Power Generation celebrates 100 years: The beginning of the Onan Corporation

Much like Clessie Cummins, D.W. Onan was a man of humble beginnings. Born in Moorhead, Minnesota (USA) on July 4th, 1886, D.W.’s love for mechanics came from his father, a railroad worker who enjoyed tinkering with things around the house. After his father’s death, D.W. dropped out of high school at 14 to support his family and started his first job at a power plant. He then briefly worked at a skating rink, but the dream to someday own a business pushed him toward the growing automobile industry.

He began working for P.J. Downes Co and later the Reinhard Brothers Company, where he shared his vision of starting a business focused on repairing broken parts of an automobile. The owners loved the idea and put Onan in charge of this new department. Within 10 years, Onan was supervising 50 mechanics and completing between 100-125 repairs a day. He personally trained each of the mechanics working for him.

However, Onan’s dream of owning his own business was still a passion he longed to fulfill. So much so that as he designed and built specific tools to help his mechanics complete repairs quicker and safer, he insisted that the Reinhard Brothers owners know that he maintained the design rights and they were not allowed to manufacture or sell his tools. Eventually Onan left the Reinhard Brothers and with $100 borrowed capital to start his own business manufacturing and selling auto repair shop tools and equipment out of his basement. In 1920, the Onan Corporation was established and shortly thereafter, Onan moved into a larger building for his growing business and continued to increase his portfolio of tools.   

D.W. and sons Robert and C. Warren in 1926 with original Ten Lite
D.W. and sons Robert and C. Warren in 1926 with original Ten Lite

In the summer of 1926, one of DW’s fishing buddies, George VanWagenen, asked him for a favor. He had a fishing cottage on Lake Mille Lacs, and he needed electric lights at it. He said he didn’t want to fuss with kerosene lamps nor batteries all the time. He asked D.W. to design a generator with a gasoline engine that he could use when he was at the cottage and ‘forget about it’ when he wasn’t. D.W. was intrigued with the idea, and set about with his partner, his 16-year-old son, Bud, to design and build a gasoline- driven generator set.

D.W. and Bud worked for several months to create this generator and presented Mr. VanWagenen with a 300-watt, 115-volt direct current generator set. After a few more tweaks, the Onans increased the power to 350-watts, and called the generator the “Onan Ten-Lite Generator” as it had enough power to provide for ten 30-watt light bulbs. They sold the generator for $99 plus $12 for the ten 30-watt light bulbs and wiring. Thus, the first Onan generator was born.

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Taking steps towards a sustainable future with ultra-low emissions engine technology for the oil and gas market

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Cummins has expanded their Tier 4 Final solutions for the oil and gas market while reaffirming a commitment to sustainable environmental practices.

Cummins has expanded their Tier 4 Final solutions for the oil and gas market while reaffirming a commitment to sustainable environmental practices through the release of four new drilling power module (DPM) ratings. 

Decreasing emissions, increasing uptime 

Adhering to stringent measures introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cummins has introduced four QSK50 DPM ratings compliant to Mobile Off-Highway Tier 4 Final regulations. Building on the legendary K50 and subsequent Tier 2 QSK50, the Tier 4 Final QSK50 Drilling Power Module has two ratings at 1200 rpm and two ratings at 1800 rpm. 

“Cummins drilling power module solutions can achieve significant reductions today in overall greenhouse gas emissions whilst providing customers with the ability to choose the platform that best meets their unique needs,” explains Tony Lee, Drilling Segment leader at Cummins. 

Tier 4 Final emission standards, in comparison to Tier 3 and Tier 2, represent a significant step towards reducing nitrous oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), key ingredients found in smog. Cummins’ new QSK50 T4F DPM produces 45% less nitrous oxides and 85% less particulate matter than its Tier 2 predecessor. This means that the lifetime emissions savings of one QSK50 Tier 4 solution is equivalent to removing 150,000 cars from the highway for one year.  

Cummins QSK50 Tier 4 for Oil and Gas

The QSK50 uses proven Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to achieve the Tier 4 Final standard. To date, Cummins EPA Tier 4 Final solutions for the oil and gas industry, including drilling and well servicing, have accrued nearly 10 million operating hours in some of the harshest conditions. 

