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Champion Goes Green With Cummins Tier III Engines

Tue January 06, 2009 - National Edition
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“Making the new Cummins QSB Tier III engines standard on all of our motor graders from smallest to largest is a major step for Champion as we move forward in meeting the EPA’s emissions requirements,” said Bryan Abernathy, executive vice president of Champion Motor Graders. “It also will help us prepare for future Tier IV requirements. Our customers get to keep all the power they have become accustomed to in our compact graders, while at the same time enjoying increased engine life and lower noise with the knowledge that they are helping the environment.”

As of Dec. 1, 2008, all Champion motorgraders, including the company’s new C110 C and C116 C Series production class graders, will feature Cummins QSB electronic Tier III diesel engines. The Cummins Tier III engines feature “in-cylinder” emissions, enabling increased performance while meeting more stringent emissions regulations.

Cummins QSB Tier III engines feature increased displacement, rear gear drive, a high pressure common-rail fuel system and other enhancements for increased performance, durability and reduced noise. Champion C60 C/C66 C, C70 C, and C80 C/C86 C Series motorgraders will all feature a turbocharged Cummins QSB4.5 Tier III in line 4 cylinder 110 hp (82 kW) engine, while the new Production Class C110 C/C116 C Series will come with a turbocharged Cummins QSB6.7 Tier III in line 6 cylinder 120 hp (89 kW) engine.

PowerMatch Matches Job Application

An important feature of all Cummins QSB Tier III engines is PowerMatch. Under this program, Cummins partners with OEM engineers to test and match the power of the QSB engine to specific equipment models and applications. PowerMatch uses advanced electronics to shape power curves and ratings to match the jobs the equipment will be doing. According to Jeff McKee, vice-president Engineering at Champion Motor Graders, it takes into account the working environment, load factors, ambient temperatures and operating modes. The engine’s performance is then optimized with other equipment components, using Advisor software, which builds a virtual model to make sure every system (air, intake, exhaust, cooling) is integrated for optimum performance.

“Everything from load factors to operating climates to duty cycles is calculated,” said McKee, “and then Advisor identifies systems or components that could negatively impact reliability-listing alternatives that will deliver the performance end users expect. This is a very advanced system and I know that it will result in customer satisfaction.”

Abernathy is proud that Champion is doing its part for the environment.

“Together with our customers, Champion is working towards a cleaner, sustainable environment. We also know that this is going to make the graders that much more powerful while working at the bottom of the range and certainly extending the life of the units.”

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