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Volvo Penta helps Keestrack’s machines to keep moving with its durable engines and excellent customer service.

With an ethos of ‘built to last, designed to perform’, crusher and screening manufacturer Keestrack knew it needed robust engines to service its machines. So it turned to Volvo Penta to help achieve its aims.

The company switched from using other producers’ products to ordering Volvo Penta’s 8-, 13- and 16-liter diesel engines, for its series of Destroyer mobile impact crushers.

Volvo Penta’s TAD853VE, TAD1351GE and TAD1650GE engines have now been installed in Keestrack’s Destroyer 1011, 1113, 1313 range, for a year. Further engine models are on order.

Keestrack Destroyer

Keestrack Destroyer

Belgium-based Keestrack has been in operation since 1988 and has an international roster of customers.

The largest of its Destroyer range, the 1313, has an infeed opening of 900 x 1280 mm and a rotor diameter of 1267 mm. There is an independent pre-screen and an optional two-deck after-screen. It has a tilting chassis and a capacity of up to 500 tonnes per hour. It is used across a range of industries including quarrying, mining, demolition and landfill recycling.


Volvo Penta impresses customer ARJES with its efficient, quiet and economical engines

When shredder company ARJES wanted to change its machines’ engines, it had a checklist of aspects it wanted – increased fuel efficiency, less noise pollution and an economical price.

The company felt that previous engines by Volvo Penta’s competitors hadn’t been entirely suitable. But after talking to Volvo Penta, ARJES began installing the manufacturer’s 8- and 16-liter diesel engines – including the TAD1643VE and TAD1672VE – in its VZ 750, 850 and 950 primary shredders.

ARJES’ shredders and screeners are used for the recycling of car bodies, trees, waste wood, tires, and other industrial and domestic waste material.

Its most powerful shredder – the VZ 950 – has three diesel versions: for metal (with quick and slow rotations), independent mobile use (which is remote-controlled), and trailer-based applications (for transportation to different locations).




The German-based company configures its machines according to customer requirements in terms of type of material, fraction size and throughput. Many of them, working in challenging environments, require a heavy-duty air-filter.


Volvo Penta engines are such a key part of PTC’s products that the French manufacturer honors them in its hydraulic powerpacks

French-based PTC and Volvo Penta have been collaborating for more than 50 years and have strengthened their relationship with the creation of several hydraulic powerpacks, including the PTC 650VO.

The powerpack is used for pile driving rigs (known as Vibrodrivers), and insofar as the ‘650’ refers to the available hydraulic oil flow, the ‘VO’ stands for Volvo.

PTC (part of the Fayat Group) makes Vibrodrivers, soil improvement equipment, and powerpacks. Its vibratory hammers produce vertical vibrations that can be applied to pile driving operations for sheet, tubes, concrete, wood, casings and beams. The Vibrodrivers are used free-hanging with cranes or set on rigs, and are suitable for both on- and off-shore use.

PTC uses Volvo Penta engines in three of its powerpacks, including the Stage IV/Tier 4 Final-compliant TAD 1375 VE in the 650VO.

Volvo Penta full engine range

Volvo Penta full engine range


New line of EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV industrial open power units

Volvo Penta is launching a new line of EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV PowerPac industrial open power units for OEM manufacturers.

Volvo Penta is initially deploying the PowerPac systems in the Americas, and will roll out the products for industrial customers worldwide through the company’s global distribution channels.

The PowerPac systems come equipped with a complete set of pre-installed components including all Tier 4F/Stage IV after-treatment components, engine cooling system (radiator and CAC), air and fuel filters and mounting brackets.

The result is an extremely compact package that can be easily integrated into the OEM machines with no custom engineering, significantly decreasing the time of installation and alleviating complexities in the process.

D13 Stage IV-Tier 4 final engine

D13 Stage IV-Tier 4 final engine

Application engineering, configuration, testing and certifications are completed at a Volvo Penta factory, and the systems are covered by Volvo Penta’s global warranty. The PowerPac line is also backed by Volvo Penta’s worldwide network of over 3,500 trained service dealers.

The open power units utilize Volvo Penta’s proven Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which complies with all Tier 4F/Stage IV emission limits without using a separate diesel particulate filter (DPF) or diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC).

Volvo Penta offers the open power units for TAD87XVE , TAD117XVE and TAD137XVE engine models, with horsepower ratings ranging from 214hp to543hp.


New 16-liter engine for mobile versatile applications

Volvo Penta’s new 16-liter diesel engine has been developed in answer to customer requirements for a reliable, compact and cost-effective off-road industrial powerhouse. OEMs and end users expressed their desire to find an alternative for bigger engines (19 to 20 L engines) which suits versatile, mobile applications, where engine dimensions, weight and limited space are concerns.

The latest 565kW 16-liter engine is based on the TAD1643VE, but with modified features to enable it to be installed in a wider range of machines.

Like its predecessor, the TAD1643VE-B is powerful, reliable and easy to install. The new version has been tested in challenging environmental and operating conditions – for example, in underground mining and agricultural applications.



