EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (July 13, 2012)—Eaton Corp. has received R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award on Eaton's LifeSense hose hydraulic hose condition monitoring system.
Eaton said the system detects failure-related events and provides advance notification so that the assembly can be replaced to prevent unplanned downtime.
The award winners are chosen by an independent panel of experts, the company said.
LifeSense hose is the result of an Eaton initiated, joint research project with Purdue University, to effectively address the issue of hydraulic hose failure and its related costs of unscheduled equipment downtime, environmental spills, equipment damage, and safety, Eaton said. The project sought to identify measurable structural phenomena associated with hose deterioration over time and develop the required technology to monitor them accurately, according to the company.