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Uncompromising customer service has been one of the key factors behind the success of Carey’s Freight Lines for the past 75 years.

Carey’s Freight Lines has been based in Tamworth for 75 years, a remarkable achievement in road freight operations which the company has celebrated by proudly specifying heritage liveries to its 2022 model Kenworths and Mercedes-Benz prime movers to reflect the longevity of the service Carey’s has provided to the local region.

Harold Carey bought his first truck in 1947 after he returned to Tamworth from the war. Harold carried timber and wheat on a four tonne Ford tabletop, before he progressed to a Chev Maple Leaf prime mover connected to a single axle trailer, a world away from the modern equipment the company utilises today.

Harold’s sons John and Michael (Mick) took over after Harold’s retirement in the early ‘80s with Mick looking after the workshop which at one point was a service agency for Mack trucks, and John handling operations. The company is today run by the third generation of Carey’s with Mick’s son, Darren, as the General Manager and his brother, Todd, following in their father’s footsteps in maintenance. John’s son Rick, meanwhile, works in operations.

Carey’s first Kenworth, a T600, was purchased in 1990. Kenworths with Cummins engines have been the mainstay of the fleet ever since due to reliability and longevity. The current fleet of 74 prime movers remains predominately Kenworth with some Mercedes-Benz and Volvo models added over the past few years. The prime movers are complemented by a number of 14-pallet rigid Tautliners and fridge vans with tailgate loaders which are mostly Isuzu with the odd Fuso as well. Carey’s is equipped with 210 trailers.

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Darren Carey with the new Kenworth T410.

The latest additions are from Vawdrey and Krueger, joining a differing fleet of trailer brands containing the likes of Maxicube, Freighter, Barker and FTE. Many of the Kenworths have been more recently assigned to local work having completed their time on long highway duties. 

“We have a lot of local work involving low kilometre trips from the depot which is performed by 15 to 17 year-old Kenworth trucks with up to 2.5 million kilometres on them,” says Darren. 

They can still do the job thanks to the support from our local Cummins people, and Kenworth through the local Brown and Hurley dealership."

"Most of the fleet is cabover because they are so flexible, yet we’ve always had a couple of bonneted trucks which can do single fridge van work and can also pull B-double skels.

With cabovers we can have plenty of space, so we don’t have to worry about squeezing in our 34-pallet fridge vans to fit in with the 26-metre maximum length.” 

Carey’s recently took delivery of two Kenworth T410s with PACCAR MX engines and transmissions intended for a specific single application. Darren generally prefers automated transmissions but has also recently added three Kenworth T610s with manuals. 

“Two were dealer stock trucks which we needed desperately last year and the other was the SAR which was a bit of a special build,” he recalls.

The operations of Carey’s are diverse. They include general freight, dry and refrigerated grocery distribution to supermarkets throughout northwest NSW, domestic and export meat from meat processing facilities in Tamworth, as well as building materials and steel. Carey’s also is involved in the supply, transport and sale of bricks and tiles for which local deliveries to building sites are made using two drop deck trailers and Manitou all-terrain forklifts. 

“Being diverse and not having all your eggs in one basket has been a successful strategy and is important to us,” says Darren.

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Kenworth K200 en route to Sydney.

The transport company operates across three sites in Tamworth consisting of the freight distribution centre, a well-equipped maintenance facility, and a container handling yard. Carey’s has a depot in Sydney. Meanwhile a new facility opened in Brisbane at the beginning of August this year. 

As far as policy goes, each truck has its own dedicated driver, with the exception being a couple of specific runs where two drivers operate on a change-over system. The container trucks operate on the higher mass limits of 68 tonnes and four Kenworth A-double PBS combinations run between Tamworth and Port Botany, and to Brisbane’s Fisherman’s Island port facility. Darren says the A-doubles have been a gamechanger.

“We can go straight into the port on our PBS permit which is a big change for us. Now we carry 120 to 130 export containers out of Tamworth each week and every one of those 40-footers was previously a single truck,” he explains. “That means we can get two 40 foot refrigerated containers on an A-double, and we are doing that seven days a week.”

The scope of operations may be diverse yet there is a clear realisation that doing what you know well is preferable to extreme expansion which can often prove chaotic. 

“We don’t do any typical interstate work,” says Darren. “We basically concentrate on our operations to Tamworth and the northwest area of NSW out of Brisbane and Sydney. This means our trucks are home regularly for services, and the drivers can have more of a home life.” 

