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Cummins Inc. recently announced that its Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) in Columbus, Ind., has earned ISO 50001 energy-management system certification, becoming one of only a few manufacturing sites in the United States and the first Cummins facility to achieve this international accreditation.
"Designing and implementing the processes for the ISO 50001 standard have taken a focused effort from many people," said Cummins' Jeff Caldwell. "We believe the energy savings at CEP will be important to our future cost and resource effectiveness, and our certification will help serve as a model for other Cummins plants to follow."
The Columbus Engine Plant has implemented a number of energy improvements in recent years, including replacing 4,000 metal halide light fixtures with high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures, substituting efficient direct-fired air-handling units for steam heat, improving building insulation and increasing air-compressor efficiency. Implementation of the energy-management system will drive additional energy-improvement projects in the future.
Launched in 2011, ISO 50001 includes internationally recognized requirements for effective energy-management systems. It is the Columbus Engine Plant’s fourth certification. The plant has also attained ISO/TS 16949 for quality management, ISO 14001 for environmental management and OHSAS 18001 for health and safety management.
For more information, visit www.cummins.com.