AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IS FIELD TESTING 150 MTU ENGINES

11/13/2017 | Words: Katharina Dietrich | Pictures: Ponsse, Dammann, MTU

Series 1000-1500; EU Stage V; EU-Stufe-V; Agritechnica

MTU is presenting agricultural engines designed to meet the EU Stage V emissions regulations at this year’s Agritechnica in Hanover. MTU is currently field testing some 150 prototype engine systems meeting this emissions stage. As of June 2018, seven months before the new emission regulations come into force, MTU customers will be able to take delivery of Series 1000, 1100, 1300 and 1500 engines compliant with EU Stage V. “This means that our customers will be able to prepare themselves for this emissions stage by obtaining products from these series in good time,” says Dr. Aaron Haußmann, Head of Sales Construction and Agriculture at MTU. 

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Series 1000 to 1500 engines, which are based on Daimler commercial vehicle engines and have been upgraded for EU Stage V jointly by MTU and Daimler, will be available to ship as early as June 2018. Customers will continue to be able to source the EU Stage IV engines which will be available alongside the new models. 

Before the engines meeting the new emission regulations are delivered, MTU subjects them to extensive testing, in some cases under extreme weather conditions. In total, the engines currently being tested have already completed some 10,000 hours of operation, with the longest running engine having now completed about 3,200 hours of operation. 

Since January 2017, the Finnish manufacturer of forestry machines Ponsse, for example, has been testing an MTU 6R 1000 engine system in an Ergo full harvester. The engine had completed more than 1,000 hours of operation in part under extreme operating conditions, with temperatures below -30°C, to Ponsse’s complete satisfaction. An agreement has now been reached to install a further five MTU field test engines meeting EU Stage V requirements in Ponsse forest machines. 

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Since January 2017, the Finnish manufacturer of forestry machines Ponsse has been testing an MTU 6R 1000 engine system in an Ergo full harvester. After the engine had completed 750 hours of operation under what in some cases were extreme operating conditions, with temperatures below -30°C, to Ponsse’s complete satisfaction, an agreement has now been reached to install a further five MTU field test engines meeting EU Stage V requirements in Ponsse forest machines.

“Our areas of application are very demanding and the MTU engines have so far demonstrated their ruggedness and operational efficiency,” says Dr. Juha Inberg, Director for Technology and R&D at Ponsse plc. “The experience gained from the field tests is very important for our development programme, because we are able to test the functionality, reliability and durability of the engine systems in the machine and can identify if improvements may need to be made long before series production starts,” says Stefan Rudert, Head of Application Engineering for Construction and Agriculture at MTU.

The mechanical engineering company Herbert Dammann GmbH is testing the engines meeting the new emission regulations in their Dammann-tracs. Oliver Hoinik, Head of Technical Editing and Marketing from Dammann: “We are testing MTU engines that meet EU Stage V in a variety of crop sprayers. What is important to us is that the engines have a long service life and are cost-effective. So far, the engines from MTU have come up to our expectations in every case.”

With the introduction of EU Stage V, a dual system will be used to provide exhaust gas aftertreatment for the MTU Series 1000, 1100, 1300 and 1500 engine systems for the first time consisting of a diesel particulate filter and an SCR system. The challenge is that all the components must be integrated in the restricted installation space available in the machines. In order to ensure that customers are provided with the best possible productivity and low life cycle costs, in addition to reduced CO2 emissions, MTU has improved the characteristics of the engines, i.e. torque, output, performance and fuel consumption. 

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Since 2005, MTU has been one of the leading suppliers to manufacturers of agricultural equipment. MTU engines are currently selected of 60 OEM’s/manufacturers of agricultural vehicles. About 200,000 engines from MTU (< 500 kW) are currently used worldwide in 47 countries in fields, forests and in construction areas. Whether they are installed in tractors, forage harvesters, combine harvesters or in harvesting machines for sugar cane, potatoes, beet and timber – the diesel engines from MTU ensure that these vehicles operate reliably, even in peak harvest periods and demonstrated that they are extremely robust and powerful. 
Series 1000 to 1500 engines, which have been further developed by MTU and Daimler based on Daimler’s commercial vehicle engines to comply with EU Stage V, will be available on the market as of June 2018. MTU supplies engines for the agricultural sector covering a power range extending from 75 to 480 kW. In addition to their reliability, cost effectiveness and environmental compatibility in particular are powerful arguments for customers in the agricultural and forestry sector. MTU engines have a reputation for low fuel consumption and low emissions. In addition, vehicle manufacturers and operators appreciate their high torque at low engine speed. 
MTU is available for its customers worldwide – in partnership with Mercedes-Benz – via a dense service network. This also applies to special challenges, whatever their nature, because MTU engines comply with all requirements, even in special applications – from feed mixers to beet cleaner loaders. 

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