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Eaton Using 3D Printing Expertise to Provide Face Shields from Cleveland, Ohio, Factory

04/10/2020
Power management company Eaton is using its manufacturing, 3D printing expertise and partner network to fulfill a JobsOhio order for rapid production of 360,000 reusable face shields at its facility in Cleveland, Ohio.

Eaton said it collaborated with multiple hospitals and Cleveland’s Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network to optimize the face shield design for production. Now, Eaton is working with Thogus, a local family-owned custom plastic injection molder, to rapidly produce the critical equipment at scale.

“Ten business days ago, this project was just a concept. Today, we’re moving forward with production and looking to expand further,” said Michael Regelski, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Electrical Sector at Eaton. “By leveraging our advanced manufacturing capabilities and strong network of partners, we’re helping Ohio quickly respond to current inventory challenges and maximize accessibility of critical PPE resources for front line teams combatting COVID-19.”

Eaton noted its additive manufacturing capabilities are instrumental to fast-paced design incorporating customer feedback and ability to easily scale production to meet the immediate needs of communities around the world.

Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. The company which has 97,000 employees provides sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power, more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably.

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