Parker Hannifin – The Movers and Shakers of the Motion Control Industry

Author:  Carey Robards, Viking AT

We were shooting for this week or next to host an interview with Roger Palmer, of Parker Hannifin and due to scheduling it looks like that will be next week.  In the meantime, this week we would like to talk a little bit about Parker as a company and their consistent evolutionary impact on our lives through the development of products and technologies that we use every day as dynamic human beings.


Company Information: Parker Hannifin, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio reported annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2013, with locations in 49 countries supporting 139 divisions and 341 manufacturing locations… Their products can be found in almost anything that moves.  They are the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions to a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace mark aerospace, climate control, electromechanical, filtration, fluid and gas handling, hydraulics, pneumatics, process control, and sealing and shielding.  The company employs approximately 58,000 people in 49 countries around the world.

Parker began as “Parker Appliance Company” and was founded in 1917 and has been publicly traded on the NYSE since December 9,1964 and ranked 211 in the Fortune 500 list published by Fortune Magazine.  While it is incorporated in the United States, Parker-Hannifin has focused on its international growth which has been resulted in more than half of its revenue coming from overseas.

Corporate climate:  Parker’s business code of ethics, diversity, and global social responsibility is truly an experience that we at Viking AT have seen during our years of working with them.  Their company’s concentration on “A winning culture, passionate people, valued customers and engaged leadership” really shines through.


Cool Technologies:  Obviously there are more products and technologies than we could possibly mention in this article that we would rank as very cool products, and a few of them have our ViVa actuators in them.  Here are a few that are new or in the works that fall into the cool innovation list:

 Natural Gas & Green Technology 

  • VeParker_Veriflo_CNG_Dispensingriflow – Fast-fill compressed natural gas fuel dispenser. The user friendly design and awesome speed that this dispenser offers CNGg stations is phenomenal.  Veriflow is designed with the utmost safety control in mind  and offers consumers a High Tech dispensing experience while filling up.



Advanced Medical Technologies:

  • Negative pressure wound therapy – a miniature diaphragm pump with a brushless slotless motor is used within NPWT devices to pull a vacuum on the wound site and the wound bed. The vacuum pulls exudate from the wound site and physicallyX Valve_Automation_745X220 draws the wound together, promoting blood flow, thus expediting the healing process.



  • Indego – a powered lower limb orthosis (or exoskeleton) enabling people with mobility impairments to walk again.  Forbes Magazine calls it “This amazing robot exoskeleton”

    Parker Indigo Exoskeleton
    Parker Indigo Exoskeleton


  • Aircraft Fuel Cell Power System – Partnering with Airbus to develop a multi-function fuel cell system which will replace the small engine located near the rear of the aircraft known as the auxiliary power unit.


For more information on Parker Hannifin, go to  If you would like assistance in reaching Parker Hannifin for product development inquiries, we would be happy to help and you can contact us at

We look forward to sharing our interview with Roger Palmer, which we hope to have for you next week!

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