The industrial manufacturing landscape is transforming against a backdrop of uncertainty. The shifts taking place globally in technology, advanced manufacturing, and government policy changes have created a moving target for manufacturers. This is causing many companies to be cautious. So, what’s an industrial manufacturer to do? To maintain or to create manufacturing competitiveness in our evolving landscape, companies must act now in making strategic investments essential for growth.
The good news? The ongoing focus by manufacturers on research and innovation is paying off for those who apply it strategically. For instance, the cheap labor of the 1990s is giving way to automation technology as the more important factor for manufacturing efficiency.
The not-so-good news? These opportunities are counterbalanced by a global manufacturing environment that is beyond challenging. Fluctuating resource prices, a shortage of tech-savvy talent and growing supply-chain and regulatory risks add to manufacturers’ unease, causing them to grow cautious when boldness is required to assure competitiveness.
Download our white paper Four Strategies for Assuring Your Company’s Manufacturing Competitiveness for an in-depth look into the emerging industrial manufacturing trends and strategies that you can employ today to create new market opportunities for your company.
Strategic playbook for growth and success in a globally competitive world
For industrial manufacturing companies looking to grow and succeed in our highly competitive marketplace, making an investment into four strategies creates a potential playbook to act upon.
There’s a technological renaissance that is transforming the look, systems, and processes of the modern factory, and it’s wide-ranging. From the Internet of Things and its 4th Industrial Revolution to additive manufacturing, industrial manufacturing is shedding its skin to become an entirely different entity.
Here are a few of the life-changing advances happening now:1. Advanced Manufacturing
The Internet of Things (IoT) is well on its way to creating the connected factory of the future. With the adoption and deployment of smaller, less costly sensors, the development of advanced analytics and the commodity storage options provided by the cloud, manufacturers can have wireless/mobile access to data globally - as well as anywhere on the plant floor – facilitating new levels of information monitoring, collection, processing, and analysis.
By expanding the power of the web to link machines, sensors, computers, and humans, IoT enables the data-driven insights and digital connectivity needed to adapt, add to or reinvent business models with the end goal of delivering higher-quality, more reliable products.
Yet there are risks to IoT adoption. Prime among them is the threat of cyber attacks by hackers determined to steal trade secrets and intellectual property. To create an inviolable factory of the future, manufacturers must rethink security standards and provide enhanced security during all phases of manufacturing from design to distribution – even after purchase.
How quickly must preparations be made for the connected factory of the future? IoT factories are predicted to be commonplace within five or ten years. Of course, it’s one thing to invest in transformative technologies when business is good – it’s another when business is off.
Then there's additive manufacturing technology, also referred to as 3D printing. Right now, 3D printing can spur innovation and reduce time-to-market through application to the product development/prototyping process.2. Process Optimization
While technologies that advance manufacturing are important to competitiveness, most manufacturers identify process improvement as key to company success. That equates to:
Reducing production time,
Achieving more operational flexibility, and
Improving its equipment and layout both in and outside the factory.
To achieve these goals and meet evolving opportunities, companies need to automate, upgrade and streamline. Notably, the impact of automation on global manufacturing, particularly in the area of robotics, cannot be underestimated.3. Cost Reductions
Propelled by advanced technologies and the increasing reliability and availability of data, manufacturing competitiveness is upending the factory status quo and creating a highly responsive and innovative global manufacturing landscape. Management must search out innovations that will affect the company’s bottom line. Yet innovations cost money, right? Companies looking to protect their bottom line are pursuing aggressive and proactive cost containment programs that embrace improvements in energy consumption, advances in logistics technology and new materials.4. Skills Training
It’s taking manufacturers longer and longer to fill skilled positions - a situation that is likely to continue for the next 15 years. In fact, estimations are that there will be 2 million unfulfilled manufacturing jobs by 2025 in the United States. That means companies will need to act now in order to offset labor shortages later.
A few possible ways to alleviate the problem include:
New technology training to upgrade the skill sets of current employees.
