LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 18, 2003) - Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CUM) today announced that PowerSpec, its Internet application allowing customers to tailor engine operation to fit customer needs and desires, now features enhanced capabilities to read and clear fault codes, collect trip information and provide gearing recommendations.

Cummins PowerSpec requires no purchase of software and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at www.powerspec.cummins.com.

"PowerSpec is the first and only online interactive tool in the industry that can help spec engine features," said PowerSpec Product Manager Dave Clark. "PowerSpec's easy-to-use format lets users adjust settings to improve fuel economy, optimize performance, increase driver satisfaction, retrieve trip information and increase productivity. Its state-of-the-art protection features keep an engine from being reset by any unauthorized person."

Cummins PowerSpec offers three distinct sections that make accessing information easy:

  • Engine Features and Parameters, which includes complete explanations of all the different engine features and parameters like Load-Based Speed Control and Road Speed Governor, describing how they work and how to get the most out of them. Once a user has decided on the features and parameters setup for an engine, a file can be created and transferred to the Electronic Control Module (ECM).
  • Engine Access Tool, which allows a user to read and reset fault codes, and call in a diagnosis to a service technician, verify the repair and send the vehicle off with a clean bill of health. This tool also allows a review of trip information, which can be used to compare vehicle performance and miles per gallon over a period of time.
  • Vehicle Gearing, to help determine the recommended gearing appropriate for an engine and driving patterns, and to note if current vehicle gearing specs do not meet Cummins recommendations. After a user answers a few basic questions about the vehicle and the desired operating mode, PowerSpec automatically delivers a recommendation with the optimum gearing combination for the specific application.

"Having the right vehicle gearing is essential for customer satisfaction," said Clark. "Whether you're a dealer, fleet manager or owner/operator, PowerSpec makes it easier to get the right gearing specs on delivery of the vehicle - so it will perform up to expectations from the very first day in service."

PowerSpec works on any Cummins Interact™ System (IS) engine, from the ISB to the ISX, as well as the Signature 600. PowerSpec will provide recommendations based on the user's application, in any type of vehicle. It also reads trip information and fault codes on earlier Cummins engines with the CELECT™ Plus electronic control system.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emissions solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves its customers through more than 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations in 131 countries and territories. With 24,900 employees worldwide, Cummins reported sales of $5.9 billion in 2002. Press releases by fax may be requested by calling News on Demand (toll-free) at 888-329-2305. Cummins home page can be found at www.cummins.com.