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Parker Women Share Career Advice with Students - St Josephs Womens Leadership Symposium - Parker Women - Parker HannifinAt the annual Saint Joseph Academy's Women’s Leadership Symposium, three accomplished Parker professionals shared their experiences and advice on potential career paths with the students. In support of the only all girls school in the Cleveland, Ohio area, this annual gathering connects students and successful women from the community to inspire the students by presenting a variety of different career options. 

Beatriz Ibarra, Stella Beech, and Lori Martinelli spent the day speaking and networking with the students as representatives of Parker’s women’s business resource group, Peer W.

At each annual symposium, career discussions are offered as breakout sessions to facilitate a two-way conversation as guest speakers share their perspectives on their careers and lessons learned along the way.


Inspirational Ohio Supreme Court Justice presents keynote speech

Parker Women Share Career Experience with Students - Logo for St Joseph AcademyThe symposium’s key note speaker was Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Melody Stewart. A true pioneer, she achieved many firsts with her election to Ohio’s Supreme Court as an African-American woman and a Democrat. Justice Stewart has more than 30 years of combined administrative, legal and academic experience. Before joining the Supreme Court, she spent 12 years on the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals, earning accolades for fairness and equity in the judicial process. She is also a music lover and avid piano player, having played since the young age of 5 years old. Read more from Cleveland Magazine about her history and accomplishments.


Sharing career experiences

The career discussion break-out sessions each lasted about 30 minutes, giving students the opportunity to learn about a variety of career paths. The team of Parker women offered perspective on the many different roles within the IT function and the importance of leadership and education.  


Supporting inclusion and diversity

The company’s first business resource group, Peer W, was formed to support the attraction, development and retention of woman at Parker. The mission of the group is to cultivate the professional success of women by creating awareness, education and visibility across Parker’s organization. Peer W provides resources and support for women in all roles across the company. In support of Parker’s goal to provide an inclusive environment, business resource groups offer an opportunity for team members to pursue educational opportunities, engage and interact with business leaders and identify opportunities to promote career growth.


From our team members:

Parker Women Share Career Experience with Students - Stella Beech - Parker Hannifin It was my pleasure to be asked back to present at the Saint Joseph Academy’s 13th annual Women’s Leadership Symposium. What a great opportunity to share what it means to be an IT leader at Parker Hannifin, encourage young women to pursue a career in IT and answer questions about everything from what a typical day looks like to how one succeeds as a woman working in a male-dominated industry.

Stella Beech, division IT manager, Parker Hannifin


Parker Women Share Career Experience with Students - Lori Martinelli - Parker Hannifin This is the second year I have volunteered and it's a great experience. The girls are in their freshman and sophomore years of high school and are very engaging. It's always a rewarding experience to see how they perceive their next steps in life.


Lori Martinelli, project management, Parker Hannifin


Parker Women Share Career Experience with Students - Beatriz Ibara - Parker Hannifin

I had a wonderful time connecting with the girls at St. Joseph’s Academy. Helping expose students to STEM careers is my passion, and I am grateful Parker gives me many opportunities to do so! They asked questions about my recent college experience at Michigan State and what my responsibilities are at Parker. I am excited to join their Leadership Symposium again next year!

Beatriz Ibarra, IT tech analyst, Parker Hannifin




Read additional stories about Parker team members:

Engineering Graduate Program – The Experience of One Woman Launching Her Career

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Thermal Pads: Which Layer Do I Peel Off - Thermal Gap Pad - Parker ChomericsMost thermal pads, also known as thermally conductive gap filler pads, thermal gap pads, or thermal gap filler pads, have many different layer materials or carrier substrate options to choose from. It can be confusing which layer is supposed to stay on the product and which layer gets peeled off and removed before application. In fact, it’s one of our customer’s most asked about questions and can cause a lot of confusion on the manufacturing floor.

So, which layer should you peel off and which should stay on the thermal gap pad? Read on to find out.

Parker Chomerics, like many thermal gap pad vendors, offers several different gap pad layer options that must be peeled away before the gap pad is installed into the application. 

Think of a thermal gap pad as a sandwich of layers -- there is always a blue poly backing that keeps the gap pad together, but there are five additional carrier substrate options which provide the following benefits:

Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel Off - Woven Glass - Parker ChomericsWoven fiberglass

The woven fiberglass carrier option provides reinforcement and a clean break / low tack interface surface, allowing for re-use of the thermal pad if necessary or for prototyping.

As you can see from the diagram, you peel off the liner to expose the woven glass carrier which does not get removed from the thermal gap pad.

Example: THERM-A-GAP HCS10G.

  Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel Off - Woven Fiberglass - Parker ChomericsAluminum foil with pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) 

The aluminum foil with PSA carrier’s primary function is to allow a pressure sensitive adhesive on the thermal gap pad to affix the thermal pad in place.

As you can see from the diagram, you peel off the liner to expose the aluminum foil carrier which does not get removed from the thermal gap pad.

Example: THERM-A-GAP A579.


Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel Off - PEN film - Parker ChomericsPolyethylenenapthalate (PEN) film 

The polyethylenenapthalate (PEN) film carrier permits the thermal gap pad to see a shearing motion and offers a clear, cost-effective dielectric film with fair thermal performance.

As you can see from the image at right, there is no clear film to peel off that exposes the PEN film carrier, which does not get removed from the gap pad.

Example: THERM-A-GAP 579PN.

  Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel Off - PEN film - Parker ChomericsThermally enhanced polyimide 

The thermally enhanced polyimide carrier permits the thermal gap pad to see a shearing motion and offers an excellent dielectric film with enhanced thermal performance. 

As you can see from the image at right, there is no clear film to peel off, the polyimide carrier does not get removed from the gap pad.

Example: THERM-A-GAP 579KT.

  Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel Off - No carrier - Parker ChomericsNo carrier   

The no carrier or “un-reinforced” option allows the thermal gap pad to have high tack surfaces on both sides, allowing for the pad to be highly conformable, but it does make cutting and handling of the product more difficult.

Once the liner is peeled back, there is no additional carrier on the thermal gap pad, the pad is now exposed.

Example: THERM-A-GAP 579.


Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel OffBlue poly diamond carrier

Lastly, the base carrier liner, shown in blue, is persistent on the bottom of all thermal gap pad options, and must be peeled and removed prior to installation of the thermal gap pad.

This blue carrier is necessary, as it keeps the gap pad intact and more easily to handle prior to installation. We recommend keeping this blue poly carrier layer on just until the gap pad is placed for the final time.




Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel Off - Thermal Interface Materials Catalog - Parker Chomerics








Thermal Pads Which Layer Do I Peel Off - Jarrod Cohen Author - Parker Chomerics



This blog was contributed by Jarrod Cohen, marketing communications manager, Parker Chomerics Division.





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Benefits of Asset Tracking Systems for Packaging OEMsAs a packaging OEM, it's likely you're under intense pressure to provide the best level of service to your end customers as possible, from entire processing lines to the smallest of critical parts. At the same time, keeping tabs on the range of critical parts and components specified for your builds can be a complex, time-consuming proposition, especially when it comes time to reorder.


Simplifying the process

One tool designed to simplify these processes and reduce paperwork for OEMs is digital asset tracking, such as with the Parker Tracking System (PTS).

This web-based asset tracking and management system combine part serialization with tagging and a range of part-specific information so that OEMs can track, organize, and manage their use of critical parts. As a cloud-based tracking solution, users have online access to needed documents like parts lists, manuals, diagrams, certifications and more. The result is easier tracking and management of critical parts, reduced lead time and complexity in ordering, and enhanced service, safety, and compliance features.

It's both a program and a technology that we pioneered just over a decade ago out of a long-term focus on providing superior service, convenience and value to supply chain partners and customers. Initially used to track and manage specifically engineered hose assemblies, PTS has expanded over the years to cover products across many of our divisions. Today, some 25 million assets in 62 countries and thousands of locations are being tracked and managed using PTS. Subscribers include distributors, OEMs, and end-users in the automotive, healthcare, oil and gas, food and beverage, and other market segments.


Get organized through digital automation

Packaging OEMs using PTS stand to gain greater convenience and better oversight because the system takes over much of the tedious parts-related paperwork that OEMs used to handle themselves, to keep customer-specific part and assembly data organized.

"A lot of the machines that get sold and shipped to customers still come with traditional parts manuals or books. Rarely are people receiving this critical data digitally, which makes maintaining it that much more challenging."
William Sayavich, technology manager, Global Services

How to Streamline Inventory Management Through Digital Asset Tracking - PTS Mobile PTS automates the process with the creation of unique PTS identification numbers, records, and corresponding tags for each specific asset, kit, component or sub-assembly made by Parker or a Parker business partner.

Each PTS tag contains four critical pieces of information: a unique 8-digit PTS ID number and machine-readable bar code assigned to the asset; the asset's assembly date; a customizable part number or bar code corresponding to the OEM; and reordering information. Labels can typically be personalized for the OEM with logos and other contact information.

PTS also can serialize kits or combinations of part numbers associated with specific builds using "master"-level PTS tags to manage the collection of specified parts assigned to one customer or one machine.

By scanning the PTS bar code via phone or handheld device, or manually entering the ID number into the PTS application using a web-connected computer, OEMs then have access to this information, including the detailed bill of material, certifications, and the specifications used to create the part or assembly.

PTS asset records are available 24/7, and some of the data can be accessed via mobile phone using the PTS Mobile app. And unlike printed parts manuals and books, PTS information also can be gated for specific users, allowing administrators to assign access to specific team members who require it.


The customers' value proposition

How to Streamline Inventory Management Through Digital Asset Tracking - PTS Solution Wheel Much of the ongoing value of PTS is to the customer, who will find it easier to reorder genuine replacement parts without having to hunt for part numbers. Because the tag offers a bar code, the OEM can simply scan the tag to understand exactly what needs to be replaced.

Having easy access to exact components and assembly details is critical for OEMs and their customers seeking fast service or replacements for complex builds, as well as a greater understanding of the scope of critical components.

The biggest value of PTS for both OEMs and customers is its use on assemblies or kits containing multiple specific parts selected to make up that component for a certain application.

The labels are valuable because they identify the manufacture date and supplier of each component and give the end-user a simple, reliable, and accurate way to reorder the exact same part when it’s necessary. This means that even when the OEM turns a build over to an end-user, that customer still has full knowledge of the tracked parts within that machine, should they need to be replaced or serviced. 

How to Streamline Inventory Management Through Digital Asset TrackingDownload our report, Tracking and Optimizing Inventory Control: Two Purchasing Tactics for Packaging OEMs and learn how implementing key strategies will streamline the ways OEMs look at their inventories--saving time, effort, and money in the process.




How to Streamline INventory Management Through Digital Asset Tracking - William SayavichArticle contributed William Sayavich, technology manager for Parker Global Services.







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