Customized solutions for land-based drilling

The QSK50 four-stroke diesel engine is optimized for fuel economy, with reduced noise and vibration. Some recent studies have outlined the human and environmental risks that can arise with noise exposure on rigs. Cummins latest solutions are designed to keep noise to a minimum, allowing employees on-site to focus on the job at task and safeguard communities living near oil and gas operations. 

The new DPM allows for flexible control solutions, including Cummins’ PowerCommand 3300 Control Panel, offering advanced diagnostics and prognostic capabilities to maintain peak performance. Cummins oil and gas solutions are built-to-order as a complete package, allowing the user multiple customization options, all with industry-leading uptime and a competitive total cost of ownership. 

Learn more about the QSK50 DPM T4F for Oil and Gas

Cummins QSK50 DPM T4F is now available, or locate your nearest Cummins sales and service center for more information. 

Lucas Petropoulos

Lucas Petropoulos is a Marketing Communications Placement Student at Cummins. He joined the Marine, Oil and Gas team in August 2020, and is currently studying Media and Communications BSc at Loughborough University. Away from the office you can find him on the soccer field, or anywhere close to the ocean.

Prepare now to avoid the rush before the storm

With hurricanes increasing in frequency, these easy pre-hurricane season tips will save you a lot of time before the storms arrive. 

There is no mistaking the reality that hurricane season is getting more active year over year. That also means the potential for you to find yourself in the path of any strength storm is increasing too. 

Earlier this year, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center announced that they were updating their 30-year historical hurricane activity reference period to 1991-2020 from 1981-2010. The significance of this change is that the last few years of consistently above-average hurricane activity has moved NOAA’s “average” standard higher than it previously was. 

In other words, there have been so many hurricanes lately that NOAA had to raise the bar. 

They aren’t the only organization observing this trend, either. 

The World Meteorological Organization (the UN Agency tasked with the collection and distribution of weather data amongst 193 nations) recently announced that the Greek Alphabet would no longer be used after a given hurricane season runs out of names on the assigned list like it did during the prolific 2020 season. Citing the likelihood that the list would run out again due to overactive storm seasons, the committee elected to create a permanent list of supplemental names.

It seems clear that the Atlantic seaboard is in for the sixth-straight “above average” hurricane season. 

The unfortunate reality is that it doesn’t take a major category 4 or 5 storm to damage your home and substantially impact your daily life. Even a weaker tropical storm can cause power outages and flooding. 

Instead of being caught in the mad rush to prepare for a storm that is heading your way, here are a series of useful tips you can take right now to get a leg up on storm-proofing your home.

Easy hurricane preparations for outside your home

When a storm shows up on your doorstep, there is unfortunately little you can do about the actual conditions; the rain is going to fall and the wind is going to blow.

What we can control are the things a storm can impact that will then damage our home or property. 

Trees and landscaping

Even a Tropical Storm can pack winds in excess of 70mph, with gusts that can top that in short bursts. While normally healthy trees should be able to withstand those gusts, a not-so-healthy tree or even a dying limb may reach the breaking point and fall. 

When these trees or limbs fall during an otherwise minor storm, and damage your roof or wipe out your power lines, that minor storm can quickly turn into a major problem. 

Without an intact roof to protect it, rain water can pour into your home causing untold amounts of damage to your home’s interior. And without power, stored food may spoil, sump pumps may stop running, and your home is suddenly unable to maintain a temperature you want it to without HVAC. 

Spotting dead trees and limbs

Before a storm arrives, take the time to quickly survey your property, and your adjacent neighbors property. Make sure to spend enough time looking at each tree from trunk to tip, and all the branches.

Healthy trees should have obvious signs of growth (leaf buds or leaves) on their branches, and the tree bark should appear uniform and unbroken. All the branches should look roughly the same in leaf growth and bark quality. The tree should actually look “healthy”.

  • Action Tip: Any tree on your property that “doesn’t look right” should be evaluated by a qualified arborist (a tree expert). If you spot these conditions on a neighbor’s tree that may be at risk of hitting your home or power lines, it is worth having a discussion with that neighbor about having the tree evaluated. 

Generally, arborists are easy to find, and can quickly evaluate all your trees with qualified expert recommendations, at minimal cost to you.


Bushes, planting areas, and nicely mulched beds tend to make a home look really nice from the street, but those planting areas can also cause heavy rainfall to stay against your house instead of draining away. This can cause water infiltration to an otherwise dry basement area.