Recruitment to attract the tech-savvy – otherwise known as millennials.
Creating a culture where suggestions for improvements are welcomed and rewarded.
Embracing an open-book management philosophy where employees see themselves as partners in the company.
Download the white paper Four Strategies for Assuring Your Company’s Manufacturing Competitiveness for details on these strategies, and the steps industrial manufacturers must take today to capitalize on new market opportunities that await.
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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. So when we learned of the opportunity to help rebuild this vital resource, we felt it was our responsibility to help."
Joan Cai, admin officer, Parker China
Mingde Elementary School
On December 30th, in the southwestern city of Jiangxi winter was cold. On the same day, the Parker Hannifin Volunteer Team consisting of Liu Jianrong, Xu Linling and Gu Jianquan and the staff of the Jinqiao Management Committee of Pudong New Area arrived at this gathering of love-the "Light of Hope" poverty alleviation aid project. School——Mingde Elementary School, Jianchang Town, Nancheng County, Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province. The team brought with them a "Love Fuel Bundle," items collected inside the company for the school, so that children can feel the warmth from thousands of miles away.The Hope School
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. Parker plans to establish five new libraries and three sports fields in collaboration with Project Hope.
"Everywhere you turn, there are stories like these. Our Parker team members find meaning and fulfillment in helping rural children learn, grow and thrive."
Joan Cai, admin officer, Parker China
Indeed, The Parker Hannifin Hope School is a shining example of what can happen when Hope meets Purpose. Learn more about Parker's Purpose and download our stories and videos.
Article and images submitted by the Parker China Team
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Manufacturing and operations professionals are focused on how to deploy maintenance strategies that will provide advantages to their operations on a global scale. Advanced digital and analytical technologies are reinventing the rules of manufacturer competition, how work will be performed and what leaders must do to lead. Whether you call it Industry 4.0, Manufacturing 4.01 or the Connected Factory, what’s taking place presents a remarkable opportunity for industrial OEMs.Strategic changes
So what does the “back-of-the-house” maintenance function have to do with such big picture, strategic changes? Everything.
As manufacturers work to identify, adopt and scale enabling technologies – such as smart machines, the Internet of Things, Big Data, plant floor analytics, mobile computers, the cloud, and collaborative robotics – maintenance will of necessity be redefined and transformed.
Leveraging these enabling technologies will allow maintenance to improve efficiency, cost, and performance on the factory floor, which in turn can create a competitive advantage. But beyond that, enabled maintenance can become a new and different revenue stream for the OEM portion of manufacturing.
Download the white paper, Four Strategies for Making Maintenance Your Competitive Advantage to improve factory efficiency and effectively gain your competitive advantage.
Create your maintenance competitive advantage by adding unique value
But how do today’s manufacturers get from here to there? How do they use these new data and computing tools to go from reactive maintenance – repairing machines that are broken – to proactive or predictive maintenance – monitoring for future equipment failure and performing maintenance before failure occurs?
Four pillars to building a world-class maintenance strategy
1. Establish a preventive maintenance program
Despite all the talk about predictive maintenance, the reality is that for many U.S. manufacturers, up to 90 percent of the maintenance they perform still is conducted on a reactive rather than proactive basis. The bottom line? Unplanned, or reactive maintenance typically costs three to nine times more than planned maintenance.
If this is how your company operates, establishing a preventive maintenance (PM) program is your first step to building a world-class maintenance strategy. An added bonus- the savings generated by a successful PM program can go a long way to making your company a maintenance hero.
2. Invest in technology
Technology investment is a must for a world-class maintenance strategy. One of the first purchases to consider is a Computerized Maintenance Monitoring System (CMMS). This is software that allows your maintenance people to keep a record of the assets they service, schedule and track maintenance tasks, and record completed work.
By utilizing a CMMS, your operation will benefit from:
Fewer work outages with preventive maintenance.
Less overtime due to better scheduling.
Better accountability through task completion alerts.
Information capture facilitating a record of problems and specific solutions by machine.
