Leading with Purpose means persevering in the face of hardship and adversity. And Parker team members are doing exactly that as they work to solve the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. ...
One recent example is the collaboration between Parker's Engine Mobile Aftermarket (EMAM) Division and HVAC Division to provide a new government-approved HVAC filtration solution to up to 8 remote hospital sites in New Jersey—one of several regions in the U.S. where patient intake has greatly outpaced the capacity of local hospitals.
While the two divisions have partnered many times in the past, this project was anything but ordinary. The team needed to develop a filtration solution for an air handling system used to generate clean air for emergency workers in medical tents set up for overflow care. And they needed to act quickly.
"We went from concept to delivery in five days," explains Steve Zimmerman, Division Marketing Manager for the Engine Mobile Aftermarket Division. "A longtime EMAM customer came to us for a solution and both divisions immediately got to work. The entire team understood both the critical importance of the application and the urgency of the situation."
The EMAM and HVAC divisions took special precautions and ramped up production to safely deliver on this order. And the need for these types of solutions continues to increase.
"When there's a direct correlation between the products we make and a global problem that needs solved, our team goes above and beyond to get the job done," says Zimmerman. "We're more than willing to put the greater purpose ahead of our own."
Most commercial flight passengers don't think twice about how fuel is managed onboard the plane, the design of the fuel tank, the quantity or properties of that fuel or the point of combustion. ... They're just happy to make it from point A to point B safely.
Fortunately, there is a whole team of highly skilled Parker Aerospace engineers and technicians for whom aircraft safety is top of mind. For these team members, ensuring a safe flight is more than a passion. It's their purpose. Take the Fluid Systems Division in Irvine, California for example.
Drawing on talent, experience and technology from across Parker's divisions and operating groups, this team developed a Fuel Tank Inerting System that separates and removes oxygen from the fuel tank and replaces it with nitrogen-enriched air. In order for a fire to occur, an ignition source, fuel and oxygen must all be present. While it's not possible to eliminate the fuel or the remote possibility of a spark, inerting the air above the fuel in the tank ensures the aircraft is safe to fly.
To develop Parker's patented air separation technology, the Fluid Systems Division adapted nitrogen solutions that the Filtration Group had introduced in the food preservation industry, and then worked together to develop a fiber filter that would be even more efficient in separating the oxygen from nitrogen content in the air.
The division also collaborated closely with its customers to support the integration of the inerting system into the aircraft design. From designing the system to developing the certification and the flight test model, Parker took end-to-end responsibility for the inerting system. And the Parker Aerospace team wouldn't have it any other way. Today, Parker's inerting system technology is used throughout most Airbus, Boeing, and other aircraft produced globally.
As the first company to put an inerting system on an aircraft more than 50 years ago, Parker is a pioneer in fuel tank fire suppression. But today's inerting system is also a reflection of Parker's culture—the ability to leverage technology and expertise from within, our team members' passion for making the world a safer place and our commitment to keeping purpose on the horizon. Watch the video.
At Parker, we love a breakthrough product story. But innovation doesn't always mean reinventing the wheel. Or the multi-coupler. ...
In the case of Parker's Sub-Compact Tractor Multi-Coupler, the innovation was in taking a proven product for large commercial tractors and adapting it for use in a whole new market segment.
In smaller tractors, connecting and disconnecting multiple hydraulic lines was a pain point. Equipment operators faced increased risk of downtime, safety issues and oil leaks every time they needed to add or remove implements such as rakes, plows or loader buckets.
Engineering manager Paul LeMay at the Quick Coupling Division in Minneapolis anticipated the potential for innovation and saw Parker's relationship with a long-time customer as an opportunity to collaborate on a solution.
While the customer visited the plant to look at the high-end multi-couplings Parker had engineered for commercial farming applications, the team quickly recognized that a downsized version would create value for operators of smaller equipment, and the Sub-Compact Tractor Multi-Coupler was born.
"Equipment operators should be able to use these machines without having to invest the time into understanding hydraulic circuits and the intricacies of how it all works," explains LeMay. "A multi-coupling enables the person to simply plug it in, operate a single lever and they're done."
Not only is the multi-coupler more streamlined and efficient, it also offers a clean connection, which means no leaks or spills. This way, Parker is helping operators minimize their environmental footprint by preventing leakage and increasing efficiency.
"When we custom engineer a product for a customer, that product has to work right every time," explains LeMay. "So when we're working with an OEM they trust that Parker can deliver premium quality and we understand the systems and we have the structure in place to do that."
Parker team members around the world innovate to develop custom solutions that lead to a better tomorrow—a smarter, safer and more sustainable tomorrow. And that means working closely with customers across many different industries to help solve their own unique challenges. ...
Take the construction industry for example. Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is a hazardous substance found in bricks, clay, concrete, mortar, rock, stone and many other materials common to construction sites. Workers who drill, cut, crush or grind these materials need protection from inhaling superfine RCS dust, typically one hundred times smaller than ordinary sand found on beaches or playgrounds. Once released into the air, these particles can easily be inhaled and embed deep into the lungs and have been associated with chronic disabilities and various forms of lung disease.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 2.3 million workers are exposed to RCS risks at work. In 2017, OSHA created a new standard to address the problem of silica dust control associated with pneumatic jackhammer and breaker operation.
