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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



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 .

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



Engineered Machined Products, Inc.

2701 North 30th Street

Escanaba, Michigan 49829




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

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

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

MTU Powers Deepwater National Security Cutter

·         U.S. Coast Guard’s first of class National Security Cutter successfully completes initial sea trials.

DETROIT, JANUARY 30, 2008 – MTU Detroit Diesel, the Propulsion Plant Single Source Vendor contractor for the U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater National Security Cutter (NSC) Program, working together with prime contractor Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has completed the first in a series of trials for the lead ship Bertholf (WMSL 750). The Bertholf is the first of eight planned cutters to be powered by a Combined Diesel and Gas Turbine (CODAG) propulsion plant that was specially designed and integrated for the vessel by MTU.

The CODAG propulsion plant consists of two MTU 20V 1163 TB93 diesel engines each rated at 7,400 kW (9,925 hp) and a single General Electric LM2500 marine gas turbine engine rated at 22,000 kW (29,500 hp). The engines are connected through the CODAG reduction and combining gear system to the dual shaft-lines with controllable reversible pitch propellers. With all three engines working together the total combined output of the plant is 36,800 kW (49,350 hp). The propulsion plant and its auxiliaries are all controlled and monitored by an MTU provided automation system.

“This will be the largest, most technologically advanced high endurance cutter ever to enter U.S. Coast Guard service” said Phil Wasinger, Managing Director for MTU Detroit Diesel’s Washington Office. “The MTU team are proud to have completed a successful sea trial on this advanced propulsion system.”

The 418-foot cutter’s propulsion system when in full CODAG operation allows the ship to achieve speeds in excess of 28 knots and can easily make 18 knots when operating economically in single diesel engine mode. These speeds meet and exceed all of the Coast Guard operational requirements for this new cutter class, while the operating flexibility of the propulsion system allows for exceptional endurance and affords reduced lifecycle cost.

The Bertholf completed the Machinery Trials in December of 2007. Next up are Builder Trials scheduled for mid-February followed by Acceptance Trials in March. The Bertholf is scheduled to be turned over to the Coast Guard soon after Acceptance Trials and will then transit to it’s homeport in Alameda, California.

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Cool Stuff, Defense | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MTU Detroit Diesel 16V2000M93 + Magnum Force 80 = 4,800 HP

You’re neither a rock star nor the King of Spain, but you’ve never doubted that you could be either one, or possibly both, if you really put your mind to it. You understand perfectly why most drivers purchase mass-produced automobiles but can’t fathom how those poor souls live with the knowledge that their car looks just like a million others. You only fly first class when your Gulfstream is unavailable. You never, ever read the right-side column of a menu first.  

Sir or Madam, your Magnum is ready.  There are sport boats, there are speedboats and there are so-called Cigarette boats. They all have their merits, but they are strictly junior varsity compared to the new 80-foot custom go-fast waterborne missile built by Magnum Marine in North Miami Beach, Florida. Designed by Pininfarina, decorated by the buyer’s choice of designer and powered by 4,800 horses’ worth of eyesocket-sucking MTU Detroit Diesel engines, the new boat will hustle up to sixty-plus mph without making waves in your flute of Dom Perignon.

This is the boat that Sonny Crockett would have piloted in “Miami Vice” if he had Aristotle Onassis for a partner instead of Ricardo Tubbs. A Magnum sighting at your local marina, however, will make plenty of waves among dockside admirers jaded by the relatively ubiquitous presence of more, ahem, common sport boats. This is as it should be, given the Magnum’s price tag, which is in the $5 million range. That’s for a fully customized boat with up to four ultra-luxurious cabins and enough above-decks square footage to accommodate the entourages of rock star Lenny Kravitz and Juan Carlos, the King of Spain, as long as those two notable Magnum owners didn’t let their guest lists get out of hand.  

Of course, if your particular entourage does overflow the spacious deck, your guests won’t suffer, thanks to a layout that puts the “Amen!” in amenities: The salon (in your choice of décor and colors, naturally) is large enough to offer plenty of elbow room for guests who will no doubt be noshing on the canapés prepared in the gourmet galley. If up to eight of those guests happen to overindulge, they’ll find their cabins so sumptuously equipped and so quiet that even after they wake up they may never want to leave. If that happens, you can always put the mooches to work dusting the forest’s worth of teak belowdecks, which will keep them busy until the party starts all over again at dusk.  

On the water, there’s nothing quite like the sight of a Magnum at full gallop, and the new 80 is no exception. The 20-foot wide, five-inch thick, 80,000 lb. deep-vee hull splits the heaviest seas effortlessly enough to threaten Moses’ job security, and in the process sprays a rooster tail that makes Old Faithful look Old School. Propelled by Arneson surface drives mated to twin MTU Detroit Diesel 16V2000M93 Common Rail engines, the 80 lives up to the buffet of superlatives offered by Magnum Marine Owner and President Katrin Theodoli, who says her company produces “the safest, fastest, most seaworthy, most reliable, most beautiful and most technologically advanced boats in the world.” Theodoli notes that each Magnum is built to order, a process that in her words is a lot of fun because to Magnum owners, “money is absolutely no object.”Super-fast, uber-sexy and if-you-have-to-ask-how-much-you-know-the-rest expensive, the Magnum 80 is totally over the top in the rarified world of sport boats. So when can we get a ride in one?

March 27, 2007 Posted by | Cool Stuff | Leave a comment

MTU 70′ Sport fishing Test Boat Reaches 50 Knots

The joint project between MTU Detroit Diesel and Jarrett Bay Boatworks that was developed last year to showcase MTU’s revolutionary new way of designing pleasure craft propulsion systems is once again making waves. Known as QED, a mathematical term signifying “the solution has been proven,” this process has enabled the test boat to reach 50.2 knots in its most recent sea trials.

That is an unheard-of achievement for a 98,000 lb., 70 feet long, sportfishing boat. The key was to take advantage of the benefits of the new Series 16V 2000 M93 engine which was designed from the ground up as a marine engine. It is far lighter in weight, more compact and more fuel efficient than other engines in its power class. 

MTU’s goal was to work to optimize the performance of these engines for their customers. The idea was to ensure that the entire propulsion system, from the reduction gear ratio and propeller design was complementary to the manufacturer’s hull design.Matching the power and performance of MTU’s 16V 2000 M93 marine engines and using the QED performance improvement process to customize the propulsion system created a sportfisherman that can outperform anything on the water in terms of speed, fuel efficiency and control.

March 1, 2007 Posted by | Cool Stuff | Leave a comment