Eaton Selected by Rolls-Royce to Continue Providing Engine Build-Up Sub-Systems for New Trent XWB-97 Engine Program

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IRVINE, Calif. ... Power management company Eaton announced that Rolls-Royce Corporation recently selected Eaton to continue providing its proven engine build-up solution for the Trent XWB-97 engine program. The 97,000 pound-thrust engine, which will power the new Airbus A350-1000 platform, will make the XWB-97 the most powerful production turbofan ever developed by Rolls-Royce.

“We are excited to continue our involvement on the Trent XWB engine program by providing a reliable, lightweight and technically advanced engine build-up solution for the XWB-97," said Uday Yadav, president of Eaton's Aerospace Group. “Our successful performance on the initial engine contract award helped Rolls-Royce achieve significant program results and paved the way for our continued relationship on the XWB-97."

Eaton's selection helps minimize program risks by optimizing commonality between the 84,000 pound-thrust and 97,000 pound-thrust engine variants. Eaton’s industry-leading capability in engine build-up design and manufacturing also will continue providing Rolls-Royce with a single, integrated supply source.

In 2009, Rolls-Royce selected Eaton as a strategic partner for the Trent XWB engine program. Eaton designed, developed and integrated systems for the EBU portfolio, which encompassed a variety of components customized for the XWB.  By providing complete EBU sub-systems coupled with onsite engineering support, Eaton optimized the significant number of engine interfaces and replaced complex tubing and ducting with more modular products specifically designed for easier, faster installation and removal.

As in the original XWB engine program, Eaton will be responsible for the design, development, manufacture and certification of the XWB-97 low-pressure fuel system, starter air system, thermal anti-icing system, engine bleed air system along with sense and muscle lines, variable frequency generator system, power door opening system, fire-extinguisher system and pylon drains.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of products and technologies for hydraulic systems, fuel and inerting systems, motion control and engine solutions. Eaton's portfolio includes hydraulic engine-driven and electro-hydraulic pumps, control and storage equipment, distribution components and motors; engine and airframe fuel pumps, fuel-control valves, aerial- and ground-fueling equipment, lightning protection devices, and fuel-gauging and fuel-inerting systems; electrical generators, secondary flight-control actuators, door and utility actuators, and nose wheel steering and actuation-control systems; air-distribution products, pressure sensors, static and dynamic seals, and fluid-health monitoring products and systems; and aftermarket service and support. Eaton serves commercial and military aerospace, marine, and defense markets worldwide.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 101,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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