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Students Get Hands-on Manufacturing Experience on Germany's Girls' Day  - girls day logo - Parker GermanyA team of students came together earlier this year for Girls' Day 2019 at Parker's Cylinder and Accumulator Division Europe production facility in Cologne, Germany, to get hands-on experience with manufacturing to produce not just finished parts, but also a deeper understanding of their potential future careers.

Every year, girls and boys across Germany spend a day exploring occupations traditionally held by the opposite gender as a part of "Girls' Day" and "Boys' Day." This day is the culmination of a nationwide campaign to transform attitudes about "vocational orientation" and open new opportunities for the next generation.


Cylinder and Accumulator Division hosts students  


Students Get Hands-on Manufacturing Experience on Germany's Girls' Day  - Group of students with leader - Parker Germany
This year, Parker's Cylinder and Accumulator Division Europe in Cologne, Germany, joined more than 10,000 other host sites to participate in Girls' Day 2019. The facility welcomed five young classmates during Girls' Day on March 28 to help them learn more about careers in manufacturing.

When production supervisor Markus Hamacher's 14-year-old daughter asked him to participate in Girls' Day, he raised the idea to the management team, who enthusiastically enrolled as a host location for the event.

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.

Students Get Hands-on Manufacturing Experience on Germany's Girls' Day The girls participated in each step of the production process. They were able to take home the cylinder they made as a souvenir of the day's activities and as a reminder of the opportunities that await them within the manufacturing industry. Throughout the day, they expressed enthusiasm and amazement at the production process, which they never might have seen if not for the Girls' Day initiative.

"The girls really liked it, and have asked when they could sign a contract,"
Moritz Kinkel, human resources team member for the Cologne plant who helped plan the day.

The Parker team is looking forward to participating in Girls' Day again in 2020 and sharing their expertise and enthusiasm for manufacturing with more students.
Article contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker HannifinArticle contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker Hannifin.

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Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - The Spirit of Aviation - Air field - Parker AerospaceSince 1979, Parker Aerospace has supported AirVenture, the world’s largest fly-in air show, previously known as the Oshkosh Air Show. It’s now the “Woodstock” of the aviation industry, drawing huge numbers of exhibitors and attendees from all over the world.

The show is organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association or “EAA.” However, EAA might just as well stand for Everyone’s Aviation Association because this US-based event draws so many people from so many different parts of the aviation industry: pilots, mechanics, aircraft enthusiasts, builders of unique aircraft, civil aircraft OEMs, and even kids interested in aviation.

KidVenture is a series of interactive booths within AirVenture where kids learn basic aviation concepts and skills. *** Knapinski, the director of communications at EAA, reports that in 2018 KidVenture had approximately 25,000 young people visit the booths. While they were of all ages, the biggest groups were between seven and 13 years old.

Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - KidVenture - Parker Aerospace“KidVenture is vitally important not only as a part of AirVenture, but to the future of aviation,” 

“One of the best ways to inspire young people in any pursuit is to give them memorable experiences that they keep talking about, especially when they’re learning while having fun. That’s what KidVenture is all about. Kids often don’t have the opportunity to discover aviation and aeronautics through their usual activities, so this gives them the possibility to be open to a whole new area that we hope will spark additional discovery.” 

— *** Knapinski, the director of communications at EAA



Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - KidVenture - Parker AerospaceTo give kids a memorable and valuable experience, KidVenture organizers go beyond just showing aircraft and telling kids what aviation is. They engage kids on a deeper level. It’s similar to the old Chinese proverb: Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

The interactive part of KidVenture is essential to its success. 

“Kids (and anybody, really) would find ordinary presentations and demonstrations tedious after a while, especially in an event so full of sensory engagement as AirVenture. Engaging young people by having them put their hands and minds to work is a sure-fire way not only to create fun but also something tangible that kids and their parents often take away as a memory of the event.”

— *** Knapinski, the director of communications at EAA


Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - KidVenture - Parker AerospaceParker Aerospace has supported the KidVenture event for the past eight years with funding from both Parker’s Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division and Stratoflex Products Division. Parker’s support includes interactive displays that involve and engage kids of all ages. For the upcoming 2019 event, Parker Aerospace is working on a unique interactive wheel and brake display. It’s a hands-on activity that allows kids to see how the wheel and brake system functions. The display is designed so the kids have to take it apart, remove the wheel lining and brake pads, then reinstall them and put the assembly back together into a functional, working unit. 

In all, there are two dozen interactive stations on the airport grounds for kids to play with. If the kids attend all of them and are successfully signed off at each station, they are then eligible to receive a complete set of tools at the end of the process. This gift for kids is intended to help them remember what they learned at the event and get them involved in aviation at an early age. 

Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - KidVenture - Parker AerospaceKidVenture also encourages and enables parents to hang out with their children for the entire day and share in the activities at each station. In this way, it’s not just an event for kids. It also becomes a special time for parents to bond with their children.   

“Our participation in the show is an opportunity to get in front of people and reinforce our brand,”

“We get a chance to remind people that the engineering, design, manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, and other aspects of our products are all carried out right here in America, by Americans.”

— Vern Rodgers, business development and marketing representative at Parker’s Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division


Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - Young Eagles - Parker AerospaceParker Aerospace is also sponsoring a Young Eagles gathering in 2019. The money donated for this activity goes to general aviation airports and helps teach young people about how to maintain aircraft. Wheel and brake products are also donated to the event’s aerial acrobatic performers. 

Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - AirVenture - Parker AerospaceParker Aerospace employees attending the show often answer questions, go to the airplane parking lot with customers, diagnose issues, provide consultation, and offer other services for the AirVenture attendees who own aircraft, as well as pilots and mechanics at the event. Employees of Parker’s Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division use this opportunity to get to know the customers who use Parker products. 

“Because aircraft parts are normally sold through Parker distributors, this event provides an important opportunity to meet our customers face to face,” 

“Success in this business is built on trust. It helps establish a higher comfort level with customers when you can shake hands and look them in the eyes. You can’t do that in an email, a text, or even over the phone.  Meeting with top management from our OEM customers in this setting can also open up conversations about their new projects and new applications of Parker products.”

— Vern Rodgers, business development and marketing representative at Parker’s Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division


Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - Fighter Jets - Parker Aerospace2019 is the AirVenture show’s 50th anniversary. This year, AirVenture is also dubbed the “Year of the Fighter.” Parker Aerospace has products on nearly every fighter jet in operation around the world today, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 (arguably the world’s most advanced fighter jet after the F-22). To learn more about Parker’s role in supporting this aircraft, click here to read about Parker on the F-35 fighter.  

Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - Apollo 11 anniversary - Parker AerospaceCoincidentally, 2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which happened in July of 1969. This moon landing marked the first time that humans landed on the moon and returned safely. Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins will be the featured guest as EAA’s AirVenture 2019 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the mission. Parker Aerospace had more than 120 components on each of the Apollo missions



Parker Supports KidVenture at AirVenture - The Spirit of Aviation - Sandi Schickel - Parker AerospaceThis post was contributed by Sandi Schickel, eBusiness manager for Parker Aerospace’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division.




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Fuel Monitoring Matters - tug pulling freighter - Parker KittiwakeWhether you choose distillates, liquefied natural gas (LNG) or scrubbers to meet the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) fuel regulations in 2020, it will be even more critical to regularly monitor the condition of vital equipment to ensure there is no adverse effect on operational efficiency.

Industry opinion ahead of the implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap remains fragmented, to say the least. With only a relatively short timeframe remaining before ship owners will be facing the reality of compliance, there is no real consensus as to the spread of the three main compliance solutions. 
A recent survey by the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) found that, while the majority of respondents advocate distillates as the compliance solution of choice, the majority was slim with 42 percent favoring LNG, and the remaining 8 percent favoring emissions abatement technology such as scrubbers. However many still believe that, given the higher cost of distillates over heavy fuel oil (HFO), the industry will turn to scrubbers ahead of 2020. A recent statement by Foreship announced that it expected a third of global shipping to have installed scrubbers by 2020, with less than 500 vessels using LNG as an alternative marine fuel. However, this could all change as fuel prices alter and newbuild vessels come online in coming years. 
Whatever the jigsaw of compliance solutions the shipping industry creates, it is inevitable that there will be an impact on the future fuels market, and this will certainly have a knock-on effect on vessel operations and efficiency. Operators will find themselves facing a number of challenges including increased cat fines, and differing parameters regarding viscosity, flash point and pour points, which will impact stability and compatibility, all leading to unexpected and costly machinery damage. Moving into 2020, it will become ever more critical to regularly monitor the condition of vital equipment to ensure there is no adverse effect on operational efficiency. 
Fuel Monitoring Matters - Moored Freighter - Parker KittiwakeUnderstanding the physical characteristics of fuel, hydraulic and lubricating oil, coupled with an awareness of sampling and testing systems and processes, the significance of test results will become vital for engineers and operators. With the industry disjointed on how best to achieve compliance, it’s difficult to predict what the multi-fuel market of the future will look like. Indeed, it is likely to comprise a whole range of options, chosen to suit a host of factors including vessel type, size, and operating pattern – all of which will be influenced by fuel price.
What will remain constant is the need for real-time information on equipment performance and “smart” maintenance of onboard systems. And this is because effectively understanding and harnessing the power of condition monitoring data yields tangible efficiencies for ship owners and operators. Data covering the performance of every vessel function or equipment installation can be transferred to shore and continuously monitored. Smart condition monitoring can improve operational uptime and reduce vessel maintenance bills, lowering the overall total cost of ownership. Furthermore, it can create customer confidence that the operator values and embrace modern technology and efficient practices.
Condition monitoring advances
Condition monitoring has moved on in the last decade. At one point the only way to see abnormal wear was in a laboratory report, then that became possible on board, and now equipment is continuously monitoring a variety of equipment and parameters.
Reagentless testing is the next evolution in condition monitoring, and it’s here today. This new form of condition monitoring best practice has the capability to measure a variety of parameters and equipment, bringing a sophisticated monitoring capability onboard. This gives operators the insight they need into the operating conditions within vital equipment, without the need for extensive additional training, without the costs and hazards associated with transporting and storing reagents, and without the need for numerous test kits and sensors.
Frequent oil testing is essential to understanding the operating conditions onboard and in real-time, allowing engineers to prevent unnecessary damage to critical and expensive engine components. Until now, operators have required a suite of condition monitoring tools to determine the operational integrity of the system, testing for each potentially damaging element separately. This increases cost, the time needed to carry out the testing, and the amount of equipment required. 
Article provided by Parker Kittiwake.
(As published in the February 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, page 66)
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