At a time where the industry is suffering constant load shedding, a full range of alternative power solutions for mines through to factories, small business through to the residential sector, is offered by Cummins, specifically when it comes to features such as full load acceptance for critical equipment.
Warrick Gibbens, Cummins Southern Africa, says, “Our key differentiator is that we can supply a small 17 kVA genset for residential or commercial use, all the way to a 3 750 kVA unit for mining, data centre and hospital applications, for example.”
The company’s energy-efficient engines comply with international emission standards and have a high fuel tolerance level, which makes them ideal for arduous African operating conditions. In terms of automatic start-up, the company’s gensets have one of the best response times on the market.
The company supplies one-stop solutions for multiple back-up power requirements for largescale clients on mines or in factories, providing the gensets themselves, and any ancillary components such as air, oil filters and coolant.
“Our value proposition is to offer the highest-quality products, and also ensure that they are serviced and maintained properly,” says Gibbens. The company has a training facility where its own technicians and clients can receive customised training on any engine platform. This training is accredited, with certificates presented to all successful candidates.
The company also offers its gensets with maintenance contracts of varying duration, depending on the application and specific requirements. This ranges from inspection and cleaning to a recommended yearly service of any standby units. “Clients also have peace of mind in that we only use certified installers, in addition to being able to offer the type of warranty that sets an industry benchmark,” stresses Gibbens.
The company can assist from design phase of alternative power solutions through to installation and commissioning, and solutions are supported by trained technicians in South Africa, in addition to an extensive dealer network, accommodating remote locations.
“The main aim is to limit the impact of load shedding for our customers and to ensure they have minimal downtime,” Gibbens explains. An innovative solution in this regard is the PowerCommandCloud 550 remote monitoring system, which is ideal for large-scale customers that operate multiple gensets.
Here monitoring each genset individually is not practical or cost-effective. Instead, PowerCommandCloud 550 provides a convenient means of remotely monitoring gensets, transfer switches and output controls. Users can access the system from any computer using a Microsoft Silverlight-enabled web browser, with no additional software required.
Cummins South Africa is now a Level 4 B-BBEE contributor, having progressed from its previous Level 8 status.