If you’ve heard about the new 2011 Tier 4A engine emissions requirements, you’ve probably heard mention of Diesel Exhaust Fluid aka DEF. But, you might not know a whole lot about it. Below, we’ll shed some light on DEF.
What is DEF and when will I need it?
DEF – a stable, non-toxic solution made of synthetic urea and deionized water – is a key ingredient for the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment process being utilized in model year 2011 and beyond Case IH high horsepower tractors. In combination with proven Case IH engines, this technology will improve engine power and responsiveness, fuel economy, and overall durability for Case IH Steiger®, Magnum™, and Puma™ tractors, while helping them meet 2011 EPA emissions regulations.
Both SCR and CEGR exhaust after-treatment systems create a huge inconvenience for farmers.
FACT: For the SCR system to break down nitrogen oxide, a DEF tank was added. Other than keeping the tank full, you don’t need to think much about it. The tank contains a temperature sensor and heating element, which keeps the DEF at the optimum temperature whether you’re in a warmer cold weather climate. It also includes a fluid level indicator that will alert you when fluid levels are low, just like your diesel fuel level. A good rule of thumb is to fill your DEF tank at every other diesel fuel fill-up. Bottom line, if you know how to pump fuel and change oil filters, these tasks aren’t much different and are just as accessible.
Each month, I’ll introduce a Case IH expert to be our Be Ready guest blogger. I’ve invited Leo Bose as our first expert blogger, to discuss Tier 4A engine technology, facts or fiction. Leo is the training manager for Case IH and is responsible for developing the North American training strategy. He has been with Case IH for more than 16 years, serving in various positions, including combine marketing manager, training specialist on harvesting and planting equipment, training specialist on tractors and product support specialist on under-100 horsepower tractors. He also hails from a farm background!
Be sure to ask questions and we’ll help get the information you need to make informed decisions about Tier 4A.
From their invention more than a century ago, today’s diesel engines have evolved into more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. While that’s a good thing, their high emissions are bad for the environment.
By now, you’ve probably heard about the new federal regulations mandating cleaner, more efficient engines beginning in 2011. Maybe you’ve even heard some acronyms like SCR and CEGR and wondered what it means to you.
Listen up, class is in session!
Tier 4 emissions regulation was created to crack down on air pollutants – primarily particulate matter, which we know as soot, or unburned fuel, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted as a by-product of an engine’s internal combustion process. Doing this requires the addition of an exhaust after-treatment system, such as Cooled Exhaust Gas Regeneration (CEGR) or Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). (more…)
Farmers are facing new challenges every day – from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing our footprint on the environment.
That’s a tall order, but Case IH wants to help you deal with those challenges head-on by offering you expertise and new perspectives.
Each day you face new government regulations and tighter controls from processors and export markets. Yet to be successful, you need technology that boosts productivity as it meets regulations. You need the power to do more with less fuel, and the advice of experts who understand your challenges. For example, our next generation Steiger series tractors are powerful, reliable, fuel-efficient, and easy to maintain – allowing you to be ready.
It’s a constant challenge – more and more demand for food, fiber, and fuel and less and less farmland to grow it on. To succeed, producers like you need equipment that delivers the most – from planting through harvest. And, you’ll need support from experts who put your needs first.
The world’s population keeps growing, and agriculture has to keep pace. You need innovative equipment to get the most out of every acre and advice from people who know your ground like they know their equipment. The world of farming is changing. Case IH can help you be ready. For example, our Axial-Flow combines help producers be more efficient by providing cleaner grain samples out of the field.