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.

Clessie Cummins inducted into first ever class of American Trucking Hall of Fame

On Oct. 15, Clessie Lyle Cummins was honored at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially announcing the opening of the American Trucking and Industry Leader (ATIL) Hall of Fame. “Father of the Highway Diesel Engine” Clessie Lyle Cummins, founder of the Cummins Engine Company and Jack and Gus Mack, founders of Mack Trucks were the first inductees into the newly established Hall of Fame Class.

The ceremony coincided with the American Truck Historical Society’s (ATHS) 50th Anniversary celebration at the ATHS home office in Kansas City, Missouri (U.S.) as well as a ribbon cutting for their new facility.

Honoring an industry pioneer

"No transport industry hall of fame could exist without paying homage to these elite inductees. The impact they have on the industry is ongoing and everlasting. The American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame honors the pioneers of the trucking industry, whether they are drivers, company owners, or innovators to the industry," said Tom Mullen, ATIL Hall of Fame Chair.

“The pioneers of our industry have made it what it is today – one of the most critical industries in the U.S. and making sure that we preserve this history is ever important– especially honoring a man whose name our company still bears 102 years later. Clessie was a true entrepreneur, incredible inventor and salesman who pioneered and improved the designs of diesel engines," said Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President and General Manager of North American On Highway Business, who represented the company at this historic event.

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Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President and General Manager of North American On Highway Business, represented the company at this historic event

Legacy

"My grandfather saw a need for an engine, created a design, built it, tested it, revised it, 'perfected it' and parallel to all this, created a market by personally demonstrating its potential through fuel economy runs, speed records, and endurance events," remarked Matt Cummins, Clessie’s grandson.

Clessie Lyle Cummins co-founded the Cummins Engine Company in 1919. He was also an incredible inventor, entrepreneur and salesman who pioneered and improved the designs of diesel engines. He was awarded more than 33 United States patents for his inventions, and numerous world records for endurance and speed for trucks, buses and race cars.

Today, more than 100 years later, his legacy of innovation remains alive and well in Cummins’ diverse suite of power solutions that power a more prosperous world.

Learn more about Clessie and his Cummins legacy. 

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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. 

Learn 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.

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