Downsizing IC engines
12 December 2012
Reduced fuel consumption, emissions and noise are all benefits of downsizing IC powered equipment argues Robert Marshall, gm at Marshall's Industrial One of the most demanding challenges facing the equipment industry
One of the most demanding challenges facing the equipment industry is complying with emissions legislation. Technologically advanced equipment nevertheless has to be realised at reasonable product cost.
One approach to this challenge is the use of compact automotive-derived engines equipped with state-of-the-art combustion technology.
The combination of intelligent drive components and electronic engines from the Volkswagen Industrial Engine range with CANBus can maximise the benefits for OEM and operator.
The benefit of looking at automotive derived engines is the reduced size and weight of the engines used compared to the industrial engines they can replace.
Downsizing is one of the most promising design approaches for equipment because of the possibility of reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and reduced noise.
The Downsizing concept is based on a logical chain: Decreasing engine displacement.
Maintaining engine power by using charging systems and / or higher speeds.
Lighter engines allowing the reduction in weight of related components and therefore overall vehicle weight.
Smaller engines allowing more flexibility in the installation and overall product design.
Improving fuel consumption by more efficient engine operation at higher average loads.
Volkswagen offers a range of diesel & LPG engines with the same basic mounting points and connections for drives. This enables a more rationalised production process with fewer different mounting components. Control units are designed for use in the industrial market and power outputs range 20-75kW.