Documented assets and performance, helping managers analyze energy usage and plan maintenance spend.
Another must for maintenance investment? Smart sensors, a critical part of a larger IoT system, connect devices and systems, allowing machines to talk to one another. This enables manufacturers to move from Preventive Maintenance--where maintenance is scheduled routinely--to Predictive Maintenance (PdM), where maintenance is performed as needed based on data foreshadowing.
3. Create a safer, more effective work environment
Machine efficiency is one thing; human efficiency is another. A world-class maintenance strategy cannot afford to ignore the people servicing the machines. A safer, cleaner work environment improves morale.
Why should you care? A happier workforce takes pride in its work and produces higher quality work. That means you have your best people on the job, driving towards your deadline. Not only that: motivated employees miss less work and are more willing to work with others to achieve goals.
But happy workers are not the same as effective workers. Maintenance thought leaders suggest that maintenance belongs side-by-side with production, purchasing, engineering and logistics as an equal player in the business resource planning process. This allows maintenance to have a voice in improving the operational effectiveness of the plant. By helping improve asset productivity, maintenance becomes a competitive advantage for the business, which also adds stature to the department and builds the respect of its people.
It’s easy to keep doing things the way you’ve always done them. But that won’t position your company to take advantage of the manufacturing renaissance underway.
4. Get management buy-in
You can’t build a world-class maintenance strategy without management buy-in and commitment. The maintenance vision may be yours, but the decision to fund and support that vision is theirs.
Without having that top-level support, any initiative launched will be as effective as pushing on a rope.
In order to create a connected factory, today’s leaders are looking for new structures, strategies, and skillsets for tomorrow’s workforce. It’s their job to orchestrate far-reaching change; it’s your job to present and sell the change that will work best for your operation.
Productivity gains in the factory become essential
Despite the promise of a technological renaissance, demand for manufactured products is off. OEMs who are open to new ideas that improve the efficiency, cost, and performance of factories – such as creating a world-class maintenance strategy – will set themselves apart.
Download the white paper, Four Strategies for Making Maintenance Your Competitive Advantage for the critical details on these strategies, and steps to effectively enable your company to gain that competitive advantage.
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In October 2019, Parker announced a new purpose statement that defines its unique contribution to the world. The simple expression: Enabling Engineering Breakthroughs that Lead to a Better Tomorrow, is the culmination of months of research and team member input and refinement. To bring the purpose to life, the company has developed a Parker Purpose website and a signature video.
Historically, Parker has talked about what we do and how we do it, but really what was missing is why we do things. Why do we exist? What are those unique contributions that only Parker can do for the world?
“We see this as our opportunity to more effectively speak about why we exist. We’re not changing our direction, we’re defining it. Our purpose is a reflection of our culture, which remains vibrant after more than a century. By aligning ourselves around a defined purpose today, we will be better positioned for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.”
Tom Williams, Parker's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Parker sees its purpose as a platform for growth, change and positive impact
The combination of focusing on purpose, the company’s values and the Win Strategy is expected to accelerate Parker’s transformation, drive top quartile performance and deliver returns to shareholders.
Williams added, “Our purpose provides inspiration and direction for our team members, and highlights how we can strengthen our communities and have a positive impact on the world. As we look to the future, changes in how people live, developments in technology and dynamic markets depend on a partner that advances modern progress. Parker is that partner.”
After more than a century of experience serving its customers, Parker is often called to the table for the collaborations that help to solve the most complex engineering challenges and bring their breakthrough ideas to light. From fuel inerting filtration technology that keeps aircraft safe in the skies and high-pressure couplings that provide life-saving oxygen to firefighters, to fluid controls for life extending medical equipment.
Breakthroughs that make the world smarter, safer and more efficient would not be possible without Parker technologies. The company’s broad and diverse range of hydraulics, pneumatics, electromechanical, filtration, process control, climate control, fluid and gas handling and engineered materials technologies support advancements in a wide range of aerospace, industrial and mobile equipment applications.
