Cummins recently used Africa’s highly acclaimed Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) Exhibition to demonstrate its recently launched Virtual Reality training and marketing device. 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 showcased two sets of high-tech equipment. 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, to mention a few. “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,” says Kenny Gaynor, Director of Power Generation for Cummins Southern Africa. 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. The 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.
“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,” says Thierry Pimi, MD for Cummins Southern Africa.