AS THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT DIESEL ENGINE MANUFACTURER IN THE WORLD, CUMMINS HAS THE MEANS AND THE COMMITMENT TO REDUCE BOTH THE RESOURCES IT USES TO BUILD PRODUCTS AND THE FUEL BURNED TO OPERATE THEM.
For the past 20 years, the company has focused its technology development on meeting regulatory requirements for the reduction of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO). But as those regulations near zero in developed markets, Cummins’ focus for the next decades will be increasingly on fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction.
“Our product vision conveys that we are committed to pushing technology boundaries to solve environmental problems for our customers and our communities,” said Vice President – Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey.
Engineering teams have long included fuel efficiency targets as part of their product development process. Today, Cummins is conducting a great amount of research into what it would take to expand its approach to design efficient products that are needed far into the future – to 2030 and beyond. The company is moving beyond just meeting regulations as its main guidepost and driving force to focusing on continuing to exceed customer’s expectations while reducing the environmental impact of its products.
As a result, Cummins has created a vision statement for new product design:
Powering the future through product innovation that makes people’s lives better and reduces our environmental footprint.
We will do this by:
- Being first to market with technologies that deliver the best fuel efficiency and reduced GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions
- Driving customer success through dependable, innovative products and services
- Going faster and further with sustainable energy solutions
This vision statement reflects Cummins’ commitment to differentiated products for the future and the necessary changes to deliver them. The company knows it will require an in-depth knowledge of product markets and applications, challenging Cummins’ product planning and technical function to transform how the company thinks about future technologies and products that delight our customers and match long-term global environmental scenarios.
Cummins’ vision of being first to market, driving customer success and going faster and further builds on efforts already underway. The company has certified a complete lineup of on-highway diesel and natural gas engines to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, compliant to both the current EPA regulations and the second level of Phase 1 GHG and fuel-efficiency standards, which take effect in January 2017. Cummins certified the Dodge Ram ISB engine three years early to the 2010 stringent NOx standards and was the first to certify to the California Air Resources Board’s stringent optional NOx standard of 0.02 gm/hp-hr with the ISLG engine.
Cummins is growing its suite of data connectivity software applications to help customers increase asset operating efficiency and utilization. Connected Diagnostics gathers engine data to provide customers with immediate expert recommendations in response to engine fault information, which results in greater productivity and maximized uptime. Later this year, Connected Calibrations and Connected Tuning will be introduced as additional tools for optimizing the operating efficiency of the company’s products by enabling over-the-air calibration updates.
Looking ahead, Cummins is refining its technology roadmaps to deliver on the company’s new product fuel efficiency vision. New technologies including continued innovation in traditional engines and components, new fuel and energy sources, new components, and optimization of the system through broad integration will be evaluated.