Parker Hannifin Corp. announced the opening of a new advanced manufacturing learning and development center at Parker’s Corporate Technology Ventures facility in Macedonia, Ohio. The facility will serve as a center of excellence where Parker engineers can explore new applications of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, also known as 3D manufacturing, and collaborative robotics.
“Material printing technology is moving quickly towards commercial viability,” said Craig Maxwell, Vice President – Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. “The new facility and engineering talent located here represent an investment in the future of manufacturing.”
The investment in advanced additive manufacturing equipment is driven by the tremendous long-term value of these technologies, the company said. By creating a single facility near its global headquarters in Northeast Ohio, Parker is providing its operating groups and divisions around the world with access to the newest printers, software and materials available.
By utilizing central resources, Parker said it will leverage its investment and allow Parker engineers globally to better solve customer challenges. With the ability to create multiple configurations of a single component without developing additional molds or customized tooling, additive manufacturing has emerged as a quick and inexpensive prototyping option. This, Parker said, translates into speed in addressing the unique customer challenges and provides engineers ability to create custom products and systems faster than ever before.