Business: MTU Rail Solutions: 4000 Series Engine Shows Low Cost
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In the face of the current economic crisis, a majority of buyers could be inclined to consider only price when purchasing. Doing away with this myth, the MTU Series 4000 R43 diesel engine offers the lowest life cycle cost over a period of 20 to 30 years of powering railway vehicles.
Supplier of engines, complete propulsion and power systems in southern Africa, MTU South Africa (Pty) Ltd., recently showed off its 16V 4000 R43 engine at the Railways and Harbours Conference and Exhibition 2009 in Cape Town.
Confirming their commitment to supplying South African Governmental and private rail operators, MTU displayed this ultimate rail engine weighing in at 8 tons, operating sixteen-cylinders. The entire engine family in configuration from 8 cylinders up to 20 cylinder models are featuring outputs between 1000 to 3000 kW.
For over ten years, MTU Series 4000 engines have been the preferred choice for modern locomotives. Continuously enhancing technology and key components, the compact and powerful MTU Series 4000 engines were the first to be fitted with the common-rail system in 1996. The most important advantages of this advanced fuel-injection system are the optimised consumption figures and exhaust emissions. The new and up-dated series 4000 R43 engines comply with the emissions limits EU stage 3a in force as of 2009, at the same time offering a better power-to-weight ratio and even lower fuel consumption figures.
MTU’s 4000 Series engines come with a preventive maintenance concept and scheduled maintenance plan in order to keep life cycle cost down and to ensure maximum reliability. Lowering down times to a minimum, these high performance machines become a reliable partner of the rail operator.
The engines series 4000 are also the first in the world in their performance and exhaust emissions to have been awarded the International Union of Railways (UIC) certificates 623 and 624. The UIC inspection procedure, which includes an endurance run as well as tests to determine exhaust emissions, verified the engines’ mechanical quality and compliance with the stringent demands of Stage IIIA emissions standards.
MTU 4000 Series are in service across the globe in a variety of trains and conditions from the rigors of everyday operation to the extremes of climate, from mainline locomotives to shunters, and as traction units or driving electricity generators for the trains’ electrical systems. Having become the standard power unit for European railways, one example of this engine’s success is its application in 160 High Speed Train power cars in the United Kingdom, presently delivering a reliable and efficient service between London and Scotland as well London to Cornwall and Wales.
As the life span of an MTU engine is 20 to 30 years, the initial procurement cost will account for merely 2% of the total cost of ownership. A staggering 90% of total life cycle cost is driven by fuel consumption and 8% account for maintenance cost. 5% less fuel consumption will save the rail operator millions of Rands over time.
Many years of experience and expertise in the railways engines sector have been successfully applied to sell over 2000 of the 4000 Series engines for rail applications and 15,000 units throughout all applications: Rail, Energy, Marine, Mining and Industrial. With its powers of innovation, reliability and system engineering skills, MTU offers a unique level of traction system expertise and outstanding product quality.
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