Together,” while keeping with our
Beatles theme, also pretty much sums
up the engine business right now.
And in large part, it all came together
— at least for the off-highway markets
— at the coming-out party for Tier 4
final, also known as ConExpo-Con/
Agg in Las Vegas in March.
The truck world crossed its final
emissions threshold four years ago
(not counting greenhouse gas emis-
sions, of course), while power gen-
eration is just coming up on some of
its final numbers. So right now, most
of the action is off-highway. And much
of that action is around integration —
electronics, SCR, different forms of
EGR, DPFs or no DPFs, DOCs or no
DOCs and telematics starting to stick
its nose in the door.
It all comes together with Tier 4
final engines and many of those integrated technologies saw the light of
day for the first time (at least in North
America) at ConExpo-Con/Agg.
At ConExpo-Con/Agg alone (in no
particular order), Bobcat debuted its
Bobcat (née Doosan) Tier 4 final
diesel-powered skid-steer loaders.
Doosan also showed its previously
announced D18, D24 and D34 diesels
in North America for the first time. FPT
Industrial rolled out a new diesel built in
partnership with VM Motori, while John
Deere used ConExpo-Con/Agg to tout
total fluid economy (SCR + fuel) as a
data point instead of just fuel economy.
Deutz detailed its different emissions technologies for different
engines and different markets strategy, Hatz displayed its new liquid-cooled model H50 no-DPF diesel,
while Cummins displayed the G
series diesel platform that debuted
at bauma 2013 and will see its first
application in Chinese trucks, with
off-highway to follow.
Caterpillar showed, as expected, its
full Tier 4 final line, but also talked
a lot about engines in machines that
migrate for operation in lesser-regulated
markets (more on that later).
And that’s just part of the engine
news from a single week in the desert
in March. In this case what happened
in Vegas did not and will not stay
There was also plenty of news
from the corporate side of the North
American industrial engine business.
Undoubtedly the biggest challenge to
our headline writers this year was finding a variation on the theme of: “[insert
OEM name] Introduces Full Tier 4 Final
[fill in equipment type] Product Range.”
Those stories have been everywhere
the last 12-plus months and likely for a
few more, at least.
Toward that end, one of the more
interesting engine stories since June
2013 was about a Chinese construction equipment OEM — SDLG
— entering the North American
market with Tier 4 final compliant
machines, but using Deutz diesel
engines to meet U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency regulations. Many
see SDLG’s path as a route others,
without access to home grown Tier
4 final diesels, could take to get into
One of the many diesel launches at ConExpo-Con/Agg were Bobcat’s first
skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders with the new 2.4L Bobcat
(née Doosan) diesel.
FPT Industrial introduced a new
2. 2 L diesel, the R22, built in coop-
eration with VM Motori.
Cummins began production of
its new G Series diesel platform,
which will debut in on-highway
applications in China and then
move into vehicle and off-highway