To choose the right machines and engines for the forest industry is crucial to create a sustainable forestry. The right engines also play a big role for both the machine builders and the end-users working in the forest industry. In addition, if the equipment works in a cost-efficient and optimized way, it does not only benefit the operators working in the industry, but also the end product that is so important in our society.
A forestry that is economically, ecologically and socially sustainable
The forest is facing tough challenges and needs to adjust to changes regarding, for example, climate, economy, and urbanization. At the same time, the forest can be a part of the solution to some of these problems. The renewable forest raw material can replace fossil raw material and help contribute to a fossil-free society. However, in order to accomplish that, we must create a sustainable forestry that is in line with the international principles for sustainable development. That means creating a forestry that is economically, ecologically and socially sustainable. A prerequisite to achieve a sustainable forestry is to provide the industry with equipment that has a minimal impact on the environment.
Engines that are easy to install and enable an effective load response
Different actors in the forest industry have different demands when it comes to diesel engines operating in forestry machines. For the machine builder, it is important that the engine is easy to install. This will save them both time and money and help them build their machines in a more effective way. The size of the engine is also an important factor, where a smaller engine that requires less space in the machine is preferred over a larger engine that may result in a larger forestry machine. This can be achieved by, for example, using a smaller cooling system in the engine.
For the end-user, the number one priority is how the engine functions once installed in the machine. Forestry machines have specific challenges compared to other vehicles in the off-road industry. A forest is often located in a remote area with limited access to gas stations and workshops. Since it is a machine that is far from civilization, uptime becomes very important for the end-user. High uptime will enable the machine to operate whenever needed and achieve high productivity. The engine must also have high performance, enable an effective load response and maintain a low noise level for a better working environment. Another important factor for the end-user is to have an engine with a low fuel consumption to help minimize the overall costs.
Minimized emissions in the forest industry with Stage V engines
Minimized exhaust emissions is an important factor to achieve a sustainable forest industry. Stage V is the new emission legislation for off-road vehicles that will take effect in January 2019. The main focus for Stage V is to reduce the exhaust emissions in order the decrease the environmental footprint coming from engines operating in industrial machines. A Stage V engine must be equipped with a particulate filter in the exhaust aftertreatment system that collects particles from the exhaust gases. Eventually, the filter will be filled with soot, which needs to be removed. This is done with a regeneration of the filter. Volvo Penta’s engines allow for a passive regeneration that is performed continuously during operation. This means you don’t have to stop the machine but can continue the production while at the same time cleaning the filter from soot. This helps to create high uptime for the end-user.
Volvo Penta designs power solutions to create high forest production
In order to facilitate the installation process for the machine builders, Volvo Penta has designed all diesel engines with the same geometric and electrical interface. Different markets require different engine variants since the legislations vary depending on the country. When offering engines that are similar to each other, the machine builder does not have to adjust the machine during installation based on a specific country’s legislations.
We, at Volvo Penta, have close dialogues with our customers in order to design diesel engines that live up to the high demands in the forest industry. By creating good relationships, we can easier understand our customers’ needs and what they value in their equipment and design our solutions accordingly. An example of such a relationship is the one Volvo Penta has with Eco Log. We have been working together for several years and because of our close dialogue, we know what is important to them and how our power solutions can help benefit their production.
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