Cummins Facility Tests Generator Noise Level
Cummins Power Generation, a business unit of Cummins Inc., officially unveiled its Acoustical Testing Facility (ATC) at its Fridley headquarters Oct 6. According to a press release, it is the largest engine-testing facility of its kind in the world.
By eliminating any external noise interference or input, the ATC, with its state-of-the-art hemi-anechoic (no echo) chamber, allows the company to measure precisely the noise output from fully assembled generator sets of all types and sizes. Pinpointing the sources of noise in a generator set helps Cummins Power Generation design quieter, “greener” products. In addition, the ATC reduces the environmental impact on the surrounding neighborhood by eliminating the need for outdoor testing. The facility was built in accordance with LEED guidelines for green building design.
Tony Satterthwaite, president of Cummins Power Generation, said, “The opening of the ATC demonstrates our company’s commitment to continuous improvement in product design as well as to environmental responsibility. It also allows us to create several new jobs, one more example of the continuing growth of Cummins Power Generation.”