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.”


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.”


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.

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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. 

I spy: A Cummins-powered scavenger hunt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Cummins powered applications at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Cumnins is everywhere: If you find yourself at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, keep your eyes open for some of these Cummins-powered applications.

See how many Cummins-powered vehicles and applications you can spot during your next trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In terms of sheer size, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - affectionately known to race fans and locals as simply "IMS" - is massive. 

How massive? 

We’re talking massive enough that Churchill Downs, the Roman Colosseum, Vatican City, Liberty Island and the White House can simultaneously fit comfortably within the famed racetrack’s 253-acre infield. 

Don’t believe us? That’s okay, because Snopes – the internet’s favorite arbiter of all things true or not – backs us up on this one

As the largest sports venue in the world, when you spend a day at IMS it's like visiting a city within a city. And because the track's size makes its infrastructure a microcosm of...well, simply insert the name of your town here...there are few vehicle types or other applications requiring either a primary or auxiliary power source that you won't find while visiting the grounds of the world's most famous two-and-a-half mile oval. 

Going on a Cummins-powered scavenger hunt

Whether they're within plain sight or not, Cummins-powered applications - from data centers to trains (and everything in-between) - are everywhere.

The same can be said for just about any trip you and your family make to IMS. Whether you're attending the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 or any of the track's countless annual events and activities, you'll likely find yourself surrounded by Cummins technology. 

Spotting a Cummins-powered application at IMS is easy once you know what you're looking for. So to give you a bit of an assist - or a "boost" if we're using racing terms - we've compiled a list of Cummins-powered vehicles and other applications you might come across while roaming the grounds of the world's most famous racetrack. 

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The next time you're at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, see how many Cummins-powered applications you and your family can spot while visiting the world's largest sporting venue. Click the image to open a hi-res version in a new window or tab. 


Cummins-powered RAM pickup truck

Fans that have attended any number of IMS’ signature racing events throughout the track’s 100-plus year history know there are few traditions that can top the thrill and excitement of enjoying a race from its massive infield. 

On race day, it can appear that there are just as many cars and trucks parked in the infield as there are fans sitting atop IMS’ famous viewing mounds. Keep your eyes peeled as you scan the infield, because you’re sure to spot a Cummins-powered RAM or two parked somewhere in that sea of racing fandom. 

Cummins and RAM have a history that has lasted for more than three decades. In 2019, the two companies celebrated a 30-year partnership that first started with the Cummins 5.9L Turbo Diesel in model year 1989. 

Know where to look: Turn your attention towards the infield near turn 3. Bonus points if you spot fans watching the race from the bed of their Cummins-powered RAM as race cars whiz past them at speeds in excess of 230 mph. 

Class A motorhome

There are few forms of travel as luxurious as your typical Class A motorhome. Take your house, put wheels on it…and voila! You get the idea. 

Perhaps that’s why Class A motorhomes are often the primary mode of transportation and temporary residence of choice for most major touring musicians and race car drivers. After all, a life on the road can be grueling, and a Class A motorhome gives you that sense of “home away from home.” 

If you happen to be at IMS during one of its signature races, or even attending one of the many concerts the facility hosts through the year, you don’t have to search hard to find a Class A motorhome that’s powered by Cummins. 

Pro tip: During race weekends, take a trip towards IMS’ famed “Gasoline Alley” and you’ll likely see row after row of Class A motorhomes powered by Cummins engines and generators

Race team hauler

We covered this extensively in a previous article, but many race teams count on Cummins to power the team haulers that are so crucial to helping them transport their equipment – cars included – to and from the racetrack. 

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Class 8 heavy duty trucks, not unlike those pictured here, are a common site at most race tracks, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Hauler drivers are typically the first to arrive at the track and often the last to leave. Some even say they have the toughest job on the race circuit. That’s a point we certainly won’t argue, as the team haulers for Stewart-Haas Racing are usually on the road for more than 220 days a year, each covering about 70,000 miles annually. 

