Filtration Solutions - Fleetguard
Cummins Filtration History
Cummins Filtration began in 1958 as a single filter production line developed by Cummins Engine Company to meet the high performance requirements of Cummins diesel engines. Then known as The Seymour Filter Company, the facility was located in Seymour, Ind., near Cummins headquarters in Columbus, Ind. Production started with two employees who sewed cloth-bag lube-oil filters. Today, the company is the world leader in filtration and exhaust products for heavy-duty diesel engines, with a global presence on six continents and over 5,500 employees.
As a result of its dedication to meet the growing market demands for high quality filtration products, the company expanded rapidly. By 1959, engineering labs were established, and the popular LF750 bypass filter was designed, along with other new filtration products. In 1963, the Fleetguard brand was initiated, and manufacturing operations were relocated to a new 135,000 square-foot plant in Cookeville, Tenn., in 1967. Marketing headquarters were established in Dallas, Texas in 1969, and Fleetguard became a full Cummins subsidiary by the 1970s.
By 1974, the Cookeville plant was expanded to 396,000 square feet and in 1979, a 275,000 square-foot Fleetguard Distribution Center was established eight miles from the plant in Sparta, Tenn. This distribution center serviced the Fleetguard aftermarket worldwide. Fleetguard expanded further by acquiring the Deluxe Filter Company in Lake Mills, Iowa, in 1980.
A History of Innovation
From the beginning of its history, Fleetguard has led the industry with product innovations designed to increase vehicle uptime and driver comfort, reduce environmental damage, and provide longer life for equipment to protect the owner's investment.
In 1979, the LF777 spin-on/bypass filter was introduced containing a patented stacked disk media that replaced the outdated cartridge/housing filter assembly system. In 1982, the Superfilter spin-on fuel/water separator with a patented self-venting drain valve was introduced, and by 1983, an advanced microglass filter media was introduced for lube filters. In 2006, Fleetguard adopted the name and logo of their parent company, Cummins Inc.
Today, Cummins Filtration holds over 200 active global patents for product technology. Recent innovations include the Centriguard™ centrifugal filtration system; Enviroguard™ open crankcase ventilation system; OptiAir™ air filtration system with disposable parts; our user-friendly lube and hydraulic filters made of advanced composite polymers; and much more.
Cummins Filtration engineers around the globe are filtration and exhaust specialists, providing the most advanced technology in the industry. All Cummins Filtration laboratories are equipped with the latest in commercial testing equipment. Combined with continuous real world testing, we ensure user expectations are exceeded.
The company has won industry and customer awards for its product technology, including for StrataPore™ media, advanced Venturi nozzle design on lube filtration, patented Spiratec™ technology which has taken centrifugal filtration efficiency to new levels, and our complete line of open and closed crankcase ventilation systems, key components in helping engine manufacturers meet the stringent emission regulations while preventing wasteful oil drips.
As a global supplier to original equipment manufacturers, aftermarket dealer/distributors and thousands of end users, Cummins Filtration offers the broadest product coverage in the industry under the Fleetguard® brand, renowned for innovation and quality.
Under the Fleetguard brand, the company markets filtration products to original equipment manufacturers and the service replacement market for truck, construction, agricultural, industrial and hydraulic (on- and off-highway) filters. As a world leader in innovative product technology, Cummins Filtration has introduced many significant advances in the heavy-duty industry, including the introduction of combination full-flow/bypass filtration in the 1980s, multilayered StrataPore media in 1986, centrifugal filtration in 2000, completely non-metallic lube and fuel filters in 2005, and many other state-of-the-art technologies.
In 1997, Cummins acquired Nelson Industries in Stoughton, Wis., adding a broad range of exhaust products to the Fleetguard brand. Fleetguard exhaust products include tubular products, air and fluid reservoirs, exhaust systems and accessories, and power steering reservoirs.
Coolant and Fuel Additives
Cummins Filtration offers a full line of Fleetguard branded coolants and fuel additives to protect engines in even the harshest environments. Our coolants not only provide optimal coolant and boil over protection, but also prevent liner pitting, corrosion and scale. Our fuel additives work to meet stringent new emissions regulations while keeping engines running their best.
Light Duty Automotive and Specialty Filters
In order to expand its product line into the automotive market, the company acquired the Kuss Corporation of Findlay, Ohio, in 1986. Now transitioned to Cummins Filtration, this important division provides automotive in-tank and inline fuel filters, gas filled shock absorber bags and specialty filters for the appliance and other industries. The key product line is the insert molded in-tank fuel filters that are used on over 80% of US automobiles and light trucks.
A Vision for the Future
As we move into the twenty-first century, Cummins Filtration continues to lead the industry by focusing on customer partnerships, technological innovation and the protection of engines, equipment, people and the environment.