enhanced graphical displays and communication capabilities are embedded in the PowerXL DG1 drive, providing customers with detailed system data to simplify installation, commissioning, and maintenance.

The PowerXL DG1 drives are engineered for safety, including standard Safe Torque Off (STO) functionality. The drives are also Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant and meet standards from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Underwriters Laboratories (cUL), Conformité Européenne (CE), and Australia and New Zealand's C-Tick.


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Eaton's electrical business offers global 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 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power more efficiently, safely, and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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