Power distribution units feature new customization capabilities

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Power management company Eaton has announced new customization capabilities for its ePDU® third-generation (G3) platform in the Americas. Building on its best-in-class portfolio of rack power distribution units (PDUs), Eaton’s customizable ePDU G3 models are designed for fast turnaround of outlet and cord plug configurations, providing the flexibility for data centers and colocation facilities to quickly address their specific power distribution needs.

The customized ePDU G3 models are manufactured at Eaton’s facility in Youngsville, North Carolina. With an advanced blueprint to facilitate easy and efficient customization, the platform is engineered to condense the order-to-installation timeline and increase agility for customers.

“Many data center managers are constantly expanding and transitioning to new equipment, which requires implementing power distribution solutions with the flexibility and speed to meet diverse requirements,” said Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager, Eaton’s Distributed Power Quality Division. “Combined with Eaton’s engineering innovation and fast turnaround, the latest custom-built ePDU G3 portfolio provides flexibility and drives business value for customers.”

Eaton has invested in three-axis routing and laser etching equipment to streamline the manufacturing of ePDU G3 custom-built models. The technology further increases customization speed and efficiency, enabling quick initiation of design to fabrication processes. Eaton’s manufacturing platform also includes new automated test equipment that provides 100 percent functional testing to all ePDU G3 models, which is designed to eliminate human error and ensure quality and reliability.

Highlighted by enhanced technological features, the ePDU G3 is built with an aluminum chassis that is strong and lightweight. Network connected ePDU G3 models can daisy chain with other PDUs, so that four devices can share one network port and IP address, reducing network connection costs by 75 percent. Additionally, the ePDU G3 features a new patent-pending IEC outlet grip designed to eliminate the common and often costly problem of plugs falling out of IEC outlets due to bumps or vibrations. This can protect data center and information technology (IT) managers from incurring additional expenses related to purchasing special power cords or cable trays, which can increase PDU costs up to 50 percent.

Eaton ePDU G3 models EMI319-10 and EMI320-10 offer customization capabilities for 400-volt power distribution, ideal for optimizing energy efficiency in three-phase data centers and colocation facilities. Engineered for smaller data center deployments and medium-to-high-density IT equipment in computer rooms, Eaton ePDU G3 model EMI200-10 offers 120- and 208-volt distribution from the new Eaton 9PX SP split-phase uninterruptible power system (UPS).

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