7 Ways Cummins Goes High Tech to Power its Customers

Cummins commitment to technology means benefits for customers.

IN MANY WAYS, CUMMINS ENGINES AND RELATED PRODUCTS ARE MORE COMPLEX THAN YOUR SMART PHONE. HERE'S SEVEN WAYS CUMMINS PUTS HIGH-TECHNOLOGY TO WORK FOR YOU:

SUPER COMPUTERS

Clessie 2.0 enables Cummins to power increasingly sophisticated software for the design of engines and related products.

 

 

The Clessie 2.0 supercomputer is a critical asset to the company’s engineering function, accelerating innovation, improving productivity and reducing product development time as well as costs.

With approximately 1.4 petabytes of total storage, 8,584 cores, 355 teraflops of computational muscle, and built to double in capacity, it enables engineers to explore thousands of computer assisted design (CAD) options on demand. Traditionally, an engineer could only explore a small number of design options.

The combination of engineering expertise, robust software, and powerful computing enables Cummins to produce the best engines in the world.

3D PRINTING

Cummins 3-D Printing lab inside the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A).

 

 

3D printers take extremely detailed instructions to make precise objects a layer at a time, with relatively little waste. The technology is primarily used at Cummins to help engineers make detailed prototypes of the engine parts they design, and do it faster and more accurately than ever before.

Prototypes can be made from materials strong enough to put in a working engine for testing, which ultimately means great ideas can get to market faster.

CONNECTIVITY AND BIG DATA

A new app is helping Cummins certified service providers get customers back to work faster.

 

 

Cummins is using the power of connectivity and big data to improve the lives of its customers and service providers in multiple ways.

Immediate Assessment, for example, enables service providers to wirelessly connect to an engine through their smart phones or tablets. A feature of Cummins’ new Guidanz™ mobile app, it can pull fault codes indicating the most likely cause for a check engine light and estimate repair time based on data from thousands of similar repairs. In the past, customers could wait hours just to learn what was wrong.

Telematics devices, meanwhile, allow Cummins to gather extremely large sets of data about how Cummins-powered products operate. Company experts can then analyze that data to create digital solutions to customer challenges. With this technology, we can also remotely monitor Cummins-powered products and send software updates to them over-the-air.

In June, Cummins launched a new company, ZED Connect, to help carriers and drivers use data and analytics to increase their bottom lines. The new company’s first product is a simple and low-cost electronic device, ZED ELD, to help fleets and operators log their hours electronically.

VIRTUAL REALITY

The Virtual Reality Team at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A) demonstrates the virtual reality system  based there.

 

 

There are some things that just can’t be captured on a computer screen. The CAVE at the Cummins Technical Center (CTC) in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), is an especially popular spot for engineers who want to see their designs come to life before a prototype is ever built and customers who want to know how an engine will fit in their particular vehicles before one is ever manufactured.

Formally known as the CTC’s Advanced Virtual-prototyping Environment, the facility is one of several virtual reality centers across Cummins. Making it easier to see the intricacies of a big engine like those used in heavy-duty trucks or trains can be critical to engine uptime. It allows designers to know early on when a part is difficult to reach if a repair is necessary.

It can be important for engine components, too. The CAVE played a key role in development of Cummins’ ultra-efficient Single Module exhaust aftertreatment, helping engineers with both the design and the chassis installation requirements for the system, which is up to 60 percent smaller and up to 40 percent lighter than its predecessor.

ELECTRIFICATION

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (third from left) stands with Cummins’ leaders beside a demonstration work truck testing electrification during a recent visit to the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.).

 

 

Cummins in early 2017 launched an electrification division in response to the growing interest in commercial electric vehicles, especially for buses and delivery vehicles used in urban areas. But the company has been working on diesel-electric hybrid engines for more than a decade.

Cummins is currently in the midst of multiple electric mobile and stationary power projects. In the spring of 2016, the company announced it was part of a project awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in range extender electric powertrain that could reduce fuel consumption by at least 50 percent over a conventional Class 6/7 delivery truck.

ELECTRON MICROSCOPES

A team in the Cummins Technical Center’s Materials Science & Technology lab in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.) uses a powerful electron microscope to do its work.

 

 

Cummins researchers regularly use an electron microscope with enough magnifying power to read a newspaper sitting on the moon from earth.

Roger England, the Cummins Technical Center’s Director of Materials Science & Technology in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), said that tool and others enable his team to work in the realm of atoms as it investigates problems like why a certain kind of oil might wear down an engine part and what metals might be less susceptible to damage.

OUR PEOPLE

Cummins engineers work in a lab in the Columbus Engine Plant.