  • Action Tip: Trim bushes and shrubbery near the home so the plants cannot swing in the wind and damage your home. 
  • Action Tip: Before mulching planting beds, make sure the soil underneath slopes away from your home and leave a 4-6” gap between the mulch and your foundation. This will prevent water from gathering against your foundation during heavy rainfall. 

Rainfall and water management

Water damage can often be among the costliest home damage to repair, and once water enters your home mold can also be a concern. Thankfully, a typical home is designed to resist water entry as long as we do our part to help it along. 

The best part: surveying your home for water concerns doesn’t require a severe storm to happen first. 

  • Action Tip: During the next downpour, take a few minutes to throw on a raincoat and walk around your property. Take pictures of where the water tends to pool, and where runoff tends to collect and form streams. Look for places where water gets caught by obstructions instead of smoothly exiting your property, or where the water wants to channel. Consider any changes you can make to allow the water a smoother path away from your home. 

After the storm, use the pictures to either correct some issues yourself, or consult with a landscape designer to mitigate the problems. 

Gutters and Downspouts

The gutters and downspouts on your home exist to capture and channel rainwater away from your foundation. Just like the previous tip, if water is allowed to pool around your foundation, it will eventually begin entering through the foundation walls. It’s only a matter of time. Especially when you consider the amount of water that could pool during a heavier downpour.

To put this in perspective, 2” of rain falling on 1,500 square feet of roof (roughly the roof size of an average 1200 square foot home) will produce almost 2,000 gallons of runoff. 

If a Tropical Storm or hurricane is in the forecast, you can likely expect many times that much rain to fall.

  • Action Tip: Clean your home’s gutters or outsource this task to a professional. Consider having a gutter cover/filter installed that allows only water to enter and not debris.
  • Action Tip: Check all your downspouts, and make sure the downspout ejects water at least 10 feet from the base of your foundation.

In many cases, these easy tips to “storm-harden” the outside of your house will go a long way towards preventing damage from severe storms. 

But what happens if the storm gets past your outer defenses and starts to affect the interior? 

Preparation tips for inside your home

Even if the storm overwhelms your exterior defenses, all is not completely lost. There are just as many simple steps we can take to prevent a damaged home from becoming a much larger catastrophe.

Water ingress and sump pumps

If you have a sump pump in your basement, then your home has experienced water before. Sump pumps sit in pits that are designed to collect the water below your foundation and pump it out to a place where it can safely exit your property without running back to the house. 

During any normal storm, you may see water slowly fill the pit until it reaches the level where the sump pump activates and pumps the water away. When the pump removes enough water that the pump activation float resets, the pump shuts off. 

During more severe weather, especially heavy downpours, that sump pump will work harder and for longer periods removing the water that is collecting there at a faster than normal rate. If the pump dies for any reason, the basement will begin to flood rapidly. 

  • Action Tip: Check the tag on your pump. Look for a manufacturer's date and if your pump is more than five years old, you should replace it regardless of condition. 
  • Action Tip: Check the outlet that your pump is plugged in to and determine if anything else is plugged into the same circuit (you can do this by turning off the breaker for that circuit and seeing if anything else turns off). Consider moving those other items to a different circuit.

During heavy storms and frequent work, the pump will have a higher average draw which may cause the circuit breaker to trip if there are too many loads on it. If this happens without you noticing, the basement will flood.

Protect your valuables

In this case, “valuables” means all the things you cannot replace no matter what you do. Pictures hanging on the wall, storage of digital pictures, important documents, and even important memories that are on paper. Many of these items are crucial to getting back to normal if damage does occur, and many also cannot be replaced.

  • Action Tip: Purchase an inexpensive digital document scanner from your local office supply store. Spend an easy afternoon collecting all the important documents you have in your home (passports, birth certificates, deeds, insurance papers, social security cards, bank statements, etc.) and scanning those all to a digital format. 

Do the same with any physical pictures you have hanging around your house, or use a digital camera to take a picture of the picture. Often, the memory is worth more than just the quality of the image.

Upload all of these digital files to a cloud storage service of your choice, or if security is a concern for you, save all the digital files on a few weatherproof USB drives. Place one drive in a secret location in your vehicle, and place another in a sheltered place in your home. 