Defining the company’s purpose puts an important emphasis on Parker team members
“Our team members enable the breakthroughs that make the world work better,” added Williams. “We solve customers’ complex challenges so they can make the world a better place. We design systems, we manufacture quality products safely, we support each other in our daily work, we help our communities thrive. Every day, all of our team members have a role to play in helping to improve the lives of people everywhere.”
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Across its global locations, Parker operates responsibly and safely, and through giving and volunteering, plays its part in advancing math and science education, addressing the needs of its communities and achieving sustainability goals.
Learn more about Parker's purpose by downloading our Leading with Purpose book.
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Parker’s products and systems can be found on and around almost everything that moves, and improving efficiency throughout the product lifecycle represents an important opportunity to minimize environmental impact while creating significant value for customers.
Parker’s 2018 Sustainability Report explains how, among the company’s most important innovations introduced in the past decade, each achieved success by providing customers tangible and compelling value. In many cases, these new solutions created significant improvements in environmental and societal sustainability by minimizing manufacturing waste and reducing the use of energy. Such accomplishments are driven by reductions in weight, increases in efficiency, improvements to safety and the elimination of unnecessary features. When correctly applied, industrial innovation drives strong financial performance and creates a lasting, positive impact on the world.
Throughout its history Parker has been fortunate to partner with world-class suppliers who share a commitment not only to a premier customer experience and maintaining the highest standards for quality and reliability, but to reducing resource consumption and waste. With an annual supplier spend exceeding $7 billion, continuing to improve the supply chain in these areas of focus will enable Parker to significantly reduce its global footprint and improve the resilience of its suppliers.
Parker has been a proud member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership since 2013. This program helps Parker identify technologies and strategies to reduce carbon emissions, track its progress and set goals to reduce fuel consumption and improve the efficiency of freight transport. Parker has also achieved a high Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) supply chain rating, measuring against 5,000 other companies taking action to support a sustainable economy.
For three years Barbara Lam, a senior principal engineer at the Control Systems Division of Parker Aerospace, donated her time and company-sponsored resources to help make the Walnut Solar Car Team possible. The team consists of high school students from the local school district in Walnut, California and each year they travel to Fort Worth, Texas to showcase and race solar-powered cars that they worked on together to design and build, learning valuable hands-on lessons about science and mathematics.
Barbara unexpectedly passed away on January 3, 2018 and her family, friends, coworkers and students were shocked and saddened by her passing. Her passion for supporting the Walnut Solar Car Team reflects the kindness and generosity for which Barbara will be remembered, and the many students in which she helped instill a life-long enthusiasm for engineering will continue to serve as a testament to her remarkable life.
Parker nitrogen filtration systems are used in many ways, from the preservation of grocery produce to improving the safety of commercial aviation. The latest application of this technology relates to a beverage that is coveted by millions of people each morning - coffee. For coffee shops across the country, the CN-6 delivers highly purified nitrogen used to improve the taste and consistency of cold brew, an alternative to traditional hot coffee that has rapidly grown in popularity in recent years.
Earth’s atmosphere is approximately 78% nitrogen, and the CN-6 draws air directly through a special membrane with nano-sized holes to separate oxygen from the smaller nitrogen molecules. Nitrogen is non-flammable and extremely inert so it won’t react with anything in the environment.
By offering nitrogen on-demand, the system also improves safety as delivery truck drivers, coffee shop employees and customers are not exposed to any risks associated with handling liquid nitrogen. For the environment, this means less wasted energy producing mass quantities of liquid nitrogen and eliminating vehicle emissions from transporting it to the many locations where it is used.LEAP Engine Fuel Nozzle
There are few more visible sources of combustion than a jet aircraft. Modern jet engines are the cleanest-burning, most efficient means of transportation available today. When CFM International set out to make a better version of the CFM56 engine, more of which have been produced than all other types of jet engines combined, they chose the Parker-GE joint venture Advanced Atomization Technologies to develop the all-important TAPS fuel injection system.
