In NASCAR, this Job is Never Truly Done, but the Hauler Driver can Always Count on Cummins

The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.
The hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford depends on a Cummins engine to get the NASCAR team to its next race.

When Bill “Stump” Lewis pulls the hauler containing Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford into the next track on the NASCAR circuit, he knows there’s a pretty good chance he’ll never see the actual race. 

Lewis is usually busy packing the Cummins powered tractor-trailer during a race to get back on the road as quickly as possible after the checkered flag falls.

Every second counts, both on and off the track, for Bowyer’s team, which has been sponsored in part by Cummins during the 2018 and 2019 racing seasons. It’s just part of the job, says Lewis, who has been doing this kind of work for more than 20 years. 

“Sometimes I don’t even know who won the race,” he said with a laugh, taking a short break from his duties for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan (USA).

It’s OK, the affable Lewis says, driving the truck is still one of his favorite parts of the job.

FIRST IN, LAST OUT

Hauler drivers are typically the first to arrive at a track for a NASCAR team and often the last to leave. Some say they have the toughest job on the circuit and that’s easy to understand listening to Lewis describe his typical week during the season.

It starts at the SHR garage in Kannapolis, North Carolina (USA), where Lewis gets everything loaded into the hauler – including two cars, nearly enough parts to build another, tools of all sort, and the electronic equipment used to evaluate a car’s performance on the track. Lewis is even in charge of the snacks served in the team break room inside the hauler – which usually means he makes a trip to the grocery store before leaving town.

By the time the hauler hits the road, it’s filled either at or near the legal limit – 80,000 pounds. When he gets to the track, Lewis’ work is just beginning. He gets everything out and positioned, so the crew can get right to work the minute they arrive on site. Even at 66, Lewis can run circles around many of his younger peers on the NASCAR circuit.

Rendering of Cummins car for key races
For select races during the 2018 racing season, the Cummins logo appeared on the hood of Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas racing.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HAULER

It’s a tough job, agrees Gary “Bear” Geissman, who is the fleet manager for SHR and has been involved in the racing transportation business in various capacities for some 40 years. He oversees all of the team’s haulers and 16 to 18 drivers. Sometimes more than one driver is needed if a trip takes more than the legal time limit before a driver must rest.

The SHR team’s haulers are usually on the road for more than 220 days a year, each covering about 70,000 miles annually, crisscrossing the United States under all kinds of driving conditions. There are seldom any “empty miles” that other truck drivers experience heading home after a delivery.

Keeping the haulers clean and in top condition is paramount. First, they each carry about $1.5 million worth of equipment, Geissman said. If that weren’t enough, the haulers amount to rolling billboards for teams and their partners. 

In certain locations, the haulers even have their own rabid fans. After NASCAR’s stop at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York, Lewis said people were lined up for miles on the sides of the road to see the haulers head south into Pennsylvania.

Photo of the Stewart Haas Hauler in Bristol
The Stewart-Haas hauler at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee (USA) earlier this year.

THE CUMMINS DIFFERENCE

Nobody wants to get stuck by the side of the road, the drivers of a stock car hauler perhaps least of all. They know a race has never been delayed or cancelled because someone’s hauler had engine trouble getting to the track.

Lewis says torque and dependability are key to getting his job done and Bowyer’s hauler has had a 600-horsepower heavy duty Cummins engine for about three years. 

“We are at maximum load with our trucks,” said Geissman, who’s worked with Cummins engines for most of his career. “With a Cummins engine we get the power we need to pull all of our equipment. We can get up to and stay at the speed limit, and our Cummins engines are really good on fuel, too. ”

Hauler drivers have enough to worry about. They shouldn’t have to worry about their engines, too. 
 

