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Kohler's Tom Cromwell Talks Engines & Power Generation
Kohler Power president talks about Liebherr, Clarke Energy, what’s ahead for the global generator and engine manufacturer.
One of the key architects of the company’s growth strategy is Tom Cromwell, president of Kohler Power. A vice president at heat transfer specialist Modine Manufacturing before coming to Kohler in 2009, Cromwell served as president of gasoline and then global engine business before assuming leadership of the company’s overall engine and power generation segments in 2009. Diesel Progress recently talked with Cromwell in his office in Kohler, Wis.
In 2016, Kohler partnered with Liebherr on a new range
of generator drive engines and then launched the KD series generator sets based on those engines. Where might that relationship go in the future?
Liebherr’s capability, from a development standpoint, has been outstanding. They have strong
engineering capabilities; strong technical capabilities and they’ve invested a lot into the partnership. They’ve built a brand new facility in Colmar, France, for these units. They’ve continued to add more and more capacity into both the Bulle and Colmar facilities to support our growth.
They’ve done the engine development work on the mining and construction application for those engines and
we’ve helped them from an engine development standpoint specific to G-drive engines. If you think about
most generator applications, it uses an engine that was developed for something else and at some point, the engine is retrofitted to be an acceptable generator engine?
Everything that has been launched by Liebherr so far for these large platform engines has been for generators. We changed where the turbos are configured and a lot about the base engine configuration to make it a strong generator engine. Liebherr’s willingness to invest from a capital standpoint and from a development standpoint, exceeded even what we anticipated going into the partnership.
With the KD series and where we’ve gone from a generator standpoint, the range is everything from a 700 kW unit up through 4 MW at the top end of the range. Right now we’re capped at 3.3 MW, but we’ll start doing a lot of the prototype work in 2019 and then in 2020 will be in full production with the 4 MW unit.
RP Power takes great pride in our ability to back up our product offerings and has invested heavily in the people and resources to sustain a first-class level of aftermarket support. The key to this is both our parts availability and experienced staff, which has full knowledge of all the KOHLER® parts, for which we are an authorized distributor. We service all engine and generator brands and also carry an extensive list of parts to support your uptime requirements in the field and on planned maintenance agreements.
With engine parts for sale from key engine lines, we are able to offer the deepest discounts, complete with a large inventory. We also have ready access to factory outlets to ensure best availability and minimum downtime. Our computer system keeps track of usage, superseded models, and lead times to ensure that we can offer our customers the very best engine parts and service.
Kohler has developed the Power Solutions Center (PSC) with your input and your request for an improved sizing and specification tool. We have also incorporated additional tools to make the job of sizing and specifying a power system easier.
The PSC is Kohler’s user-friendly spec and sizing program. An innovation so advanced, it will change the way power systems are specified.
Architects, designers, and builders are key target groups for RP Power and now with BIM Objects, the world’s leading manufacturer specific content provider, they have free access to the products we represent.
Simplicity is key for us and we want to provide our customers with useful resources during the design and specification phase of the planning process.
With BIM Objects, you are able to discover and download specific models, drawings and technical product information right at your fingertips.