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Cummins Receives EPA Certification for Meeting 2014 Greenhouse Gas and Fuel-Efficiency Rules

By Mark S. Kuhar

Cummins Inc. has received certification for its ISX15 engine from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), meeting both the EPA 2013 regulations and the new greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency rules that will take effect in 2014. Cummins 2014 greenhouse gas certification is the first engine certificate issued by the EPA.

The Cummins ISX15, for the heavy-duty truck market, will deliver higher levels of fuel efficiency and reliability in 2013, according to the company. Efficiency improvements to the base engine include optimized combustion and reduced parasitic load through high-efficiency water, fuel and lube pump systems, and the ISX15 will achieve up to 2 percent fuel economy improvement over today’s product.

Improved Reliability
The Cummins ISX15 for 2013 uses the same proven base engine with the XPI fuel system, VG Turbocharger, Cummins After-treatment System with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, and fully integrated electronics.

“Cummins 2013 truck engines will deliver better fuel economy with no major hardware changes,” said Jeff Jones, Cummins vice president – sales and market communications. “This results in improved reliability due to stable architecture.

“The certification of the ISX15 demonstrates Cummins’ commitment to deliver products that exceed both environmental and customer requirements. We are confident that we’ll receive certification for our other on-highway engines well before the end of the year,” Jones continued.

Cummins’ entire lineup of on-highway engines for truck, bus, RV and specialty-vehicle markets will enter production on Jan. 2, 2013. All engines are expected to be certified a full year early to the 2014 greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency rules.

The EPA 2013 regulations require the same near-zero emission levels of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM) as were required beginning in 2010. The new greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency regulations will be required for all heavy-duty diesel and natural gas engines beginning in January 2014.

On-Board Diagnostics, which were introduced on the ISX15 in 2010, are also required across the full on-highway product line in 2013. On-Board Diagnostics will provide enhanced service capability with standardized diagnostic trouble codes, service tool interface, in-cab warning lamp and service information availability.

Cummins Care will be available for all EPA 2013 certified engines, including natural gas engines, and is available free of charge. As part of the total value that Cummins offers customers, coupled with its strong commitment to customer support, Cummins Care provides a trusted information source for questions regarding the latest engine and product technology.

The Cummins Care team is also prepared to answer all operational questions on topics such as fuel and oil specifications and maintenance intervals. Cummins Care representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-800-DIESELS (1-800-343-7357).

Cummins employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations.

Aggregate Industries US Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Aggregate Industries US (AIUS), a Holcim Group company, announced that its Waltham, Mass., and Des Plaines, Ill., facilities have been selected as recipients of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NRMCA) Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards recognize companies that set an outstanding example of environmentally sound management within the ready mixed concrete industry.

“We are extremely proud that these facilities have received this distinction,” said Filiberto Ruiz, deputy chief executive officer of Aggregate Industries US. “I commend the employees’ initiative for implementing such effective environmental management techniques, and bringing our corporate values to their communities.”

Both facilities received an honorable mention in their respective production class: Waltham - Category C, and Des Plaines - Category D. The AIUS facilities were two of 13 facilities to receive awards from a pool of more than 6,000 applicants.