Eaton's hydraulics power world's largest rock crusher

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How cool is this little story that came across the wires this morning? Eaton's distributor in New Zealand has outfitted the new TC1885C mobile cone rock crusher (the world's largest used in rock quarries, the release says) with Eaton's hydraulic components. The TC1885C is manufactured by Brightwater Mfg. Ltd., Christchurch, New Zealand.

The 140-ton machine is powered by Eaton heavy-duty Series 1 pumps that power track drive and conveyors, Vickers screw-in cartridge valves for conveyor controls, and Aeroquip hose and fittings for all fluid-conveying arteries. At the heart of the rock crusher is a sophisticated control system equipped with Eaton’s comprehensive F(x) electrohydraulic architecture.

The hydraulic system was designed and supplied by Scarlett Hydraulics Ltd..

The release says that Eaton’s electrohydraulic architecture gives new capabilities to Brightwater rock crushers, which traditionally have been equipped with Eaton pumps, motors, valves, and fluid conveyance products. Eaton EFX 1624 and 1640 controllers sniff diagnostic information from the TC1885C engine’s CAN network, enabling Eaton’s accompanying CONTROL (F)x programming software to monitor and protect the engine and hydraulics, plus ensure operator safety. Adding controllers to its Eaton product lineup has enabled Brightwater to move closer to standardizing on Eaton components and a single-source hydraulics provider.

I'd love to see a video of this thing in action (would be even better to see it in person, but I doubt I'll be visiting New Zealand anytime soon!), so if I can find one, I'll share it later. In the meantime, visit www.eaton.com/hydraulics for more details.

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