Powering the final frontier: A quest to return to the moon

Cummins India - moon mission

Earlier this summer, India attempted humankind's 39th soft landing attempt to the moon. The lander traveled more than 200,000 miles in an attempt to land on the moon's South Pole. 

Just 1.6 miles. That was the distance between India's Vikram moon lander and the moon before the communication with the lander was lost. But optimism and pride for the mission still abounds, as the orbiter was successfully deployed and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to map the surface of earth's closest - and only - natural satellite. 

A mission filled with excitement and pride from the beginning

July 22, 2019 was a historic day for the country of India and Cummins Inc., as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its second successful mission, titled Chandrayaan-2, to the moon.  

In addition to the entire country of India watching Chandrayaan-2 exiting earth’s atmosphere with great pride, a team of Cummins employees were experiencing an additional feeling of accomplishment as they played a significant part in powering the entire launch. A specially engineered Cummins generator performed flawlessly to ensure the Chandrayaan-2 had the power to leave the earth.

Cummins has been powering the world for over 100 years but powering beyond our atmosphere was a challenge the company enthusiastically accepted. A few months back, Chandrashekhar Chougule, Senior General Manager of Technical Support at Cummins India, and Shantha Kumar, Business Development Manager at Cummins India, had embarked on solving a very complex problem of ensuring the Cummins C500D5P genset could perform under extreme temperatures with very limited ventilation. 

It was during the installation and commissioning the team realized the genset was going to be placed directly under the launchpad and was going to power the liftoff. The installation was also quite complex due to the need for continuous operation of the genset when the rocket is moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launchpad. The controller also needed to be integrated with a remote monitoring system that was part of the mission control center. This entire setup was also synchronized with two remotely installed C1250D5P 1250KVA gensets. 

The month of the launch, the Distribution segment team asked to place a team of people and a service van at the service site to respond immediately in case of any emergencies. Sunkiah, Vamsi and Christopher were the service engineers deputed to the site. They were on 24/7 standby for a few days prior to the launch as the ISRO went about their readiness actions for the launch. 

And when the liftoff happened, the Cummins C500D5P was more than up to the task. And when the entire nation cheered for the ISRO, Cummins India cheered both for ISRO and the Power Generation and DBU teams who defined Cummins’ role in the space exploration history of India.

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National Preparedness Month: Be ready for a busy hurricane season

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This year has been far from normal, but regardless of a global pandemic hurricane season still comes around every year. The 2020 Atlantic Basin hurricane season is already off to a historically eventful start and meteorologists are expecting the tropics to remain active.

As of the August forecast, Meteorologists at NOAA and Colorado State University are now predicting 19-25 named storms in the Atlantic Basin for the year. If this holds true, all the alphabetical tropical storm and hurricane names will be used in 2020. This means the Greek alphabet will have to be will be tapped into like it was back in 2005.  

The peak of the Atlantic Basin hurricane season is in mid-September. As a result, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated this month as National Preparedness Month (NPM).

The NPM 2020 theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” FEMA’s website makes it easy to prepare and suggests different preparedness activities to focus on for each week of September. 

September 1-5: Make a plan

  • Know your natural disaster risk
  • Have an out-of-town contact
  • Identify a family meeting place if everyone gets separated
  • Ask a neighbor to check on your pets if a disaster strikes when you are not home
  • Know your area’s evacuation routes and local disaster shelter locations

September 6-12: Build a kit

  • Assemble a disaster prep kit, including items specifically selected for each member of your family (children, seniors, special needs, pets)
  • Develop a “necessities” list that includes items you and your family cannot live without
  • Have at least a two-week supply of bottled water, non-perishable food and prescription medications
  • Include items like masks, hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap and wipes that are now especially necessary due to COVID-19
  • Have important supplies on hand — first aid kit, flashlights, extra batteries, NOAA weather radio, blanket, cash (single dollar bills) and cell phone charger (at a minimum)
  • Keep a disaster kit at home, at work and in your vehicle

September 13-19: Prepare for disasters

  • Having a standby generator means all the power in your home can be restored automatically without gas, even when you’re not there. If you have back-up power generation, your home can be your family’s central meeting place. If you don’t have backup power, make sure your family agrees on a safe place to meet in the event that you are separated.
  • Store important documents in a metal strongbox to protect them from exposure. Keep them on a flash drive as well, just in case.
  • Survey property areas for things that might need repair. Check loose or hanging shingles, signs or shutters, walkways, storage spaces and even overgrown vegetation and dead trees. Check your roof for leaks. Clean out gutters and chimneys.
  • Know if you live in a flood zone. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover flooding and a new flood insurance policy has a 30-day wait period until it activates. Remember, even if you do not live in a designated flood zone: it can still flood!

