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Eaton On-Highway Transmission News 2014

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2 ON-HIGHWAY TRANSMISSION NEWS Success Story at idle, giving the driver ultimate control in challenging situations. The new UltraShift PLUS LSE transmission has 16 forward gears and two reverse gears, and an overall ratio of 14.40. The standard warranty is 5-year/750,000 miles for the transmission and 3-year/350,000 miles for the clutch. Additional UltraShift PLUS features include: • Fully automated two-pedal design (no clutch pedal); • Safety features including auto neutral and intelligent Hill Start Aid, which prevents roll-back and roll-forward while launching on grades using foundation wheel brakes; • Automatic, manual and low modes offering drivers full control, and; • Creep mode allowing the vehicle to be driven at a constant speed (an optional feature that can be enabled if desired). Result "Our drivers very much like the new Eaton transmissions," Einwechter says. "They are saying things like 'wow I really like those.' That's because they feel less fatigued when driving in traffc, they can keep both hands on the steering wheel, and they can control the vehicle better because they do not have to focus on shifting." Einwechter also believes the automated transmissions make for an overall safer vehicle. "Largely because of the safety factor, I have been a proponent for a long time," he says, adding that he has been spec'ing the automated transmissions since they debuted in 2009 and now has close to 500 in feet. He's also been doing some arithmetic to ensure the transmissions are giving him the best possible fuel consumption. "I would say that for a bad driver, the transmissions defnitely show improvements," Einwechter says. "For the average driver, we are seeing smaller improvements, while the really good drivers are matching the transmissions in terms of fuel consumption. So for a feet of our magnitude, we defnitely come out a winner." Successful companies typically have a lengthy list of competitors biting at their heels. Dan Einwechter, founder of the the Challenger Group of Companies, knows this pressure. While attending Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario some 40 years ago, he started Challenger, which today operates approximately 1,500 heavy-duty trucks throughout North America and employs more than 1,800 people. With corporate headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario, the company includes an array of divisions, from short- and long-distance hauling to temperature-controlled shipments, waste haulage and other services. "A buddy of mine once told me that anyone with a paper route is my competition," Einwechter says. To help ensure his customer offerings are plenty deep, Einwechter employs a business philosophy that centers on always adhering to what he describes as a three-part matrix. "If we take care of our people, who take care of our customers, we will proft," The vast majority of those people (about 1,500) are Challenger drivers. "We treat our drivers with respect and dignity and give them work assignments that they are proud to do," Einwechter adds. The company makes sure that drivers are provided with the best trucks available. Einwechter runs a variety of nameplates, including Freightliner, Volvo, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar. A recent delivery of 10 new Navistar International tractors are equipped with Eaton's UltraShift PLUS LSE (Linehaul Small-step Effciency) automated transmissions. Solution Introduced in 2013, the new family of UltraShift PLUS transmissions was designed to maximize fuel effciency in linehaul applications. Jointly developed with Navistar, the new 16-speed direct-drive automated mechanical transmissions are designed with a small, 17% step between gears to optimize time in a diesel engine's most effcient RPM zone (the "sweet spot") and help reduce fuel consumption. Eaton testing has shown fuel economy improvements of 2-4% compared to an UltraShift PLUS LAS 10-speed transmission. All UltraShift PLUS transmissions use an electronic clutch actuator to provide faster shifting and smoother engagement. The clutch is fully engaged UltraShift ® PLUS LSE Is Up for the Challenge Dan Einwechter, Owner, Challenger Group of Companies "I was very impressed with the latest generation of UltraShift PLUS. [I] loved it and it really showed me that Eaton has done its homework as far as hitting the sweet spots and creating the right shift points. And the smoothness and transitions are great." See more success stories at www.Roadranger.com/SuccessStories

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