Cummins X12 wins Truck Writers’ Technical Achievement Award

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Updated Mar 22, 2019

Cummins’ lightweight but powerful X12 diesel has won the annual Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award, a truck writers group announced. The honor was presented Wednesday at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s awards luncheon during its annual meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

“As in previous years, there were a number of very worthy candidates nominated by members of our awards committee, and debate was lively,” said Jim Park, chairman of the Award Committee who writes for Heavy Duty Trucking and Today’s Trucking magazines. “But in our voting, the X12 emerged as the top product from a final field of four.”

The runners up were the Peterson Pulse electronic system for trailers, Stemco’s automatically deploying Trailer Tail, and the Stemco-Webb Trifecta wheel hub.

Weight is always an issue in spec’ing and operating trucks, especially with bulk haulers and in vocational applications, and the X12’s comparatively low weight, along with millions of miles of previous service in Asia and South America, make it a standout among diesel offerings, members of the awards committee agreed.

The 11.8-liter X12’s dry weight is 2,050 pounds, 150 to 400 pounds less than 11- to 13-liter competitors, yet it makes up to 500 horsepower and 1,700 pound-feet of torque, according to Cummins. Innovative engineering trims pounds from the cylinder block but maintains high strength for long life, while advanced combustion design and effective air and fuel handling and promises high efficiency.

The X12 went into North American production and became available to customers in 2018, which made it eligible for the latest Technical Achievement Award, Park explained. The engine is now an option from Autocar, Freightliner and Western Star.

Cummins, the industry’s sole independent engine manufacturer, won the award twice before, in 2017 for its X15 Efficiency Series diesel, and in 1998 for its Signature 600 diesel. In 2007, Cummins Filtration earned the award for its Fleetguard User Friendly filters.

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The Truck Writers of North America, predecessor to today’s Award Committee, gave the first Technical Achievement Award went to Grote Industries for its red LED marker lamp, a technology that has become standard on trucks and trailers and across the automotive world.

Two years ago, the committee named the award after the late Jim Winsor, a 50-year veteran of the trucking trade press. He served as editor-in-chief at Commercial Carrier Journal and executive editor at Heavy Duty Trucking, and was active in the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and its forerunner, The Maintenance Committee.

Aside from Park, members of the awards committee include John Baxter, a freelance technical writer; Tom Berg, with Construction Equipment and Land Line magazines; Jason Cannon, Commercial Carrier Journal; Seth Clevenger, Transport Topics; James Menzies, Truck News & Truck West; Jason Morgan, Fleet Equipment; Jack Roberts, Heavy Duty Trucking; John G. Smith, Today’s Trucking; Suzanne Stempinski, Land Line; and Steve Sturgess, freelance writer.

Past Technical Achievement Award winners:

2018 – Hyllion 6x4HE electric auxiliary axle

2017 – Cummins X15 Efficiency Series diesel

2016 – Eaton Procision Dual-Clutch automatic transmission

2015 – Aperia Technologies’ Halo Tire Inflator

2014 – Mack Twin-Y suspension

2013 – Meritor FuelLite 6×2 tandem

2012 – Volvo XE powertrain

2011 – Bose Ride System

2010 – ArvinMeritor PlatinumShield brake shoes

2009 – Detroit Diesel DD15 engine with turbo compounding

2008 – Michelin Durable Technologies tire

2007 – Cummins Filtration Fleetguard User Friendly filters

2006 – Carrier Transicold Deltek Hybrid Reefer

2005 – ConMet TruTurn brake drum

2004 – Meritor-Wabco anti-rollover system

2003 – Bendix XVision night vision system

2002 – XM Satellite Radio

2001 – ZF Meritor Freedom Line two-pedal automated transmission

2000 – Donaldson Silent Partner muffler

1998 – Cummins Signature 600 diesel

1998 – Eaton Fuller AutoShift transmission

1997 – Rockwell Automotive ESS (Engine Synchro Shift) transmission

1996 – Navistar International 9800 flat-floor cabover

1995 – Caterpillar and Navistar HEUI (hydraulically activated, electronically controlled unit injectors)

1994 – Goodyear G300 tire

1993 – Cummins ESP variable torque engine line

1992 – Grote Industries LED marker lamp