Parker centers to speed EMEA hybrid-electric development

Global motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin is establishing a network of Certified Mobile Electrification Centers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to accelerate the transition to low-carbon mobile equipment operations, the company said. The mission of the centers is to assist mobile equipment manufacturers in the electrification of their machines.

Novum Tech, a Parker distributor based in Goncelin, France, became the first Parker Certified Mobile Electrification Center. (Photo: Parker Hannifin)

According to Parker, the first phase of the electrification process sees most machine OEMs only upgrading the machine driveline, replacing the diesel engine with an electric motor. The second phase is focused on reducing the machine’s energy consumption to extend autonomy and improve productivity. Parker said this involves:

  • combining hydraulic, electrical and control technologies to achieve the longest machine autonomy or equipment operating time on a single battery charge;
  • compliance with functional safety standards;
  • the need for quiet operation in urban areas;
  • and cost constraints to facilitate the adoption of electrified machines.

The Certified Mobile Electrification Centers are intended to aid OEMs with implementation of Parker’s Smart electrification solutions, which include hydraulic, electrical, control and cooler technologies and components. Each center will be specialized in mobile machine electrification and selected for their application and machine experience. They will also undergo regular product training to ensure they can deliver services to the same performance and standards as Parker’s teams, the company said.

The first to complete the training and assessment process required for certification is Novum Tech, a Parker distributor based in Goncelin, near Grenoble, France.

“We chose Novum Tech for its proven expertise in electrification systems design and ability to deliver series production of integrated solutions that leverage the full potential of Parker’s mobile and motion control technologies,” said Adrien Tenga, market development manager, Motion Systems Group EMEA. “As a partner within our evolving network of Certified Mobile Electrification Centers, Novum Tech shares our commitment to help on- and off-road machine manufacturers to reduce environmental impacts while optimizing operational efficiency.”

Acting as a Tier 1 supplier to truck and construction equipment manufacturers, Novum Tech can offer complete support from studies and design to the serial supply of entire electrification solutions, Parker said.

“As a Parker partner, we have easy access to quality products, a detailed technical specifications database, unique software tools and expert support,” Mickaël Robert, President and CTO at Novum Tech, commented. “Together, we’re able to help manufacturers reduce their development time and accelerate the decarbonization of their mobile fleets.”

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