Eaton targets vocational fleets with host of transmission enhancements


Eaton (Galesburg, Michigan) announced a new Aggressive Performance calibration for the company’s lineup of UltraShift® PLUS and Fuller Advantage® automated manual transmissions. The new software feature will help vocational fleets in the highly demanding construction site environments often encountered in North America.

“Fleets have been asking us for better performance on grades and quicker acceleration,” said Chris Nielsen, manager, Global Product Strategy, Vocational and Performance Transmissions, Eaton Vehicle Group. “Eaton values customer feedback whenever it comes to improving our products, and we have responded with the new Aggressive Performance calibration that is ideal for fleets that are more performance-minded.”

Eaton has enhanced the performance on grades by incorporating new quicker shift times -- estimated at 200 - 300 milliseconds faster -- which allows the engine to come in at higher RPMs resulting in powerful grade climbs. Better start gear selection and improved offset have also been added to provide a stronger launch for ultimate control in challenging terrain.

Compared to the previous Performance calibration, the new Aggressive Performance calibration significantly improves acceleration - up to 2.9 seconds faster to 25 miles per hour and up to 5.4 seconds faster to 55 miles per hour.

In addition, new shift strategy improvements have resulted in better deceleration rates with raised downshift points and improved skip shifting on level ground.

Eaton has an extensive lineup of rugged automated transmissions for the vocational work truck market with speeds ranging from 10 to 18 and maximum weight capacities from 110,000 to unlimited pounds gross combined weight rating. Available at many OEMs, the UltraShift PLUS and Fuller Advantage automated transmissions offer the broadest range of PTO compatibility and advanced features such as GearLogic™ technology to improve low-speed performance and driver confidence.

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