For Parker's Hose Products Division in Wickliffe, Ohio, the situation presented a unique engineering challenge: Could Parker design a solution that improves worker health and safety, reduces lost time incidences and health care costs and help its customers—construction contractors and jackhammer operators—adhere to OSHA regulations?
The answer came in the form of Parker's Twinhammer™ Hose and Spray Kit System, the first factory-assembled dual hose system to deliver both air and water in a single unitized configuration for dust suppression in heavy duty air tool applications. Its bonded rubber lines are permanently and continuously joined for easy installation and safe handling. A factory split-back at each end allows for easy attachment to compressors, water supply and jackhammers. Most importantly, the Twinhammer hose makes it simple and efficient for jackhammer users and their employers to meet the requirements of the new regulation.
"Parker dedicated more than a year working to alert and educate our customers, distributors and others in the market to the issue, both before and after the regulations were implemented," explains Ronald Moner, P.E., Engineering Manager at Parker's Hose Products Division. "We are committed to increasing awareness and encouraging a culture of safety, and will continue to educate contractors and government agencies on how RCS risks can be reduced by deploying the appropriate workplace methods recommended by OSHA."
To date, Parker has partnered with OEMs and equipment rental companies to update their tools with wet-method capability built into their designs, and is also working with state agencies to prototype a jackhammer wet method retrofit program.
Both the solution itself and Parker's leading role in proactively addressing the dangers of RCS dust demonstrate the power of Purpose in Action. We will continue to seek out the engineering challenges with broad implications in the real world—and welcome the next opportunity to create a better, safer tomorrow.
Many Parker team members, driven by Purpose, wish to give back and have a positive impact in the communities they call home. For Jason Manning, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager for the Quick Coupling Division, that impact has been twofold....
"I think my passion for safety really came from when I left active duty and taking care of wounded soldiers," says Manning. "So, really understanding what I can do to keep our team members safe day-to-day so that they go home in the same condition or better than when they came in."
Imagine a firefighter emerging from a dangerous, smoky fire scene with an oxygen tank that is critically low on air. With the traditional threaded connection, it used to take one minute or longer to switch out tanks. Parker's quick disconnect coupling uses a patented pressure lock to connect and disconnect in five seconds.
Clearly, it's a technology leap. The value of—and the Purpose behind— the Parker product was evident from the beginning: The couplings are designed to keep our firefighters safe and effective in stressful situations. But making the switch from a threaded fitting to a coupling would be costly as 100% of the market was relying on those threaded connections.
According to Paul LeMay, Engineering Manager for the Quick Coupling Division, Parker launched the quick disconnect couplings for the SCBA with a charter customer who fully understood the "Must Have" nature of the product and it wasn't long until the rest of the market followed suit.
"We had a very tight timeframe to launch the product and so we leveraged all three manufacturing plants to work together to build the assembly cell," explains LeMay. "This is an assembly cell where you have to produce the part perfectly every time. It's an emergency-use product, it's got to be reliable. From an engineering standpoint and a manufacturing standpoint, you take a lot of pride in making sure you're doing it right."
Certainly, pride in one's work, innovative thinking and a shared sense of Purpose are the hallmarks of our most critical engineering breakthroughs and most significant achievements. The quick disconnect couplings won Parker's 2019 Mousetrap Award and are now keeping firefighters safe in over 40% of the US Market.
Parker's Purpose is all about how we impact the world around us. It's about using our expertise to enable engineering breakthroughs. It's about nurturing customer ideas—from complex challenge to real life application....
Finally, it's about creating a better, more efficient, more sustainable tomorrow. And the Low Drag D-Ring checks every box.
The project started with a collaboration between two leading U.S. automobile manufacturers. One planned to design a 10-speed transmission for rear-wheel drive vehicles, and the other a 9-speed transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles. With the number of pickup trucks on the road growing each year, both manufacturers were focused on improving fuel efficiency to reduce emissions and comply with government mandates, and both wanted Parker at the table as a sealing expert.
Parker used its materials science and design expertise to enable an engineering breakthrough—a cost effective alternative to traditional sealing in radial seal applications where low friction is critical.
The O-Ring and Engineered Seals Division in Woodbridge, Illinois modified an existing O-Ring design to develop a new Low Drag D-Ring that helps to reduce drag and improve shifting smoothness and fuel efficiency.
Each transmission assembly contains 37 Low Drag D-Rings, accounting for approximately 90% of the seals within it. And tests performed on actual parts show Parker's Low Drag D-Rings offer between 30% and 70% reduction in drag versus commonly used molded seals.
The division collaborated early and often with the transmission designers and engine designers in order to bring this product to market.Today, Low Drag D-Rings are helping to meet stringent government fuel efficiency mandates and improve the driving experience. For Parker, it's about creating significant value for its customers, minimizing environmental impact and working towards a better tomorrow.