Merchandise trucks and trailers

No visit to your favorite racetrack is complete without a stop at one of the merchandise trucks and trailers located throughout the facility on race weekends. 

Often located both inside and outside of the main track, the next time you stop at the merch truck of your favorite driver or team ask yourself, “could this merch truck be powered by Cummins?” 

Speaking of race merch, have you purchased your Cummins race gear yet?

Sorry, we couldn't resist. 

Fire truck

You're bound to spot a firefighter or first responder sitting at the ready by their Cummins-powered vehicle at just about any major event held at IMS. 

The current population of Speedway, Indiana – the official home of IMS – is approximately 13,000 residents. With the town’s population increasing by approximately 400,000 people during the month of May, first responders play an important role by keeping spectators and drivers safe. Cummins is proud to have earned their trust over the course of our 101-plus year history.  

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Fire trucks and other vehicles serving emergency first responders are frequently powered by Cummins.

Fact: More firefighting and EMS professionals depend on Cummins than any other clean diesel engine

Food truck

Foodies of the world, rejoice! The next time you sink your teeth into a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich or enjoy a sip of a refreshing lemon shakeup, the food truck you’re standing in front might be powered by a Cummins commercial mobile generator

IMS is almost as famous for its plethora of race-day food options as it is a certain race it hosts the last Sunday in May. Okay, perhaps that's a bit hyperbolic, but the world of food trucks is expansive and no trip to IMS is complete without grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many trucks that take up shop both inside and outside the track on race weekends. 

Corn dog, anyone? 

Recreational Vehicle (RV)

Is there a tradition as well-known and beloved to your average sports fan as tailgating? 

As the "Racing Capital of the World," the Indianapolis Motor Speedway attracts fans from all corners. With the record growth of the RV industry in recent years, it’s little surprise that IMS has found a way to cater to, and indeed embrace, visitors who enjoy tailgating from the comfort of their RV.   

Cummins and Onan have a rich history providing reliable stationary and mobile power around the world, including engines and generators for RVs. If you find yourself at IMS on race day, direct your attention to the parking lots surrounding the track. We bet you’ll see dozens of RVs equipped with Cummins power.  

Portable generator

Portable generators are small, convenient and designed to go wherever you do. In other words, they’re the perfect source of power for camping, tailgating and outdoor events. They’re also popular with motorsports teams and operators of food trucks. That's what we call versatility! 

Cummins offers three different portable generator models, each perfect for a day at the track depending on your power needs.

If you want to potentially spot a Cummins portable generator at IMS, just listen to your ears and follow the music. 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda

No trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is complete without stopping for a photo-op in front of the track’s famed Pagoda. 

There have been several different Pagoda’s throughout the track’s 112-year history, each iconic and revered in their own right. The current Pagoda was built between 1998-2000, replacing the previous Pagoda that stood in its spot since 1957. 

Cummins Diesel Special - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The No. 28 Cummins Diesel Special, which qualified for the pole position at the 1952 Indianapolis 500, sits near the famed Yard of Bricks. Pictured in the background is the base of IMS' Pagoda. 

Today, Cummins provides the primary source of backup power to the structure that towers approximately 153 feet – ground to roof – over the track’s famed Yard of Bricks.

When in Rome: After taking your photo in front of the Pagoda, don't forget to kiss those bricks! We promise you won't get in trouble. 

Racing Forward - For A World That's Always On

So the next time you and your family find yourselves "oohing and aahing" at the history and sheer magnitude of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, take yourselves on a scavenger hunt by seeing how many of the above Cummins-powered applications you can spot.

Once you know what to look for, you'll start noticing Cummins technology just about everywhere. 

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Michael Nagel

Michael Nagel is the Leader - Global Brand at Cummins Inc. As a member of the external communications team at Cummins, he has more than 15 years of digital communications and traditional public relations experience, with a focus on digital communications, corporate brand and content marketing. Michael earned his B.A. from the Indiana University School of Journalism - Indianapolis and currently resides in Indianapolis. 

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