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EMP Awarded Contracts for “miniHybrid” Thermal System Retrofits

Municipalities are committed to fuel improvement programs and environmental

 leadership utilizing EMP’s “miniHybrid” Thermal System

 

 

Escanaba, MI – Engineered Machined Products, Inc. (EMP) has announced it has received production orders for its advanced “miniHybrid” thermal system from three (3) municipal transit authorities, TriMet (Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon) in Portland, Oregon, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) in Atlanta, Georgia,  and the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) in Boston, Massachusetts.

 "miniHybrid" Location Map

TriMet – Portland formally adopted a resolution authorizing a contract with EMP for purchase of thermal management systems for retrofit on TriMet fixed-route buses. Initially, retrofit of twenty-one (21) fixed-route buses with EMP’s miniHybrid thermal systems is budgeted in TriMet’s FY2008-2009 capital budget, based on payback of the retrofit cost in three years, reflecting at least 10,000 gallons of fuel saved annually, and annual savings in bus maintenance costs. In addition, TriMet approved procurement of forty (40) replacement buses, for delivery by spring 2009, with EMP miniHybrid thermal systems installed as original equipment.

 

MARTA – Atlanta formally notified EMP this week of their acceptance of a production order for procurement of two-hundred (200) miniHybrid thermal systems to be retrofitted on New Flyer and Orion Transit Buses.  

 

MBTA – Boston has notified EMP this week that they will retrofit one-hundred twenty three (123) municipal transit buses. All (123) buses will be retrofit to include the EMP miniHybrid thermal system. The retrofit program will commence the first quarter of 2009.

 

According to Brian Larche, President & CEO of Engineered Machined Products, “Our advanced products group has been working very closely with municipal transit properties across North America. These recent production orders from established transit properties in Portland, Atlanta and Boston are critical to our company’s diversification initiatives in response to the challenges of the domestic diesel industry.”

 

EMP developed the miniHybrid Thermal System as an innovative proprietary technology to help customers improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. To power the miniHybrid, EMP developed a 450 amp brushless alternator, known as the “Power 450”.  The miniHybrid is a drop-in cooling module that replaces a conventional hydraulic cooling system with a bank of eight (8) very efficient, controllable electric fans developed by EMP.  The miniHybrid thermal system includes the Power 450 Brushless Alternator, a highly efficient, air-cooled brushless alternator that delivers best in class performance at low speeds and idle.  The system allows municipalities and others to retrofit existing transit buses for increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, achieving the benefits of a newly purchased hybrid bus at a fraction of the cost. 

 CATA bus with "miniHybrid" Unit Installed

EMP has had field units in operation in municipalities across North America for about two (2) years. For example, EMP has collaborated with Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) in Lansing, Michigan to retrofit seventeen (17) buses resulting in an improvement of fuel economy between 3 to 14% and a savings of (300) to (1400) gallons of fuel per bus, annually.  With present fuel costs, this relates to an estimated annual savings of the $1,000 to $4,900 per bus. 

 

EMP also has a collaborative arrangement with New Flyer Industries and BAE Systems to supply next generation thermal cooling systems on municipal buses. Thirty (30) additional pilot programs and partnerships are planned for 2008 and into 2009. 

 

About Engineered Machined Products, Inc. (EMP)

EMP is an engineering leader in the development, manufacturing and assembly of advanced thermal management and oil management products and engine cooling systems for the on-highway, off-highway, municipal and school bus transit, marine and military markets.  For more information, visit www.emp-corp.com.

 

About Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)

TriMet is a municipal corporation providing public transportation for much of the three counties in the Portland, Oregon metro area. TriMet operates a comprehensive transit network, with 93 bus lines and 44 miles of light rail. 

 

About Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

MARTA is the principal rapid-transit system in the Atlanta metropolitan area and operates a network of bus routes linked to a heavy rail system. MARTA operates primarily in Fulton County, Georgia and DeKalb County, Georgia.  

 

About Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA)

MBTA is the principal rapid-transit system in the Boston metropolitan area. This agency is currently in charge of rapid transit, bus, commuter boat, and commuter rail in the greater Boston area. The MBTA, or known locally as the “T”, operates four rapid transit lines and numerous commuter rail lines in and around Boston.