 

 

Cummins strongly believes its people give the company a strategic advantage, with the technical know-how to help solve our customers’ toughest problems. As the only independent diesel engine manufacturer in the world, Cummins has the in-house capability to produce all the critical subsystems required to build an engine or generator.

About a third of the company’s professional staff has degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Many at the company’s tech centers have PhDs.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

Cummins Powers Women Program Celebrates International Day of the Girl

Participants in Rise Up’s Girls’ Voices Initiative in Kenya learn how to develop their own strategies to improve girls’ lives.
Participants in Rise Up’s Girls’ Voices Initiative in Kenya learn how to develop their own strategies to improve girls’ lives.

Women and girls are half the world’s population. When women and girls advance, we all move forward. The Masai ethnic group in central and southern Kenya are pastoralists, moving to and from areas raising livestock. Their society is strongly patriarchal; male elders decide most major matters for each Masai group. But Cummins Powers Women partner Rise Up is working to change this.

Rise Up’s Girls’ Voices Initiative (GVI) enables Kenyan girls to learn about girl-centered advocacy, leadership and how to develop their own strategies to improve girls’ lives. Rise Up is one of eight non-profit organizations Cummins is partnering with through the global Cummins Powers Women program, Cummins’ commitment to the advancement and prosperity of women and girls around the world. 

Peris is a 14-year-old Masai girl with a mighty voice, advocating to keep Kenyan girls in school. She is one of 24 girls participating in the GVI to stand up for change. Together these girl leaders are advocating for legislation to bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya.

Peris, a participant in the Girls' Voices Initiative.
Peris, a participant in Rise Up's Girls' Voices Initiative.

“I was inspired to work on issues affecting girls in my community because girls have been undergoing many problems, including FGM, early marriage, teen pregnancies and dropping out of school,” Peris explained.

“I attended the training and learned that a girl was not put on this earth to be invisible and not given life only to belong to someone else," she said. "I learned that girls can also be confident in their future and focus forward as the boys can do. I learned that I can speak up for girls’ rights.”


   
GLOBAL REALITIES FOR GIRLS

Today, on International Day of the Girl (Oct. 11), Cummins celebrates young female leaders like Peris, who are working to change their current reality. Consider these facts :

•    Globally, nearly 15 million girls under age 18 are married every year – or 37,000 each day.
•    One in three girls aged 15-19 has experienced some form of female genital mutilation in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
•    600 million girls live in poverty.
•    Every additional year of schooling for a girl increases her future earnings by 10 to 20 percent.

Although Kenya’s Female Genital Mutilation Act (2011) prohibits FGM nationwide, the practice remains common in certain regions. The prevalence of FGM in Peris’ community of Kajiado County is among the highest in the nation, affecting about 73 percent of women and girls (KDHS, 2014). 

Thanks to the training they received from Rise Up, Peris and her fellow girl leaders advocated for their rights. Together, they asked for support from the school chairmen, teachers and boys, and within their community, speaking with key chiefs and village elders.

Their leadership and advocacy resulted in the Members of the County Assembly implementing the FGM Act in Kajiado County. This is exponential change, and that’s why Cummins is partnering with Rise Up and other organizations advocating for women’s advancement around the world. 

PARTNERSHIPS THAT WORK

When women and girls have equal opportunity for education, skills development, pay, child care and healthcare, then girls, women, families and ultimately economies prosper. 

The Cummins Powers Women program represents the next phase of Cummins’ commitment to large-scale community impact and powering a more prosperous world. The program has started projects in seven regions around the world, reaching more than 1,500 people in 10 countries. 

The company’s investment of more than $10 million will support a range of effective programs already underway:

•    In North America, the Cummins Leadership Team is helping Girls Inc. create an advocacy approach to influence policy and government support for legislation that help girls and young women.
•    In Australia, local Cummins leaders met with students at Girls Academy schools to learn about their interests and goals. Girls Academy is the leading provider of school based programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia.
•    In Cambodia, local Cummins leaders joined program partner CARE Australia in meeting young female students at two local schools to learn about their day to day lives. CARE is working to improve girls’ education in the northern provinces of Cambodia. Cummins and CARE also met with government officials to discuss the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills development in school curriculum. 
•    In Kenya, Cummins' leaders will be engaging in the Rise Up leadership accelerator in November, focused on young Maasai women. The program will engage 20 high school girls and 10 of their teachers, helping the girls develop their voice for advocacy and training the teachers on how to support the students.

The positive and inclusive environment for women at Cummins is the catalyst for us to dream about a future for all women and girls that includes abundant opportunity for global leadership, invention, skill and creativity. That’s why Cummins is lending its powerful voice in communities to cause exponential change in the lives of women and girls. 