CFM International’s new LEAP engine offers a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, or an average savings of 90 miles/gallon per passenger, which is approximately 66% less fuel than a person would use if they decided to drive instead. One of the secrets to that incredible performance is the TAPS fuel injection system, which mixes air and fuel together so perfectly that the engine can extract unprecedented amounts of energy as it consumes fuel, enabling the aircraft to travel farther and produce fewer emissions for each gallon burned.
An efficient engine is also a hotter engine, and that heat must be managed by any engine system. It must keep the fuel cool enough to prevent it from breaking down before it is injected into the engine to prevent potential damage to the fuel injectors. The TAPS system incorporates many proprietary features that enable optimum performance in the LEAP environment.
The LEAP engine is now achieving the most rapid order build in the history of commercial aviation, enabling countless passengers to travel more affordably and with a smaller environmental impact than ever.
Low Drag D-ring
From sports cars and sedans to pickup trucks and vans, the number of passenger and commercial vehicles on the road continues to grow each year, so even incremental improvements to their performance can have a significant environmental impact. Two of the leading U.S. automobile manufacturers have introduced creative solutions that increase efficiency including lightweight construction, highly efficient engines and improved transmissions.
One factor to increase transmission efficiency is a new Low Drag D-Ring developed by Parker, a modification of an existing O-ring design that helps to reduce drag and improve shifting smoothness and fuel efficiency. Used on more than 30 different vehicle platforms, each transmission assembly contains 37 Low Drag D-Rings accounting for approximately 90% of the seals within it. This advancement in transmission design is helping manufacturers to meet stringent government fuel efficiency mandates and improve the driving experience.
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Parker Hannifin believes that creating a better tomorrow for everyone begins with a commitment to positively impacting the lives of our team members and the communities we call home. Our culture is focused on operating responsibly and safely, and while we’re focused on reliably producing aircraft systems and components that enable engineering breakthroughs, Parker believes that responsible operations also means giving and volunteering. Helping promote math and science education makes Parker and our communities stronger, and so does spending time to help make an impact in the areas where we live and work.
As an operating group of Parker with 23 manufacturing facilities, Parker Aerospace connects and protects our world by advancing the future of flight. While as an organization we’re developing advanced technologies to make aircraft safer and more reliable, we’re also 7,500 team members who are individually engaged in making the world a better place.
With Parker’s commitment to giving back and corporate social responsibility, our employees have been busy this holiday season to make an impact where they live. There have been other activities at the other facilities that are not listed, these are a sampling of the activities starting in November 2019.
The Together We Serve team from our Fluid Systems Division (FSD) was last spotted wearing their team’s red shirts at the amazing South County Outreach food pantry, where the food donations were overflowing. Parker team members ran a food drive, and donated five barrels full of food to the local organization this fall. All donations received will be offered to Orange County families in need.
To further assist the South County Outreach center, the Together We Serve team stepped up to help by sending 17 team members to the organization’s facility on November 23rd. Their mission was to sort and check expiration dates on the many foods received in the food drive. One of Parker’s team leaders, Cindy Valdez, brought her granddaughter, Desirea Valdez, along to help. Desirea (age 12) said she had not realized before that there are so many people in need of food in our community.
FSD’s Together We Serve team is an ongoing initiative at the division that supports community service projects. More information is available in other blogs about the team’s charter and their activities in the first half of this year.
For the last two years, the Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division (AWBD) has worked with the Salvation Army in Lorain, Ohio, to provide gifts for local families. This year, AWB supported 75 “angels” and provided toys and clothing to share the holiday spirit with the less fortunate children of Lorain County. Prior to working with the Salvation Army, AWB adopted families through the division’s local city schools (Avon) through the Share a Holiday program for more than ten years.
Additionally, this year Parker Aerospace’s Fluid Systems Division (FSD) joined with AWBD to support a request that the Salvation Army had for blankets. The two divisions joined forces to raise money for this donation project and was able to supply 95 total blankets! The order was placed through Kohl’s, who didn’t have enough stock locally and had to send the blankets from distribution points all over the United States!