  • Action Tip: To further protect all the important things you just collected and scanned, consider purchasing a fireproof/waterproof document safe. These inexpensive safes will give you a place to safely store your irreplaceable documents and protect them against floods or fires. 

Protect against power outages

During a storm, just about everything gets worse if the power goes out. Climate control shuts off, water pumps die out, and cold food storage becomes a race against time. 

Worse yet, if your home does not have a landline, then you are dependent on your cell phone for communication. In an emergency, battery power can be critical. 

  • Action Tip: Consider purchasing a few portable battery packs with shelf-life design. They are inexpensive and have USB ports, meaning a solid source of emergency phone power that is still portable.
  • Action Tip: Consult with your local Cummins Home Generator Dealer for a quick and painless estimate on a standby generator. These generators start automatically during an outage and keep HVAC systems, sump pumps, and cold storage operating as normal regardless of the weather. 

Prepare now to avoid the rush before the storm

You’ve seen this before: as soon as a named storm is given a landfall prediction, the panic buying and preparations will start. Finding supplies will be harder than ever and suddenly your list of things that needs to get done will grow faster than you can check items off.

Why not take a few things off that list now, and give yourself some peace of mind that you’ve already addressed a lot of the bigger questions for your home preparation?

The storms are coming and they’re predicted to be more frequent. The time to prepare is now.

And if you want the ultimate peace of mind that ensures your home will never be without reliable power, regardless of the conditions outside, reach out to your nearest friendly Cummins Home Generator Dealer. All it takes is a quick home survey and you’ll know exactly what you’ll need for the gold standard of storm preparation: a backup generator. 

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Protecting your family from outages

Protecting your family from outages

The Texas blackout is only a symptom of a nationwide problem: What you need to know about the fragile state of the electric grid and how to protect your family from outages.

In February 2021, a massive winter storm plunged the Texas region into a virtual snow globe. Not only was the state unprepared to remove the snow that blocked roads and access, but the grid supplying Texan’s with critical electricity couldn’t handle it either. 

In the days and weeks that followed, millions of people wanted to know who was to blame for the massive outages that have been attributed to 111 deaths

It turns out, the ‘who’ was the simple question. And the simple solution.

After stripping away the many layers of blame shifting, the ‘how’ behind the blackout is much more concerning: The grid was physically incapable of keeping up with the demand for power, even if the entire grid remained online. There just wasn’t enough power to satisfy the demand.

As the temperature dropped on February 14th, Texans began turning on their heat, which was mostly electric. With so many homes trying to stay warm, a record-shattering demand spike was seen to the tune of 74.5 gigawatts

In comparison, normal Texas grid operation is roughly 58 gigawatts, statewide. To prepare for temporary surges in demand, the Texas grid can increase their supply to a maximum of 67 gigawatts. 

In other words, the demand for electricity was almost 8 gigawatts over what could be supplied under any circumstances. Even in emergencies. 

The unavoidable truth is that even if Texas’ electric generation capacity stayed 100% online during the storm, there still would have been blackouts. The grid just couldn't keep up with the power demands placed on it by the population.  

By time the storm had passed, 14 U.S. States were forced to establish rolling blackouts to cover the electric shortage. Even outside of Texas, there just wasn't enough power to go around.
This is not a new phenomenon, either. 

In fact, electrical systems engineers and industry experts have been issuing reports for years that all say the same thing: without a staggering shift in upgrades and spending, outages will only increase in frequency and duration. Placing millions of people at risk every time the grid goes down.

And they unanimously agree that no section of the grid is “safe” from longer, and more frequent, outages. Nationwide. 

Why is the grid struggling? And what can we do to protect our homes and businesses from the inevitable threats that follow power outages? 

Our electric grid is like a house of cards

When operating under ideal conditions, the U.S. electric grid is a deeply complex interconnected system of power generation plants, transformers and some 6 million miles of wires. 

Using sensors, switching gear, and control centers, the grid can reroute power if small sections go black because of storms, accidents, or even repair work. Most of the time, people don’t even realize that something has rerouted their power because the transitions are near-seamless.

At least, that’s how the grid works under perfect conditions.

In August 2003, a transmission cable in Ohio heated from above-normal power demands, causing the cable to become flexible and sag. The sagging cable touched a tree, which caused a power failure. When that section went dark, nearby sections of the grid attempted to pick up the extra burden as designed to keep the lights on. 

