Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Cummins has been building diesel motors subsequent to 1919, yet it would be an additional 80 years prior to this organization turned into a commonly recognized name. That was when Cummins supplied Chrysler with a 160-strength 5.9-liter inline-six for the 1989 Dodge Ram 250 and 350 models, and Cummins has consistently fabricated a strong notoriety for its motors among truck purchasers from that point forward. 

Avoid Ram (and now Ram ) purchasers wear the enormous "C" on their bumpers with pride, however Nissan purchasers will soon have the capacity to gloat about their Cummins connection also. Another period of diesel trucks is set to start when the 2016 Nissan Titan XD goes at a bargain in the not so distant future with the Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 Turbo Diesel in the engine, and I as of late had the opportunity to make a beeline for the home of Cummins – Columbus, Indiana – to see where this all-new motor will be built.Located just squares from Cummins' reality home office, the Columbus Engine Plant is not just in charge of building the V-8s that will be dispatched to the Titan's Canton, Mississippi get together plant, yet it additionally fabricates a business form for the motor (called the ISV5.0) for utilization in medium-obligation trucks including school transports and RVs. These two motors have around 70 percent shared parts incorporating an in-house-manufactured turbocharger – which, astoundingly, is a first for Cummins. These are the first motors fabricated at CEP since 1996 when generation of the 15-liter inline-six (yes, you read that accurately) was transported to Jamestown, NY, yet regardless it creates heads and pieces for this mammoth .                                                                                                                                                                                   Nissan and Cummins both say that the V-8 Turbo Diesel will allow the 2016 Titan XD to fill in the white space between a conventional half-ton pickup and the heavy-duty, diesel-powered trucks offering more grunt than the former and a smoother ride than the latter. In the Titan , this engine will be rated at 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, while the commercial-spec ISV5.0 will have horsepower ratings that range from 200 to 275 and torque ratings ranging from 520 up to 560 pound-feet.                                                Unlike the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel , a half-ton truck that focuses primarily on maximizing fuel economy, the Cummins V-8 will give the Titan more than 12,000 pounds of towing capacity, while the design of the 2016 Titan is expected to provide a smoother ride than traditional three-quarter and one-ton trucks. Although Cummins is better known for its inline engines, a key reason the Titan received the new V-8 is that this engine design is almost a foot shorter than a comparable inline-six diesel.
During an extensive tour of the plant, I was able to see the entire build cycle of this engine from its arrival as a pre-milled piece of compressed graphite iron (CGI) to its final holding area waiting to be shipped out. As production for the engine continues to ramp up, the plant is operating with a skeleton crew producing a small number of engines and continuing to tweak the build process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Every aspect of this 5.0-liter V-8’s design to maximize power and reliability from the CGI block that helps to cut engine weight in half to the distinctive turbo setup. Even though the V-8 has two turbos, Cummins points out that it isn’t a traditional twin turbo. Instead of two turbos doing the same job, this engine has a pair of turbos that are different diameters in what the company refers to as a two-stage sequential turbo setup: a smaller high-pressure turbocharger to decrease turbo lag and a larger, low-pressure turbo to maximize the engine’s power. Both turbos are tucked in beneath the intake manifold, which is a key reason why the turbos are built in-house.

As is the case with most diesel truck engines these days, the Titan’s Cummins V-8 will require diesel exhaust fluid. This fluid is held in a 2.3-gallon tank, and while final specs for the Titan have yet to be released, Nissan estimates that the DEF will have a consumption rate of between 1 and 4 percent.                                                                                                                                         Beyond building engines, Cummins also does a really good job of building a strong community. Before I even had a chance to check out the Columbus Engine Plant, I was able to take a quick driving tour around Columbus where the hard work of the Cummins Foundation was obvious.For a considerable length of time, this establishment has paid the structural engineering expense on new development on structures, for example, places of worship, organizations and even the nearby U.S. Post Office, which has helped make this little city one of the main 10 critical urban areas in the U.S. when it comes to architecture.

What's more, acquit the joke, however Cummins' liberality is more than only a fa├žade. Cummins additionally holds group reusing projects where inhabitants and organizations alike can get any material to be reused, and the best show of group backing is the Backpack Program where it helps bolster less blessed school kids on the weekend by sending them home with sacks loaded backpacks stuffed with food.    

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