Drivers regularly have their seven-hour breaks in their trucks but are always at home for 24- and 48-hour breaks. The general consensus is that this does help to attract and retain drivers. It’s by no coincidence that Carey’s retains a number of drivers with over 20 years of service, while many more are either ten or 15-years in. The majority of drivers are Tamworth locals, but the nature of the Carey’s operations means drivers can be located anywhere between Sydney and Brisbane along the New England Highway. As with most other industries, transport particularly, there is the universal challenge of recruiting new people, especially young people.

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One of the A-double sets Carey's Freight Lines moves around NSW.

“In Tamworth we are pretty lucky. We’ve got three abattoirs and a lot of other industry,” says Darren. “If you’re in Tamworth and you haven’t got a job you pretty much don’t much want one. We have a lot of local work and this helps getting young guys a start in the industry. We will help them get their forklift licence, then progress to heavy rigid to semi-trailers. They can run around town and then do an occasional longer trip to get some experience and learn from the older drivers.”

Vehicle servicing is performed in-house in a fully-equipped six bay drive-through workshop located within walking distance of the main depot. The workshop has a staff of 12 including a welder, a fibre-glasser and a designated trailer washer as well as the mechanics. Truck dealerships including Brown and Hurley and the local Cummins facility are located nearby. 

“We do take a fair bit of work to the local Cummins branch,” says Todd Carey, who supervises the fleet’s maintenance operations “They do most of our engine work as we don’t do a lot of intense engine work here and any rebuilds go to Cummins.”

The majority of Carey’s late model Cummins engines are rated at 550hp and 2050 ft/lbs of torque. 

“We have extended the oil drains on the Euro V engines out to the 60,000 kilometres as recommended by Cummins,” Todd explains. “They do a fine job. The older ones obviously are less but we haven’t got many of them left.”

Safety of the drivers and other road users is paramount at Carey’s. All available safety technologies are explored by the company. Every vehicle in the fleet is GPS tracked, fitted with multiple cameras, Seeing Machines and electronic work diaries, all of which are looked after by Teletrac Navman. These technologies allow the management team to stay on top of where drivers and vehicles are at any time for effective scheduling and fatigue management. The acceptance by drivers of new technologies has been a challenge in the past. 

“It’s like all technology. When we first put GPS tracking in some drivers thought we were just spying on them. Forward facing cameras were far easier for them to accept but not the Seeing Machines,” recalls Darren. “Nobody wants to be told they’re not doing their job correctly, so we invited them all in and explained these aren’t a camera intended to watch them. We showed some of them footage of themselves and they hadn’t realised how tired they looked. We are definitely getting better acceptance of them now.”

After a period of operating the paper-based work diary parallel to electronic work diaries, Carey’s are in the early stages of making the switch to electronic work diaries only. There is a genuine and obvious effort to stay abreast of the technological advances for safety which has been recognised by the Tamworth Business Chamber Awards, as well as SafeWork NSW who have nominated Carey’s for the workplace health and safety category in its annual awards.  

Darren Carey is proud of the opportunity the business has given not only his family, but so many Tamworth families as well.

“We have many second-generation drivers here. Ageing workforce is a challenge, so it is important to keep the family connection with our long-term staff,” he says. “I am proud of our trucks and our staff and the fact so many of them are proud to work here. It makes me happy to see so many of our trucks washed and polished and treated by the drivers as if they are their own.”

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The yard with part of the Carey's fleet in Tamworth.

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Natural gas engines from Cummins can offer considerable longevity and reliability when properly maintained – so much so they are lasting decades and counting. 

Between 2008 and 2009, more than 3,730 Cummins B Gas Plus natural gas engines were procured through OEM partners Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland and delivered to the National Capital Region of India. Deployed into the Delhi transport Corporation’s (DTC) transit bus fleet, nearly 15 years later, the engines remain in service. To date, the buses have travelled approximately 5.4 billion kilometers – yes, billion – over the last 15 years.


These engines prove what Maged Tadros, General Manager of Cummins Global Bus Business likes to tell his customers: “Adopting Cummins natural gas engines into your fleets can help achieve several operational and economic benefits.”

As the lowest total emissions engine on the market for trucks and buses, Cummins natural gas engines run on an abundant, low-cost fuel, with a maintenance free three-way catalyst exhaust treatment system. 

The need for reliable transportation is essential. Over the past 15 years, the Cummins B Gas Plus natural gas engines have helped more than 150 million Indian residents get to where they need to be and will continue to do so for the years to come.