The Cummins’ name debuted on the No. 14 Ford of driver Clint Bowyer at the Aug. 18, 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. To follow Bowyer’s efforts, check out the Stewart-Haas Racing website or follow the team’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. blair.claflin@cummins.com

 

4 ways Cummins’ 2020 goals are helping the environment

The Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Plant (above) in Beijing, China, is the largest of Cummins’ 12 completed solar installations. Work will begin soon on the plant’s second building (upper right).
The Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Plant (above) in Beijing, China, is the largest of Cummins’ 12 completed solar installations. Work will begin soon on the plant’s second building (upper right).

Skeptical when companies announce goals for reducing their environmental impact? Cummins’ 2020 goals, announced in 2014, have driven positive changes both for the company and the environment.

Cummins is working on a new set of environmental sustainability goals to guide the company through 2030. They will have a big impact if the company’s 2020 goals are any indication. Here’s a quick look back: 

1.    RENEWABLE ENERGY 

Significant strides have been made since the company announced its 2020 goal to increase its use and promotion of low-carbon, renewable energy sources.

A farmer works near the Meadow Lake Wind Farm expansion
A farmer works near the recent Meadow Lake Wind Farm expansion supported by Cummins through an innovative purchase agreement.

The Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company (BFCEC) in Beijing, China, is the largest of Cummins’ 12 completed solar installations, producing about 15% of the energy consumed at one of its two buildings. Work will soon begin on a new array of about equal size at the site’s second building.

 The Beijing plant is one of 16 Cummins locations where work is taking place on new solar installations – 12 in India, alone. Arrays are planned at another nine sites including Cummins facilities in Nigeria, Romania and Australia. 

Not every site at Cummins is a good fit for solar, however. The company’s work to help an Indiana wind farm expand could prove to be a great alternative to promote low-carbon, renewable energy.

Cummins entered into a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement to help the Meadow Lake Wind Farm expand in 2018. While the power doesn’t go directly to a Cummins facility, the company’s share of the expansion will send slightly more renewable electricity to the grid than the company uses at its Indiana facilities.

That amounts to offsetting about 28% of Cummins’ global energy consumption annually with renewable power, almost 10 times the electricity generated by the company’s solar arrays.

2.    IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Cummins is on pace to achieve a 32% energy intensity reduction, energy use adjusted by hours worked, compared to a baseline year of 2010.

Regen Dyno team at the Seymour Engine Plant
Cummins employees stand before one of the regenerative dynamometers at the Seymour Engine Plant. 

The company has been making efficiency improvements at many facilities - upgrading lighting, heating and air conditioning systems - and replacing inefficient equipment discovered by employees trained as Environmental Champions.   

One of the company’s most impactful investments: regenerative dynamometers or “regen dynos” for short. The technology captures energy generated by test engines and turns it into useful power. Cummins uses a lot of fuel when it tests new engines and components.

The Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana, gets about 23% of the total electricity it uses from regen dynos, said Mark Dhennin, Director – Energy & Environment. At the Seymour (Indiana) Engine Plant, where Cummins builds some of its largest engines, two dynos are providing about 17% of the site’s electricity, Dhennin said.

3.    CONSERVING WATER

Since 2010, direct water use is down 16% at Cummins despite a significant increase in employees and buildings. Water use intensity, direct water use adjusted by hours worked, has been reduced by 50%.

The company has undertaken projects ranging from repairing leaks and improving water use practices to using heating and cooling systems that recirculate water rather than dispose it. The regen dynos mentioned earlier reduce cooling load, which allows the cooling tower systems used with test engines to be smaller and use less water.

A Cummins employee checks on water use at the company's plant in Chongqing, China.
A Cummins employee checks water use in Chongqing, China.

There are also many building specific features across Cummins to conserve water. Some facilities are focusing on upgrades to reuse wastewater. The company’s Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Rocky Mount, N.C., for example, initiated a project to reclaim 15 million gallons of water per year for use in a cooling tower at the plant.

A similar project is being conducted at Cummins’ Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, N.Y. The potential savings of 15 million gallons per year there will be reused in the facility’s cooling towers and deionized water system. 

