Tod E. Carpenter, Chairman, President, and CEO
The year was 1951. It was just another day at work for Frank Donaldson Sr., a salesman from the Bull Tractor Company, when he got a call from a customer. The customer’s tractor was repeatedly breaking down in his cropland. After a brief examination of the tractor, Frank realized that the problem was due to all the dust getting in through the air intake of the engine. As a quick solution, he hand-fashioned a simple air cleaner to keep the dust from entering the engine. This creation—the world’s first effective air cleaner—became the foundation for the Donaldson Company [NYSE:DCI]—a provider of innovative solutions for the filtration industry.
Today, over a hundred years later, the Donaldson Company continues to innovate, leveraging its state-of-the-art filtration technologies to provide customers with the solutions they need. As one of the largest and growing filtration system manufacturers in the world, Donaldson Company designs and develops a broad spectrum of filtration products and services to meet the evolving needs of its diverse clientele. Its filtration solutions span the entire lifecycle of the customers’ equipment, from initial system design to replacement products.
The Donaldson Company’s customers are varied, as the industries they represent include aerospace, agriculture, construction, food and beverage, manufacturing, and transportation. “Donaldson’s filtration products and technologies aren’t always visible, but they are used in hundreds of ways, every day. And they are found nearly everywhere—places we live, work and play—in bulldozers and trucks; helicopters and airplanes; water bottling plants and gas turbines; and car headlights, cranes, and computers,” says Tod E. Carpenter, chairman, president, and CEO of Donaldson Company. Whether it is engine protection or industrial filtration, the Donaldson Company has the right product for every application. The company’s air filtration systems, exhaust and emissions systems, and liquid filtration systems (hydraulics,
fuel, and lube) are being leveraged by some of the best automotive OEMs in the world.
Most notably, Donaldson Company’s filtration equipment is being used to facilitate a safe and healthy factory floor. Donaldson’s engineers work with clients to develop the perfect filtration solutions that function in symbiosis with plant equipment to achieve peak efficiency and performance at low operating costs. Especially, the company’s dust, fume, and mist collectors, compressed air purification equipment, and specialized filters for gas turbines are favored by large OEMs, independent distributors, OEM dealer networks, private label accounts, and large equipment fleets.
Solving the Filtration Challenges with Cutting-edge Technology
In the industrial landscape, organizations not only have to deal with external impurities but internal particles within their equipment as well. In fact, a major cause for component replacement or ‘loss of usefulness’ occurs due to surfaced degradation. The particles generated due to the degradation harden, and if they are not removed by proper filtration, can often recirculate within the equipment can cause additional wear. This chain reaction can proliferate and even lead to premature component failure. To avoid this challenge, the presence of a high-performance filtration systems becomes imperative.
This is where the Donaldson Company comes. As a provider of premium filtration systems, the company brings optimal levels of safety and purity into industrial processes. Its industry-leading, end-to-end filtration technology is designed to seamlessly remove harmful particles and substances from air and fluids, thus lengthening the lifespan of industrial equipment.
Donaldson’s engineers work with clients to develop the perfect filtration solutions that function in symbiosis with plant equipment to achieve peak efficiency and performance at low operating
The company’s filtration systems can be integrated into the inlet air filtering, lube filtering, and air-oil separating facilities in industrial plants. The clean supply facilitated by Donaldson’s technology can not only enhance the performance of the air compressors and other fluid processing machines used in the industrial plants but also pave the way for greater energy efficiencies.
Apart from the industrial sector, Donaldson’s filtration technology boosts performance in several other sectors as well. Especially in the agricultural space, the company’s filtration (air, hydraulic, lube, coolant, fuel, and lubricant) products are being used to enhance the performance of agricultural equipment and eliminate downtime. Whether it is tractors or any other agricultural vehicle, with Donaldson’s filters, they can traverse even the harshest environments without having to worry about contaminated air or fuel.
In the oil and gas industry, organizations are opting for Donaldson’s filtration and exhaust systems to eliminate unwanted debris and impurities while producing pure, high-quality output. From applications in fracking equipment and turbines to bulk fluid storage, the company’s product coverage is expansive. In fact, clients who leverage Donaldson’s comprehensive range of filtration systems are guaranteed to get the most out of their oil and gas exploration, extraction, and transportation projects while lowering their operating expenses.
Donaldson’s solution portfolio is also known for delivering impressive results in the construction and mining sectors. With the company’s backing, construction clients can expect the engines of their fleet to operate longer, thus eliminating expensive downtimes and repairs. Even in the gritty world of mining, Donaldson’s filters guarantee unparalleled performance, allowing clients to significantly enhance their processing, refining, and distribution operations. Whether it is process liquid filtration, mobile, and stationary on-compressor system filtration, or power generation filtration, Donaldson’s products never let down the equipment or the clients.
Protecting the Defense Machinery
Donaldson’s part in protecting equipment goes beyond just the civilian sector. Ever since the early Cold War period, the company’s research division has robust filtration systems for military applications, including the development of modularized collective protection for military vehicles, vans, and shelters, and creation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense systems (primarily for detection and warning of contaminated environment, air, and equipment) for combat vehicles and military personnel. The company’s protective clothing and equipment have enabled military units to secure areas and enclosures from chemical contamination, protect military personnel from chemical agents, and form collective protection shelters for military communication functions.
Blazing the Trail into the Future of Filtration Systems
Propelled by such contributions and accomplishments, Donaldson Company is achieving rapid growth in the filtration sector. The company, today, operates a network of over 140 sales, manufacturing, and distribution centers in 44 countries around the world. Moving ahead with such phenomenal momentum, the company will continue reinvigorating industries and leading them to sustainable filtration methods. The company is also dedicated to providing robust filtration systems that enhance people’s lives, augment equipment performance, and protect the environment. In the coming years, Donaldson will keep improving its solutions and leading the charge for greater performance and efficiency of all types of industrial equipment.