Highlighting the benefits of the improvements in its Stage V engine range for off-road applications, Volvo Penta has launched a new film series. It shows how the company understands the specific customer needs, and then optimises the engine solution to deliver improved productivity, uptime, cost-of-ownership and customer success.
Beautifully shot in a variety of environments, Volvo Penta’s new film series talks the viewer through the thinking behind the many improvements in the company’s Stage V emissions compliant engine range. The presenter of the films is Volvo Penta’s own Andreas Viktorsson, who as Chief Project Manager for Stage V development, is an authority on the development of the new industrial engine range for off-road applications.
Each film sees Andreas visit a new customer application and discuss how selected improvements in the Stage V engine range is delivering tangible customer and operator benefits. He highlights how understanding the customer’s day-to-day operation is critical to delivering engines that are simple to install, have minimal regeneration and provide easy serviceability, high uptime and industrial power density.
Here’s how the films tell the story of Volvo Penta Stage V engine range.
#1 At the port – maximized uptime
Set on a container port terminal, Andreas talks about the ‘Regeneration zero’ vision when developing the Stage V engines. He looks at the Volvo Penta-powered materials handling machines working at the port, and how Stage V minimises the risk of soot build-up in the particulate filter - the cause that makes regeneration necessary. Even when the machines are not busy and the engines are at low speeds and low temperatures, soot build-up is minimal. This regeneration strategy is optimal for uptime.
Volvo Penta’s Stage V solution achieves this by running the industrial diesel engines at as high a temperature as possible, even when at low speeds and loads. This results from using a combination of throttle, hot exhaust gas recirculation and the EPG (Exhaust Pressure Governor) to boost engine temperature. At the other end it works to improve the exhaust aftertreatment system efficiency, to get low temperature performance up and minimise soot build-up. By reducing the need for regeneration, uptime is maximised.
#2 On a farm – improved fuel consumption
In the second film we look at a modern sugar beet farming operation. Here the topic for discussion is how Volvo Penta’s Stage V diesel engine is improving fuel consumption. During harvest season the harvesters need to work around the clock. Andreas discusses how lengthened service intervals are reducing downtime, helped by fuel efficiency. He makes the point that the up-to-5% average fuel reduction of the new Stage V engines would save enough in fuel to pay for the engine itself over its lifetime.
#3 In the forest – easy maintenance
Can’t see the wood for the trees? Well imagine trying to tow a broken machine out of a forest. That was one of the problems highlighted by Andreas when he visited a forestry operation deep in the middle of Sweden. In a remote location like this, unplanned downtime is not only a nuisance it also severely hampers productivity. This is why the new Volvo Penta Stage V engines offer great reliability, which in combination with improved load acceptance boosts productivity.
#4 In a sawmill – simple installation
To meet the Stage V emission regulations, all compliant engines are by necessity sophisticated and require new componentry. But to avoid OEM customers having to redesign their machines in order to accommodate the new engines, Volvo Penta’s Stage V solution is designed to fit into the same footprint as the model it replaces. To achieve this, one important element is the company’s two-box aftertreatment system. This offers greater flexibility and an infinite number of installation opportunities. But it goes further. As the new industrial diesel engines take the heat rejection down, smaller radiators become a possibility – freeing up space still further.
#5 At the quarry – five engines, many options
There are five engines in Volvo Penta’s new Stage V line up. But when combined with the multiple options available, they can be tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of applications. In this film we find Andreas in a quarry – with all its noise, vibration and (especially) dust. Taking a crusher as a good example, Andreas talks about how the option of a shrink-mesh wiring harness is an advantage in such arduous work conditions. “It increases the dust and chafing resistance and, by protecting the electrics, it boosts uptime. This minimizes downtime and increases profitability for the end customer,” he says. Other options include a variety of power densities to suit the customer needs and expectations.
Stage V – optimized for your operation
The summary film rounds up the approach Volvo Penta has taken to offer the best solution for customers, no matter the application or environment it is operating in. Understanding customers’ and operators’ challenges in day-to-day operations, from installation, operation and to maintenance, Volvo Penta offers the best possible solution to the market with its industrial engines that meet Stage V standards.