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Eaton launches the Fuller Advantage Series of 10-speed heavy-duty transmissions for fuel economy improvements, cost savings
3 March 2013
Eaton has launched the Fuller Advantage Series of heavy-duty transmissions that feature reduced weight and increased efficiency resulting in fuel economy improvements, an improved shift feel, as well as features contributing to lower preventative maintenance costs. This new line of 10-speed transmissions is scheduled for commercial production this September.
|Fuller Advantage Manual Transmission. Click to enlarge.|
Fuller Advantage Series transmissions will be available in both manual and automated designs, with the automated versions scheduled for production in the first quarter of 2014.
A new precision lube system represents one of the most important upgrades in the new transmissions. The system reduces the oil churn energy losses found in traditional transmissions by nearly 33%. With less heat being generated, the Fuller Advantage Series transmissions do not require a cooler and corresponding lines and fittings. The result is less preventative maintenance is required while engine fans cycle less, further reducing horsepower demand.
Significant weight savings—up to 75 lbs (34 kg) with no sacrifice to strength—has also been achieved with the new Fuller Advantage Series transmissions. Aluminum has replaced cast iron for the shift bar housing, auxiliary section cover and range cylinder. Exact weight savings are dependent on the make of truck purchased as vendor-supplied cooler weight reductions vary by manufacturer.
The new transmissions also help promote better overall vehicle fuel economy performance due to the efficiency improvements and weight savings. Initial fleet and third party test results show up to 1.9% fuel economy improvement versus comparable transmissions.
Additional technical aspects of the Fuller Advantage Series include:
Gross Commercial Weight (GCW) ratings up to 80,000 lbs. without an oil cooler and expansion to 110,000 lbs. post product introduction.
Torque capacities from 950 (1288 N·m) to 1,850 lb-ft (2508N·m).
Standard eight- and six-bolt Power Take-Off (PTO) openings.
Optional through-shaft PTO.
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.
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