Farmers using diesel engines on their operations can take advantage of a plug-and-play product from Steinbauer that’s intended to boost efficiency.
"All we’re doing is altering the injection signal," says Wayne Unrath, territory sales manager, during an interview at the 2013 National Farm Machinery Show.
The company began in 1997 in Austria in the garage of founder Herbert Steinbauer. It began to grow after a car dealer expressed interest in the product, extending to the agricultural sector in the early 2000s and arriving in the U.S. in 2007.
The product, called the Steinbauer PowerModule, is plugged in downstream from the engine control module (ECM) and relies on original-equipment connections without leaving any footprint, Unrath says. The product is customized to customer equipment such as tractors, combines and sprayers. Most of the time, the product can be installed in less than 15 minutes.
On average, the Steinbauer product increases horsepower and torque by between 20% and 25%, Unrath says. The product is safe and compliant with all Tier 4 engines. Resulting carbon dioxide emissions are between 10% to 15% lower, and the product costs between $1,800 and $2,400.
Farmers with questions about use of the product with a piece of machinery should consult their dealers before installation, Unrath says. It’s interchangeable with newer models of the Steinbauer product, and the company will perform free software upgrades.
There are 40 active Steinbauer distributors and dealers in the U.S., Unrath says. The company offers a free 14-day trial, a 30-day money-back guarantee and a three-year warranty.
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