Increasing fuel efficiency: an operator’s guide

01 August 2022

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Steve Nendick, Marketing Communications Director for Global Off-Highway at Cummins, discusses the best ways to increase fuel efficiency

Diesel prices are surging around the world, with industries including farming, manufacturing, and construction all adversely impacted. Fuel efficiency has therefore become an increasing concern for end users, as well as OEMs. Cummins has a diverse range of solutions in place that can help alleviate rising fuel cost pressures.

The latest generation of Cummins Performance Series engines offer high levels of fuel efficiency when compared with previous generations. The engine and aftertreatment system comes with leading combustion and air handling technology that supports engines to meet, and exceed, Tier 4 Final and Stage V ultra-low emissions levels, without the need for cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).

Having no EGR means that these engines are low weight, simpler designs, allowing for easier installation into equipment, but also reduced fuel consumption when in operation. Cooling requirements are lower, further reducing installed costs and occupied space within machines, contributing to an overall lower weight and improved fuel efficiency of machines powered by Cummins Performance Series range.

The Cummins Performance Series B6.7 engine, not only meets EU Stage V, delivering near-zero emission levels of NOx and PM, but it can also be equipped with stop-start capabilities. Cummins stop-start offering generates a lot of reductions for end-users without compromising performance or engine life. Fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 10%, cutting overall operational costs whilst also helping to reduce on-site exhaust emissions and improving sociability.

Cummins understands the importance of staying connected in an industry that is always adapting. Telematic solutions can find operational efficiencies for operators by understanding how equipment is being used, resulting in reduced fuel costs and reduced potential downtime of equipment on site. With Cummins Connect Diagnostics, customers can wirelessly connect engines to enable continuous monitoring and diagnosis of potential engine faults - from the pistons to the exhaust. With Connected Software Updates, customers can ensure Cummins-powered assets run at peak performance, with over-the-air engine control module (ECM) software updates sent on a regular basis. Connected diagnostics can prolong the efficiency of engines in the field to ensure engines are utilised to the best of their abilities for longer.

Diesel engine technology has changed dramatically in recent years to meet changing emissions regulations whilst maintaining performance. As the industry faces rising fuel prices, Cummins technology is once again being utilised to deliver reliable power solutions to industries around the world.

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