Sometimes when we talk about Parker’s Purpose and creating a better tomorrow, we literally mean tomorrow. Many Parker technologies like the Low Drag D-Ring or the Leap Fuel Nozzle offer tangible and immediate benefits to our customers and the public right away. Other times...
we're looking ahead, searching for ways to positively impact society over years—and sometimes, over generations. This is one of those stories.
When Parker's Cylinder and Accumulator Division Europe decided to host a team of students for Germany’s Girls’ Day 2019, it was part of a long-term strategy. "In Cologne, there are very few women who work in the shop floor area,” explains Moritz Kinkel, a human resources team member for the Cologne plant who helped plan the day. “We know women are underrepresented in this field and want to help narrow the gap."
Girls' Day is the culmination of a nationwide campaign to transform attitudes about "vocational orientation" and open up new opportunities for the next generation. When production supervisor Markus Hamacher's 14-year-old daughter asked him to participate in Girls' Day, he raised the idea with the management team who enthusiastically enrolled, becoming one of more than 10,000 host sites to participate.
The team orchestrated a full workday for the girls, starting with a 7:30 a.m. orientation meeting to learn more about Parker before they geared up in personal protective equipment and worked one-on-one with mentors on the production floor across each step of the production process. They were able to take home the cylinder they made as a souvenir and a reminder of the opportunities that await in manufacturing.
"The girls presented what they learned at Parker in their own schools so hopefully the word is spreading to their classmates and their families," adds Kinkel. "We received very good feedback and I think many of the team members from the shop floor went home feeling very proud that day!"
And that is how we put Purpose into action. We seek out short and long-term opportunities to help break down barriers and to be there for our communities. And we strive to make the manufacturing industry and the world around us better—one generation, one girl at a time.
For many of us at Parker, leading with purpose means identifying opportunities for making life better in the communities where we live and work. It acknowledges our strengths and aligns with our values, which also makes our work deeply personal, ... as a group of Parker China team members have experienced firsthand.
Poverty continues to be an ongoing struggle in many parts of rural China. So when a massive earthquake destroyed a primary school in the remote mountain village of Tianshui, Gansu in 2008, families in the neighboring communities had little hope of recovery.
The China Youth Development Foundation quickly formed a plan to rebuild damaged schools in the area and put out a call for help. The answer came from more than 2,000 kilometers and a day’s journey away. Working together, Parker China in Shanghai and The China Youth Development Foundation established The Parker Hannifin Hope School in 2009.
"We believe that education is the root of eliminating poverty in China," explains Joan Cai, Admin Officer for Parker China. "So when we learned of the opportunity to help rebuild this vital resource, we felt it was our responsibility to help."
Located in Tianshui, Gansu along the Qingshui River in Western China, The Hope School provides kindergarten and primary education to students from neighboring villages. In the decade since Parker China began partnering with the Hope School, more than a dozen graduates have enrolled at high-performing universities across the country, including Hunan University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.
And the partnership remains vibrant. Each year, team members from Parker China undertake the long journey to the Hope School to deliver gifts, build relationships and to help address the needs of the surrounding community. Other team members routinely donate gift packages to the school and one even went as far as helping a Hope School Teacher put his daughter through University.
"Everywhere you turn, there are stories like these, "adds Cai. "Our Parker team members find meaning and fulfillment in helping rural children learn, grow and thrive." Indeed, The Parker Hannifin Hope School is a shining example of what can happen when Hope meets Purpose.
A key part of Purpose is recognizing that Parker people and technologies have a vital role to play in making the world a better place. We call it Leading with Purpose and it's one of the core ideas at the foundation of Parker's partnership with Water Mission. ...
Water Mission is a non-profit organization that responds to the urgent need for safe drinking water around the world in developing countries and areas impacted by natural disasters. Since 2001, the organization has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for more than four million people in 55 countries. And yet, Water Mission did not have a system for treating saltwater. In 2014, Parker and Water Mission forged a strategic partnership, in which Parker provided the organization its highest-capacity Water Purification System that could fit in a standard 20' container.
The Parker Sea Water Desalination Unit uses reverse osmosis (RO) as its method of seawater desalination. Capable of treating up to 30,000 gallons per day, the container-based system is ready to deploy wherever temporary or emergency potable water is required.
Parker water purification systems were deployed in the US following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Water Mission deployed its Parker RO Unit in Columbia, South Carolina in 2015 in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.
And then, on September 1st, 2019 Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a record-breaking category 5 storm and battered the islands of Grand Bahamas and Abaco for two days before moving North. It delivered sustained 85mph winds that razed buildings and knocked out the electric infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, Abaco's largest city.
According to Red Cross, about 45% of the homes on Grand Bahama and Abaco were severely damaged or destroyed while devastating floods compromised the water supply, leaving more than 60,000 people without clean drinking water. Water Mission was there on the ground quickly with its Parker Reverse Osmosis Unit and disaster response teams to meet the needs of residents affected.