 

About New Flyer Industries

New Flyer is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada.  The Company’s three facilities — in Winnipeg, MB, St. Cloud, MN and Crookston, MN. With a skilled workforce of over 2,200 employees, New Flyer is a technology leader, offering the broadest product line in the industry, including drive systems powered by clean diesel, LNG, CNG, hydrogen fuel cell and electric trolley as well as energy-efficient gasoline-electric and diesel-electric hybrid vehicles.  All products are supported with an industry-leading, comprehensive parts and service network.  Further information is available on Company’s web site at www.newflyer.com.                           

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October 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

APPLIED MESH TECHNOLOGIES INTEGRATES COGNITIVE SELF-STRUCTURING ANTENNA TECHNOLOGY

Applied Mesh Technologies Enhances Performance of Wireless Mesh Network through Its New Relationship with Monarch Antenna, Inc. 

Applied Mesh Technologies, a leading provider of wireless telemetry equipment, today announced the successful integration of Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology provided by Monarch Antenna, Inc. Integration of Monarch’s cognitive SSA greatly improves the performance of Applied Mesh Technologies’ line of wireless telemetry products. SSA extends range in weak signal conditions, improves signal quality in severe RF multipath environments, and improves wireless network selectivity.

 

 

“Integration of Monarch’s technology greatly improves the performance of our devices employing 802.15.4 networking, this being particularly true given the difficult RF environments presented by our customers.” said Charles Melvin, Vice President of Engineering, Applied Mesh.

 

 

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About Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC

Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC was formed in 2006 by a pioneering group of accomplished engineers with an extensive utility service background. AppMesh develops innovative communication solutions that take metering to the next level by providing utility companies with the capability to remotely monitor their systems to save money and increase operational efficiency.  For more information, please visit http://www.appmesh.com or call 1-478-333-3030.

 

About Monarch Antenna, Inc.

Monarch Antenna, Inc. was formed in 2007 for commercializing the patented Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology, developed jointly by Delphi Corporation and Michigan State University. SSA alters its aperture using RF relays based on feedback from the radio for optimum transmission and reception in real time. Monarch has developed prototypes for WiFi and ZigBee applications, and NASA is currently evaluating the SSA technology for use in missions to the Moon and Mars in the coming decades. The technology also enables implementation of MIMO as well as multi-band operation in handsets where space is at premium. For more information, please visit http://www.monarchantenna.com or call 1-734-846-2550.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

APPLIED MESH TECHNOLOGIES’ Develops New Mesh Communications Solution

Applied Mesh Unveils New appMESH® Technology at Autovation Show Booth # 945

Applied Mesh Technologies, the leading hardware provider for wireless communications, today announced that it would be unveiling the new appMESH® wireless mesh communications system and hardware at the upcoming Autovation show being held in Atlanta in September.  Applied Mesh currently offers the DCX

(Direct Connect eXternal) product which serves as a communications backhaul and gateway device for automation of any distribution end device.  When combined, the DCX and appMESH network will provide a totally flexible and low cost solution for distribution automation.   

 

“Our appMESH equipped devices offer seamless operation of standard TCP/IP protocols over an 802.15.4 network using true IPV6 addressing, an industry first”, said Charles Melvin, Vice President of Engineering, Applied Mesh.“With the appMESH DCX as a gateway, our customers can directly communicate with associated appMESH devices and owing to high RF output power and incorporation of advanced cognitive self-structuring antennas, our appMESH designs offer unparalleled RF performance in the most difficult RF environments.”

 

Applied Mesh will have the appMesh system in place at Autovation and will be demonstrating the capability to read multiple commercial and industrial meters using MV90 and a mesh network.  “We could not be more excited about the upcoming applications of the new appMESH product.  It provides a solution for every utility need, from distribution and home automation to metering,” said Mark Leach, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Applied Mesh.  In the upcoming months, Applied Mesh will expand the appMESH network capabilities to include residential metering, home automation, load control and other distribution automation applications.

 

 

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About Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC

Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC was formed in 2006 by a pioneering group of accomplished engineers with an extensive utility service background. AppMesh develops innovative communication solutions that take metering to the next level by providing utility companies with the capability to remotely monitor their systems to save money and increase operational efficiency.  For more information, please visit http://www.appmesh.com or call 1-478-333-3030.

 

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

MTU at MINExpo: Showcasing Safety, Reliability

DETROIT – MTU will display its innovative line of power solutions for the mining industry at booth 8907 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the MINExpo exhibition, September 22-24. The engine line up will include all three configurations (12, 16 and 20 cylinders) of the latest generation of its Series 4000 engine family, along with a Series 2000 industrial engine and an Underground Optimized™ Series 900 engine.

