Cummins’ products play key role in China’s recovery

An excavator powered by a Cummins engine helps build one of the emergency hospitals to fight COVID-19 in Wuhan.
An excavator powered by a Cummins engine helps build one of the emergency hospitals to fight COVID-19 in Wuhan.

Cummins powered equipment has played an essential role in China’s fight against COVID-19, helping construct emergency health care facilities,  powering the transport of food, medicine and other essential material, and providing reliable standby power to key institutions and infrastructure. 

By continuously powering its frontline partners and customers, the company has played a critical role in helping the country win more time in its race to outrun the virus.

“While our operations slowed or shut down through the worst of the outbreak – many of our employees were still working around the clock to support our customers and their equipment that was re-purposed to support the fight to contain the virus around the country,” said Nathan Stoner, the Cummins Vice President leading the China Area Business Organization. “I am extremely proud of the great work our teams have done and continue to do to support our customers and our communities despite all the difficulties they have had to overcome in working and living through such a challenging situation.”

EMERGENCY CONSTRUCTION

Construction sites have been a critical front line in the fight against COVID-19. Cummins powered equipment from LiuGong, Xugong, SANY, Komatsu, Zoomlion, Strong, SINOBOOM, Loxa and other original equipment manufacturers contributed to the construction of critical emergency facilities. 

By the end of January, more than 7,000 builders and equipment operators suspended their long-awaited Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, the most important holiday in China, and rushed to Wuhan in Hubei province, the epicenter of the virus outbreak. 

A team of Cummins mechanical and service personnel also went to Wuhan to provide on-site support as the construction crews built two emergency hospitals in a mere 10 days to cope with the surge of COVID-19 patients.

The construction teams worked 24-hour shifts that were streamed from the building site to viewers across the country. Tens of millions of Chinese and foreign citizens watched the construction, serving as “cloud supervisors” and cheering the construction teams on the front line.

Cummins powered equipment also assisted emergency construction projects in other cities and regions fighting against the virus, including Beijing.

DELIVERING NEEDED SUPPLIES

Medical supplies and living necessities have been in urgent need since the outbreak. Thousands of Cummins powered vehicles across China transported millions of tons of medical masks, gloves, goggles and other emergency supplies to Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province as part of the country’s sweeping efforts to contain the epidemic.

These trucks had to be dependable and reliable for hauling such important freight, often over long distances. Cummins engines, with best-in-class performance and reliability, helped secure the emergency material supply in severely-affected areas.

Generators are delivered to a hospital  fighting  COVID-19, one of many ways Cummins products made a difference in China.
Generators are delivered to a hospital fighting COVID-19, one of many ways Cummins products made a difference in China.

POWERING CRITICAL FACILITIES

In critical periods, a stable and reliable power supply was essential in the efforts to bring the virus under some semblance of control. Cummins’ gensets and integrated service solutions continue to support the medical infrastructure and facilities in impacted areas. 

On Feb.7, for example, three KTA19-G8 gensets were delivered to a COVID-19 designated hospital in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to provide standby power to ensure operations would continue no matter what happened.

The gensets were co-manufactured by Chongqing Cummins Engine Company and one of its original equipment manufacturing partners. 

The engine company lost no time in providing professional technical and service support when requested from customers. With collaboration from many functions, the gensets were delivered to the hospital and installation was quickly completed. 

China reached an important milestone last week. Wuhan reopened after more than 10 weeks in lock down to slow the spread of the virus. It will take time, but the Hubei province is beginning to return to normal.   

“The spread of COVID-19 is having an unprecedented and constantly evolving impact on our global business and on our business in China,” Stoner said. “The health and safety of our employees is always our No. 1 priority, and the outbreak of COVID is the largest global health challenge many of us have faced in our lifetimes.”
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

When innovation meets awards season

Cummins PowerCommand X-Series Transfer Switch

Transfer Switches are this year’s nomination for the 2021 CSE Product of the Year Award! 

With increased grid instability, and power outages due to natural disasters and inclement weather - the need for reliable power system equipment is crucial from small business and light commercial to mission-critical and life-saving applications. In response, Cummins Power Generation has designed a series of game-changing transfer switches: The PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches. 

With market-leading innovation, the PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches have been nominated for the prestigious Consulting Specifying Engineer (CSE) 2021 Product of the Year Award! 

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Pulling from over 80 years of experience in designing transfer switches and more than 100 years of providing power generation solutions globally - the revolutionary Cummins PowerCommand® X-Series Transfer Switches are engineered to survive exceedingly high fault currents at levels that could potentially blow out or damage other transfer switches. Rated from 40A – 3000A, the X-Series Transfer Switches meet the highest UL-certified withstand and closing rate in the market, allowing for an enhanced performance that is achieved utilizing the patented blow-on technology only available from Cummins. The superior ratings provide the freedom to use any over-current protection device to protect the transfer switch: eliminating many challenges associated with selective coordination of the system. 

“We are thrilled the PowerCommand® X-Series has been nominated as a 2021 CSE Product of the Year finalist! Featuring advanced controls with modern communications and a best-in-class switching mechanism, the X-Series provides the highest withstand and closing rating on the market.  With such robust features and functionalities, this product has been designed and tested to be the strongest link between utility and standby power for the most critical of applications,” said Wissam Balshe, System and Controls Business Director of Cummins Power Generation, discussing the team’s response about their CSE 2021 Product of the Year Nomination

In addition, the X-Series features the fully integrated PowerCommand® 80 controller allowing for unrivaled adaptability, connectivity, and intelligence in a wide variety of applications.

