Cummins Inc. began construction of a global technical center office for the High-Horsepower Engine Business after a ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the new building at the Seymour, Ind., facility on June 16, 2014. The Seymour Technical Center will be co-located with the Seymour Engine Plant in close proximity to 22 test cells dedicated to engine research and development work for mining, rail, oil and gas, marine, power generation and industrial applications.
The technical center and the ongoing expansion of the manufacturing plant at the Cummins Seymour facility represent an investment of more than $250 million continuing through 2015. The new office building is expected to be ready by August 2015 to accommodate more than 600 engineers and technicians.
The Seymour Technical Center will become the global focal point for Cummins engine development and low-emissions technology for 19- to 120-liter engine platforms. Close working connections will be maintained with the worldwide Cummins engineering community at other high-horsepower sites in the United States, United Kingdom, China and India.
At Seymour later this year, production will begin on the QSK95, initially for locomotive and power generation applications. The QSK95 is the most powerful engine ever built by Cummins with up to 4400 hp (3281 kW) output.
The architectural layout of the new technical center office building will be designed to encourage collaborative working, as it brings together all of Cummins high-horsepower engineers from several locations in Indiana into a single facility together with newly recruited employees.
"The new Seymour Technical Center will create a highly productive working environment to both foster innovation and accelerate our development programs so that we can bring new products to market faster for our customers," said Jim Trueblood, vice president of Cummins High-Horsepower Engineering.
The engineers at the technical center will have access to 22 engineering test cells at the Seymour plant, including 12 new cells recently installed with up to 7000 hp (5220 kW) capability, sized for generator sets and power modules as well as engines. The test-cell work can focus on specific aspects such as fuel efficiency, engine endurance under high load factors, or near-zero emissions measurement. Engines can be tested on every type of diesel and natural gas fuel, including fuel blends.
Features such as passive solar management for daylight control and active energy-efficiency management will reduce the carbon footprint of the building to the lowest possible levels. The latest ergonomic designs are used throughout the workspaces and for high-tech audiovisual capabilities.