 

The latest version of the Series 4000 is EPA Tier 2 certified and has a revolutionary thermal protection system that is unrivalled in this segment. Using a liquid-cooled exhaust system, it keeps the surface temperature of the engine below 200 degrees Celsius, preventing any oil or diesel fuel that might leak onto the engine surface, from igniting due to engine heat. This significantly reduces the risk of fire hazard for mining trucks, enhancing operator safety and protecting the customer’s investment.

 

The new Series 4000 also boasts greater power density and reliability. The 12, 16 and 20 cylinder versions have maximum horsepower ratings of 2,250 bhp, 3,000 bhp and 3,750 bhp (1,680 kW, 2,240 kW and 2,800 kW), respectively. In addition, they have been designed to rigorous standards and depending on the specific mining application, have an average life of 20,000 – 40,000 hours before first overhaul.

 

The high fuel efficiency of the Series 4000 is due to a fuel-injection system that automatically adjusts to the optimal combustion ratios with the help of electronic engine management. This guarantees low fuel consumption combined with low exhaust emissions. On average, the Series 4000 is between 5% and 15% more fuel efficient than its competitors, resulting in substantial cost savings over the life of the engine.

 

Another benefit of the Series 4000 engine series is that it is a true engine family. A single standardized set of parts is used in each of the three engine cylinder sizes, whether they are operating in excavators, haul trucks or front-end loaders, and whether they are operating at high altitude or sea level. This allows customers to reduce inventory costs by stocking one set of spare parts instead of several sets based on the types of engines in use.

 

In addition to the Series 4000, the Series 2000 is also a mainstay of MTU’s portfolio of products serving the mining industry. Used extensively in North American quarries, 12 and 16 cylinder Series 2000 engines power 65 and 100 ton trucks with a fuel consumption rate that is the best in the industry.

 

MTU’s product line for the mining industry also includes its Underground Optimized™ engines, designed specifically to meet the needs of underground mining operations. These engines are MSHA and CANMET certified, provide optimal ventilation rates and are extremely clean-running. Most importantly, they are optimized to meet the unique needs of underground mining applications.

 

MTU provides support for its entire product range through its unrivaled global service network. Genuine factory parts, filters and fluids are available for all current and legacy products, including the popular MTU Detroit Diesel 2-cycle engine family.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | C&I, Mining | Leave a comment

MTU’s Series 8000 is best in class with 12,200 bhp

  • Over one hundred 20V 8000 engines sold
  • Over 160,000 hours in combined operation
  • World-wide customer service network

 

DETROIT, July 25, 2008 – Since its introduction in 2000, MTU’s Series 8000 high-speed diesel engine has enabled Naval and Commercial shipbuilders to take their vessels to the next level in terms of performance and operating availability.

 

With over one hundred 20V 8000 engines sold, and with over 160,000 hours in combined operation, the world’s highest power to weight ratio in this power range has proved to be the low risk propulsion engine option for many of the world’s leading Navies and high-speed ferry operators.

 

Delivering up to 12,200 bhp (9100 kW) of continuous power, MTU’s Series 8000 has consistently set the performance benchmarks for fuel efficiency – less than 190g/kWh, while achieving IMO Marpol NOx emission certification. The 20V 8000 engine is now also available in a US EPA Tier II emission certified configuration.

 

In Naval applications, 56 of MTU’s Series 8000 engines have already been sold to power various patrol and support craft, as well as Frigate and Corvette class warships operated by the Singaporean, Danish and Omanian Navies.

 

Leading international shipbuilder, Austal Ships, has selected two 20V 8000 M91 Series diesels to power the 416 foot Littoral Combat Ship ‘Independence’ recently launched at their Mobile, Alabama, shipyard for evaluation by the US Navy.

 

MTU’s reputation for reliability has also proved attractive to commercial fast ferry operators around the world, with thirty one 20V 8000 Series currently operating in Hawaii, Greece, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Germany and the Canary Islands.

 

At the heart of the 20V 8000 Series success is proven performance coupled with state of the art technology that includes Common Rail Fuel Injection – which delivers maximum efficiency throughout the power range, Sequential Turbo-charging – which ensures fast acceleration and rapid response, and the latest Electronic Engine Management Control System – which delivers constant monitoring of the engine and gearbox operating parameters.