The TAD1643VE-B includes a range of features:

  • New water-cooled turbo-charger, making the engine more dynamic and suitable for mobile applications.
  • New fuel injectors and more efficient combustion, for improved fuel consumption and lower operating costs.
  • Engine brake – Volvo Group patented technology offering 250 Kw performance and 10 x higher engine brake capacity.
  • Increased torque and torque curve: due to the turbo-charger, extended torque curve allows for better performance at a wider range of RPM, making it more powerful, particularly at the lower end of RPM.
  • Electronically controlled wastegate, allowing for mobile, high altitude and stationary applications.
  • Emission reduction system without the need for exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).
  • Modern engine control unit (ECU) and same electrical interface as the latest Stage IV/Tier 4 final engine, to enable ease of installation.
  • Upgraded engine management system (EMS 2.3).
  • Rated power of 565kW at 1900 RPM: highest output per liter of displacement, making it the best 16-liter engine in its class.

Apart from other optional items, it includes heavy duty cooling packages, retarder thermostat housing, and a rear power take-off.

Global emissions standards

The new model is compliant with China NS III emissions regulations for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 2 Power Band E (for stationary emergency generators). The latter is applicable mainly to applications which are in use if a main engine cannot be used. This is equivalent to EU Stage II, regulation 96.

Volvo Penta moves to the future ahead of Stage V emissions regulations

After the successful launch of Volvo Penta’s innovative Stage IV-compliant engines in 2014, the division is now looking to move into new territory ahead of Stage V regulations. It is expected that the European Commission will legislate for an increased reduction in emissions in all off-road diesel engines, which is expected to come into force in 2019.

While current regulations limit the overall mass of particle emissions, Stage V will also affect the number of particles emitted. The European Commission made its proposals in September 2014, on the basis that tighter controls would be needed on diesel exhaust emissions, in order to better protect the public’s health and the environment.

Progressive controls

European Commission controls on the of discharge of nitrous oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) for off-road diesel engines were first adopted in 1997 under Directive 97/68/EC.

The legislation has been amended many times since, to reach the current Stage IV level, which limits emissions of NOx to 0.4 g/kWh. Emissions of particulate matter – soot – is also currently limited to 0.025 g/kWH. Stage IV regulations are applicable to non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) with engines ranging from 19-560kW.

The European Commission’s proposals for Stage V would place more stringent controls on emissions and widen the scope of applicability.

  • Stage V regulations are expected to reduce particle mass limits to 0.015 g/kWh and particle numbers to 1 x 10₁₂/kWh.
  • They will be applicable to all non-road mobile machinery.
  • Regulations have not yet been ratified by the EU, but are expected to come into force in 2019.
  • The USA’s Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has not released proposals for further controls, but their Tier 4 regulations ran parallel to the EU’s Stage IV, and it is believed that the EPA may adopt further controls in line with EU Stage V.


When the final Stage IV/Tier 4 regulations came into force, Volvo Penta improved its selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology in its engines. With SCR technology, AdBlue™ is injected into the exhaust line and reacts with NOx in the catalytic converter to turn the harmful compound into nitrogen and water. Light exhaust gas recirculation (light EGR) also reduces NOx by lowering the peak combustion temperature.

New emissions controls for Stage V will see Volvo Penta adopting further solutions to limit gaseous and soot discharge. As part of the Volvo Group, the segment has a wide range of knowledge and experience upon which to draw, for its applications.

HVO fuel approval offers huge fossil CO2 reductions to Volvo Penta engines

In an ongoing effort to reduce the environmental impact of its products, Volvo Penta has approved the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO) – neat or blended with conventional diesel – in all of its diesel engines. The approval is based on extensive field testing and endorsement of HVO for on-road use by sister company Volvo Trucks, part of the Volvo Group. Volvo Penta engines do not need any type approval or specific certification for HVO usage.

HVO is a renewable, paraffinic fuel, also known as “synthetic diesel”, which can be produced from a variety of vegetable and animal sources. It follows the preliminary CEN standard, prEN15940, for use in diesel engines.

HVO user benefits

HVO can be used in all applications where fossil diesel is used today. A reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 90% can be realized, depending on the feedstock used in the HVO production. Compared to most conventional diesel fuels, it also results in a substantial reduction of soot and is sulfur free.

HVO fuel can be distributed, handled, and stored just as traditional fuel. Whether it is neat or blended with conventional diesel fuel, it can be used in any Volvo Penta engine without modifications. Additionally, there are no changes needed to service intervals and normal warranty conditions are applicable.

Better for the environment, better for all

Increased energy consumption for both industrial and public usage over recent decades have resulted in a significant rise in CO2 emissions, leading to concerns about global warming and  public health issues.

Many governments and enterprises around the world – originally initiated by the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol and now reinforced by the recent COP 21 agreement in Paris – have started to tackle the issue by setting targets, as well as introducing policy instruments and new technologies in order to decrease the use of traditional fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions.

HVO and paraffinic fuel facts

  • Paraffinic fuels (“synthetic diesel”) for use in diesel engines are defined by the preliminary CEN standard, prEN15940. Final standard approval is expected during 2016.
  • Paraffinic fuels have a somewhat lower density and volumetric energy content than conventional diesel, which might result in slightly higher fuel consumption and a slight reduction of engine power.
  • HVO is a paraffinic fuel made from renewable feedstock, such as vegetable oil and animal fats. It significantly reduces particulates (“soot”) and fossil CO2 emissions by up to 90%, depending on the feedstock used in its production.
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