The team behind the acclaimed PowerCommand® X-Series transfer switches listened to over 1,000 consulting engineers to design the most intelligent, durable and fastest transfer switches in the market.  You can cast your vote now for the most competitive and innovative transfer switch available today.

Learn more about the X-Series transfer switches. 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins joins call for congressional action protecting Dreamers

Cummins has been a vocal advocate for a path to citizenship for Dreamers.
Cummins has been a vocal advocate for a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

Cummins Inc. joined more than 90 other companies, associations and various other organizations in signing a letter in today’s New York Times urging a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The letter to President Biden and congressional leaders follows a recent U.S. District Court ruling that found the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. The decision left thousands of immigrants widely known as Dreamers facing at best an uncertain future, including potential impediments to finding and retaining work.

“We strongly urge Congress to pass legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers,” states the letter in The Times. “Securing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers not only is the right thing to do but is a huge economic benefit to the United States.”

DIVERSE GROUP IN SUPPORT

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger signed the letter along with leaders from a diverse group of companies and oganizations, including Apple, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Facebook, Google, IBM, IKEA  and Salesforce, as well as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the National Young Farmers Coalition, the Texas Restaurant Association and Northwestern University.

“Dreamers add billions of dollars to our GDP; they are employees who fill key roles at our companies; they pay federal, state, and local taxes; they work with us, start their own small businesses, teach our children in school, and serve in our military,” the letter says. “About half of all Dreamers are essential workers who have been serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.”

This is not the first time Cummins leaders have spoken out in support of Dreamers. Linebarger called for action to protect Dreamers in an opinion article for The Indianapolis Star in February.

“They are Americans,” Linebarger said in the piece. “They’ve grown up here, attended school and are significant contributors to our economy and society; some have even served our country in the military. Let’s remove fear and uncertainty and put them on a path to citizenship.”

FOCUS ON CONGRESS

Biden renewed his call for action on behalf of Dreamers after the July 16 court decision.

“Yesterday’s Federal court ruling is deeply disappointing,” Biden said in a statement July 17. “While the court’s order does not now affect current DACA recipients, this decision nonetheless relegates hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to an uncertain future. The Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA.

“…But only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for Dreamers that will provide the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve.”
 

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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 Inc. reaches COVID-19 vaccination milestone with mobile on-site clinics

COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to loosen up in different parts of the world, as more people are becoming fully vaccinated. Cummins began offering COVID-19 vaccines for its workforce and their dependents through mobile on-site clinics on April 1.

The first mobile on-site clinic and vaccination was in Columbus, Indiana; now in just three months the company has administered its 15,000th COVID-19 vaccination, and it was at an on-site clinic in India.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we know there are many more waiting to be vaccinated, but are not able to, or do not have access,” said Bob Chestnut, Cummins Chief Medical Director. “We continue to work with local governments and health care providers around the globe to help make approved vaccines available to our employees, contingent workers and their eligible dependents.” 

To date, Cummins has hosted clinics in the following U.S. communities: Columbus, Indiana; Seymour, Indiana; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Cookeville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Jamestown, New York; Fridley, Minnesota; and Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The company has also hosted clinics in China, Mexico and India. 

Although the mobile vaccinations are continuing, Dr. Chestnut encourages Cummins employees to take advantage of vaccination opportunities in their local communities, and not wait for a mobile on-site clinic. 
 

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James Wide

James Wide is a copywriter and copy editor on the External Communications team at Cummins Inc. He joined the company in 2018. 

Cummins Inc. continues mobile vaccination clinic roll-out

Nicole Wheeldon receives COVID-19 vaccine at Columbus MidRange Engine Plant

Standing firm on its value of caring, Cummins’ goal is to get as many of its workforce and their dependents vaccinated and protected from COVID-19 as possible. The company continues working with local governments and health care providers to make approved vaccines available to all employees, contingent workers, and their eligible dependents.

The company has now had mobile on-site clinics in Columbus, Indiana; Seymour, Indiana; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Cookeville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Jamestown, New York; Fridley, Minnesota; Mineral Point, Wisconsin; China, India, and Mexico. Registration for additional Cummins U.S. and global on-site clinics will be announced to employees internally, as the company works with the local governments to procure vaccinations. 

“The health and safety of our employees and our communities are a top priority, and we see the vaccine as a critical piece in our efforts to resume some of the ways in which we traditionally worked and lived, and studies show vaccination can be extremely effective in improving the health and safety of communities,” said Bob Chestnut, Cummins Chief Medical Director. 

As an immediate response to the pandemic, the company developed a COVID-19 Safe Work Playbook, which allowed its essential workforce to continue to work safely on-site. The development of safe COVID-19 vaccinations allowed Cummins to create mobile clinics to help remove barriers to vaccine access to employees worldwide, while progressing the company’s plan for a safe return to on-site work for all employees.
 

James Wide - Cummins Inc

James Wide

James Wide is a copywriter and copy editor on the External Communications team at Cummins Inc. He joined the company in 2018. 

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