G4-EN24: Products and Services
At Ingersoll Rand, we create new technology with an eye toward the world we and our customers will inhabit in the future. We believe that innovation – finding new ways to meet the market’s future needs for reliable, energy-efficient solutions – will be critical to driving our organic revenue growth.
We operate four engineering and technology centers globally, including facilities in Bangalore and Chennai in India, and Prague in the Czech Republic. Our fourth facility, located in Shanghai, China, doubled its laboratory footprint in 2015. The expanded Shanghai center positions Ingersoll Rand as a research and development leader in the Asia Pacific region. It is accelerating our speed to market in the development of innovative Trane and Thermo King heating, ventilation and air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) technologies that meet the region’s national regulatory codes, while also enabling us to serve our customers more quickly and efficiently.
Another Ingersoll Rand power tool has earned recognition for innovation. Our W5330 cordless right-angle Impactool™ won a 2015 innovation award in the Power Tools category from Professional Tool and Equipment News (PTEN) magazine. Its lightweight design and patent-pending inline battery allow the W5330 to reach spaces once only accessible to a traditional ratchet or a technician’s bare hands.
PTEN awards recognize outstanding companies whose products respond to the automotive repair industry’s market challenges with creativity and innovation. Last year the Ingersoll Rand R3130 cordless ratchet wrench won the same honor, following an award for the pneumatic version of the W5330 the previous year, positioning us at the forefront in both pneumatic and cordless power tool technologies.
We believe that innovation drives operational excellence as well as growth. Industrial companies traditionally organized themselves in vertical silos. These internal groups were designed to hand off work from one to another, often leading to inefficiencies and a loss of focus on value creation for customers.
Ingersoll Rand embarked on a different approach when we broke tradition by establishing value streams – working horizontally across functions to deliver value as defined by the customer. Now fundamental to the way we do business, the value stream process provides teams across the company with tools that enable them to think and operate holistically.
By deploying value stream methodologies, each team can focus simultaneously on products, process and customers, eliminating waste and improving cycle times. Five years into the Ingersoll Rand value stream journey, virtually all of our company operations and all of our major product and service offerings are currently part of value streams.
Ingersoll Rand introduced the ARO Station, a pumping system developed for the European market designed to reduce leaks and fumes during chemical transfer from one container to another. Standing independently from a truck, the ARO Station is designed to protect operators as well as the environment during the transportation of chemicals and other hazardous materials.
Utilizing a standardized skid size that reduces integration costs, the ARO Station combines an ARO pump and piping in a compact, durable housing. It can be used as a free-standing pumping system or equipped with wheels for mobility. ARO offers three add-ons to increase environmental and operator safety: a leak detector, a heater to prevent freezing and an alarm that monitors the level of liquid in the tank and whether the system is running dry.
Our Asia Pacific Engineering and Technology Center (ETC), located in Shanghai, China, doubled its laboratory footprint in 2015. The expanded Shanghai center positions Ingersoll Rand as a research and development leader in the Asia Pacific region. It is accelerating our speed to market in the development of innovative Trane and Thermo King heating, ventilation and air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) technologies that meet the region’s national regulatory codes, while also enabling us to serve our customers more quickly and efficiently.
Ingersoll Rand founded the Asia Pacific ETC in 2003, establishing a world-class laboratory for HVAC-R technology development, as well as facilities for production and operational technical support. The facility houses engineers who collaborate closely with Ingersoll Rand colleagues worldwide. Over the past 12 years the Asia Pacific ETC has produced numerous business development and product innovations, including localization of the world’s leading efficient centrifugal chiller and 49 patent awards in China and globally. It is the first Ingersoll Rand ETC to receive ISO17025 certification.
Ingersoll Rand expanded its QX Series™ of cordless power tools for assembly markets by introducing the High Torque Angle Wrench − a cordless, right-angle fastening tool designed to increase efficiency and productivity for assembly manufacturing. It features a wireless connectivity option that integrates the tool and the assembly line into a true plant-wide network with managed data, process control and the ability to adjust tool configurations in real time.
“Advanced manufacturing methods and new materials demand higher torque, speeds and accuracy for fastening parts, whether in the heavy equipment, light manufacturing, automotive, or aerospace sectors,” says Brian Welborn, global channel marketing leader, Ingersoll Rand Power Tools. “Our assembly manufacturing customers also asked for power tools that get the job done right, the first time. With its traceability and connected technology options, our QX Series High Torque Angle Wrench ensures quality in the assembly process with diligent tracking mechanisms while delivering comfort, accuracy and reliability.”