 

 

Individually designed to match the precise demands of each task, MTU propulsion systems play a vital role in enabling Naval forces and commercial operators to perform at their best, day in – day out.

 

High power density, low weight and compact design coupled with excellent mechanical and thermal resistances are intrinsic elements of MTU engines, while their simple operation, ease of maintenance, low life-cycle costs and proven performance in a wide range of applications have made them the high speed diesel of choice in the 10,000 hp to 13,000 hp range.

 

To support their product MTU offers a world-wide Logistics Support program that provides complete, custom-tailored service packages covering everything from parts and tools provisioning through to installation supervision and on-board training courses.

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Defense, Marine | , , , | 3 Comments

EMP Collaborates with New Flyer Industries Inc. on Launch of “mini-Hybrid,” the Next Generation Thermal Cooling System for Transit Bus Market

EMP\'s new mini-Hybrid cooling system for municipal transit busesEscanaba, Michigan, USA – Engineered Machined Products Inc. (EMP) announced today that it has entered into an arrangement with New Flyer Industries Inc. (New Flyer) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to supply next generation thermal cooling systems on municipal transit buses.

 

EMP has been developing its electrified cooling system since 2006 when both companies were pursuing innovations to significantly improve fuel economy, reduce emissions, and enhance passenger safety.  “New Flyer is a market leader among OEM’s in the municipal transit industry and we’re pleased to be associated with them,” said Jeff Bannister, vice president of EMP’s advanced products group.  He added, “Extensive pilot tests were conducted under the harshest of conditions. With over 1.5 million miles of field testing on over one-hundred transit buses across fifteen municipal transit properties in North America, the mini-Hybrid continues to deliver as expected. “

 

Paul Smith, New Flyer’s executive vice president of sales and marketing said, “New Flyer is pleased to have the opportunity to launch EMP’s mini-Hybrid, an innovative advanced thermal cooling system. Our market demands that we continue to utilize the most environmentally friendly technologies available to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Through pilot testing and collaboration, EMP has consistently demonstrated its ability to deliver”.

 

This modular, fully customizable kit replaces the conventional cooling system on diesel-powered and natural gas engines. The mini-Hybrid is certified on Cummins 2007 diesel engines and is in process of certification on 2007 CNG engines. Instead of a radiator, charge air cooler and standard hydraulic fan, the “mini-Hybrid” uses an array of powerful, reversible and highly durable fans monitored by a sophisticated electronic control module.  EMP’s “Power 450” brushless alternator powers the mini-Hybrid thermal system.

 

The mini-Hybrid enables optimized operating temperatures, longer maintenance intervals and reduces hydraulic oil, thereby improving passenger safety and reducing thermal events. According to Mark Bader, EMP’s director of new products, “Municipal transit buses equipped with the mini-Hybrid system get better mileage and generate lower emission levels.”

 

David Hyink of Valley Metro, transit property in Mesa, Arizona said, “This product has been field tested under the most extreme conditions. It enables significantly more power to the wheels, with better fuel economy and less maintenance of traditional hydraulic cooling systems.”

 

According to Sandra Draggoo, CEO and executive director of Capital Area Transit Authority in Lansing, Michigan, “The result of installing the mini-Hybrid system has produced fuel economy improvement between 3 to 14% among the various engines involved; we are excited to see the full economy gains made. “

 

For more information, please contact: Paul Harvey at 906-786-8404 or via email at paul.harvey@emp-corp.com

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About EMP

 

EMP is an engineering and manufacturing leader in advanced thermal and oil management technologies. Based in Escanaba, Michigan, EMP products are used globally by major diesel engine OEM’s and hydraulics manufacturers. For more information, visit EMP at Booth #7433 at APTA – 2008 in San Diego or contact Ralph Bedogne at 906.789.7497. EMP’s website is www.emp-corp.com .

About New Flyer

New Flyer is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada.  The Company’s three facilities — in Winnipeg, MB, St. Cloud, MN and Crookston, MN — are all ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.  With a skilled workforce of over 2,300 employees, New Flyer is a technology leader, offering the broadest product line in the industry, including drive systems powered by clean diesel, LNG, CNG, hydrogen fuel cell and electric trolley as well as energy-efficient gasoline-electric and diesel-electric hybrid vehicles.  All products are supported with an industry-leading, comprehensive parts and service network.  New Flyer’s Income Deposit Securities are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI.UN.  Further information is available on Company’s web site at www.newflyer.com.

