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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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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

 

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