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The start of 2017 saw a flurry of activity for Cummins, with major product initiatives being launched at trucking-industry trade shows, including the Truck Maintenance Council (TMC) in Nashville, the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville and the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Cutting-edge support technology, 80,000-mile oil-drain intervals and 8.5 percent better fuel economy on the B6.7™ are just a few of the new announcements.

At TMC, Valvoline® and Cummins announced the approval of extended engine oil-change intervals from 50,000 to 60,000 miles (up an additional 20 percent) on 2017 X15™ engines with Valvoline Premium Blue® Heavy Duty Engine Oil in the crankcase. This is projected to save upwards of $20,000 per year for a 100-truck fleet. See Cummins And Valvoline Team Up For Extended ODI for the full story.

But that wasn’t the only development on the oil-change front. Cummins also announced a new program called Cummins OilGuard™ that is being offered for free to 2017 X15™ Efficiency Series and X15 Performance Series engine owners. This program uses the combination of engine performance data and engine oil analysis to safely optimize oil-drain intervals up to 80,000 miles (128,000 km) while maintaining full warranty coverage. Cummins will provide sample kits, prepaid mailers and the oil analysis free of charge to every customer participating in the program. With oil changes routinely costing $350 or more, this program has the potential to significantly reduce costs and decrease downtime, with some customers needing an oil change only once a year. See Cummins OilGuard Program for additional details.

Major advancements in Cummins service and support were also announced, including the streamlining of operations with the Guidanz™ mobile app and INLINE™ mini adapter, which allow customers and technicians to download and transmit engine data including fault codes on any Bluetooth®-enabled mobile device using an iOS® or Android® operating system. By emailing the operations manager directly from the app or by calling Cummins Care, initiating the service process is faster and easier than ever for customers. For further details, check out Guidanz™ Mobile App and INLINE™ Mini Adapter or watch our Guidanz video on YouTube.®

Also new for customers with Cummins-powered vehicles equipped with telematics devices is Connected Advisor and Connected Software Updates. Both make it easier for fleet managers to make service decisions about their vehicles while they are on the road. Connected Advisor provides customers with prioritized, time-based recommendations to distinguish between immediate repair needs and those that can be scheduled a few days out. Fault reports, including probable causes and recommended actions, are sent to fleet managers daily to help initiate the repair process. For faults requiring prompt attention, immediate notification reports are provided to alert a fleet manager, including estimated time-to-failure for each issue identified.

With Connected Software Updates, fleet managers are notified when software updates are available to engines within their fleet. They can then authorize an automated upgrade to an individual engine or all eligible engines, with the updates sent over the air to the vehicle and downloaded in a simple five-minute process. It eliminates the need to schedule shop visits for calibrations, saving thousands of dollars in downtime and labor costs while providing enhanced engine performance instantly to hundreds or even thousands of trucks with a single message. Follow this link to learn more about the suite of Connected Products from Cummins.

Further improvements to Cummins diesel and natural gas MidRange engine lineup were announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Increases in fuel economy for the B6.7, as well as the extension of the B6.7 base warranty to 3 years/unlimited miles, were among numerous product highlights. One was Stop-Start technology, offered as an option with the B6.7. It has the potential to cut fuel use and operating costs significantly while simultaneously reducing emissions and noise. This technology delivers fuel economy savings from 3 percent to 15 percent in vehicles that spend a lot of time idling, and customers were able to see for themselves what driving a Stop-Start capable work truck was like during a ride-and-drive at the show. Read more at Cummins MidRange Lineup for 2017.

Finally, MATS capped off the March show season with dozens of attendees having the opportunity to experience the X15 engine firsthand, running fully loaded tractor-trailers along interstates adjacent to the fairgrounds. One truck was equipped with the X15 Efficiency Series engine, allowing drivers to experience Cummins ADEPT™ technology, including “look-ahead” features such as Predictive Cruise Control and SmartCoast. The other tractor-trailers had an X15 Performance Series engine under the hood. Rated at up to 605 hp and 1850 lb-ft of peak torque, with industry-leading 600 braking horsepower, drivers were encouraged to put its full capabilities to the test.

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