 

 

Engineered Machined Products, Inc.

2701 North 30th Street

Escanaba, Michigan 49829

USA

 

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Bus, Cool Stuff, Transportation | , , , , , | Leave a comment

United Road Receives EPA Smartway Green Certification

United Road\'s Green Fleet of TransportersUnited Road, one of the country’s largest vehicle logistics company’s, has been certified by the EPA as being the only “Green” vehicle logistics company as a member of the Smartway Transport Partnership (STP).

 

The STP is a collaborative voluntary program between the EPA and the logistic industry. The Partnership challenges companies shipping products and the truck and rail companies delivering these products, to improve the environmental performance of their logistic operations.

 

“United Road is responsible for delivering 2,000,000 vehicles every year,” said Mike Wysocki, CEO, United Road. “For our company the STP/EPA certification was validation of our proprietary technology and the capital committed to deliver vehicles on-time and damage free with the nations first green fleet of auto carriers.”

 

The goals of the Partnership are to reduce fuel consumption from trucks and rail delivering freight, lower operating costs, limiting emissions of carbon dioxide, NOx emissions and particulate matter that adversely affect air quality.

 

United Road’s innovative “Project Green Light” incorporates time saving paper-less processes like online vehicle inventory, GPS truck routing, load optimization and integrated voice and internet communications all in the palm of the drivers hand for better efficiency.

  

“We are very proud to have been approved by the EPA for this green certification,” said Wysocki, “It shows that our efforts are paying off and programs like Smartway can make a difference for everyone and we are glad to be a partner.”

 

The systems incorporated into the specially designed quickload vehicle transporters are also environmentally friendly. The energy efficient auxiliary power units that cool the truck cabs along with the electric power systems that allow vehicle loading and un-loading, without the need for engine idling, on average saves over 2 gallons of fuel per hour of operation.

 

Additionally, operating the youngest national auto carrier fleet equipped with automatic tire pressure systems and running synthetic lubricants throughout the engine and drivetrain combined with the use of B5 and B11 bio-diesel fuel all assist in optimizing overall fleet fuel economy.

 

June 9, 2008 Posted by | Environmental, Transportation | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MTU Meets EPA Tier 4i Emissions with SCR Technology

Interesting. . . . . Looky what I came across. . . .   .I have seen many things in this industry, but a company that finally makes an interesting/smart decision at picking the right technology (SCR) and not going along with the crowd to address the 2011 emission issues.

Any thoughts from you CONEXPO’ers? 

MTU DEMONSTRATES SCR TECHNOLOGY FOR SERIES 900 AND SERIES 500 ENGINES 

·         Engines meet 2011 Tier 4i off-highway standards

·         Use of proven SCR technology optimized for industrial use

·         Complete power range from 120 – 644 bhp (90 – 480 kW)

 At the Conexpo trade show in Las Vegas, the Tognum subsidiary MTU Detroit Diesel displays one of its Series 900 engines that is Tier 4i compliant using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. Diesel engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen has already demonstrated the experience and expertise necessary to offer its customers EPA Tier 4i compliant engines when these off-highway emission standards take effect on January 1, 2011. 

The versatile Series 900 and Series 500 engine families were the ideal candidates for the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to meet upcoming Tier 4 interim emissions regulations. “These engines have established themselves as the premier engines in their power class,” said Scott Jenkins, Director of C&I Sales for MTU’s North American division, MTU Detroit Diesel. “And they have proven to perform just as well with SCR.” 

Emissions reduction often works in opposition, explained Gerhard Kramer, Director, Application Center Industrial for MTU. For example, reducing particulate matter often increases the output of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and vice-versa. “As designed, the Series 900 and Series 500 engines exhibit low particulate matter emissions,” said Kramer. “To comply with NOx limiting values, an SCR system is added.”  

An SCR system works by injecting urea into the exhaust stream where it reacts with nitrous oxides to produce harmless nitrogen and water. This reaction takes place when the urea and exhaust gases pass over a catalyst material in the SCR unit. Urea consumption varies with duty cycle and other factors but is not expected to exceed five percent of fuel consumption. As a rule of thumb, fuel consumption compared to Tier 3 engines is reduced by a similar amount, so that total consumption of liquids remains the same. 

The SCR system itself consists of engine-mounted hardware, urea lines, electrical wiring and a catalyst unit somewhat larger than a muffler. The catalyst unit is used instead of the standard muffler. 

