Cummins became the first power generator manufacturer to obtain the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) seismic certification. The IBC code provides minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare of the occupants of new and existing buildings and structures.
The IBC certification assures Cummins generators will remain intact and functional during and after seismic activity. The certification applies to Cummins products ranging from 706 kVA to 2750 kVA within the 50 hertz (Hz) standby application product offering and products between 603 kilowatts (kW) and 2250 kW within its 60 Hz offering.
“The addition of this certification guarantees our continuous commitment to manufacture the most durable products in the world,” said Chris Reynard, Cummins Senior Product Manager for High Horsepower Diesel Generator Sets. “It also provides our customers with assured confidence and flexibility when tough environmental conditions dictate.”
A range of generators are covered by the 2018 IBC code including models from the Q30, K50, Q50 and Q60 engine groups, produced at the Cummins UK plant, as well as the Q23, V28 and K38 models manufactured at Cummins’s India plant. Acquiring the certification means Cummins customers now have the flexibility to order products from Cummins manufacturing plants in the UK, India and its US-based plant in Fridley, Minnesota.
In addition to buildings, the IBC governs emergency and standby power systems used within buildings and structures covered by the code. It states power systems need to be designed and constructed to abide to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70 standards.