September 20-26: Teach youth about preparedness

  • Make sure you and your children understand the weather risks in your area
  • Encourage teachers to discuss disaster preparedness at school 
  • Make learning about disasters fun through books, games and other online resources 

Don't suffer through another power outage

In addition to educating yourself about hurricane preparedness, you can take the extra step to protect your residence with a Cummins home generator. Standby power can keep your life essentials operating in the event of a major outage and provide you with peace of mind. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Inquire about a Cummins home generator today and find a certified Cummins dealer near you. 

Meteorologist Cheryl Nelson
Cummins Weather & Preparedness Advisor 
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Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.PrepareWithCher.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

Italian granule crushing plant benefits from more stable power supply and faster recovery times with Cummins diesel generator solution

G.P.R., Coreno Ausonio (FR), Italy
G.P.R., Coreno Ausonio (FR), Italy

A crucial requirement of G.P.R.’s facility upgrade in Coreno Ausonio (FR), Italy was continuous operation around the clock, no matter the operating or environmental conditions. As part of the upgrade, a new, reliable generator was needed to better support their energy needs.

For this reason, G.P.R., a specialist in crushing granules of marble and other stones into calcium carbonates, selected a Cummins Power Generation C550D5e open diesel generator for its robust and reliable performance, along with superior load pickup and load rejection transient capabilities. With fewer voltage and frequency disturbances and faster recovery times from the upgraded power solution, G.P.R. can expect a more stable power supply throughout the year, which is critical for such a prime power application.

“G.P.R is a Cummins loyal customer and has been benefiting of the Cummins quality and great customer service and support via Cummins’ local dealer partner GIS,” said G.P.R. owner Arturo Mattei.

For more information, read the case study in English or Italian on cummins.com.

Angela Papageorgiou

Angela Papageorgiou is the Senior Marketing Communications Specialist for the Energy Management Segment of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2014, Angela worked in Marketing Communications agencies supporting the development and execution of B2C and B2B campaign projects. [email protected]

Overcoming pandemic challenges to power large-scale data center project in Middle East

A Cummins C3000D5E generator in an acoustic enclosure is offloaded at the port.
A Cummins C3000D5E generator in an acoustic enclosure is offloaded at the port.

No doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has brought countless unexpected variables with an extended effect on projects’ life cycles including supply chain, manufacturing and testing.

At the end of 2019, Cummins Africa Middle East was contracted by a leading provider of cloud and computing web services to supply nine (9) C3000D5E units enclosed in customized acoustic enclosures, extending the system that was delivered in 2018 and shown in this video.

ame-data-center-projectLeveraging strong relationships, global resources and innovative solutions, the team achieved on-time delivery. Key to the success of this high-profile project was pre-order engineering expertise, leading emission technologies, competitive pricing, regional and global support.

With the first phase completed, many challenges had to be addressed in Phase 2 even before the pandemic. The delivery schedule was very tight, which necessitated that the design improvements happened concurrently while enclosures were being built. The generator sets packaging process inside the acoustic enclosures had an early start based on the customer’s strategic global requirement, and the team reviewed the project’s delivery schedule to find areas to expedite the build to meet the customer’s delivery milestones. 

