LOUISVILLE, KY. Cummins made a number of announcements here on Wednesday as part of the Mid-America Trucking Show. Among the news from the company are a new handheld device, a driver training system and a new datalogging system to record and monitor engine behavior.
The Cummins QuickCheck 5200 handheld device allows for the adjusting of engine features and parameters while reading trip information in the palm of the hand. It features two applications which run on the Windows CE-powered handheld, PowerSpec CE and QuickCheck CE.
The PowerSpec CE application includes a subset of the full functionality of the PC version of PowerSpec. PowerSpec is proprietary software that allows the tailoring of engine features and parameters to fit specific operational needs. It reads and resets trip information and fault codes. Customers can also read settings for the ECM, immediately adjust feature and trim settings with the Direct Engine Edit function and transfer a HotSpec created in the PowerSpec PC version.
The QuickCheck CE application allows customers to access public data from any manufacturer's engine with electronic controls, transmission, braking and vehicle systems. Designed with a rugged design, the QuickCheck 5200 includes a removable lithium-ion battery and a processer that is twice as fast as that of the entry-level QuickCheck 5100, Cummins said.
Cummins also introduced driver training support for its EPA 2010 on-highway engines. A multimedia lineup of a DVD, a CD and a tips card provide information on the engines, the Cummins aftertreatment system and operating suggestions.
The DVD includes sections on fuel economy, utilizing engine features such as load-based speed control, and the aftertreatment system which uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. The same information is available in audio form on the CD while the tips card offers a quick reference chart for drivers on dash lamps, required driver actions and more.
“Cummins strives to ensure that our customers are well equipped with practical information about our EPA 2010 engines; we realize that well-informed drivers result in better performance for our customers’ business,” said Jeff Jones, vp-sales and market communications.
The company also unveiled new datalogging and analysis technology. The Engineering Tools Datalogger (ETD) is a data recorder and transmission device that transmits field-use data to Cummins headquarters. The device can send 240 different variables, all time-stamped, to provide a complete picture of engine and aftertreatment performance.
Cummins said ETD’s have been installed in 200 field test vehicles and so far have accumulated over 35,000 “truck days” of data over eight million miles of operation. Engineers use the data to analyze performance to create optimized software and system changes.