Eaton Hydraulics invests in a new training facility 18 July 2018
Power management company Eaton has recently completed a major investment into its UK training centre in Havant UK.
Eaton has been offering hydraulics education for over 60 years globally. However, fluid power is evolving as it embraces the challenges and the opportunities that the increasing complexities of electronic controls and Industry 4.0 brings.
Whilst Eaton is engineering products and solutions in this new arena, it also recognises the importance of ensuring hydraulic professionals whether in sales, engineering, maintenance, quality and other functions have the correct knowledge to be able to reap the rewards that new smart hydraulic technologies can bring.
The facility offers hands on training for systems and products and the new facility represents Eaton’s commitment to industry education.
“Here at Eaton Hydraulics we are dedicated to ensuring that both our staff and partners are ‘fully rounded’ when it comes to knowledge in the field of hydraulics” states Graham Sanders, training manager for Power and Motion products and Eaton EMEA.
“Keeping pace in a rapidly evolving market can be difficult and we feel that it’s important that companies such as Eaton, who are seen as leaders in smart hydraulics, offer as much support as possible.
“New technologies within hydraulics can bring many application benefits, such as increased efficiencies leading to reduced power consumption, increased productivity and reduced downtime. In my mind there can be no doubt that properly trained personnel can add real value to their employer’s organisations.”
The new training facility is based at Eaton’s plant in Havant, the key power and motion factory for Eaton. This close proximity to manufacturing brings several benefits, such as a close link between the Training Centre and the design and manufacturing teams.
Catering for up three courses at a time, training programmes are based on decades of experience garnered in the field and Eaton instructors are all fluid power specialists.
The facility also serves different knowledge levels and training needs. It offers a real focus on advanced electro-hydraulic solutions and products including those manufactured locally at the Eaton Havant plant.
The centre aims to take the traditional and ‘plug’ the knowledge gaps that exist as industry evolves into new intelligent hydraulics, with fully equipped art labs.
What’s more, Eaton’s range of valves is evolving to offer industry 4.0 plug-in connectivity and capabilities and the training centre gives instruction on how to calibrate the software to ensure the new ranges of intelligent smart valves are optimised fully when deployed in applications.
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