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Eaton On-Highway Transmission News 2014

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5 ON-HIGHWAY TRANSMISSION NEWS be an automated transmission. I don't want a stick'." He attributes that to the convenience of a two-pedal transmission that eliminates the need for shifting and operating a clutch. "When they get done with their run, they feel much more rested at the end of the day than they did with a stick," he adds. "They do not feel as worn out." Those fuel-friendly and driver-friendly features have convinced Roberts that Eaton automation will continue to be his transmission of choice well into the future. "We're nearing the end of another new truck buying cycle and we will have our whole feet outftted with UltraShift PLUS when the order is complete," Roberts says. "At that point, I believe everybody will be much happier." also fully engages the clutch giving the driver ultimate control in parking lots, loading docks and other tight spaces. Available in overdrive or direct drive, the transmissions may be paired with the highest torque rated engines available today with capacities ranging from 1,450 lb.-ft. through 1,850 lb.-ft. "Automatic," "Manual" and "Low" modes give drivers full control of vehicle operation. Safety features include auto neutral and Hill Start Aid, which prevents roll-back and roll-forward while launching on grades. "Back in 2009, we were one of the original feets to try UltraShift PLUS transmissions," Roberts says. "CTI has stayed with them ever since." Result That commitment is now giving Roberts miles-per-gallon fuel effciency gains as high as one-half percent when compared to his trucks with manual transmissions. "We did a side-by-side comparison using 12 trucks with a stick shift and 12 trucks with UltraShift PLUS," he adds. "One-half percent is (Left to right) Mark and Keith Roberts, who run Central Trucking Inc., use automated transmissions to help recruit and maintain quality drivers. very signifcant when you take into account the number of miles we cover over the course of a year." What's even more signifcant is the way his drivers have taken a liking to the automated transmissions — but not before some initial reluctance from his veteran vehicle operators. "Early on we had some of our more experienced operators asking dispatch to make sure they were given manual transmissions. They did not want the automated ones," says Roberts. "We eventually had to kind of force them to drive the new transmissions as we continued to add them to our feet. "Now when the guys call in I hear they are saying things like 'that better "We did a side-by-side comparison using 12 trucks with a stick shift and 12 trucks with UltraShift PLUS. One-half percent [fuel effciency gain] is very signifcant when you take into account the number of miles we cover over the course of a year."

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