CUMMINS Inc brought to the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show some of its most innovative solutions for redefining efficiency for on-highway truck customers in North America. The company showcased its broad lineup of diesel and natural gas engines and unveiled the 2017 ISX15 and its new Single Module aftertreatment system March 26-28 during the show in Louisville, Kentucky.
Beyond the product hardware, Cummins introduced its ADEPT technology for the ISX15—a suite of innovative electronic engine features capable of delivering up to a 3% improvement in fuel economy. Cummins complete system integration was on display with products from Cummins Emission Solutions, Fuel Systems, Turbo Technologies, Filtration and New and ReCon Parts.
“Cummins lineup of engines, from the ISV5.0 to the flagship, big-bore ISX15, represent the broad range of power options, well suited to meet customers’ specific needs,” said Amy Boerger, vice-president, Cummins North American Engine Business. “Cummins products are demonstrating leading fuel efficiency, proven durability and superior performance that help enable our customers’ success across the diverse applications they operate.”
Cummins continues to bring customer focused innovation to the market as soon as the technology is ready by delivering continuous enhancements to the 2015 ISX15, according to Boerger. Cummins is building on the leading fuel economy, proven reliability and big-bore performance of the ISX15 to enhance operational efficiency and productivity for customers operating across a wide range of duty cycles.
The 15-liter big-bore advantage, coupled with the proven air handling capability of the VGT Turbocharger, results in class-leading low-end torque, delivering performance at low rpms and maintaining longer operation in the “sweet spot.” For customers seeking maximum fuel efficiency, the ISX15 SmartAdvantage Powertrain continues to demonstrate fuel-economy leadership, superior driveability and ease of operation, with availability at all leading truck OEMs, and customer adoption growing rapidly in the market.
Innovative product developments will also offer customers enhanced uptime and lower total cost of ownership. The 2015 ISX15 now features NanoNet media lube filtration for best-in-class particle removal, capacity and cold-flow ability, delivering superior protection and filter life. Also, Cummins has extended the diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning interval to 400,000 miles for line-haul applications that average greater than 5.5 mpg, which provides added reduction in overall total cost of ownership for customers.
Cummins ADEPT technology is a new suite of electronic features that will deliver fuel-economy gains of up to 3% initially for ISX15 customers operating with automated manual transmissions. ADEPT utilizes load-, speed-, and grade-sensing technology to initiate adjustments to speed, power and transmission gear to take advantage of vehicle momentum for better fuel economy.
The first package of ADEPT includes two features: SmartCoast and SmartTorque2 (ST2). SmartCoast operates when the vehicle is coasting downhill by disengaging the driveline and returning the engine to idle to reduce drag, conserve vehicle momentum and, ultimately, improve fuel economy. ST2 utilizes the same torque management intelligence first introduced on the SmartAdvantage Powertrain to help eliminate unnecessary downshifts and keep the engine operating in the most fuel-efficient “sweet spot.” The first ADEPT package will be available in summer 2015, and customers will be able to upgrade as future packages are released.
Cummins showcased innovative future technologies by unveiling the 2017 ISX15 and Single Module aftertreatment system. The 2017 ISX15, with a horsepower range from 400 horsepower to 605 horsepower (298-451 kW), will feature two distinct optimized designs for customers, with one targeted for customers seeking maximum fuel economy and the other for premium- and high- performance-oriented fleets. Design updates to the ISX15 for 2017 include a more responsive and efficient turbocharger, further optimization for downspeeding, integrated ADEPT technology and continued reduction in parasitic loss.
Cummins will continue to push the envelope on extending maintenance intervals on the 2017 ISX15 and validate the technology with nearly nine million miles of real-world experience—the most testing of any product launch to date. This is the equivalent of making 4,000 trips coast-to-coast.
Another key feature of the 2017 ISX15 engine system is the introduction of the innovative Single Module aftertreatment system from Cummins Emission Solutions. This new aftertreatment system for 2017 is the result of customer-driven design, as the system will provide customers up to a 60% reduction in size and space claim, up to a 40% reduction in weight and enhanced efficiencies thanks to advancements in catalyst technologies and urea dosing solutions.
“Cummins is excited to unveil our 2017 ISX15 and Single Module aftertreatment system, showcasing our commitment to customer focused innovation,” said Boerger. “We are ready for 2017, and will have a complete lineup of products from five liters to 15 liters that redefine how our customers experience leading efficiency backed by Cummins unmatched support.”
Cummins Connected Diagnostics, compatible with leading telematics providers, delivers instant notification with expert diagnosis of engine faults, and is furthering Cummins ability to provide exceptional customer support. Connected Diagnostics began full production in April 2015. Furthermore, Cummins provides customers with industry leading support through Cummins Care, available 24/7 at 1-800-DIESELS(TM) (1-800-343-7357), and the largest and most capable service network, with over 3,500 authorized Cummins dealers and distributors across North America. ♦