Cummins, a global power leader and corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, demonstrated its recently launched Virtual Reality training and marketing device at Africa’s highly acclaimed Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) Exhibition. PEWA is the annual forum where industry professionals gather to acquire ideas on developing sustainable, clean and bankable world class energy solutions for projects on the continent.
The Cummins exhibit, located at H15 in Hall 1 on Level 0, showcased two sets of high-tech equipment for media and customers to experience. By wearing goggles and a headset, one is swept up in a simulated 3-D tour of a plant or data centre, complete with sound to further drive the reader’s trip into the world of virtual reality. The viewer is introduced to various products in a data centre, including the recently launched QSK95 Series of high-horsepower generator sets. The QSK95 is specifically designed and engineered for critical applications that demand a robust, reliable source of power to ensure uninterrupted operations, for applications such as hospitals, sports stadiums, office buildings, data centres and the like. Commenting at the exhibition, Kenny Gaynor, Director of Power Generation for Cummins Southern Africa said, “This incredible innovative device has been engineered for use in training and education, providing a very new and dynamic teaching experience. Innovation is about unlocking and unleashing new ways of thinking, doing and delivering against a background of continuous improvement.” The compact and portable headgear provides endless marketing opportunities for the broad range of products.
Innovation is synonymous with Cummins; it is a value that propels the business and forms part of its pledge to customers. “We are committed to bringing our customers more innovative, sustainable and reliable power solutions. More Dependability. It’s what we call The Power of More,” comments Gaynor. Remote monitoring is another example of this promise. This Cummins cloud-based, state-of-the-art technology is new in South Africa and is a key differentiator for the company. It provides support for equipment via the cloud, relieving pressure from the local source. The technology provides real time data from a Cummins controller via a cell phone or email, alerting the customer by providing information that predicts future problems and power outages. Downtime or maintenance issues can then be prevented and scheduled accordingly. Typical applications for remote monitoring include maintenance, multi-building businesses that are controlled by one data centre, telecommunications, banking, hospitals and franchisee businesses.
Cummins enjoys 90 years of experience in power generation and is a world leader in the design and manufacture of generator sets and innovative energy solutions.Thierry Pimi, Managing Director for Cummins Southern Africa concluded, “Innovation is part of our DNA. Our commitment to our customers is to provide them with innovative solutions that exceed their expectations, through world class professionalism and exceptional service. Our customers are king!” Cummins Southern Africa is headquartered in Johannesburg, with branches in Longmeadow, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth; as well as Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The company also enjoys a wide range of dealer networks in support of its widespread Southern Africa footprint.