Eaton announced Tuesday at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2016 in Las Vegas that it has revised the company’s line of synthetic lubricants with new specifications, new labeling and a new name.
All of the initiatives have been made to help customers identify and use the proper lubricant to ensure the best possible performance of Eaton medium- and heavy-duty transmissions and other commercial vehicle components.
“Lubrication plays a vital role in keeping trucks on the road,” says Donna Mosher, engineering technical specialist at Eaton. “So we’ve raised the bar to meet and exceed customer demands for fuel efficiency, extended drain intervals and improved performance.”
Mosher says Two new specifications have been introduced – one for newer model Eaton heavy-duty manual and automated transmissions, and one for Eaton medium-duty Procision transmissions. Mosher says the entire lubricant portfolio also has been rebranded and package labels have been redesigned to prominently feature Eaton to help ensure the current generation of products and specifications are easily identifiable.
Replacing the decade-old PS-164rev7 spec is the new Eaton PS-386 specification that is backward compatible and mandatory for Eaton Fuller Advantage Series (FAS) Series transmissions, high torque models, all automated units, and for extended protection plans. Eaton says initial tests have demonstrated fuel economy improvements of 1.5 percent on non-Fuller Advantage Series transmissions. The new Eaton PS-278 spec has been specially formulated for the wet dual-clutch design of Procision transmissions and should not be used in other Eaton transmissions, the company says.
To alleviate what Mosher describes as widespread confusion surrounding the use of approved fluids is a new colorful labeling system that features gold/yellow logos identifying all PS-386 lubricants, and light green logos identifying PS-278 containers. Eaton also is making available light green dip stick tags for Procision transmissions.
“There often is confusion about what the right lubricant is for a particular transmission,” she says. “We’ve made it simple, by either purchasing Eaton-branded lubricants or looking for the new ‘Eaton-Approved Lubricant’ logo on the package. Taking one of these steps will reduce the risk of having the improper lubricant for your transmission.”
The Eaton-branded lubricant product portfolio now includes two axle fluids (FE 75W-90 and 80W-140), multi-purpose grease, and the two transmission fluids.