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Contour Tool wins the Parker Hannifin HVD Silver Link Strategic Supplier Award!

Contour Tool wins the Parker Hannifin HVD Silver Link Strategic Supplier Award!

Here’s a summary of the award from Parker’s newsletter:  Newsletter – Gold Link Award Ceremony.

Parker Hannifin NewsletterIntroduction to the new HVD Gold Link Strategic Supplier Award

HVD is introducing a brand new supplier award: the Gold Link Strategic Supplier Award. Based on the same principles as the Win Scorecard, the Gold Link Award is reserved for only those select suppliers that excelled in all areas of critical importance to Parker. In FY17, four Hydraulic Valve Division suppliers met the stringent requirements and were presented with the Gold Link award during a ceremony on October 13, 2017.

As Gold Link award winners, these suppliers demonstrated that they are true partners and our goal is to provide them select benefits (per below). They have a proven record of accomplishment as the “best of the best” when it comes to supplying Parker Hannifin. Together we can strengthen Parker’s global supply chain, one Gold Link at a time.

Gold Link Criteria: Objective Measurements

  • Must be a Long Term Agreement Supplier
  • Delivery: >=95% SDR
  • Quality: <300 RPPM and not more than one rejection regardless of RPPM and ISO certification or higher and fully engaged in and timely responses to NCRs/CARs/PARs
  • PCI: Meeting PCI goal and are fully engaged in the process
  • Inventory Optimization: One or more of the following: 24hr releases, supermarkets, Kanban, full engagement in inventory reduction efforts, shortening of lead times, etc. (attachment A, consignment)
  • PHconnect logon with annual certifications

Team Consensus

  • Superior Customer Service
  • Best Value Supplier
  • Best Technology and Technical Support

Benefits of being a Gold Link Award Winner

  • Recognition on Parker’s Supply Chain Forum on POL – Seen by all divisions, worldwide.
  • Increased sales opportunities with other divisions within Motion Systems Group.
  • Highlighted in Divisional newsletter so that every division associate knows the names of our very best suppliers.
  • Early involvement in Winovation projects and increased opportunities to partner on new development opportunities.
  • Priority access to our labs and technical teams for testing of new products and increased potential for product conversions.
  • “First look” privileges for new product development and RFQs.

FY18 HVD Business Update

Mike Walasinski, General Manager at HVD, provided an overview of the key markets and customers. In addition, he provided the economic outlook for FY18:

  • Industrial production growth continues to accelerate. The current projection for global industrial production growth is 2.4% in FY18
  • The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index is at its highest in more than six years

HVD sales are on an upward trajectory, with strong demands kicking off the first quarter of Parker’s FY18. FY18 Q1 sales were up 19% versus FY17!!  Our customers are demanding competitive pricing, fast responses, and unwavering quality. The collaborative relationships we are building with our suppliers and our customers will help us continue to gain share in the marketplace.

Motion Systems Group Update

Mark Anzelc, Vice President Supply Chain of the new Motion Systems Group, was next up on the list of presenters. The newly created Motion Systems Group (MSG) combined the Hydraulics Group with the Pneumatics and Electromechanical businesses of the Automation Group and is positioned to offer customers the best solutions. Innovation is driving Parker’s success, and there are opportunities for growth in all regions of the Global Marketplace when we are partnered with the right suppliers.

HVD Quality Summary

Mike Muren, HVD’s Division Quality Manager, provided details for “What Good Looks Like” in his presentation on Quality. HVD recognizes that our suppliers’ success will result in success for the Division and get us wins in the marketplace. Our Customers are targeting a goal of 50PPM. Parker and its supply base must have robust Design, Systems and Process to target zero defects. Part cleanliness is one of the key areas that will help us succeed, since contamination is recognized as a main source of failure by our Customers. Compliance to ISO 18413 and 4405 will drive efforts to limit particle size contamination in our finished valves.

Supply Chain Strategy

We are looking to build strategic partnerships and develop a path to reach HVD’s future state. By signing the Network Procurement Agreement (NPA) template, suppliers commit to authorized inventory levels and goals for Continuous Improvement. The NPA includes the traditional Attachment A inventory agreement, as well as an opportunity to sign up for Parker’s Consignment Parker Hannifin supplier score cardprogram.

Our strategic partners must be in tune with industry trends, and be willing to invest in technology that brings innovative solutions to Parker. A scorecard format will be used to evaluate our supply base against the objective criteria and determine which suppliers should be considered within our long-term strategy.

