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Crain's Cleveland Business: Parker Hannifin opens center focused on advanced manufacturing exploration

PMA mentioned in Crain's Cleveland Business article. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Parker Hannifin Corp. recently opened a center in Macedonia focused on advanced manufacturing techniques, like 3D printing or collaborative robotics.

A news release called the space an "advanced manufacturing learning and development center" and described it as a place where engineers can "explore" and learn more about these new technologies.

Craig Maxwell, vice president and chief technology and innovation officer, said the company wanted to leave the definition of advanced manufacturing open-ended, because technology is "changing rapidly." He declined to share the amount Parker invested in the new center, but said it was important to leverage that investment by making it a centralized function that can be shared across the company.

Right now, the center has five full-time employees, and Maxwell said he expects that to likely double in the next year.

The new center has a variety of conventional manufacturing equipment, as well as additive manufacturing equipment for different materials. Parker wanted the ability to do rapid prototyping at the center, as speed is central to Parker's Win Strategy, Maxwell said. (Learn more about the Win Strategy here.)


The Precision Metalforming Association in Independence has teamed up with Kildeer, Ill.-based Reshoring Initiative to create the National Reshoring Award. One award will be given for buyers and one for sellers, according to a news release.

The awards will be presented at the PMA's Sourcing Solutions procurement event in September.

 Read more here.