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Eaton Launches New Transmissions

Posted on February 28, 2013

Eaton has launched a new range of manual and automated transmissions for heavy-duty trucks. The new Fuller Advantage Series transmissions are 10-speed units engineered to provide better fuel economy, improved shift feel and reduced maintenance costs, all with weight savings of as much as 75 lb. over previous transmissions.

Designed to be compatible with all major engine manufacturers’ products, the manual versions will be launched in August, with the automated transmissions scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2014. They will be built at the company’s facilities in Kings Mountain, N.C.

One of the most significant enhancements is a precision lubrication system that Eaton said reduces oil churn energy losses by nearly 33% and specifically directs lubricant where it is needed. The result is less heat generated, which in combination with greater use of aluminum components that help act as a heat sink, the transmissions do not require a cooler for applications up to 80,000 lb., the company said.

Fuller Advantage Series transmission customers also will see maintenance cost reductions. Contributing here is a new oil level sight glass that allows for routine oil checks to be performed at a fraction of the time previously required. In addition, the precision lube system uses 16 pints of oil, nearly half the amount used in similar transmissions, Eaton said.

The transmissions offer torque capacities from 950 to 1850 lb.ft. and initial production will include 17 new manual specifications with ratios ranging from 15.42 to 17.53. All of the new Fuller Advantage Series transmissions come with a standard five-year/750,000-mile warranty for linehaul applications.