Volvo Trucks North America upgraded the I-Shift automated manual transmission to now offer a dual power take-off.
The dual PTO allows I-Shift to incorporate two independently clutched DIN 5462 drives, or one SAE 1410 flange and one DIN 5462 drive, separated by the vehicle’s centerline. By separating the two drives, space is created to allow for the installation of two pumps, simplifying installations and serviceability in the field, Volvo Trucks North America officials said in a press release. The output drives are independently clutched, enabling the vehicle to serve applications either separately or simultaneously.
“Leveraging the new capabilities of a dual PTO in Volvo’s I-Shift transmission increases the truck’s operational versatility, a customer can haul portland cement one day and aggregate material the next,” said Andy Hanson, VTNA product marketing manager. “Volvo’s factory installed PTOs and pumps make the up-fitting process easier, increasing first-time quality and overall reliability for our customers.”
The I-Shift transmission compliments the existing single, double and triple PTO suite of offerings. The PTO’s factory supplied DIN 5462 ports and SAE 1410 flanges are interchangable with the SAE 1310 flange and SAE-C and SAE-BB ports, which are all offered through Volvo’s parts distribution network. The factory-installed dual PTO, which carry the same warranty as the I-Shift transmission, also includes dash switches to provide independent left and right side control. Volvo installed PTOs can also receive factory installed Parker gear and piston pumps.
An expanded benefit of the I-Shift transmission is that it comes in 12, 13 and 14-speed configurations. I-Shift is also available with an overdrive gear and crawler gears of either 17.5:1 or 32:1, providing the ability to cruise at highway speeds while still allowing for efficiency, “startability” and slow-speed maneuverability, company officials said.