Purpose in Action on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Crisis

Leading with Purpose means persevering in the face of hardship and adversity. And Parker team members are doing exactly that as they work to solve the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.


One recent example is the collaboration between Parker’s Engine Mobile Aftermarket (EMAM) Division and HVAC Division to provide a new government-approved HVAC filtration solution to up to 8 remote hospital sites in New Jersey—one of several regions in the U.S. where patient intake has greatly outpaced the capacity of local hospitals.


While the two divisions have partnered many times in the past, this project was anything but ordinary. The team needed to develop a filtration solution for an air handling system used to generate clean air for emergency workers in medical tents set up for overflow care. And they needed to act quickly.


“We went from concept to delivery in five days,” explains Steve Zimmerman, Division Marketing Manager for the Engine Mobile Aftermarket Division. “A longtime EMAM customer came to us for a solution and both divisions immediately got to work. The entire team understood both the critical importance of the application and the urgency of the situation.”


The EMAM and HVAC divisions took special precautions and ramped up production to safely deliver on this order. And the need for these types of solutions continues to increase.


“When there’s a direct correlation between the products we make and a global problem that needs solved, our team goes above and beyond to get the job done,” says Zimmerman. “We’re more than willing to put the greater purpose ahead of our own.”


The division also collaborated closely with its customers to support the integration of the inerting system into the aircraft design. From designing the system to developing the certification and the flight test model, Parker took end-to-end responsibility for the inerting system. And the Parker Aerospace team wouldn’t have it any other way. Today, Parker’s inerting system technology is used throughout most Airbus, Boeing, and other aircraft produced globally.


As the first company to put an inerting system on an aircraft more than 50 years ago, Parker is a pioneer in fuel tank fire suppression. But today’s inerting system is also a reflection of Parker’s culture—the ability to leverage technology and expertise from within, our team members’ passion for making the world a safer place and our commitment to keeping purpose on the horizon.