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Eaton Initiatives Focus on Affordability as F-35 Transitions to Full-Rate Production

Date: 6/19/2017

PARIS AIR SHOW, June 2017 — Eaton has been a major systems and technology provider for the F-35 Lightning II since the beginning of the aircraft development program. Eaton's industry-leading expertise in hydraulic system design, development and integration supports the F-35's superior performance capabilities and mission readiness.

Eaton is a key systems supplier for all three variants of the F-35 jet. Contributions include the aircraft's hydraulic power generation system, hydraulic utility actuation sub-system, wing fluid delivery system, STOVL lift fan propulsion unit lubrication system, and nose wheel steering control.

Eaton content on the F-35 optimizes reliability and availability and includes hydraulic pumps, motor pumps, hydraulic and electric actuators, hoses, quick disconnects, swivels, valves, tubing, and sensing and sealing components. Eaton also provides maintenance and repair services to keep F-35 fleets operational worldwide.

As the F-35 transitions to full-rate production, Eaton is working with Lockheed Martin on initiatives to meet significant ramp-up demands with a focus on affordability, quality and customer satisfaction. 

Eaton applies a suite of rigorous quality- and cost-control programs to all phases of its manufacturing operations, including a Zero Defect Plan designed to lower F-35 costs by making parts more readily available, mitigating unnecessary rework and consistently achieving on-time deliveries. The Zero Defect Plan uses quality lead indicators to improve F-35 products by eliminating quality escapes, in addition to quality accelerators that help teams quickly identify, contain and prevent escapes. 

Currently, Eaton is performing internal rate readiness reviews of F-35 production execution plans to ensure schedule stability and eliminate potential sources of manufacturing risk. 

In addition to teaming with customers on strategies to make aircraft more affordable, Eaton is mastering 3D printing and other innovative additive manufacturing technologies to build complex, high-performance components. Eaton’s cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies provide real-world solutions for customers by accelerating speed to market, lowering cost and improving system performance. 

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In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls; 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 is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit


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