Cummins leverages proven products and innovation with GTA38GCE launch

Columbus, Indiana
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Cummins new 38-liter natural gas engine for the gas compression industry builds on proven hardware while providing up to 760-horsepower.

COLUMBUS, Indiana – Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), a global power leader, has announced availability of a new 38-liter natural gas engine for the gas compression industry.

Expanding on the proven KTA19GCE platform, this new 12-cylinder engine delivers up to 760-horsepower (567-kW) at 1800-rpm in continuous operation. It also shares a significant percentage of heavy-duty components with its diesel counterpart, the Cummins K38, which has been setting industry standards for reliability and efficiency for over two decades.

Power and performance are improved over prior models with factory integration of the Murphy Engine Integrated Control System™ (EICS), which combines ignition, air/fuel ratio controller and speed-governing functions in a single Engine Control Module (ECM). The EICS capacitive discharge ignition system features smart-coil technology for ultra-reliable spark delivery, individual cylinder diagnostics and knock sensing capabilities.

The total integration of proven components along with innovative controls technology has produced an engine capable of artificial lift and midstream compression with unsurpassed reliability, durability and efficiency, keeping gas flowing with an absolute minimum of maintenance costs. 

Patricio Escobar, Cummins Segment Director – Oil & Gas Market, notes, “In an energy industry where hundreds of thousands of dollars depend on keeping the pipelines filled at all times, the KTA38GCE gives customers confidence that even though they are buying “new” technology with innovative features, with this engine they are getting proven reliability backed by the best service and support in the industry.”

World-Class Features

In addition to the EICS engine control system, the KTA38GCE optimizes intake air and exhaust flow with Pyromet® exhaust valve faces, Stellite® exhaust valve seat inserts and Tribaloy® T400 intake valve faces and seat inserts. A Holset Turbocharger was developed specifically for this engine with two heavy-duty air cleaners to maximize performance. The lubrication system includes a high-capacity oil pan with combination full-flow and bypass oil filters for extended drain intervals and reduced maintenance costs. Cooling for this engine is provided by a two-pump, two-loop system with separate aftercooler and jacket water cooling circuits to lower intake manifold temperatures and increase output. Integrated coolant filters help eliminate any potential for corrosion. Air/fuel control is managed by dual direct-acting regulator assemblies while speed controls use electronic governors to stabilize the rpm. An optional input allows customers to monitor and control suction or discharge pressure. Additional details about Cummins  GTA38GCE can be found on


About Cummins 
Cummins Inc., a global technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of power solutions that range from diesel engines to hybrid and electric platforms. 

The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including transmissions, battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 62,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and over 7,600 dealer locations. In 2018, the company earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion. See how Cummins is powering a world that’s Always On by accessing news releases and more information at Follow Cummins on Twitter at and on YouTube at

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