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Cummins honors 7 with technical awards

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Cummins Inc. has honored seven employees, including two based in Columbus, with the engine maker’s top technical awards — the Julius Perr Innovation Awards.

Neal Currier and Aleksey Yezerets, both of Columbus, were recognized for their work to improve measurement of gas exhaust composition, which is critical to understanding the performance of catalyst systems and emission controls, the company said.

The specific feature developed by Currier and Yezerets probes catalytic converters and other devices to understand reaction chemistry that previously was difficult to determine, Cummins said.

The annual awards are used by Cummins to recognize its scientists and engineers for inventions and other work that lead to advancements in emissions control and filter design.

Other winners this year were: Ismail Bagci, Kevin South, Gregory Hoverson, Peter Herman and Patrick Galecki, who received the award for developing the first fully composite spin-on filter. The new design made possible a unique product platform known as the User Friendly Filter, a technological step that has sparked several other related products, Cummins said.

The filter requires fewer components and is made from composite materials rather than metal, all of which results in lower costs and increased environmental sustainability, the company said in a news release. The invention has led to eight patents and more than a dozen pending patent applications.

The Julius Perr Innovation Award was created to honor Dr. Perr, who retired from Cummins in 1997 as vice president of fuel systems. Dr. Perr, who died in 2005, joined Cummins in 1958 after fleeing Communist Hungary. He was listed as the inventor or co-inventor of 80 U.S. patents.

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