Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eaton upgrades series of HD clutches to improve durability


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

The changes for Eaton Advantage Self-Adjust and Eaton Easy Pedal Advantage clutches also include a reduction in part numbers from 41 to 28 by combining several earlier models into one. (Courtesy: EATON)
The changes for Eaton Advantage Self-Adjust and Eaton Easy Pedal Advantage clutches also include a reduction in part numbers from 41 to 28 by combining several earlier models into one. (Courtesy: EATON)

GALESBURG, Mich. — Power management company Eaton has upgraded its line of Advantage Series heavy-duty clutches with a host of design enhancements to improve durability, reduce harmful vibrations and better enable smooth, effortless shifting across a wide range of torque ratings up to 2,250 lbs.-ft.

OEM production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2017 with aftermarket production beginning in the third quarter.

“The improvements we have made support the changing requirements of contemporary diesel engines and powertrains, including downspeeding designs,” said Ben Karrer, global product strategy manager, Eaton. “In addition, this newest line of clutches is the smoothest and most durable ever developed by Eaton.”

The changes for Eaton Advantage Self-Adjust and Eaton Easy Pedal Advantage clutches also include a reduction in part numbers from 41 to 28 by combining several earlier models into one. The line will still cover all commercial heavy-duty truck applications while allowing dealers to reduce inventory levels. 

Karrer listed highlights of the list of enhancements that include:

  • A new strap drive system, which affixes the intermediate plate to the housing on the clutches, prolongs clutch life by eliminating lug fatigue that over time could lead to failures. The design also eliminates noisy rattle that is associated with the prior lug design.
  • Eaton’s soft rate dampers effectively absorb engine vibrations to prevent driveline damage and are now standard on all clutches. This premium damper technology enables downspeeding at all torque ratings up to 1,850 lbs.-ft.
  • A patent pending spring separator system permits cleaner, quicker disengagement with the engine for more efficient, smoother shifting.
  • A second wear tab indicator has been added to the Advantage Self-Adjust model giving maintenance professionals better access during visual inspections.

Eaton Advantage Self-Adjust clutches in a new truck application are warranted for three years/350,000 miles.

The new truck warranty for Eaton Easy Pedal Advantage clutches is two years/200,000 miles. Aftermarket warranty coverage for both designs is two years/unlimited miles. Release bearing lube intervals for all Eaton Advantage heavy-duty clutches is 50,000 miles.

Eaton Commercial Vehicle components are backed by Eaton’s Roadranger network of more than 180 drivetrain professionals who provide solutions, support and expertise to fleets and dealers.

For more information visit www.eaton.com/roadranger, where the latest product information is available, as well as service, parts and training assistance, 24 hours a day.

Experts are available in the Roadranger Call Center by dialing 800-826-HELP (4357) in the U.S. and Canada. In Mexico, dial 01-800-826-4357.

 

 

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