Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently received one of the company's largest single fleet orders for its lineup of fully automated UltraShift PLUS transmissions. As part of a new truck order for 1,000 Kenworth T680 tractors, TransAm Trucking, Inc., Olathe, Kan., has specified Eaton's UltraShift PLUS Linehaul Active Shifting (LAS) model 10-speed transmissions on all of the power units. The value of the purchase has not been disclosed.
"We have been 100 percent Eaton automation for more than 10 years," said Russ McElliott, president of TransAm Trucking. "The support that we have received from Eaton during that period has kept us coming back. We're looking forward to similar support with this next order of UltraShift PLUS transmissions, which we believe are the best automated transmissions in the market."
The new vehicles and Eaton UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions, with a torque rating of 1,650 ft/lbs, are being delivered monthly over the next three years.
"The TransAm order demonstrates the growing interest and confidence among trucking fleets in North America with our newest generation of automated transmissions," said Ken Davis, president of Eaton's Vehicle Group. "TransAm is a leader in implementing technologies that enhance fuel economy and performance, and we are very excited with their choice of transmission on this significant new truck order."
TransAm is a 25-year-old temperature-controlled carrier that serves all of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains and Southern California, with roughly 1,400 tractors and 2,400 trailers. The company uses some 1,400 company and independent drivers and a support staff of 310 professionals.
The Eaton Linehaul Series of UltraShift PLUS transmissions are designed for the ideal combination of fuel efficiency and performance. Available in overdrive and direct-drive models, the transmissions feature shift selection software that employs grade sensing, weight computation and driver throttle commands to make intelligent shift decisions for efficient and profitable vehicle performance.
UltraShift PLUS automated transmissions are available in eight platforms and more than 50 models for linehaul and vocational use, all of which offer tailored performance and efficiency for a given application. All UltraShift PLUS launches and shifts are automated with the use of a new self-adjusting electronic clutch actuator (ECA) for fast, smooth engagements. All of the new transmissions also share a Hill Start Aid feature to prevent rollbacks on grades; an oil level sight glass to easily check fluid levels; six- and eight-bolt PTO availability at no extra cost; and Automatic, Manual and Low mode selections; as well as a creep feature for significantly improved maneuverability with continuous low-speed control.