For over two decades, the automotive industry has struggled to keep up with emission standards by installing emission control systems that are increasingly more sophisticated and expensive. In the meantime, emission control for materials handling equipment has not been a major concern. Without having to meet stringent tailpipe emission standards and faced with pressures to contain costs, OEMs of material handling equipment have seen no need to introduce significant kinds of emission control devices. However, with more strict enforcement of indoor health and safety regulations, combined with the increasing awareness of end-users, the market is slowly changing.
The regulations for indoor health and safety usually set maximum levels of pollutants
for the ambient air. This means that even if the IC engine pollutants at the tailpipe far exceed these levels, it is still possible to meet regulatoly requirements if there is adequate ventilation, but in many cases this is not sufficient. Installing a catalytic converter provides the end-user with a quick solution to achieving improved ambient air quality and improving worker safety. DCL’s MINE-X@ catalytic converter combined with proper engine maintenance typically reduces pol-lutants from gaseous tailpipe emissions by over 90 per cent. As a result, a growing world-wide aftermarket is emerging to provide end-users of materials handling equipment with catalytic converters.