With more than 30 years of medical industry experience and 100 years of engineering leadership and global infrastructure, Parker Hannifin is more than stepping up in the global fight against COVID-19 by delivering vital resources to emergency ventilator manufacturing support. With the current high demand for life-saving ventilators, the global manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems is leaning on its production capacity at its locations around the world. Locally, Parker’s home in Richland, Michigan, is now performing at levels beyond anyone’s forecasting and planning.
How Parker Supports the Most Critical COVID-19 Patients
Parker is one of many suppliers to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are making swift and effective decisions to prioritize medical device orders. The company’s interconnected product groups facilitate urgent manufacturer requests by a supplier partner. With its focus on customer service, Parker’s online portal makes it simpler for OEMs in need of emergency ventilator support to make requests for parts like disposable filter units, polyethylene tubing, O-rings, and more.
For the most critical COVID-19 patients, ventilators become a necessarily life-saving tool when they can’t breathe on their own says the American Thoracic Society. Ventilators get oxygen into the lungs and the body and help get rid of carbon dioxide through the lungs. Ventilators help in dire situations by providing positive end expiratory pressure, which helps hold the lungs open, so the air sacs do not collapse. If the patient has a weak cough, the tube in the windpipe also makes it easier to get rid of mucus.
“Throughout our 103-year history, Parker has been called upon in times of global hardship and adversity. Our leadership and perseverance in these defining moments demonstrates how we live our purpose: Enabling Engineering Breakthroughs that Lead to a Better Tomorrow,” said Tom Williams, CEO of Parker Hannifin.
Parker Seeks Local Production Support in Global Effort
Locally, its Richland facility continues to ramp up efforts to support ventilator assembly. Job opportunities exist for up to 50 part-time positions to fill temporary openings. Those hired will perform tasks over 10-hour shifts, working seven days on and seven days off. Pay is offered at $14 per hour. Those in need of work and looking to contribute to the global effort to fight COVID-19 should apply at OnStaff.