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Cummins Power Generation Unveils Acoustic Testing Center

| Marine Blog | February 3, 2012


Cummins makes great products, and we’re proud to see them frequently on BuyMarine. Below is a press release from Cummins headquarters, introducing new testing facilities that are sure to improve their already great offerings from Cummins.


MINNEAPOLIS – Cummins Power Generation unveiled an Acoustic Testing Center at its Fridley, Minn., headquarters in the fall that the company says is the largest of its kind in the world.

Previously, noise testing was conducted outdoors — where weather, ambient background noise and noise pollution restrictions to protect surrounding neighborhoods restricted what the company could test.

The new 23,000-square foot facility, which opened in October, houses a 13,000-square foot hemi-anechoic test area; a secondary, smaller hemi-anechoic test chamber; and a 1,500-square foot performance test area. All of these tools, Cummins said, help it gather better data that it can then use to produce quieter generators for the marine industry.

How will boaters benefit from the work done at the Acoustical Testing Center? What benefits does it offer Cummins and those with which it conducts business?

From Cummins: “As noted, the benefit is two-fold. For boat manufacturers, a low noise generator provides one less problem for them to worry about as well as allowing for a more luxurious feel to their design. As for the end user, whether they are watching a big screen or just want to enjoy the environment that surrounds them, the ATC will help Cummins Onan design and produce marine generators that produce a minimal amount of noise. When you forget the generator is running because you can’t hear it, we think that is a pretty good thing.”


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