Lucy, another youth leader in Rise Up’s Girls Voices Initiative in Kenya, captured many of the issues facing girls in her community in a short video. It was selected as one of 12 winners of the Girls Rising Creative Challenge out of nearly 900 submissions.

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Mary T. Chandler

Mary Titsworth Chandler is Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation. She joined the company in 2011 serving in Corporate Responsibility and became the leader of the function in 2015. A lawyer by training, Chandler practiced law for 25 years prior to working at Cummins.

Cummins Named to Key Sustainability Index for a 13th Consecutive Year

Remanufacturing centers like the one in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), return Cummins’ engines and parts to productive use, keeping them out of landfills. In addition, the practice saves the energy needed to build new products.
Remanufacturing centers like the one in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), return Cummins’ engines and parts to productive use, keeping them out of landfills. In addition, the practice saves the energy needed to build new products.

Cummins has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index for a 13th consecutive year, missing the minimum score for inclusion on its world index by a single point.

The index is one of the most prestigious sustainability rankings in the world. Participating companies must complete an exhaustive self-assessment supported by publicly available data covering a wide range of areas including the environment, governance, ethics, safety, innovation, customer support, human rights, and philanthropy and community service.

“Sustainability for Cummins is about making sure that we do our business in a more effective and more efficient way,” Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in a recent interview for the Business Roundtable, a group of business leaders dedicated to playing an active role in the formation of public policy. “We want to make sure that as we continue to give power to people around the world, we do it by consuming and impacting the world less.

 

 

“This challenge, meeting the sustainability needs of our planet while continuing to grow our economy, is the challenge of our age,” he added, "and Cummins is facing this head on.”

Cummins’ consistently high ranking in the Dow Jones sustainability index for North America reflects its commitment to sustainability. In 2018, the company saw major gains in the scoring of its answers for human rights (the company adopted a new human rights policy late in 2017) as well for its strategy for emerging markets, operational eco-efficiency and corporate citizenship.

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones sustainability index is based on an analysis by RobecoSAM, an investment group focused exclusively on sustainability investing for more than 20 years. It says the number of companies submitting surveys for review has consistently grown over time, increasing 5 percent alone in 2018. RobecoSAM says that’s evidence of the growing importance of sustainability as a key investment factor. 

Cummins has also done well in other recent sustainability and environmental surveys and rankings. The company finished 25th in Newsweek’s 2017 Green Ranking of U.S. companies, 45th on the Forbes-Just Capital list of the Just 100: America’s Best Corporate Citizens in 2017 and 60th in Barron’s first-ever list of America’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies, announced earlier this year.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

New Center is Next Step in Cummins’ Innovation Efforts

Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey leads a tour at the new Cummins Machine Integration Center.
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey leads a tour at the new Cummins Machine Integration Center.

Cummins officials today (Sept. 18, 2018) dedicated a state-of-the-art integration center designed to test the integration of company products and concepts into customer trucks and other equipment.

The new Cummins Machine Integration Center in Columbus, Indiana (USA), is capable of testing a variety of powertrains, including electrified power, and represents another significant step in the company’s efforts to enhance innovation across a broad portfolio of power options.

“This facility is already a key tool in our toolbox as we work to provide turn-key machine integration solutions for our global customers,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins. “In addition, we can showcase our global integration technology leadership and provide an enhanced workspace for our employees who will have new opportunities to develop their skills and capabilities.”

The new center replaces a crowded facility in Columbus that was retrofitted for the same kind of work. The new center is larger, with room for 60 to 70 trucks on the site, and includes 16 dedicated service bays, a fabrication shop, an instrumentation lab, a parts inventory and a powertrain integration area. Everything is laid out for the greatest possible efficiency, including making it easier to pick up materials for recycling.

The new center has room for 60 or 70 trucks on site and includes 16 dedicated service bays.
The new center has room for 70 trucks on site and has 16 dedicated service bays.

PERFECTLY ALIGNED

The center is perfectly aligned with the company’s goal of offering customers a range of dependable power solutions, including clean diesel, natural gas, and hybrid and fully electric powertrains. It has a dedicated space just for electrification work, with limited access to ensure only those with the appropriate safety training can enter.

The new building also has office space for about 45 employees and plenty of collaborative working space for visiting employees from nearby Cummins facilities who might have business at the center. Finally, the new center has room for expansion as critical technologies are identified and incorporated into Cummins products.

Dedication of Cummins Machine Integration Center
A crowd of elected officials, the media and Cummins employees attended today's dedication and toured the facility.

