Eaton Corporation has launched what it says is its next generation of automated transmissions known as UltraShift PLUS.

The new family of fully automated transmissions features new automated clutch technology and intelligent shift selection software that employs grade sensing, weight computation, and driver throttle commands to make intelligent shift decisions for efficient, safe and profitable vehicle performance.

According to Staci Kroon, senior vice-president and general manager for Eaton’s Commercial Vehicle Transmission business, Eaton has worked with North American truck makers for the past several years to tailor each UltraShift PLUS model into an integrated powertrain configuration that delivers unique and superior value for its intended application.

“The many different models reflect our commitment to now offer the trucking industry the best possible automated transmission solution for a variety of applications,” said Kroon.

“We have taken into account customer feedback, industry demands and field testing data, and designed these transmissions to offer our customers the perfect solution for use in virtually any vocation.”

She added that after combining the six platforms with different ratio sets and custom-designed shift calibrations in the software, “Eaton now provides hundreds of individual configurations designed specifically for the application and powertrain – providing optimum performance, driving ease and fuel economy.”

The new UltraShift PLUS transmissions will soon be available for limited quantity release in a wide variety of heavy duty truck vocations for all makes and models of heavy-duty trucks manufactured in North America.

Full production is expected to begin in 2010.