An Overview of Cummins Fuel Systems
Cummins is a Fortune 500 company which manufactures, designs, distributes and services engines and associated technologies. The company is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, and has presence in nearly 190 countries and territories with a vast network of over 600 independent and company-owned distributors, and nearly 6,000 dealers. Cummins is made of several business units namely Engine Business, Power Generation Business, Filtration, Turbo Technologies, Emission Solutions, and Distribution Business Unit. In this article we will focus mainly on Cummins Fuel Systems Business.
Fuel Systems Business offers a strategic advantage to the customers by providing them the best technology in manufacturing, design, and support of the product line. It brings top-notch technology to help the engine custom to meet the requirements of increasing emissions, which optimizing fuel economy, and improving performance and fuel economy. Both in product manufacturing and remanufacturing, the Fuel Systems is a critical partner to the Cummins engine applications, and the other main external partners.
In its current operation, Cummins uses more than eighty years of Fuel Systems experience. This business unit is located in El Paso Texas, Juarez Mexico, and Columbus Indiana. Fuel Systems produces as well as remanufactures the common rail systems, the unit injectors, and the electronic control modules. As the business plans to further expand its manufacturing capabilities to other regions of the world, we can expect growth and support in the emerging international markets.
The product line offered by Cummins Fuel Systems supports the engine applications that range from 8 to 78 liters. The supplies of the remanufacturing business include completely reconditioned products for field service needs and remanufacturing. Here are the main product lines offered by the business unit:
Cummins Celect: The Celect fuel system is the first ever electronically controlled injection that was released in 1990. The product is currently used on the Cummins M11 engine platform. It is basically a cam driven system, which provides a high level of injection pressure.
High Pressure Injection (HPI) Systems: This is an electronically operated unit injection currently used by Cummins for its Scania 12 liter and ISX 15 liter products. The open nozzle system of these products offers a high pressure injection than the earlier released systems. Just like the Heavy Duty model, the High Horse Power (HHP HPI) system is a unit injection system that is controlled electronically. To meet the needs of a wide variety of customers, the HHP HPI system may be utilized in the manifold engine cylinder configurations. It is used in the high horse power engines manufactured by Cummins Inc.
Common Rail (CCR) Pump: This type of injection system is utilized in the engine applications which were previously supplied the fuel systems in a mid-ranged and smaller diesel engines. The Common Rail fuel pump also provides higher injection pressure, and it requires comparatively less power to operate, thus leading to better fuel economy and the emissions compared to fuel systems by competitors. This CCR pump is utilized on Cummins products including ISC 8 liter and ISL 9 liter engines.
Fuel Systems Research and Development:
The Fuel Systems R&D department is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana. It has a fully integrated team which is completely responsible for the test, development, design, and support of the existing and new Fuel Systems products offered by Cummins. Their R&D department makes use of the most up-to-date engineering technology such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to bring out innovation in their products.
The sophisticated tools along with the material technology advancements also help in enhancing product capacity, while maintaining the strict quality parameters. Their R&D team is also a key partner to the operations organizations, and the close alignment between the two units allows for continuous information flow focused on manufacturability and meeting the customer demands.