Each summer, Parker engineering and business development experts from around the world gather at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio to showcase their group’s portfolio of innovative new products. A select few are then submitted for entry into Parker's annual Best Mousetrap competition.
Part educational opportunity and friendly rivalry, the Best Mousetrap participants earn the right to showcase their accomplishments, and inspire one another to drive product innovation forward in the process.
“This year’s remarkable Best Mousetrap entries reflect the level of effort and ingenuity our team members apply in solving the challenges faced by our customers,” said Craig Maxwell, Vice President - Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. “Considering the level of focus that was required to create these products and to manage the risk and cost that was associated with each, I am once again incredibly impressed and proud of the teams behind these innovative solutions.”
Congratulations to the 2017 Best Mousetrap award winners:
Better Mousetrap: Sub-Compact Tractor Multi-Coupler
Fluid Connectors Group - Quick Coupling Division
Awarded for excellence in the improvement, modification or extension of existing products.
Conceived as a downsized version of a previous product designed for large commercial tractors, Parker’s multi-coupler enables sub-compact tractor operators to quickly attach or remove implements such as rakes, plows or loader buckets.
Golden Mousetrap: ZoomLock
Instrumentation Group - Sporlan Division
Awarded for excellence in the commercialization of a product launched in the past five years.
ZoomLock flame-free refrigerant fittings are changing the way commercial and residential HVACR contractors do business. This solution can reduce labor costs by 60% - the copper fittings take just 10 seconds to install and require no brazing, no flame and no fire spotter.
Best Mousetrap: C Series Fuel Tank Inerting System
Aerospace Group - Fluid Systems Division
Awarded for excellence in the design, development and commercialization of a new-to-market or new-to-world product.
As a commercial aircraft uses fuel during flight, Parker’s fuel tank inerting system displaces the oxygen with nitrogen so that no combustion can occur. This solution leverages several Parker technologies to help address federal regulations and improve aircraft safety.
Craig Maxwell, Vice President - Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, discusses innovation at Parker and this year’s Best Mousetrap award winners.