The fabrication and delivery schedule was complicated after the start of COVID-19 restrictions impacted availability of staff and materials, along with restricted access to the build oversight. Adding difficulty was the travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic. In place of a more effective and easy face-to-face meeting, the Cummins team had to rely solely on virtual meetings with the design and factory teams at manufacturing plant for the process of issue identification, redesign and improvement implementation.

ame-data-center-projectDuring the pandemic, members of the Commissioning team worked at the vendor’s premises to test the full integration of the generator package inside the acoustic enclosure. After completing all the internal tests, the team conducted a three-day virtual witness test with the customer remotely. The team used three cameras to stream the test from all angles to enable the customer to witness the test. Moreover, the whole virtual test was video recorded, and the video was shared with the customer. The customer witness test included 12 hours’ full load test in addition to the functional tests for all the other subsystems.

“The Project Delivery and Implementation Commissioning team is always in the frontline supporting customers to test, commission and deliver power on time,” said Dany Adam, Director - Power Generation Business AME “The team is hard at work behind the scene with the target to support the customers to be Always On.”

The customer was satisfied with the generator performance and factory acceptance test setup and process, which is a remarkable success. Cummins executed, tested and delivered the project on time to a strategic customer despite the operational, logistical and mobilization challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha supports marketing, communications and event management for Africa and Middle East regions. Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, she gained industry experience working in the event management field. [email protected] 

Cummins home generator family business thrives in the hills of North Carolina

Cummins home generator install - North Carolina

Allan Dearth Generators and Sons is a generator dealer based out of Scaly Mountain, North Carolina (USA) that is giving “family business” a whole new meaning.

Owner and operator Allan Dearth has been doing electrical work for many years and even in the early stages was familiar with Cummins’ product. But it wasn’t until his eldest son decided to move home and dive into business with him that their family-owned operation came to life. Since its founding 14 years ago, their business has been a constant trend of positive success with a supportive Cummins network in their back pocket. 

Many years ago, Allan worked for an electrical company that was his first introduction to the market. He spent seven years delivering, setting, wiring and installing Cummins home generators and eventually took an opportunity to lead a Cummins account where he learned to service products as well. He maintained this role until he received an exciting call from his son, Bryan Dearth.

At the time, Bryan was working in Milwaukee as a diesel mechanic. He told his father that he was coming back home, and he wanted to start their own generator business. Fourteen years ago, this was the conversation that ignited their operation: Allan Dearth Generators and Sons (ADS). Now their business includes ten employees, six of which are family by blood – the other four considered honorary family members by association. 

Cummins home generator install - North Carolina

ADS has been selling and servicing Cummins home generators since their inception. They provide service to three different states (North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) as they are conveniently located near the tri-state border. In the early days, their local area was a very seasonal town. During the winters they would have a population of 4,000 that would grow to nearly 30,000 with tourists during the summers. Now it is more of a year-round town and ADS regularly services about 1,500 generators. 

Over the years, the Dearth family has had great experiences with Cummins’ products and service support. Allan said, “Cummins has always been a good generator, they have a good price point, they are reliable and we like working on them because they’re simpler than most brands.”

Allan highlighted a unique experience with a customer who was doubling the size of his home. He had put a Cummins generator on this man’s residence over 20 years ago and subsequently supported the request to install a larger unit to accommodate his increased power need. The customer no longer had use for the old generator, so he donated it back to ADS. 

Allan took the unit, serviced it and was able to resell it to a gentleman who is a general contractor working in a remote area with zero centralized power. The man was building seven houses on a piece of property over the course of eight months and needed a dependable power solution during the construction period. ADS installed the 22-year-old generator for him and he now runs it eight hours a day, six days a week. Their team services the unit every three weeks and it still runs like new. 

Cummins home generator install - North Carolina

In summation, Allan offered up some advice for anyone on the market for a home generator, “Service support is a big factor. People want to know if they run into a problem, who is going to back them up? It’s all about the support behind the product.” With confidence, he said, “We’re here and we’re here to stay. And Cummins will always back us up.”

Interested in inquiring about a Cummins Home Generator? Visit our website

Interested in becoming a Cummins home generator dealer? Let us know!

Check out Allan Dearth Generator and Sons active Instagram account for product install photos. 

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Katie Yoder

Katie Yoder is a Marketing Communications Specialist. New to Cummins in 2018, Katie joined the marketing operations team where she supports trade show initiatives in North America. As a University of Wisconsin alumna, Katie enjoys watching Badger sports in her free time.

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