A BUILDING WITH A PURPOSE

A lot of the center’s work will be dedicated to figuring out the best way to integrate Cummins’ engines and other products into customers’ machines. Cummins is an independent engine manufacturer so a lot of the company’s products are sold to customers who build trucks and other equipment. The company wants to be a partner in its customers’ success so product integration is critical.

But there will also be “real world” testing going on at the center into the concepts the company is exploring for possible use in the future.

Photo from the Cummins Machine Integration Center Opening
It's been a busy year for innovation at Cummins, as the company looks to continue as the industry leader in its field.

A BUSY YEAR FOR INNOVATION

The center is merely the latest step in the company’s innovation efforts over the past year. Cummins acquired several companies to enhance its electrification efforts. It opened a new technical center in India in March and celebrated the 50th anniversary of its technical center in Columbus in October of 2017.
 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

In NASCAR, this Job is Never Truly Done, but the Hauler Driver can Always Count on Cummins

The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.
The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.

When Bill “Stump” Lewis pulls the hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford into the next track on the NASCAR circuit, he knows there’s a pretty good chance he’ll never see the actual race. 

Lewis is usually busy packing the Cummins powered tractor-trailer during a race to get back on the road as quickly as possible after the checkered flag falls.

Every second counts, both on and off the track, for Bowyer’s team, which is sponsored in part by Cummins in 2018. It’s just part of the job, says Lewis, who has been doing this kind of work for more than 20 years. 

“Sometimes I don’t even know who won the race,” he said with a laugh, taking a short break from his duties for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) earlier this season at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan (USA).

It’s OK, the affable Lewis says, driving the truck is still one of his favorite parts of the job.

FIRST IN, LAST OUT

Hauler drivers are typically the first to arrive at a track for a NASCAR team and often the last to leave. Some say they have the toughest job on the circuit and that’s easy to understand listening to Lewis describe his typical week during the season.

It starts at the SHR garage in Kannapolis, North Carolina (USA), where Lewis gets everything loaded into the hauler – including two cars, nearly enough parts to build another, tools of all sort, and the electronic equipment used to evaluate a car’s performance on the track. Lewis is even in charge of the snacks served in the team break room inside the hauler – which usually means he makes a trip to the grocery store before leaving town.

By the time the hauler hits the road, it’s filled either at or near the legal limit – 80,000 pounds. When he gets to the track, Lewis’ work is just beginning. He gets everything out and positioned, so the crew can get right to work the minute they arrive on site. Even at 66, Lewis can run circles around many of his younger peers on the NASCAR circuit.

Rendering of Cummins car for key races
For select races, the Cummins logo will appear on the hood of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas racing.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HAULER

It’s a tough job, agrees Gary “Bear” Geissman, who is the fleet manager for SHR and has been involved in the racing transportation business in various capacities for some 40 years. He oversees all of the team’s haulers and 16 to 18 drivers. Sometimes more than one driver is needed if a trip takes more than the legal time limit before a driver must rest.

The SHR team’s haulers are usually on the road for more than 220 days a year, each covering about 70,000 miles annually, crisscrossing the United States under all kinds of driving conditions. There are seldom any “empty miles” that other truck drivers experience heading home after a delivery.

Keeping the haulers clean and in top condition is paramount. First, they each carry about $1.5 million worth of equipment, Geissman said. If that weren’t enough, the haulers amount to rolling billboards for teams and their partners. 

In certain locations, the haulers even have their own rabid fans. After NASCAR’s stop at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York, Lewis said people were lined up for miles on the sides of the road to see the haulers head south into Pennsylvania.

Photo of the Stewart Haas Hauler in Bristol
The Stewart-Haas hauler at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee (USA) earlier this year.

THE CUMMINS DIFFERENCE

Nobody wants to get stuck by the side of the road, the drivers of a stock car hauler perhaps least of all. They know a race has never been delayed or cancelled because someone’s hauler had engine trouble getting to the track.

Lewis says torque and dependability are key to getting his job done and Bowyer’s hauler has had a 600-horsepower heavy duty Cummins engine for about three years. 

“We are at maximum load with our trucks,” said Geissman, who’s worked with Cummins engines for most of his career. “With a Cummins engine we get the power we need to pull all of our equipment. We can get up to and stay at the speed limit, and our Cummins engines are really good on fuel, too. ”

Hauler drivers have enough to worry about. They shouldn’t have to worry about their engines, too. 
 

The Cummins’ name debuted on the No. 14 Ford of driver Clint Bowyer at the Aug. 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Cummins will return to Bowyer’s car for the Oct. 14 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. To follow Bowyer’s efforts, check out the Stewart-Haas Racing website or follow the team’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

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