Only those sections were already under a substantial load of their own from consumer demand and could not handle the increase. They, too, went down.

Over the next few hours, a cascading series of demand shifts continued to take down sections of the grid in a snowball effect, until over 50 million people across 8 U.S. states and parts of Canada were without power. 

The 2003 Northeast Blackout, as it was termed, took weeks to restore the entire grid to 100% functionality, contributed to 11 deaths and cost an estimated $6 billion in lost production and damages

Despite the grid operating exactly as designed, the power demand was simply too great to manage.

An aging grid over capacity… and the demand just keeps going up

In their 2017 Infrastructure Report, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the US electric grid a D+. The shocking report stated: “much of the U.S. energy system predates the turn of the 20th century. Most electric transmission and distribution lines were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s with a 50-year life expectancy...the lower 48 states’ power grid is at full capacity, with many lines operating well beyond their design.”  

In shorter terms, they designed much of the grid to only last 50 years before replacement. And it was installed 70 years ago when the average home and business used a fraction of the power they do now.

And the well-intentioned adoption of electric vehicles and home charging stations may dramatically balloon the demand for electricity past the point of sustainability.

According to new research from energy systems engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), just one or two electric vehicles on one block may overload nearby transformers past their operating capacity. Transformers that may have operated for 30-40 years will probably need to be replaced in less than 10, which exponentially increases the cost of just maintaining the grid. 

For comparison, the current king of home electric use, a central air conditioner, uses roughly 7kW of power to cool a large 3,500 square foot home during the height of summer. The charger necessary to keep a single electric car ready for everyday use, on the other hand, can demand a staggering 22kw while charging. Put another way, that single charger is the power equivalent of three large central air units cooling a combined 10,500 square feet of living space.    

So add the demands of new transformers to the projected $197 billion investment gap by 2029, and it gets a lot clearer why the DOE’s Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program plan, said that electric utilities will need to spend between $1.5 and $2 trillion from 2010 to 2030, just to maintain reliability of the existing grid.

All told, from 2008-2017, there was an average of 3,188 blackouts per year, plunging an average of 21.96 million people per year, into the dark. 

That is a whole lot of blackouts you may not have heard about until right now.

So if the grid is really this strained, and they forecast electricity demand to dramatically increase with electric vehicles, what can we do to protect our homes and families during an emergency?

Managing the inevitable outages with comfort and security 

Statistically, most of the documented outages when demand outstripped supply occurred during more extreme weather events. Realistically, when it is very hot or very cold, people will be calling on more electricity to maintain a comfortable, and safe, temperature.

Logically, that also means we should be doubly concerned about these types of outage events since losing power during severe weather also means losing the ability to keep our homes at safe temperatures, with running water and safe food storage. 

If the problem is the grid letting us down, then the clear preparation alternative is to generate your own electricity to keep your lights on. 

Let’s look at two ways to do that.

Solar Power

Solar power is a fantastic alternative to grid power, and also has the potential to generate electricity year round, not just during an outage. As long as the sun is up and shining, you will have electricity and a lower utility bill. 

Well, almost.

There is one critical aspect of a solar array that is absolutely necessary to run your solar during a grid outage: a battery bank. 

The reason is a federal mandate called “anti-islanding”, which was instituted to protect utility workers during power outages. Essentially, all solar systems installed in the U.S. are required to stop generating electricity in the event the grid goes down. The reason is simple: if the grid is down, then utility workers can safely fix the problem without being electrocuted. But if you have a grid-connected solar array, then your panels can still feed the grid and potentially electrocute utility workers anywhere in your vicinity. Anti-islanding prevents that risk.

The solution to this mandate is a hybrid grid-tie system that has a battery bank attached to it. During an outage, the solar array feeds power into the batteries, which are used to power loads in the home, all isolated from the grid by a transfer switch. 

The downside to this concept is that the battery banks are very large, expensive, and could need to be replaced in as little as five years.

Standby Whole House Generator 

Outside of solar arrays, the best bang for the buck option that can be installed in the shortest period is the standby whole house generator.

These generators are permanently installed next to your home and look just like a central air conditioning unit. When the power goes out, or even “browns-out”, the generator will automatically turn on and take over the power supply to your house. Even if no one is home. 

