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iGX Intelligent General Purpose Engine
April 14th, 2009
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Honda™s iGX 440 overhead cam (OHC) general purpose engine sets a new standard for ease of use, value fuel efficiency, and quiet operation. The iGX features an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) that delivers complete drive-by-wire remote control capability and controls key aspects of engine operation. The integrated electronic control unit communicates with the application to achieve optimal performance. It is ideally suited for a wide range of commercial and residential power equipment applications which include, pressure washers that automatically start of stop when the user squeezes or releases the trigger handle; water pumps that can be automatically activated based on water level by remote switch, lawn mowers that can automatically vary engine speed based on load; and generators that can automatically start when required and vary engine speed based on electrical draw.
The iGX engine was designed around four key platforms: intelligence, ease of use, lower fuel consumption, and noise reduction:
· Intelligence: the computer-controlled design allows communication with its application, enhancing automation of the task.
· Ease of use: the engine™s design eliminates the need for manual manipulation of the choke and throttle. The self-diagnosis function of the iGX also improves ease of operation and maintenance.
· Noise reduction: superior over that of conventional engines; the iGX offers a noise reduction of approximately 4 db.
· Lower fuel consumption: the technology results in lower fuel consumption and lower emissions, through reduced total engine running time and engine speed that can be lowered based on power demands.