Eaton to Build In­no­va­tion Cen­tre in Pune

Dublin-head­quar­tered power man­age­ment co may hire more en­gi­neers to cre­ate new prod­ucts here

The Economic Times - - Companies - Jochelle.Men­donca@ times­

Mum­bai: Dublin-head­quar­tered power man­age­ment com­pany Eaton Cor­po­ra­tion has said it is build­ing an in­no­va­tion cen­tre in Pune and ex­pects to hire more en­gi­neers to cre­ate new prod­ucts.

Founded in 1911 in the United States, Eaton builds prod­ucts that make hy­draulic sys­tems, me­chan­i­cal en­gines and elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion safer and more ef­fi­cient. The Eaton In­dia In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (EIIC) will hold up to 2,000 en­gi­neers who will work on build­ing tech­nol­ogy for In­dia as well as the rest of the world, Eaton’s chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer Ram Ra­makr­ish­nan told ET.

“The EIIC will be an in­te­gral part of Eaton’s global en­gi­neer­ing foot­print. The es­tab­lish­ment of this cen­tre is in line with Eaton’s com­mit­ment to achiev­ing global tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship through its fo­cus on in­no­va­tion,” Ra­makr­ish­nan said. En­gi­neers will work out of an in­cu­ba­tion cen­tre un­til the full fa­cil­ity spread over nearly 390,000 square feet is built by 2017. Eaton has about 90,000 em­ploy­ees glob­ally of whom 10,000 are en­gi­neers. About 1,300 en­gi­neers are cur­rently based in In­dia. Ra­makr­ish­nan, who trained as a black­smith, said the com­pany is bet­ting on rel­a­tively new tech­nolo­gies such as the 3Dprint­ing of met­als and creat­ing prod­ucts to covert waste heat back into us­able en­ergy be­sides im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency of power con­ver­sion from al­ter­nat­ing cur­rent to di­rect cur­rent.

“We are very ex­cited about these tech­nolo­gies. We can now 3D-print met­als with very spe­cific char­ac­ter­is­tics. About onethird of an en­gine’s en­ergy is wasted in the form of heat. So, we are work­ing on a sys­tem to cap­ture that heat and turn it into elec­tric­ity,” Ra­makr­ish­nan said.

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