SCR is a proven technology already found in a wide range of applications. Some 200,000 on-highway versions of Series 900 and Series 500 engines have already been sold and are operating satisfactorily. In Europe, all major truck manufacturers have adopted this technology. Urea will likely also be required for diesel engines to meet the on-highway 2010 emissions standards in North America, so the delivery infrastructure is being built out rapidly. Urea is non-toxic and requires no special handling. Service trucks will refill off-highway equipment with urea at the same time as they refuel that equipment. 

“Other emissions reduction technologies have merit and MTU has experience with all of them,” said Jenkins. “Our philosophy is to match the best technology to the needs of the specific engine, and in this case SCR was by far the best choice. We wanted to take these proven engine families with state-of-the-art designs, and bring them into compliance with the next round of emissions standards without compromising the benefits the engines. SCR allowed us to do that optimally by adapting the existing on-highway technology for industrial use.” 

Inline four- and six-cylinder Series 900 engines have ratings from 120 to 322 bhp (90 to 240 kW), while V-configuration six- and eight-cylinder Series 500 engines cover ratings from 349 to 644 bhp (260 to 480 kW). OEMs appreciate the compact size of the Series 900, while end users praise the engines’ performance characteristics, reliability and low cost of operation. More than a half-million Series 900 engines are in service today.  The same SCR technology will also be used in the related 460 inline six-cylinder engine, which covers a power range from 348 to 483 bhp (260 to 360 kW).

Stay tuned. . . .I have a camera spy at the show lets see what they find?????

March 12, 2008 Posted by | Constrution & Industrial, Diesel Engines | , , , , | 2 Comments

MTU Powers BL20GH Locomotives from Brookville Equipment (Pictures)

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MTU is providing the engine power for a group of locomoties being built by Brookville Equipment Corporation out of Brookeville, PA. The locomotive’s will run with an MTU 12V4000R33 creating 2,250HP and carrying EPA Tier 2 Certification. This is the first locomotive of an order for Metro North that will be used for general switching services. You will notice this locomotive is sporting the hetritage colors of the New Haven, for service on the New Haven line we are guessing?

Stay Tuned. . . .

 

February 13, 2008 Posted by | Cool Stuff, Rail | Leave a comment

2007 MTU Legend Series Wins Big

The MTU Legend Series did double-duty in 2007 and won big in its second season. The series, which was originally conceived as a unique billfishing “tournament-within-a-tournament” for MTU and Detroit Diesel powered sport fishing boats, doubled the number of high-profile billfishing tournaments involved, making the MTU Legend Series the year’s hot ticket.

“Our original vision was to create a contest to provide some additional fun and excitement for our customers while demonstrating our commitment to sport fishing,” said Steve Lawrence, Marine Sales Manager for MTU Detroit Diesel, Inc. “With 14 of the most popular billfishing tournaments on-tap, hundreds of participating boats, thousands of anglers and almost 1,500 billfish caught and released in just two years the Legend Series has become a huge success.

The 2007 Legend Series was presented by MTU and eight of its authorized U.S. distributors. Fourteen individual tournaments were sponsored by MTU as part of the event, twice the number of 2006. The tournaments ranged along the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States, from New Jersey to Mississippi, with additional stops in the Bahamas, Bermuda and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 

The Legend Series was open to any boat entered into one or more of those 14 tournaments, provided it was powered by MTU or Detroit Diesel engines. There was no additional cost to participate in the Legend Series, and entrants who accumulated the highest number of total points for their respective catches in these events also received Legend Series points. Points accumulated counted towards the grand prize, an all-expenses-paid sportfishing trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 

The winner of that grand prize for the 2007 Legend Series was Captain Tim Hake and the crew of Fin-Ness a 58′ Gillikin powered by twin MTU Series 60s. Fin-Ness took the overall title with great fishing that led to a second place win in the White Marlin Open and a first place finish at the Mid Atlantic $500,000. 

Additional sponsors for the 2007 Legend Series included Pelagic High Performance Offshore Gear, yacht design firm Applied Concepts Unleashed Inc., Guy Harvey Inc. and In the Bite Magazine. Charitable foundation partners included The Billfish Foundation and The Guy Harvey Research Institute. 

For tournament information and more details on the MTU Legend Series, visit www.mtulegendseries.com.

February 13, 2008 Posted by | Cool Stuff, Legend Series | Leave a comment