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“Cummins engines are sought after globally for their world-class reliability and durability,” explained Puneet Jhawar, General Manager – Natural Gas. “We have learned a lot from our experience in India, among other countries adopting natural gas engines, learnings that have influenced our next generation of engines.”

Last year, Cummins announced the B6.7 natural gas engine will be available in India. Built for school buses, shuttles, and medium-duty trucks, the B6.7N boasts up to 240 hp/560 lbs-ft torque.

As the most mature, proven, and least disruptive alternative power technology available today, natural gas engines offer range flexibility and deliver a similar power, performance, and driving experience as diesel engines. Cummins natural gas engines help fleets reduced their overall environmental impact without significantly increasing the cost of operation or sacrificing performance or uptime.

The power of Cummins’ natural gas engines was on display at the India Auto Expo in Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh, India this month.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.


As we near the end of 2022, we are celebrating some of the accomplishments that made this an exciting and innovative year for New Power. In the last 12 months, we expanded our technologies, grew as a business and continued to blaze the trail toward a zero-emissions future. Join us as we reflect on five wins from our New Power business unit that helped make this year truly spectacular.

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Welcome to our battery family, LFP

The newest member of our battery family is the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, which expands our support of electrified commercial vehicle applications. LFPs are faster charging and longer-life batteries, and are used in the medium duty truck and school bus markets. LFPs don’t require nickel or cobalt, making them more affordable and sustainable. With faster charging, higher power and a 10% longer life expectancy, Cummins LFP batteries are designed to meet the demands of continuous operation and have a lower total cost of ownership.

Green travel is on track: Our fuel cell systems are powering the world’s first 100%-hydrogen passenger train fleet

Holiday vacation plans? Visit us in Europe where we’re powering the world’s first fleet of hydrogen trains. The Alstom Coradia iLint trains are outfitted with Cummins fuel cell systems and run on the world’s first 100%-hydrogen-powered passenger train route. The trains convert hydrogen fuel into energy and turn existing, non-electrified infrastructure into zero-emission rail lines. These trains emit only steam and condensed water while in service and operate with low noise levels that improve both operator and passenger comfort.

The hydrogen fuel cell systems used in the trains are assembled at Cummins’ Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Production Center in Herten, Germany. The facility was fully operational in 2022, enabling accelerated adoption of hydrogen technologies across Europe and the globe.

North America? Check. Europe? Check. We’ve expanded our New Power footprint across the globe

This year, we drove the green hydrogen economy forward across the globe by supporting new infrastructure projects and advancing government decarbonization goals.

We have broken ground on our new gigawatt PEM electrolyzer manufacturing plant in Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2023. The 200,000 sq. ft. facility will have the capacity to produce 500MW per year, scalable to more than 1GW per year.

Our Oevel, Belgium electrolyzer manufacturing facility expanded its capacity to 1GW thanks to the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) Hy2Tech program. IPCEI will help Cummins develop a new generation of PEM electrolyzer cell stacks to power large-scale hydrogen production systems. Operation began at our new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Production Center in Herten, Germany this year, which further enables the adoption of hydrogen technologies across Europe. 

We expanded our Mississauga, Ontario, Canada campus by adding a third facility dedicated to hydrogen technology. The new facility accommodates the company’s growing staff, hydrogen production capacity and new product development, putting Cummins in a better position to support the developing hydrogen market in North America.

The wait is over - our electrified powertrains made their official debut

We unveiled the Meritor 17Xe ePowertrain integrated with a Cummins battery system. The 17Xe is designed for heavy-duty trucks with the capacity to support 44 tons of gross combined weight. The assembly also features Cummins’ new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack. 

Our clean drivetrain options offer performance and packaging advantages for diverse applications across the globe.

Electrolyzers are stateside: We’re starting production in the U.S.

We announced that we'll begin producing electrolyzers in the U.S. for the first time at our Fridley, Minnesota facility. To drive the domestic green hydrogen economy forward, we'll start at 500 megawatts (MW) of manufacturing capacity annually, scalable to 1 gigawatt (GW) in the future. 

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Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

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Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) announced the 2022 recipients of the company’s most prestigious technical award, the Julius Perr Innovation award. Now in its 23rd year, the award recognizes employees who demonstrated excellence in innovation and technology by developing significant intellectual property for our products.

This year’s recipients are Cummins employees Richard Ancimer, Krishna Kamasamudram, Ashok Kumar, Guoqiang Li, Tim Proctor, Michael Wilson, and Aleksey Yezerets. Acknowledgement also goes to Neal Currier, Ed Hodzen, and Vivek Sujan.