Peer W southern California hub collects work clothes donations
The southern California hub of an internal Parker initiative called Peer W collected gently used work clothes donations for WISEPlace. WISEPlace is located in Santa Ana, California, and stands for Women Inspired Supported Empowered, and helps provide a community of housing and hope for women in need.
The 140+ pieces of clothing that were collected will be used to support women as they go on interviews, and once they start new jobs. Previous to this donation, Parker had made a $5,000 charitable donation to WISEPlace. Vice President of Program & Contract Management Barry Draskovich helped to connect Parker with this organization and with the delivery of clothes.
Peer W is Parker Hannifin’s business resource group with a mission to cultivate the professional success of women by creating awareness, education, and visibility. The WISEPlace mission is aligned with Peer W’s key initiative to enhance Parker’s connection with the community through outreach and support of initiatives which empower women.
Exotic Metals collecting gifts and raising funds in Washington
The newest division of Parker Aerospace, joining our organization in an acquisition this year, Exotic Metals Forming Division is participating in many giving tree and toy drives. At the division’s Kent facility, team members are participating in a toy drive benefiting Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM). UGM offers services for those in homelessness and poverty, with services ranging from hot meals, safe shelter, addiction recovery, and other critical essentials.
Exotic Metal’s Airway Heights facility is supporting their local Salvation Army by gathering gifts for young children, teens, and adults in need for a giving tree toy drive as well.
For the 20th year in a row, we are collecting monetary donations for Childhaven. The organization works with the most vulnerable children by partnering with parents and community to prevent trauma and its damaging effects, and prepare children for a lifetime of well-being. Childhaven offers early learning, early intervention, and outpatient mental health services to children and families in King County, Washington. Last year during the holidays, Exotic Metals went above and beyond by raising a record breaking amount, which combined with a matching donation for a total of $20,972!Angel Gift Holiday Project in Irvine, California
Repeating a tradition at the two Parker Aerospace locations in Irvine, the Alton and Von Karman facilities sponsored the Angel Gift Holiday Project through Smile Makers in conjunction with the Council on Aging – Orange County. This initiative helps give to seniors who spend the holidays without family. Angel-shaped ornaments each list a specific gift request for Parker employees to purchase a wrapped gift to accompany the tag.
The Council of Aging has been a trusted source that provides programs and services to more than 290,000 seniors and their families annually. There are more than 14,000 seniors in long-term care facilities in Orange County that have no family and SmileMakers Guild mobilizes community support for more than 6,000 seniors who would otherwise be forgotten.
Bikes for Kids kick-off event at Irvine, California
Team members at the Alton facility in Irvine, California, took part in their first Bike for Kids assembly event on Saturday, December 7. An ongoing tradition at Parker Hannifin’s headquarters in Cleveland, the Bikes for Kids event was introduced to the southern California office by IT Manager Sashi Kanth with help from Susan George, Natalie Kirkpatrick, and Ari Leon.
Donations were generously given by all team members in the Alton facility, including Aerospace Group, Military Flight Control Systems Division (MFCSD), and Customer Support Operations (CSO). The donations were enough to purchase 58 bicycles for the children of Thomas House Family Shelter in Garden Grove, California. CSO generously made the additional contribution to purchase helmets for every child as well.
The assembly event had greater turnout than expected, with 22 participants showing up bright and early on a Saturday morning ready to build all 58 bicycles. A trade show vendor for the divisions, Exibitree, was also gracious enough to volunteer its large truck to help deliver all of the bikes to Thomas House.
Maintaining a long-standing tradition of supporting local charities during the holiday season, Parker operations around the world have collected donations and purchased bikes for less fortunate children since 2006. The “Bikes for Kids” movement began at our Cleveland Headquarters location in close partnership with Toys for Tots, a national charity organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Over the years, Parker team members and their families around the world have joined in the fun of surprising kids with a new bike, with the support of donations and volunteers from local businesses, suppliers, customers, cycling clubs and community members.
