Ibbenbüren May 2009: The EPA Tier 4/EU Tier IV emission standards are currently the talk of the town. After all, these standards mean that the exhaust emission standards for Tier 4 Interim/Tier IIIB have to be implemented by 2011. Now, roughly 24 months ahead of the introduction of the new EU directive, Perkins and BU Power Systems are holding an intensive two-day seminar on the EPA Tier 4/EU Tier IV emission standards at the corporate headquarters of BU Power Systems, Ibbenbüren.
Around 1000 value-added resellers with over 5000 different applications are attended to world-wide by the engine manufacturer Perkins, the expert for built-in motors and the leading manufacturer of diesel and gas engines for off-highway applications. Numerous German customers took part in an exclusive seminar on the adoption of the EPA Tier 4/EU Tier IV emission standards at the beginning of May.
“We’ve been concentrating on preparing our dealers for Tier IV of the emission standards for around two years. Together with BU Power Systems, we have now devised a seminar series to ensure our customers are well-prepared for Tier IV. The current “start-up” seminar is the first in the series. The challenge which this seminar meets is to advise our customers at this early stage to enable them to adapt their machine production to the new engines by the time the new directive is adopted,” explained Norbert Schuchert, Managing Director of Perkins Motoren GmbH, in an interview during the seminar.
The new directive presents a great challenge to all engine manufacturers in the industry. On average, the motors will require up to 40 to 60 per cent more installation space, which in turn means that the machines which will later house the engines – whether fork-lifts, haulers or tractors – will have to be completely redesigned or reconverted.
The seminar, which lasts for two days, is divided into different focal areas. It aims to strengthen Perkins customers to face future challenges and, by becoming involved at an early stage, to provide a competitive advantage. “The notion of service is vital to us at this point. Our customers should be aware that we advise them competently and extensively not only before, but also during and after the adoption of the new directive. To us, advising means reacting flexibly with the necessary experience, and that at the highest possible level. Our main priorities are to provide individual advice and to solve all kinds of problems,” stated Franz Focks, Managing Director of BU Power Systems.
For this reason, the seminar mainly focuses on explaining the EPA Tier 4/EU Tier IV emission standards and the impact they will have on engine construction. Questions such as: Which technologies are currently available to reduce emissions? How can these technologies be adapted best in engine construction? And what possibilities exist to continue to use motors that do not yet comply with the new directive after its adoption? are dealt with in the seminar, as well as a practical 3D computer simulation to install a diesel motor.
“The previous response to our seminar shows that cooperation and communication between manufacturers, partners and customers function perfectly, and that we make the best possible use of existing synergistic effects. Technological development within the engine industry and the subsequent service at the customer’s premises must work hand-in-hand. We will continue to guarantee this service, on which we pride ourselves. For it is the only way to continue to offer our customers the range of options to which they have become accustomed,” explained Schuchert.