The first winning patents relate to the mitigation of sulfur accumulation on a selective reduction catalyst (SCR).

Ancimer, Currier, Kamasamudram, Kumar, and Yezerets developed methodologies to not only monitor this accumulation of sulfur but regenerate the catalysts faster, and at lower temperatures, through the synchronization of engine operating conditions during regeneration. Their work is employed on Cummins products, such as Euro IV/V/VI, EPA 2010, Tier IV, and in regions high sulfur fuel, and will likely continue playing a role in meeting future emission regulations.

Wilson developed a different approach targeted for the service channel in areas with high sulfur fuel, particularly the Euro V products in South America.  A key feature of his invention involves the deactivation of cylinders, and his work has been cited numerous times by non-Cummins patents.

For second winning technology, Hodzen, Li, Proctor, and Sujan invented the SmartTorque2 (ST2) feature, which is part of the award-winning Eaton Cummins SmartAdvantageTM  Powertrain. This feature automatically senses a variety of factors, such as grade and weight, and selects the optimum torque for performance and fuel economy. The invention was first in production in 2013 and has been a standard offering of the X15 product since 2017.


This award was created to honor Dr. Julius Perr, who retired from Cummins in 1997 as Vice President - Fuel Systems.  Dr. Perr, who passed away in 2005, joined Cummins in 1958 after fleeing Communist Hungary.  He made Columbus, Indiana (USA) home and began a 41-year career as a Cummins engineer and leader.  In his lifetime, he was named the inventor or co-inventor of 186 granted patents and remains an inspiration to many in our industry.


The Julius Perr Innovation Awards Ceremony was held in-person with senior Technical Leaders, members of the Perr family, the 2022 Perr Award winners and their guests on October 18, 2022. Four winners, Krishna Kamasamudram, Ashok Kumar, Guoqiang Li and Michael Wilson, were able to attend in person to receive their awards. The other three winners were unable to attend, but their award and special recognition have been provided to them separately.


Members of a selection committee, made up of leaders from across all business units, meet yearly to evaluate patents that have created significant value for our products. In 2022, over 1,100 patents were reviewed for consideration before selecting the final patent award recipients. Since 2000, only 84 patents have been selected for this prestigious award with each invention adding value to our brand promise of innovation and dependability.

Congratulations again to the 2022 recipients on the honor of winning the 2022 Julius Perr Innovation Award.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

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This article was authored by Chuck McClaugherty, Bear Electric, a Cummins Authorized Dealer.

Smart phones, smart TVs, virtual assistants, smart thermostats, smart locks and doorbells. Our homes are now filled with smart devices. Unfortunately, most of them become useless without power to run or recharge. This is why homeowners should consider installing one smart device above all other: a home standby generator. 

As a Cummins Authorized Dealer, I install a lot of Cummins QuietConnect™ home standby generators throughout Oregon. With increasingly severe weather, rolling blackouts, and aging power grids, I can tell you without a doubt a backup generator is a worthwhile investment. 

The best part of owning one of these smart devices? You don’t have to tell it when to turn on and off. It does it automatically. 

In a nutshell, here’s the process:

When we install a Cummins home standby generator, we also install a Cummins automatic transfer switch. This transfer switch constantly monitors the electric utility power coming into the home. If it detects a break in service, it will automatically disconnect the home from the electric utility line in a split second and turn on the Cummins generator to power the home instead. The generator is fed either by a natural gas line or by a propane tank.

While the Cummins generator is powering the home, the transfer switch will continue to monitor the electric utility line. Once it detects that power has been restored, it’ll automatically disconnect the generator from the home’s electrical system and reconnect the electric utility.

You don’t have to do anything. Nada. Zilch. The generator and the transfer switch do all the work. In some cases, you may not even realize there’s a power outage until you look out the window and see all your neighbor’s houses are dark.

Just as critical as having a Cummins Authorized Dealer professionally install your backup generator and transfer switch is making sure you choose the right size generator for your home. If it’s too small, the load won’t be able to power everything in the house. If it’s too big, you’ll consume extra natural gas or propane when you use it.

The easiest way to make sure you select the right size generator is to have your dealer do it for you. But if you want to get a feel for how much generator you’re going to need, Cummins has an excellent blog post on calculating the generator wattage you need or you can use the generator size calculator at

We live in a world full of smart devices. Make sure you can keep yours up and running during power outages with a Cummins QuietConnect home standby generator. To find a dealer near you, use the Cummins dealer locator. Or, if you live in Oregon, just contact me at (503) 678-3417 or [email protected] 

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Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

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