There are many smaller efforts ranging from the bioswales at the Distribution Business Headquarters in Indianapolis, which keep about 80% of rainwater on site for landscaping, to plants in India and Brazil that recycle water for non-potable uses.

4.    WORKING WITH CUSTOMERS TO REDUCE CO2

Cummins fuel economy teams across the world have implemented nearly 300 projects since 2014 to improve the efficiency of the company’s products in use. 

In 2018, Cummins surpassed its 2020 goal of working with customers to achieve an annual run rate reduction of 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), reaching 4.3 million metric tons of CO2 in 2018. CO2 is a key contributor to greenhouse gas.

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger announces the company's 2020 environmental sustainability goals during a visit to Purdue University in 2014.
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger announces the company's 2020 environmental goals during a visit to Purdue University in 2014.

Projects included retrofitting buses with stop-start technology, so the engine shuts down when stopped on a route; creating a way to easily shift a truck engine to a fuel efficiency setting and ensuring a customer uses the right-sized engine for a job so fuel isn’t wasted.

Cummins expects to work with about 20% of its customer base by the end of 2020, touching nearly 2 million engines as specifications are tailored to specific customer uses.
 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. blair.claflin@cummins.com

 

Looking at the future of transportation at Fast Company's Innovation Festival

Cummins Fast Company Innovation Festival

Celebrating 100 years of innovation, Cummins is recognized as a global power leader and often revered as one of the most progressive technology companies in the world. Perhaps that's why Fast Company, one of the world's leading business media brands focused on innovation and technology, invited Cummins' Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Sherry Aaholm, to speak at their annual Innovation Festival in New York City.

Supporting this year’s festival theme of "A Connected World," Aaholm shared insights and expertise on the future of mobility through a live panel discussion titled, "Transportation 2025: What’s Down the Road."

Fast Company’s Innovation Festival convenes thousands of creators and innovators from around the globe to inspire, network and learn from each other. Cummins participated alongside a long list of renowned brands across industries including: Microsoft, Target, Disney, Amazon, Lenovo, Kaiser Permanente, Frito Lay, Slack, HBO, Sony, General Motors, Neiman Marcus, Ben & Jerry’s, Hinge, Shutterstock, Columbia Records, Facebook, Chipotle, Intuit, Siemens, Orange Theory, PwC, and General Motors.

Cummins Fast Company Innovation Festival - 2019
Cummins CIO Sherry Aaholm, second from left, joined thought leaders and industry experts from Honda Aircraft Company and Amtrak to talk about the future of transportation at Fast Company's 2019 Innovation Festival in New York City. 

Joined by panelists Michimasa Fujino, CEO of Honda Aircraft Company and Roger Harris, Chief Revenue Officer and EVP of Marketing for Amtrak, Aaholm laid out a vision for how the Internet-of-Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are shaping the transportation industry and its workforce. Topics included connectivity, electrified power, autonomous vehicles, high speed travel, regulatory change and more. 

Using a fact-based approach, Aaholm addressed the realities of how technology will be the foundation for a new way to do business, while advocating for educational programs that provide curriculum to prepare the next generation of workers.

“The reality is you can actually do different things in your job if you can use AI to help with repetitive activities,” said Aaholm. "It’s imperative that we teach students early about artificial intelligence and machine learning so they enter the workforce ready to succeed in a digital economy.”

In addition to artificial intelligence, Aaholm brought the audience and media up to speed on a popular topic at this year’s event, autonomous vehicles. “The challenge is how do you safely adopt the technology of autonomous vehicles at scale,” added Aaholm. “It’s going to be some time until the required infrastructure and legislation catches up to autonomous technologies for commercial transportation suppliers, and we don’t expect to see this in volume during the next five years.”

Cummins Fast Company Innovation Festival
Innovation Festival attendees gathered in New York City, where Cummins CIO Sherry Aaholm led a panel discussion on the future of transportation. 