Parker HVD needs to aggregate its supply base and simplify the supply chain. Our strategic partners must be in tune with industry trends and be willing to invest in technology which brings innovative solutions to Parker. A scorecard will be used to evaluate our supply base against the objective criteria. These scores will determine who remains a partner in our long-term strategy. The scorecard for FY17 categorized metrics against 4 levels of performance: Exit/Develop, Meets, Exceeds and Premier. Metrics include Quality, Delivery, Continuous Improvement, Payment Terms, Trade Compliance, and PHConnect Usage. We expect all our partner suppliers to be fully engaged and have a signed NPA in place by the end of FY18.

In Memoriam — Paul L. Reichlin July 13, 1946 – March 22, 2014

The world of rescue lost a great friend when Paul (aka Gomer) Reichlin died unexpectedly on March 22 at the age of 67. He was the founder of Contour Tool.  He retired in 2009 when his daughter Michelle took
over as the acting CEO. Michelle Reichlin of Avon, OH is an ESRA member/adopter/volunteer , who also demonstrates her devotion to the mission of rescuing dogs through her own all-breed rescue, FIDO’s Companion Rescue, Inc., founded in 2003. Her dad, Paul, was always willing to lend a hand. He pulled dogs weekly for Michelle’s rescue organization from the Lorain County Dog Kennel and took them to West Park Animal Hospital so they could get all their needed vet care.When Michelle adopted her first ESRA Springer from Judy Manley in 2003, her dad soon became an active member of ESRA’s volunteer force. Over the years, he traveled hundreds of miles evaluating Springers and transporting them from shelters and delivering them to foster homes. He fostered many himself, adopting several of them. His last rescue for ESRA was an eight-year-old Springer named Flicker who had lived outdoors all his life and was heartworm positive. He went on a trip to get Flicker and decided to pay for all his care through FIDO because, as Michelle puts it, “my dad adored him.”

An avid outdoorsman, Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, shooting, and his dogs. He is pictured here with the last Springer in a long line of Springers that the family owned since Michelle was a baby. He was known at his hunt club as the “Dog Whisperer” and would run a half dozen dogs at a time in the field then take them to swim.

In memory of Paul’s passion for helping to rescue dogs of all breeds, many who knew of his dedication donated funds to Michelle’s rescue organization FIDO. In honor of her dad’s unwavering devotion to Springers, Michelle is sharing a portion of those donations with ESRA. We will be proud to continue our work in her father’s honor.

CNC Production

Visit Contour Tool at the Design 2 Part Show

Posted: 09/14/2010

Come see Contour Tool (booth 522) and learn about our capabilities at the Design 2 Part show in Akron, Ohio on 10/6 & 10/7/2010.

CNC Machining

Getting On Time Delivery out of OUR Job Shop

Posted: 09/14/2010

Contour Tool embarked on a 4 month program to improve our On-Time Delivery in not only our Tooling Dept, but with our short-run CNC production.  We instituted a plan shop wide with the help of Dr. Lisa Lang via her program, Velocity Scheduling ( that has its roots in the theory of constraints (

Since implementing the full scale program in March of 2010, Contour has been 96% on time from 75% on time.  We use the Velocity progam not only to manage our production but to manage our engineering services as well.

Read the full story here:

May you live in Interesting Times

Posted: 08/23/2009

We have a vision of Ms Korth and the folks at IRN trying to prepare this quarterly update summary and forecast for the North American Automotive Industry. That vision involves finding out a fact. Confirming it. Evaluating it. Typing it. Hitting the return key, and then hearing a new development which requires rewriting what was just written…

At least, there is no shortage of material!

This report from IRN confirms that the rate of change in several of the important economic factors needed for the precision machining business to recover is slowly coming around. Consumer confidence, a turnaround in single family home supply, pent up demand for new autos, possible cash for clunkers legislation, and the fact that we are getting closer to knowing the ultimate fate of GM and Chrysler are all potential bellwethers of an upturn in automotive sales.

There are plenty of facts and data in this report to help you with your strategic “Sensemaking,” as we navigate this VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) economic environment.

This Quarterly Update and Summary produced by IRN is a Business Intelligence Service provided for the use of members of PMPA – See link to report below.


Contact Name: Miles K. Free
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (440)526-0300

Related Files:
PMPA Auto Update – April 2009

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Am Con Trade Show

Visit Contour Tool Booth at Am Com Contract Manufacturing Show in Cleveland

Posted: 07/27/2011
Come visit Contour Tool – Booth # 202 at the AmCon American Contract Manufacturers Show at the IX Center in Cleveland on September 21-22nd.  To see details, click on link below:

Precision Machining – Design to Part Show

Contour Tool will be exhibiting our precision machining services at the Design to Part Show in Monroeville, PA – April 17th and 18th

2013 Cast Expo – Contour Tool Exhibits

Visit Contour Tool for all your machining of castings needs at Booth 687.

April 6 thru April 9th – St. Louis

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