New Emissions Standards in Agriculture and Forestry

While regulations for emissions standards have become more stringent, heavy equipment manufacturers have faced increasing changes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began by implementing Tier 4 requirements on new machinery in January of 2014. These federal air emissions standards applied to diesel engines that were used for off-road equipment.

 

Since the Tier 4 Final laws changed in January 2014 requiring a reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 90%, manufacturers have had to deal with finding the right technology for the job. Heat from forestry equipment can increase the chances of fires, so choosing the right technology is imperative. Engines are no longer using the same fuels, and are required to use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD). The overall purpose of these cleaner engines is to align with state and regional clear air acts.

 

Tier 5 requirements will be mandatory starting January 2019. The requirements for Tier 5 are meant to further reduce particulate matter, much of which is believed to be the cause of respiratory difficulties. The ultra-fine soot that many of these engines release into the air was addressed with diesel particulate filters (DPF), which were mandated in Tier 3. However, difficulty cleaning the DPFs led many companies to change their engines to serve customers better with more efficiency and less cleaning on smaller engines.

 

With larger engines, the DPFs will likely be necessary as Tier 5 draws nearer. The amount of soot these engines release will make using DPFs a necessity for both stationary and mobile units. Companies are looking at making the DPFs smaller, and incorporating direct oxide reduction (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

 

Cummins and other companies will be offering new engines to meet the new timeline, while John Deere has gradually eased into the new regulations. Overall, as companies begin to meet the standards, the air quality in the U.S. and Europe should gradually improve and see less particulate matter from these types of engines.

Examining the Growth of Construction & Heavy Equipment Demand in India

India is quickly gaining attention as a key player in the global economic landscape. As the country continues to develop and grow, there is a heightening demand for space – leading to increased construction activity. All of this activity requires greater investment in supporting products such as heavy equipment. A quick look at the projections of some research bodies shows a number of trends which will revolutionize construction and equipment in the coming years.

  1. Disposable income has played an important role in the growing demand for high-class bungalows, penthouses, and clubhouses. In order to accommodate families eager to upgrade their current housing situations, residential construction projects are being undertaken. The “Housing for all by 2022” initiative by the government is another game changer that is expected to revamp the landscape. Over the next 5 to 7 years, residential endeavors will account for more than 30% of the total value of the construction industry.

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INTERMAT Trade Show

INTERMAT, a major international trade show that occurs in Paris, France, showcases equipment and various techniques utilized in international building and civil engineering projects. This year’s event is taking place from April 20-25 and will include a whopping 1,350 exhibitors from around the world with an expected attendance of over 200,000 visitors.

One of the featured exhibitors at this year’s show will be Shaw Development, a company that specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of custom fluid management solutions for heavy duty vehicles and machinery. Continue reading “INTERMAT Trade Show”

An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing

As a leading global fluid management specialist, Shaw is known for its groundbreaking solutions for OEMs in the commercial and military heavy duty ground vehicle markets. Shaw’s experienced staff is well versed and trained in different manufacturing and production areas, including custom engineering and prototyping. One of the most popular processes that Shaw uses in their business is lean manufacturing.

According to the EPA, lean manufacturing is primarily focused on eliminating non-value added components, or waste. Although the lean manufacturing process is known for reducing waste, it is also well known for high quality products that cost less and are made more efficiently than traditional manufacturing processes. Additionally, it is generally environmentally friendly because of its focus on reducing waste and hazardous materials. Continue reading “An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing”

Get to Know the Fourth Generation of Shaw Development

If you read our last blog, you would know that at Shaw Development we take STEM education and supporting the next generation very seriously. In fact, our internship program looks to recruit future manufacturing workers to gain some experience in the field before heading off to school—which brings us to this blog.

You might have recognized a few familiar names and faces we highlighted because five of our interns are fourth-generation Shaw family workers at Shaw Development. Jordan Hawkesworth, spent a lot of time in the factory for a second summer of full-time work for the company and Samuel O’Hara, spent his first post high school summer working full-time in the factory. For us, this is an important step to growing—not only the next wave of talent, but our business as a whole. Continue reading “Get to Know the Fourth Generation of Shaw Development”

Supporting the Next Generation of Manufacturing Workers

As the school year begins, we are inundated with advertisements on deals for backpacks and pens and other school supplies. It is important to keep in mind what is important: educating America’s youth and encouraging the next generation to focus on their education.

Specifically, in manufacturing, there is a huge movement to celebrate STEM—science, technology, engineering, mathematics. In fact, Shaw does its part on social media to share the latest in the STEM education movement (be sure to follow Shaw on Twitter), but also working to spark interest in manufacturing within the company.
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Our Commitment to Quality Is Second to None

Shaw Development ISO 9000We believe that quality manufacturing is what distinguishes our products from all others.

In our Mission Statement, we stress that Shaw Development provides “superior value through custom engineered and manufactured fluid management products in global markets.” We consider quality to be one of the key factors in providing that “superior value” to you. And in terms of quality manufacturing, we go the extra mile in our adherence to meeting the best practices formulated by the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9000 family of standards.
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Simplifying Lean Manufacturing

There are a lot of buzz words to keep track of these days. In the manufacturing world, it seems, no term is bandied about more nowadays than lean manufacturing. It’s become jargon for engineers. But what does it really mean in plain English?

A visit to the Lean Enterprise Institute website spells out the basics of the “lean” philosophy: “The core idea is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Simply, lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources.”
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