Cummins’ involvement with Fast Company extends beyond this week’s Innovation Festival. The company is also featured in their editorial publications which include their print magazine, videos, social media and online web properties. Cummins shared a series of fascinating stories around themes of Energy and Transportation IQ, as well as Smart Cities. '

As one of the leading technology influencers with a strong global following, Fast Company’s interest in Cummins is a strong indicator of the company’s success as a top innovator and leader in global power solutions. Cummins will continue to look for creative ways of storytelling that bring to life our brand promise of innovation, dependability and powering a more prosperous world for the next 100 years.

Learn how Cummins is developing the power to move us all forward.                     
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

From advanced diesel to hydrogen: Four ways Cummins is committed to meeting energy demands

Cummins NACV 2019

You don't have to attend the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) to be up to speed on the latest diverse power solutions Cummins is poised to bring to market. 

NACV is one of the largest gatherings in the global on-highway industry with fleet owners, original equipment manufacturers, maintenance managers and over 15,000 trucking industry professionals gathering in Atlanta, Georgia during the last week of October to attend the four-day event. 

Visit Cummins at NACV

Cummins will have a strong presence at this year’s NACV show, showcasing a wide range of the company’s latest industry-leading technologies. As a 100 year old company whose products can be found powering applications in markets ranging from construction to marine, meeting the energy and environmental demands of the future is the name of the game, and the company is committed to developing a broad portfolio of power solutions. 

That message was made loud and clear when Dr. Wayne Eckerle, Vice President of Global Research and Technology at Cummins, recently testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change in Washington, D.C.

"Cummins is committed to investing in an energy diverse future where our customers have a broad portfolio of power options,” Eckerle said. “A future that includes clean diesel, natural gas, electrified power, fuel cell technology and alternative fuels – so they can choose what works best for them.”  

From telematics to the latest in diesel engine technology, here are four ways Cummins is committed to investing in the power of choice and powering a trucking industry that’s Always On. And if you just so happen to be at NACV, you can stop by booth No. 7545 to see all of these latest innovations in person. 

Cummins Advanced-Diesel Platforms

Cummins’ industry-leading diesel engine platforms are expanding for 2020, providing customers with dependable, efficient solutions for line-haul, regional-haul, heavy-haul, vocational and specialty applications. 

Customers will see total cost of ownership improvements to the X15 Efficiency Series platform, with advancements in air handling and base engine hardware improvements resulting in 3.5% better fuel economy when compared to the 2017 X15 Efficiency Series engine model. 

Those cost savings not only benefit the bottom line, but as a company committed to powering a more prosperous world, the improved fuel economy means Cummins and our customers can feel good about helping combat threats to the environment caused by climate change. 

“We are proud of the performance and reliability of the X15 engine platform,” said Brett Merritt, Vice President – On-Highway Engine Business at Cummins. “The new 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine provides improved fuel economy and further reduces greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why we’re bringing our new X15 Efficiency Series engine and X15 Productivity Series offering to the market a year ahead of regulation requirements.” 

Learn about additional improvements to Cummins’ advanced-diesel platforms here

Cummins Suite of Connected Technologies

In the digital age, most consumers are accustomed to having instant access to data via their smartphone, tablet or laptop. When you want the local weather forecast, you simply open an app. Breaking news alerts are pushed straight to your phone. If you have a smart home, you can even pull up your doorbell camera to see if your package has been delivered.  

Cummins is no stranger to the digital world, as our suite of Connected Solutions™ is built on an open digital platform that is interconnectable with diverse environments, offering a host of fleet management tools and cost saving technologies. Tools include a suite of remote monitoring, reporting, calibrating and servicing solutions designed to enhance the customer experience across product lifecycles. 

In the future, prognostics will help detect and diagnose issues early and be paired with preemptive parts procurement to streamline service experiences.  

Cummins Electrified Power Solutions

In the spirit of powering a more prosperous world and developing a wide-range of energy diverse technologies, in 2017 Cummins announced its commitment to invest in electrification across many applications, markets and regions. 

