The Parker Filtration Innovation Center houses the research and development for all of Parker Hannifin's filtration products. This 82,000 square foot facility is dedicated solely to the discovery of new filtration technologies and proprietary manufacturing processes and is one of the largest centers of its kind in the industry. Our dedicated team of engineers, Ph.D. scientists, U.S. military veterans, and industry experts have helped Parker secure over 500 U.S. patents and 1,200 global patents in the filtration focus. More recently, the use of robotics and automation for advanced manufacturing has been a solution for creating new filtration methods that ensure quality and delivery to our customers.
The world’s leading nanofiber lab is housed within the innovation center where our dedicated engineers are constantly innovating new filter media. Parker’s nanofiber technology is cutting edge in regard to filtration efficiency.
The inspiration for our constant innovation comes directly from our customers. Through our “New Product Blueprinting” program we interview our customers using an open, structured approach to discover and create solutions for their filtration needs. We work to develop new filter media and filter elements that design engineers can then blueprint their new products and equipment around.
While it may not be obvious, Parker filtration technologies can be found in much of what we use. Our goal is to protect and purify for our customer toughest applications with diverse solutions. We aim to improve the lifespan of our customers' equipment, help reduce their total cost of ownership, but not only that — we are inspired to make the communities in which we work and live better.
Read on to meet our team of filtration experts and learn more about the Innovation Center.
Parker filtration product technologies serve the widest range of filtration applications in the world, spanning engine mobile, hydraulics, industrial HVAC, water purification and life sciences filtration.
At the innovation center, we work with twelve proprietary filtration media technologies and have multiple certifications in robotics and machine design — all for the advancement and improvement of filtration technologies. Our state-of-the-art nanofiber lab, one of the largest in the world, is where we have created two proprietary methods of producing filtration media called Protura™ and ForceSpinning™.
To improve the quality of product and delivery, we use advanced manufacturing solutions in the methods of automation, simulation, and robotics.
"Parker’s purpose is to enable engineering breakthroughs that lead to a better tomorrow and, I am proud to work for a company whose goal is just that.
We are dedicated to constantly innovating new filtration technologies that not only improve the lifespan of our customers' equipment but aim to make a real difference in our community and for our world by protecting and purifying for our customers' toughest applications with diverse solutions. I am proud to work alongside U.S. military veterans, Ph.D. scientists, engineers from many disciplines and industries, and machine safety experts."
— Ryan Pastrana, director of innovation, Parker Filtration Innovation Center
"A nanofiber has a diameter of one billionth of a meter, this is approximately 1000 times thinner than a human hair. This level of technology offers excellent filtration efficiency while maintaining low flow restriction. This means less energy consumption — an engine will have better fuel economy, an HVAC system will cost less to operate, and a power plant can generate more electricity. Parker practices multiple methods of producing nanofibers so that we can tailor the media structure to the widest range of applications to the specific industry."
— Yatin Rane, Ph.D., scientist, Parker Filtration Innovation Center
"Having great filter media is only half the battle. Many excellent textiles used as filter media don’t result in great filter elements because the form of the final filter element doesn’t take advantage of these properties well. Parker has developed methods to emboss three-dimensional structures into the media to take advantage of media properties. This allows pleat shapes to maintain their form over the life of the filter so that the filter can hold more dust, thus increasing the life of the element. This leads to a longer time between filter changeouts, allowing operators to run equipment longer. Embossed shapes can also help steer airflow to allow for unique shapes that can fit under the hood of a cramped engine compartment or vent system. This leads to lower initial costs for new system designs."
— Heath Mann, project coordinator, Parker Filtration Innovation Center
"Parker’s Filtration Group has both the application expertise of filtration and the same skills and tools used in the aerospace industry to leverage advanced design modeling of our filtration systems. These tools help us design more efficient systems and accelerate time to market for new products by reducing time-consuming empirical testing because we’ve used computer models to get closer to final design before we even build the first prototype."
— Sucharitha Rajendran, Ph.D., modeling and simulation engineer, Parker Filtration Innovation Center
"Before we test a product in the field we test them in our validation rigs to be confident that our filters will withstand the harsh conditions of real-world scenarios. One example of our validation equipment is the filter test for gas turbine inlet air. This rig can alter temperature and humidity while constantly injecting dust and salts into the filters for hundreds of hours. We use this method of testing to ensure equipment used in a facility like a power plant is protected from the environment regardless of weather conditions. Whether it be extreme temperature conditions, vibration, or a combination of contaminants that simulate different parts of our planet, we use our application knowledge to verify our products can withstand extreme external challenges."
— Chet Hale, controls engineer, Parker Filtration Innovation Center
"Filter media is the heart of our technology. With the broadest portfolio of filtration solutions in the industry, Parker’s expertise in media is world-class. We’ve characterized every grade of media ever used by Parker as well as we’ve found in the industry and created a database of hundreds of types of media. We use this information to accelerate new product development. For instance, media once used in a refinery application may be used in construction vehicles or in HVAC systems. By sharing the combined knowledge of all our divisions, we can further promote ourselves as leaders in the industry, and I'm really excited to be a part of that."
— Tyrone Wells, Jr., Ph.D., lab manager, Parker Filtration Innovation Center
The Parker Filtration Innovation Center houses the research and development for all Parker Hannifin filtration products, spanning a range of technologies including engine mobile, hydraulics, industrial HVAC, water purification and life sciences. The Innovation Center is one of the largest filtration R&D facilities in the nation and is home to the world’s leading nanofiber lab. Our team of engineers, Ph.D. scientists, U.S. military veterans, and industry experts are dedicated to constantly innovating new filtration technologies that not only improve the lifespan of our customers' equipment but aim to make a real difference in our community and for our world by protecting and purifying for our customers' toughest applications with diverse solutions.
This post was contributed by the Filtration Team