Cummins Next Gen QSL9 Evolves to Meet 2011 Emissions

Tue January 20, 2009 - National Edition
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Cummins Inc. will introduce the next generation QSL9 engine platform ready to meet EPA Tier IV Interim and EU Stage IIIB off-highway emissions at the INTERMAT Show in Paris, France, from April 20 to 25th. The QSL9 will be showcased as a fully integrated air-intake to exhaust aftertreatment system with all Tier IV technology enablers designed and manufactured by Cummins. Cleaner, more efficient combustion reduces QSL9 fuel consumption by up to 5 percent, dependent on rating, according to the manufacturer.

The QSL9 increases top-rated power to 380 hp (283 kW) with peak power rising to 400 hp (298 kW) at a lower rpm in response to very high work load demands. This compares to a Tier III top-rated power of 365 hp (272 kW) with a rated peak power of 375 hp (280 kW).

The 8.9-L Tier IV platform incorporates Cummins XPI Extra-High Pressure Injection fuel system, which represents the latest development of common rail capability. The XPI system enables multiple injection events with very high fuel injection pressure across all engine rpm speeds, resulting in cleaner combustion and improved engine response. The fuel system is complemented by a Cummins Variable Geometry Turbocharger with a sliding-nozzle design. This continuously varies the air-flow boost to precisely match engine rpm and load demands.

“QSL9 ratings are broadened to take advantage of 8.9-L displacement benefits with higher performance and fuel economy for 2011 low emissions levels,” said Ric Kleine, vice president, Cummins Off-Highway Business. “The QSL9 will be used as a base to replace the 8.3-L QSC and offers an even more attractive power solution for equipment manufacturers with lower operating costs.

“The QSL9 offers significantly more power flexibility for Tier IV applications. A peak power output up to 400 hp enables the QSL9 to power equipment usually associated with larger displacement engines. With QSL9 power ratings extending down to 240 hp this brings the durability and improved torque of an 8.9-L to equipment typically using lower displacement engines for Tier III.

“Our customers can be confident in the capability of Cummins to not only meet the stringent EPA and EU emission regulations in 2011 — but to achieve these regulations with better performance and lower cost of operation,” added Kleine.

The QSL9 utilizes the same Tier IV emissions architecture as previously announced for the smaller QSB6.7 and larger QSX engine. An integrated Cummins particulate filter enables a 90 percent reduction in particulate matter and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system reduces oxides of nitrogen by 45 percent. The particulate filter replaces the exhaust muffler with equivalent sound reduction and is designed hardened to withstand severe shock loads and vibration, according to the manufacturer.

Air intake flow for the Tier IV QSL9 features a high performance Cummins Direct Flow Stage IIIB air filter by Fleetguard providing a 35 percent smaller installation profile than typical engine air filters, yet retaining the same filtration efficiency. This is accomplished by creating a direct flow path through the filter media which is packaged in a rectangular configuration rather than a conventional cylindrical shape.

For more information, visit www.cummins.com.