Eaton has increased the functionality in its lineup of UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions with enhancements that allow for compatibility with 2-speed axles.
Geared primarily to increase the appeal of UltraShift PLUS among vocational customers, especially dump and heavy haul fleets, the new compatibility provides a cost-saving alternative to torque converter automatic transmissions, the company says.
The new features include enhanced gear reduction capabilities to maximize on/off road capabilities. In addition, the option allows for the elimination of gear boxes that are typically installed behind an automatic design. Eaton says the result is lower overall vehicle cost, excellent performance and less driveline complexity that typically brings about reduced servicing and maintenance costs.
“We are always exploring new ways to expand our breadth of transmission products to best serve the commercial trucking industry,” says Ryan Trzybinski, product planning manager for Eaton. “Fleets that prefer to operate with 2-speed axles now have an attractive transmission option to increase their efficiencies and improve performance.”
All makes and models of UltraShift PLUS may now be specified with the 2-speed axle software. Production begins in January 2015. The standard UltraShift PLUS warranties, which are dependent on application, remain the same for the newest application expansion to Eaton’s lineup of automated transmissions, the company says.
All of Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS transmissions also are said to 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.
Eaton says other benefits include:
- 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.
- A Creep feature for significantly improved maneuverability with continuous low-speed control.
- Six- and eight-bolt, as well as thru-shaft, power take off options.
- An oil sight glass to easily check fluid levels.