Today, just two years after unveiling AEOS, a fully electric heavy-duty (class 7) concept truck, Cummins is supplying battery electric powertrains for transit buses, school buses, light commercial vehicles such as pick-up and delivery vehicles and medium-duty trucks. 

Cummins’ continued commitment to innovation and bringing the right technologies, to the right markets, at the right time is demonstrated with the unveiling of the new Integrated e-Drive system. The integrated electric drivetrain features a motor, transmission and inverter integrated into a single unit. The new traction system is currently in the development phase and expected to launch in the second half of 2022. 

Cummins Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies

Cummins began developing its fuel cell capabilities more than 20 years ago and the recent acquisition of Hydrogenics accelerates Cummins’ ability to further innovate and scale hydrogen fuel cell technologies across a range of commercial markets. 

In addition to acquiring Hydrogenics, Cummins also recently announced an investment in Loop Energy, a fuel cell electric range extender provider, and signed a memo of understanding with Hyundai Motor Company to collaborate on hydrogen fuel cell technology across commercial markets in North America.  

Cummins - Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck - NACV 2019

To showcase the latest hydrogen fuel cell technologies, Cummins is displaying a class 8, 6x4 day cab tractor with fuel cell and battery electric power. The zero-emissions technology demonstrator was designed and integrated by Cummins and is suitable for vocational applications, regional haul, urban delivery operations, port drayage and terminal container handling. 

Additional ResourcesVisit Cummins at the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle tradeshow

Additional Resources: Learn how Cummins technologies are Powering A World That’s Always On
 

Michael Nagel

Michael Nagel is the Digital Brand Reputation Manager - External Communications for Cummins Inc. He has more than 10 years of digital communications and traditional public relations experience, with a focus on social media marketing and digital communications. Michael earned his B.A. from the Indiana University School of Journalism - Indianapolis and currently resides in Indianapolis. 

Cummins achieves high ranking on Diversity Best Practices’ Inclusion Index

Cummins also has diversity in the ages of its employees. About half are under 37 years old.
Cummins also has diversity in the ages of its employees. About half are under 37 years old.

Cummins has been named to Diversity Best Practices’ third annual Inclusion Index, which recognizes companies performing at high levels in several key areas including recruitment, retention, advancement and company culture.

"The Inclusion Index continues to grow as more and more organizations are willing to be transparent about their progress and workforce demographics," said Deborah Munster, Vice President, Diversity Best Practices. "We applaud their efforts and will continue to set a high bar in order to drive change and accountability."

Diversity best practices logoCummins was one of 80 companies to achieve a 60% or higher rating – 148 companies filled out an exhaustive survey as part of the index review. Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, champions best practices in diversity and inclusion and developing innovative solutions for culture change. The index was released July 30.

Diversity Best Practices says companies’ interest in diversity and inclusion continues to grow, pointing to the 17% increase in applications for the index this year. The group arranges its findings into three broad areas:

•    Recruitment, retention and advancement of people typically underrepresented in business settings (women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals).
•    Company culture including leadership accountability.
•    Transparency and improvement in year-to-year demographic diversity. In 2019, the organization put an increased emphasis on assessing demographics, particularly at the more senior level of companies.

The index is designed to help organizations understand gaps in demographic representation and create a road map to drive internal change and solutions through proven best practices. Key findings from this year’s ranking included 93% of the top 10% of organizations in the index had diversity in their executive succession planning, compared to 79% of index members overall, and 61% of all index participants.

Diversity and inclusion are corporate values at Cummins and have long been emphasized by company leaders. The company put a special emphasis on inclusion in 2018, working to include, appreciate and value the unique backgrounds and skills that each employee brings to work.

“We are extremely pleased to be included as a Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index member,” said Kelley Creveling, Executive Director - Global Diversity & Right Environment at Cummins. “It’s an honor to be among only 80 organizations recognized by The Working Mother Research Institute for our efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive work environment for all of our employees.”

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. blair.claflin@cummins.com

 

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