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Eaton upgrades Advantage series clutches

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Eaton Corp. has upgraded its line of Advantage Series heavy-duty clutches with design enhancements to improve durability, reduce harmful vibrations and better enable smooth shifting across a wide range of torque ratings up to 2,250 lb./ft., the company says.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) 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 for Eaton. “In addition, this newest line of clutches is the smoothest and most durable ever developed by Eaton.”

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Enhancements highlighted by the company 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 lb./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.

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