KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently announced the approval of its new UltraShift® PLUS automated transmissions as a data book option for Volvo Truck North America’s VN series heavy-duty linehaul vehicles with Cummins diesel engines. With this decision, Volvo joins other leading truck manufacturers Freightliner, International, Peterbilt and Kenworth in offering Eaton’s latest generation of automated transmissions to customers.
“A growing number of linehaul, vocational and over-the-road fleets are interested in the efficiency, performance and cost advantages of UltraShift PLUS,” said Shane Groner, North America product planning manager for Eaton’s Commercial Vehicle Transmission Division. “Together with Volvo and other heavy truck original equipment manufacturers, we’re pleased to offer solutions that meet the industry’s most pressing needs related to driver recruitment and retention, safety and profitability.”
Volvo’s data book has included Eaton’s earlier automated transmission offerings – the AutoShift® and UltraShift – as well as Eaton’s Fuller® manual transmissions. This latest addition is specific to Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS Linehaul Active Shifting (LAS), Multipurpose High Performance (MHP) and Multipurpose Extreme Performance (MXP) models. Each model family is configured to meet the safety, performance, reliability, profitability and driver comfort needs unique to linehaul applications. Volvo currently offers the LAS, MHP and MXP up to 1,850 lbs./ft. of torque capacity.
Other platforms within the UltraShift PLUS family are exclusively tailored for the demands of off-highway, vocational applications and include the Vocational Construction Series (VCS), Vocational Multipurpose Series (VMS) and Vocational Extreme Performance (VXP) models.
All of Eaton’s UltraShift PLUS transmissions, available in overdrive and direct-drive models, feature use of a new self-adjusting electronic clutch actuator 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. Unlimited gross combination weight is available with 18-speed platforms. Other benefits include:
• a Hill Start Aid feature to prevent rolling while on steep grades and allow for a controlled launch;
• automatic, manual and low mode selections offer control options to the driver;
• a creep feature for significantly improved maneuverability with continuous low-speed control;
• six- and eight-bolt, as well as thru-shaft power take off (PTO) available; and
• an oil level sight glass to easily check fluid levels.
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Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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