list of its merits is a long one: the most efficient and best-performing engine
in its class, versatile, even at extreme latitudes, low fuel and lube
consumption, compact design – it
seems like the new MAN 45/60CR leaves nothing to be desired.
a prodigy right from the start of its career: it was the first engine to go
through the new PEP 2.0 Product Engineering Process, and so helped to develop
and optimize the process. There were endless questions and discussions at the
outset, however. What should the engine be able to do? What is the best way to
give our customers what they want? The MAN 45/60CR was born on a sheet of white
paper – not as an only
child, but as part of an entire product family, MAN4X, from the very first. Its
dual-fuel and gas siblings will follow in the next few years. The emphasis was
on performance, fuel consumption and low emissions, of course, but pipework,
weight and size also played a role according to Sebastian Kunkel, the overall
project manager in the project’s
early years. “Customer feedback
was crucial. Together with sales colleagues, we visited shipping companies in
particular and gathered customer expectations and requirements for a new engine
in numerous workshops and meetings. This gave us all sorts of ideas for our
work,” he says, looking back.
In total, more
than 400 engineers from the Engine, Marine and Power development functions have
worked on the genesis of the MAN 45/60CR, and not just in Germany, but in
France and India too. Colleagues from Purchasing, Production, Quality, Sales
and Service have played their part as well. Collaboration with external
partners has also proved successful. “Together
with engineering service provider IAV, we tested many development steps in
simulations, saving a few million euros on the test bed,”
Jens Lubach, who took over technical management of the project from Alexandre
Menage in March 2017.
the meticulous work paid off: no prototype of a new engine has ever been put
together so smoothly in Assembly as the MAN 45/60. The marine version of the
engine will be manufactured in Augsburg, the power plant version in
Saint-Nazaire, where colleagues are currently building a new assembly line.
There is also a new test bed to ensure that the test series for the power engine
can be carried out in France from 2018 onwards. Although the engine is a
genuine new development, a great deal of proven technology has gone into it.
The common rail system, for example, has already clocked up more than 3.7
million hours of operation in the field.
question now is what the field tests will reveal and what customers will have
to say about the product to which they themselves have made a major
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