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Cummins Hong Yun: Digitalization is the Cornerstone of Automotive IV

2024-06-04 17:18:29



   Seizing new opportunities for the development of the digital economy is an important engine for realizing the high-quality development of China's economy. Since the State Council issued the "14th Five-Year Plan for the Development of the Digital Economy" in 2022, many fields have been undergoing digitalization changes. For the commercial vehicle sector, the application of digital tools in the whole life cycle of buying, using, managing, maintaining and replacing vehicles can reduce costs and increase efficiency, and promote the transformation and upgrading of the industry.

   As an engine company with a hundred-year history, Cummins laid out the digital transformation of its products and factories early to adapt to this change. From stepping into the field of digitization in 2011 to the establishment of the global digital gas pedal business in 2017, Cummins has achieved remarkable results in the field of digitization. Today, digitization has run through all of Cummins' value chains, including product development, quality control, supply chain management, and plant operations.

Cummins Hong Yun: Digitalization is the Cornerstone of Automotive IV

   At the first Cummins China Customer Day held in Wuxi recently, Hong Yun, General Manager of Digitalization of Cummins China, pointed out that digitalization is the cornerstone of the four aspects of automobiles, and introduced Cummins' digitalization technology in detail to the reporter of Transportation People's Network.

  Multi-faceted presentation of digitalization technology

   Cummins' digitalization technology is embodied in three ends of empowerment.

   First, it is the data empowerment based on the bottom layer of the engine. With the empowerment of data, Cummins has optimized internal functions such as engineering services and quality, dramatically improving internal efficiency and cost benefits. This data-driven optimization approach enables Cummins to better meet market demand and enhance product competitiveness.

   Second, it is data empowerment for host companies. According to Hong Yun, in the past, traditional engine companies were only responsible for providing power to the entire vehicle of the host plant, while Cummins will also provide digital content related to the engine to help host companies build the digital ecosystem of the entire vehicle and the car network ecosystem. In addition, Cummins also opened up the big data algorithm platform in 2023, with Cummins each generation of engines, hoping to achieve "magic machine" with "wonderful calculation", to provide host enterprises with more intelligent and efficient solutions.

   Last but not least, it is the user digital operation for vehicle owners, drivers and maintenance service personnel. At the customer day, Cummins launched the eRoad Cummins App version 4.0. This version has been fully upgraded from 2023 and puts more digital features directly into the hands of users, including real-time breakdown and repair reminders, smart maintenance, smart diagnostics and more. These features enable users to better understand and manage their vehicles, improving the experience and operational efficiency.

   Hong Yun emphasized that Cummins' digital technology relies on more than one million data from the Internet and gives full play to the company's 100 years of accumulated experience and strengths, and is committed to achieving the goal of "knowing the user better than the user". By constantly collecting and analyzing data, Cummins is able to continuously optimize the control strategy and design of its products, and through remote upgrade technology, it ensures that users do not need to go to a service station to enjoy the latest engine calibration and optimal performance, which greatly improves the user's experience. It is reported that Cummins has completed more than 30,000 units of upgrade work, and the success rate has reached 100%.

  Customization and Full Life Cycle Management

   The product layout of Cummins in China reflects the current market segmentation and high competition. Cummins realizes the strong connection of application scenarios through simulation tools and digital technology to develop more customized and precise solutions.

   Taking the newly released 6.2-liter and 7-liter engines at the event site as an example, the trend of high horsepower is not only an urgent demand for trunk logistics, but also a necessary measure to cope with the increasing timeliness of transportation. Whether it is medium and long haul or short and medium haul transportation, all market segments are seeking to improve and ramp up efficiency.

   Cummins is able to accurately identify the problems of user vehicles through advanced digital tools, such as vehicle and engine condition analysis, driving behavior analysis, and fuel consumption anomaly analysis, and provide customized calibration, training, real-time reminders, and other personalized services to help users reduce fuel consumption and save on repair and maintenance costs. This highly customized service enables Cummins to better meet the increasingly diversified needs of users in the freight market, and also promotes the sustainable development of its business.

   Cummins not only focuses on customized services in its use of digital technology, but also emphasizes total life cycle management. In terms of full life cycle management, Cummins is able to realize dynamic monitoring and interaction of vehicle operating conditions and provide proactive services with advance warning by virtue of the deep integration of internet technology and digital technology. This whole-life management approach ensures that the vehicle remains in optimal condition throughout the entire use process, thus improving timeliness, reliability and economy.

   Not only that, but Cummins' digital tools are critical to supporting an integrated supply chain. These tools translate the experience of experts into easy-to-use skills that frontline maintenance personnel can understand and operate, thus reducing training costs at service stations and improving service efficiency. At the same time, the concept of predictive maintenance and the remote notification function enable service stations to prepare for breakdowns before they occur, reducing waiting time and maintenance costs for users. Together, these measures promote the efficient operation of Cummins' integrated supply chain.

   In addition, while providing excellent products and services, Cummins also attaches great importance to the collection and processing of user feedback. Through the platform of eRoad Cummins APP, users can conveniently put forward their suggestions and opinions. Hong Yun especially cited the fuel consumption ranking function developed by Cummins in response to the suggestions of core users. This innovative function provides users with intuitive fuel consumption comparison data, thus helping them to better improve and solve fuel consumption problems.

   Meanwhile, Cummins has also cooperated with Gaode Maps to provide fuel consumption navigation function for the whole vehicle. Cummins hopes that in the current situation of heavy freight transport tasks, the driver only needs to drive according to the guidance of the fuel consumption navigation to achieve the most fuel-efficient transportation results. This user-centric concept not only enhances user satisfaction, but also promotes Cummins' continuous progress on the road to digitalization.

  Plant Digitization

   Against the backdrop of the "dual-carbon" goal, Cummins China's Fukang and Dongkang factories have been very effective in digitalizing their operations, relying on the capabilities of their advanced digital systems to successfully occupy a new high ground in the competition.

   In 2008, Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. was established, and its products include Cummins F-series 2.5L, 2.8L and 3.8L light-duty, F-series 4.5L, 6.2L and 7L medium-duty, and A/X-series 11L, 12L, 13L, 15L diesel, and 12, 15N natural gas heavy-duty engines. It is understood that Foton Cummins power is widely used in the models of Foton, JAC, Jiefang, Beijing Heavy Duty Trucks and other leading commercial vehicle enterprises.

   Dongfeng Cummins has also made remarkable achievements on the road of digital transformation. 2020, Dongfeng Cummins released the "7132" strategic plan for digital transformation, which formally clarified the tasks and objectives of digital transformation. In 2020, Dongfeng Cummins released the "7132" strategic plan for digital transformation, formally defining the mission and goals of digital transformation. 2022, Dongfeng Cummins was selected as an Intelligent Manufacturing Demonstration Factory by virtue of the multi-faceted application of digitization and intelligence, further establishing its leading position in the industry. The plant applies more than 20 kinds of digital scene technologies such as robot intelligent inspection and visual positioning, realizing a high degree of automation and digitalization of the production process.

   These achievements fully demonstrate Cummins' leading position in the field of digitization and its ability of continuous innovation. Since entering the Chinese market nearly 50 years ago, Cummins has always actively participated in the wave of digital China's construction, adhered to the principles of innovation leadership and integrated development, and continuously promoted the digital transformation and upgrading of the industry, injecting a strong impetus for the future development of the industry.