Caterpillar has announced its strategy for customers in lesser regulated countries selling and purchasing used Tier 4-Interim products for operation in lesser regulated countries, where prevailing fuel quality and fuel sulfur content vary widely.
Based on testing, analysis and field validation, the company has determined that Cat Tier 4-Interim engine systems between 175 and 750 horsepower (7-32L engines) will not require any modification to operate in lesser regulated countries. For Cat Tier 4-Interim engines less than 175 horsepower, Caterpillar will offer authorized modification processes that remove aftertreatment from machine and commercial engine configurations to enable operation in lesser regulated countries. Modification processes, which includes decertification, will be made available to customers in lesser regulated countries exclusively through their local Cat dealer beginning in 2014.
“Tier 4 used equipment migration is a complex issue,” said Ramin Younessi, VP, Industrial Power Systems Division. “Because Caterpillar serves customers in all markets, we develop products to meet the needs of customers in all types of regulatory environments. For example, all non-road equipment operated in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan must operate on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. When equipment developed for certain markets, like our Tier 4 equipment, moves to different markets, it adds challenges for Caterpillar, our dealers and our customers. Challenges arise due to diverse emissions regulations, the need for dealer readiness training and the need to help customers understand how to operate and maintain these next generation products. Most importantly, customers contemplating the purchase or modification of used Cat Tier 4 products need to understand and comply with their local regulatory requirements.”
Younessi added, “With the migration strategy, we’re looking forward, ahead of the Tier 4-Interim products that are already finding their way overseas to lesser regulated countries. Tier 4-Final products won’t be far behind the Interim products.”
Beginning with Cat dealers in locations Caterpillar has identified as higher probability recipients of used Tier 4 equipment, the company is preparing dealers to support the migration of used equipment to lesser regulated countries. These dealers will have access to service training, parts stock, service tooling and product information, including detailed information on specific product availability.