Unique innovation centre

Eaton is a power management company made up of over 96,000 employees, doing business in more than 175 countries with many sites and manufacturing plants in Europe. In 2009 Eaton decided to extend its R&D capability by building a new innovation center in Europe. It was decided to locate this center in the Czech Republic to make it possible for Eaton to be close to its customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Roztoky Eaton European Innovation Center was established in 2012 and is one of five global innovation centers around the world. It is a young, very lively facility, focused primarily on innovation in the area of electrical, automotive, hydraulic, software and aerospace applications. The goal is to develop and implement new solutions in the field of industrial automation, vehicle propulsion systems, power distribution, hydraulics and uninterruptible IT power supplies. They also focus increasingly on the electrification of mechanically and hydraulically operated systems.

Borderline sci-fi projects

Each of their five labs focuses on different things. In the automotive lab, they test the functionality and lifetime of combustion engines in order to try and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. In the residential lab, they focus on the automation of households. For example, they develop complex, wireless, remote-controlled control systems: in real life this means that you can regulate temperature, lights and many other things in your home via a mobile app. The advantage of innovation center is the fact that they work on everything from software development to hardware production. In hydraulic lab, they test hydraulic components such as pumps, motors and valves. The team in electro lab is currently working on a project in which they develop machines that communicate with other machines via Internet. This system is frequently used in automobiles. In IT power lab they test software that monitors back-up sources used in case of a power outage. They also monitor how much power servers and back-up sources use. This is especially useful for data centers so they have an overview of how to efficiently and economically handle energy.

Corporate culture like no other

You can feel that Eaton is a global company in the innovation center. Team comprises of approximately 120 people and is very diverse, with over 20 nationalities and a great balance of youth, experience, gender and backgrounds. They communicate mostly in English; however, employees can choose different languages courses to continue their learning. Eaton offers a number of other employee benefits in areas such as health &wellness, culture, transport, life insurance, etc. In addition employees can benefit from fully paid meal vouchers, flexible working hours and the possibility of working from home as necessary. A major advantage at the EEIC is that all the teams – that work in different technical areas – share a single building; this kind of diversity brings us incredible technical solutions. Mutual openness, a willingness to get engaged in new projects, and the desire to help each other: these three aspects create a unique and inspiring work environment full of enthusiasm and motivation.

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