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Voith Hydro Selects Eaton Cylinders to Help Increase Operating Efficiency of Rock Creek Powerhouse

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that it was selected by Voith Hydro of York, Pa., to provide servomotor cylinders for the Rock Creek Powerhouse located in Plumas County, Calif., and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The Eaton cylinders, used on pressure regulating valves and wicket gates, will help increase operating efficiency of the hydroelectric plant located across the North Fork of the Feather River.

A complete system supplier for the hydroelectric power generation industry, Voith Hydro chose Eaton’s hydraulically activated servomotor cylinders based on their compatibility with new pressure regulating valves. The Eaton cylinders enable the valves to operate in specific pressure and force parameters, as well as with wicket gates powered by new high-pressure hydraulic power units.

By providing comprehensive cylinder design capabilities, Eaton engineers enabled their counterparts at Voith Hydro to concentrate on other aspects of the project, thereby reducing design cycle time, increasing overall efficiency and helping to meet budget goals.

“Eaton did a very good job accommodating all our requirements,” said Voith Hydro’s Glenn Kurowski, Professional Engineering (PE) mechanical engineer. “Eaton engineers were very responsive and worked hard to understand our needs.”

Upgrades at the Rock Creek Powerhouse began in spring 2012 and are scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Eaton’s Hydraulics business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and stationary applications. Mobile and stationary markets include agriculture, alternative energy, construction, forestry, manufacturing, material handling, mining, oil and gas, processing, transportation and utility equipment. Eaton’s Hydraulics Group provides customer-driven solutions under product names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydrokraft®, Hydrowa®, Hydro-Line®, Integrated Hydraulics®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid™, and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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