The obvious upside to this option is a total backup replacement of your power supply without sacrificing any comforts. Even on the hottest days or coldest nights, your generator will continue powering the critical items that keep your family safe and comfortable. To top it all off, natural gas-powered generators mean no refueling in the middle of the night, or needing to be home for the power to stay on. It just works.

And choosing a meticulously-designed generator, like the Cummins QuietConnect, also means no loud shrieking motors or failures at the moment of truth. Just smooth, confident electricity that is entirely inside your control.  

Keeping your lights on is a choice you can make

All of this may be very concerning, since electricity is one of those things that we just can’t imagine life without. And many of us have seen what happens when the power goes out for an extended period in severe weather: it doesn’t take long before things get ugly.

In time, the hope is that newer technology will be developed to cope with the ever-increasing demand placed on the grid. Or they will dramatically increase infrastructure spending to make up the shortfall of system-lifespan and eventual replacement. Regardless of how that solution presents itself, however, there is little doubt that the problem exists right now.

The good news is we don’t have to wait for someone else to fix our problems for us, and we certainly don’t have to wait for bad times to strike before we take steps to prevent it. 

Every family can start taking steps now to prepare for an outage later. Stocking up on warm clothes for winter outages, or bottled water for summer outages. Keeping a supply of non-perishable food on hand, or learning how to capture rainfall for the really long outages. 

Or, for the family that wants to ironclad their outage plan, consider finding your nearest Cummins dealer and scheduling a painless home assessment. In just a few minutes you can know exactly how little the ultimate peace of mind can cost and even explore financing options from Synchrony Bank. 

Then, the next time the grid lets you down, regardless of the weather or demand, your family will still be safe and comfortable.   

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Mission critical: Keeping the COVID vaccine chilled

Kalamazoo, Michigan Health and Community Services Department - Backup Power

Having reliable backup power is crucial to keeping the COVID vaccine super cold

A lot is happening in Kalamazoo County, Michigan right now. Not only is the county home to the largest manufacturing site in Pfizer’s network, but millions of doses of Pfizer’s COVID 19 vaccine are manufactured and distributed from the site every week.

Located in Western Michigan, Kalamazoo County is home to over 200,000 residents. Officials with the county’s Health and Community Services Department know that providing for local residents is a top priority, which is why they follow strict guidelines to begin preparing for those very same Pfizer vaccines to arrive at their county health department, where they will be distributing vaccines to local residents.  

What some may not realize about these vaccines is they have a very strict storage protocol. 

The vaccine doses must be stored in an ultra-cold freezer between -112 degrees and -76 degrees Fahrenheit, even during shipping. To put that into perspective, as it’s shipped from Pfizer’s manufacturing centers to locations around the globe, the vaccine is sometimes more than 10 degrees cooler than the average temperature on Mars (-81 degrees Fahrenheit).

Pictured: The Kalamazoo Health and Community Services Department, which relies on Cummins to provide backup power to help keep doses of the COVID vaccine at the proper temperature
Pictured: The Kalamazoo Health and Community Services Department, which relies on Cummins to provide backup power to help keep doses of the COVID vaccine stored at the proper temperature

Since keeping the vaccines cold is extremely important, the Kalamazoo County health department knew they needed backup power that they could trust.

Jeff from Critical Power Systems was just the person up for the task. With a 150kw unit on hand, Jeff was able to step in to provide the reliable and trusted backup power for the ultra-cold freezers that Cummins gives.

On the night before the vaccines on site at the health department Jeff and his crew worked through the night to get the unit up and running. Working with a global power leader like Cummins came in handy when a local Cummins technician was even able to join the site to make sure everything was up and running correctly for their tight deadline.

Having dealers like Critical Power Systems is incredibly important for Cummins. Jeff and the crew were able to get the unit installed the night before the vaccines arrived.

Cummins is proud to be powering what matters. Knowing that Cummins generators are providing backup power to health care facilities and the heroes inside is why we work so hard to deliver the best product. Hospital administrators can’t afford to worry about the threat of sustaining a power outage – a dire scenario that could cause the vaccine to spoil should a refrigeration unit rise to temperatures above Pfizer’s recommendations. That same power can be brought to your home to protect what matters most to you inside those four walls.

No matter the power need, knowing that you are working with a local expert that brings Cummins’ long-standing reputation of dependability is peace of mind.

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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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