The gray, rectangular machine emitting a bright blue light doesn’t look particularly impressive as it quietly goes about its work at the Cummins Technical Center (CTC) in Columbus, Indiana....
But some believe the technology it uses could one day change manufacturing as we know it.
3D printers can take extremely detailed instructions to make precise objects a layer at a time, with relatively little waste and, theoretically at least, anywhere in the world. That could not only impact innovation, but perhaps inventory someday and transportation, too.
Sometimes, the true test of a company comes when times are challenging. Despite weak global markets, Cummins achieved record results in its environmental and community engagement efforts in 2015, according to the company’s new 2015-2016 Sustainability Progress Report.
Testing any generator to see if it will stand up to an earthquake is never easy...
...but if that generator weighs some 80,000 pounds and has an engine that’s 8 feet tall and 14 feet long, it’s especially challenging.
No wonder Cummins Power Generation employees were pleased to learn late last year that after months of planning, logistics and testing, the QSK95 generator set had passed the “shaker table test” for seismic certification.
Where others saw a decaying, 2,400-acre ammunition plant, closed for nearly 40 years, Cummins’ Prad Pathirana saw an opportunity to introduce STEM to public school students.
And that’s precisely what’s happening now that the former plant, near Cummins Power Generation in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) north metro, was removed in 2015 from the Superfund list of the United States’ worst environmental sites.
Dec. 3, 2015 was a very good day for Matt Abdallah and his team at the Seymour Engine Plant in Seymour, Indiana.
After months of work, and more than a year of planning, the lab operations team used two regenerative dynamometers, or regen dynos for short, to capture enough energy from high horsepower engines being tested to meet all of the plant’s electrical needs.