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EATON VEHICLE GROUP AUTOMATED TRANSMISSIONS Eaton has added six models to its lineup of UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions to complement the fuel-friendly features of the newer low torque diesel engines. The three new UltraShift PLUS Vocational Construction Series (VCS) and three new Vocational Multipurpose Series (VMS) transmissions are available in 10- and 11-speed configurations with torque ratings on 1050 ft.-lb., 1150 ft.-lb., and 1250 ft.-lb.
Eaton"By lowering the torque ratings in these transmissions, we now have an ideal platform of models for customers who do not require the higher torque engines and are looking for the most efficient transmission technology available," says Eaton Commercial Vehicle Transmission Division's Shane Groner, product planning manager. The new models are in production and suited to mixer, dump and other vocational fleets. They bear the numbers FO-10E308LL-VCS, FO-11E308LL-VCS and FO-12E308LL-VCS and FO-10E309ALL-VMS, FO-11E309All-VMS, and FO-12E309ALL-VMS.
Most of Eaton's UltraShift PLUS transmissions are available in overdrive and direct-drive models, and feature self-adjusting electronic clutch actuation for fast, smooth engagements. Intelligent shift selection software employs grade sensing, weight computation and driver throttle commands to make shift decisions for efficient, safe and profitable vehicle performance.
The transmission series also includes a Hill Start Aid feature to prevent rolling while on steep grades and allowing for smoother vehicle launches; automatic manual and low mode selections that offer drivers better control; creep function for significantly improved maneuverability with continuous low-speed control; six- and eight-bolt, as well as thru-shaft, power take off options; and, oil sight glass to easily check fluid levels.
The Vocational Series of UltraShift PLUS transmissions also have broad ratio coverage and the highest torque capacity in the trucking industry—up to 2,250 lb.-ft.—and allow for smooth and controlled vehicle starts under load. Each has been designed for on- and off-highway performance, and manufactured with important driveline protection features such as stall prevention, engine over-speed protection, clutch abuse protection, and auto gear selection. The transmissions are supported by the Eaton-aligned Roadranger network, with 200-plus drivetrain professionals providing specification assistance, training, service, parts and warranty expertise throughout North America. — 800/826-4357;