January 28, 2008
Eaton and Curtiss-Wright Working Together to Develop Stress Wave Analysis Technology for Rotorcraft Applications
IRVINE, California ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s Aerospace Operations and Curtiss-Wright Corporation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop Curtiss-Wright’s Stress Wave Analysis (SWAN) technology for a new application in rotorcraft drive system conditioning monitoring.
Eaton is a leader in rotorcraft drive system condition monitoring. Over a period of 50 years, Eaton’s patented oil debris sensors and related products have been in operation on virtually every rotorcraft platform around the world. By combining Eaton’s oil debris sensing technology with SWAN, drive train faults can be trended and detected with higher accuracy and virtually eliminate false alarms.
Under the terms of the MOU, Curtiss-Wright is providing the SWAN technology exclusively to Eaton through its acquired Swantech business which operates within the Flow Control segment of the company. Eaton will be able to sell SWAN into the rotorcraft markets globally. Eaton will also deploy SWAN technology under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and military flight standards and co-market the new product with the SWAN and Eaton brands. The initial agreement will be in force for a three-year period with an option to renew.
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow control; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 64,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 140 countries.