US Army Chooses Eaton to Improve Power Reliability

Power management company Eaton has been hired to improve power reliability and system safety at the White Sands Missile Range.
Published: Tue 03 Mar 2015

The US Army has chosen power management company, Eaton, to modernize its electrical infrastructure at the Temperature Test Facility at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).

Located two miles from the main post area of WSMR, the temperature test facility is approved for the testing of hazardous test items weighing up to 30,000lb (13607kg) and is claimed to be the largest explosive licensed temperature test facility within the US Department of Defense.

It includes a large chamber for environmental tests of complete weapon systems, a small chamber for high/low temperature and freezing rain testing, as well as a salt fog/humidity chamber.

Power reliability and system safety critical for research

Under the contract, Eaton will provide turnkey engineering services and power distribution equipment to improve power reliability and system safety at the specially designed laboratory in White Sands, New Mexico. The contract also requires the company to provide a range of electrical solutions, including motor control centres, metering equipment, voltage regulators, transformers and fault interrupter switchgear and electrical switches.

The project will help the facility continue to support the development of military technology though the simulation of environments ranging from severe heat to subfreezing temperatures.

“A reliable electrical system and consistent power supply are vital to support the accuracy of critical testing at scientific research and development facilities such as the White Sands Missile Range,” said John Stampfel, vice president and general manager, Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division, Eaton. “With a proven record of successful electrical modernization projects, Eaton is well positioned to help the US Army re-establish functionality to its unique testing facility, enhancing research validity and mission readiness.”

US government awards Eaton with electricity upgrade contracts

This is not the first time that Eaton has been contracted by the US Army to improve electrical systems. Eaton has recently been chosen by the US Army to help improve electrical safety at a major hospital and multiple medical clinics in Georgia. Under the contracts, Eaton will provide electrical safety studies at the Winn Army Community Hospital and 18 clinic buildings located at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

Eaton Corporation has received hundreds of millions of dollars in US government contracts which span from electrical power and grid equipment and hydraulics to truck components. These include s US$35 million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers, a US$10 million contract from the Department of Veteran Affairs and a US$3.2 million lighting contract from the Pentagon.