New centre is next step in Cummins‘ innovation efforts

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 19, 2018

Vice president and chief technical officer Jennifer Rumsey leads a tour at the new Cummins Machine Integration Center.

Cummins officials have dedicated a state-of-the-art integration centre designed to test the integration of company products and concepts into customer trucks and other equipment.

The new Cummins Machine Integration Center in Columbus, Indiana (USA), is capable of testing a variety of powertrains, including electrified power, and represents another significant step in the company‘s efforts to enhance innovation across a broad portfolio of power options.

“This facility is already a key tool in our toolbox as we work to provide turn-key machine integration solutions for our global customers,” said Jennifer Rumsey, vice president and chief technical officer at Cummins.

“In addition, we can showcase our global integration technology leadership and provide an enhanced workspace for our employees who will have new opportunities to develop their skills and capabilities.”

The new centre has room for 60 or 70 trucks on site and includes 16 dedicated service bays.

The new centre has room for 60 to 70 trucks on site, and includes 16 dedicated service bays, a fabrication shop, an instrumentation lab, a parts inventory and a powertrain integration area.

The centre is perfectly aligned with the company‘s goal of offering customers a range of dependable power solutions, including clean diesel, natural gas, and hybrid and fully electric powertrains. It has room for expansion as critical technologies are identified and incorporated into Cummins products.

A crowd of elected officials, the media and Cummins employees attended today’s dedication and toured the facility.

A lot of the centre‘s work will be dedicated to figuring out the best way to integrate Cummins‘ engines and other products into customers‘ machines. However there will also be ‘real world‘ testing going on at the centre into the concepts the company is exploring for possible use in the future.