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June 1, 2007
CUMMINS Inc, Columbus IN, has announced the release of its ISX engine with 600 horsepower and 2,050 lb-ft of torque. The ISX announcement was part of

CUMMINS Inc, Columbus IN, has announced the release of its ISX engine with 600 horsepower and 2,050 lb-ft of torque. The ISX announcement was part of several engine and engine-related products Cummins introduced recently.

The new rating for the ISX engine targets heavy-haul customers, fleets and owner/operators who specialize in expedited freight, and performance enthusiasts in the trucking industry.

Extra torque allows drivers to maintain road speed even on steep inclines, reducing the number of downshifts and fuel consumption. Maintaining a higher average road speed with less shifting also reduces driver fatigue and shortens trip time.

In addition to stronger pulling power, the 600-hp ISX also includes electric actuation on the patented VG Turbo, for improved engine response across the entire power range. The Intebrake system, an integrated compression brake that generates over 600 braking horsepower, continues as standard equipment.

Manufactured in Jamestown, New York, the Cummins ISX is a heavy-duty diesel engine built with dual overhead camshafts and an integrated engine brake as standard equipment. The ISX 600 with 2,050 lb-ft peak toque is scheduled to become available in the fall of 2007.

ReCon engines

The company also pointed out that as a result of an intensive stocking program, the most popular ReCon mid-range engines are now readily available at distributor and dealer locations. This includes ISB, ISC, and ISL engines and their industrial counterparts from the B Series through the QSL.

ReCon engines are an option for repowering any type of equipment, according to Cummins officials. Every engine is completely torn down, cleaned and inspected, and worn parts are replaced with Cummins new and ReCon components. Then the engines are reassembled on an assembly line using Six Sigma control measures and tested by certified technicians to ensure that they meet Cummins performance specifications.

In conjunction with its engine announcements, Cummins highlighted its next generation of QuickCheck engine information tools, the QuickCheck 5100. The new product brings the power of a portable computer and proprietary engine-monitoring software into one handheld device.

The QuickCheck 5100 is a self-contained device that makes capturing and reading engine data easier and faster, helping transportation and industrial professionals to better manage vehicles and operations. The shop-rugged weather-resistant handheld device is specifically designed and built for extreme environmental conditions.

It connects to any electronic diesel engine, using standard J1587 or J1939 data links with supplied six- or nine-pin cables. A supplied USB cable allows users to link their QuickCheck 5100 to a desktop PC. The program runs on the Windows CE operating system and is preloaded with QuickCheck CE and PowerSpec CE applications.

QuickCheck CE software accepts data from any diesel engine with standard connectivity to an electronic control module (ECM). It reads and captures fault codes, parameter values, lifetime trip data, as well as the data plate. QuickCheck CE allows the user to monitor a range of data from any manufacturer's engine with electronic controls, transmission, braking and vehicle systems.

PowerSpec CE software is a proprietary application for Cummins engines that allows users to take full advantage of the computing power of the handheld device. The Transfer HotSpec function gives customers the ability to download and customize engine parameter settings on their own PC. The program provides a convenient trip summary report compiled from 10 data fields: average miles per gallon, average miles per gallon driving, percent of time spent at idle, percent of PTO time non-moving, percent top gear distance, maximum vehicle speed, number of sudden decelerations, distance, total engine hours, and trip time. This data can be captured and then transferred to a desktop computer for analysis using optional Cummins QuickReports software.

The QuickCheck 5100 is enclosed in a beefy case surrounded by a rubber guard so it's easy to grip and protected from damaging blows. Operating commands are minimal. Its push-button touch-screen navigation is quickly learned and simple to operate. The QuickCheck 5100 is equipped with a large, 3.8-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) screen that is backlit for all viewing conditions. Power is supplied by a long-lasting rechargeable lithium-ion battery that operates for up to 10 hours at a stretch.

The QuickCheck 5100 is available for sale online at and at Cummins dealers and distributors.