Eaton upgrades electronic multiplex switch module

Updated Mar 23, 2011

Eaton Corp.’s upgraded high-performance electronic multiplex switch module is designed to provide increased flexibility and sealing ratings for buses, recreational, emergency, street sweepers, mobile hydraulics and other specialty vehicles by providing users with a comprehensive and simple dash-panel switch solution. Eaton’s multiplexing technology is designed to allow users to reduce the complexity and cost of harness wires with a digital semiconductor to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle; reduced wiring also translates into more space in the cab, lower system costs and less installation time.

“Eaton is developing state-of-the-art vehicle control solutions that incorporate the latest technology to meet customers’ requirements in a broad range of industries,” says Robert Kitten, product manager at Eaton. “The robust electronic multiplex switch system enables the operator to view, select and input equipment and trip data using convenient dash-panel switch modules in a master-expansion configuration.”

Eaton’s electronic multiplex switch system uses a master module and up to seven expansion modules; LIN SubBus is used by the master module to connect with the expansion modules. Its modules are designed to give customers the flexibility to reprogram in the field and operate on 12V or 24V battery power-line, so that only a direct-current (DC) power-line is needed for installation. Additionally, the system requires only one cut out, instead of three, which helps maximize panel space.

Providing customers with the flexibility to use a broad spectrum of graphics and various color frames and rockers, Eaton’s electronic multiplex switch system features LED backlit graphics. With top, center and bottom LED lighting, the electronic multiplex switch module can incorporate customizable graphics or laser etching. The system’s software offers circuit and lighting flexibility with J1939 CANbus controllable dimming, mode, scaling and flashing options. The module is designed to protect against dust and moisture for various applications inside the cab. Actuator styles include above and below panel rockers and are available with IP53- and IP42-rated enclosures, respectively.