This year, divisions who shared the results of their efforts include:
In partnership with Parker Foundation, these fourteen locations donated 1,575 bikes for kids of all ages. Over the last 14 years, Parker operations from around the world have donated 12,382 bikes as part of this annual campaign.
Our competitive and compassionate culture shines through year after year thanks to a dedicated team of passionate individuals who are motivated to help others.
Thanks to every single team member who has contributed in any way to the annual success of the Toys for Tots campaign to extend the joy of a brand-new bike to children in need.
Article contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker Hannifin.
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Whether you’re an OEM searching for documentation on a specific application, an engineer researching a component for a build, or you’re looking for a “how-to” video or demonstration of our products, you can find what you’re looking for and much more in our online support center. Even if you just need to find the right person to contact, Parker’s experts and our online resource center can help you select, buy and use the best product for your application.
Visiting and navigating our resource and support center for the first time can be a bit unwieldy—there is an incredible amount of content, tutorials, videos, guides, configurators, and even mobile apps! Where and how can you even begin to find what you’re looking for? This post will walk you through step-by-step.Getting started
Parker’s Support Center home page is broken out by our key support asset categories:
If you’re feeling lucky and have a specific keyword, phrase, product or component in mind, use the search bar at the top.
Example 1: Searching by keyword
An example would be, you’re looking for documentation on one of our linear actuators, but don’t have the specific name.
Step1: Start by using the search bar and [Linear actuator] as the keyword. This will take you to the linear actuator webpage containing all potential results.
Tip – right-click the Search button to open the results page in a new tab, enabling easy navigation back to the support home page. Otherwise, the results page will replace the home page in your browser window.
As you can see, the keyword returned 2948 results!
Step 2: The next step would be to choose from one of the [Filter By] categories listed.
An example would be, choosing the [PRODUCTS] category to search for linear actuator products by name. Simply click on the [+] icon to its right. This will open a new drill-down menu such as below.
Tip – to close this menu, simply click on the [-] icon to the right of the [PRODUCTS].
Tip – the [PRODUCTS] menu lists all 2948 results alphabetically. Once you choose your product checkbox, your search result appears at the very bottom of the web page. At this point, it won’t appear visually. To go to the end of the page quickly, on your keyboard, click on [ctrl] [end], taking you to the end of the results and your chosen product.
Tip – the results for a two-word search term will pull in both specific and broad results. I.e. results for linear actuators appear at the top of the search results. The results will also contain anything that has [linear] or [actuator] contained in the documentation--such as pdf files.
Because the search results returned many choices, it will be helpful to choose another drill-down menu to further narrow your search.
Step 3: In this example, we know the industry is Industrial Manufacturing Equipment. Choose that category to further narrow your search.
We’re getting closer with narrowing to 353 results! Let’s take it a step further and narrow by technology. Open that menu by clicking on the [+] icon and choose from one of the results.
Step 4: For this example, we know that it’s Electromechanical technology, so we'll choose that.
To clear your chosen filters, simply click on the [x] to its left.
Example 2: Searching for calculators
For this example, you’re a plant manager looking to cut costs. Our support center provides interactive ROI calculators that you can use to determine costs such as:
Simple Calculation of Electricity Cost for Any Leak in a Plant. Simply insert your values to get the annual cost. You can then save and share the results via email to any recipient, along with a note.
You can accomplish this search two ways-
As we’re using a two-word phrase, the search results will return anything that contains either ROI or calculator.
Because this example returned just 21 results, it will be faster to not filter the results further.
Support is available
These examples show both broad and specific ways to navigate to find what you’re looking for in our Support Center. Should you need additional help, you can always click on the Contact & Support icon or links at the bottom of the home page. Doing so will help in routing you appropriately with links for email, chat and phone.
We hope that you've found this post helpful and are now ready to navigate our online support center like a pro! Be sure and bookmark the Parker Support home page for quick reference in the future.
Article contributed by the Parker Global Team
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At 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
The 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.
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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.
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As 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
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
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.
Download 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.
Article contributed William Sayavich, technology manager for Parker Global Services.
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