The competitive landscape can lead to finding new points of productive convergence. Between company strengths and intellectual property. Between current capabilities and potential market niches. Between high-volume manufacturing and specialty lines designed to maximize margins.
Even beginning the discussion around custom process tools begs the question: Is the supplier across the table capable of seeing the need truly as it is. Or is the goal (from their perspective) to shoehorn an aggressive production spec into the limitations of current modules, products, and systems? Ultimately, are they equipped to pull multiple disciplines and considerations together into a coherent tool solution?
Kinetics sits down, anywhere in the world, to dive hard and fast into the gritty realities of a project, line, or new facility. Not to sell “what’s in the trunk of their car,” but to understand the outcomes you desire. Demands, really, in order to make an investment in upgrading current capability or pushing to a new level of potentials: Convergence turned into sustainable performance.
Clearly, this requires fluency in fluid handling and processing equipment. From systems delivering products that touch human health to those that propel technology to the realm of AI and beyond: An unmatched portfolio of projects and awards confirms this resident capability.
But where – and how – can the discussion best serve your interests? Kinetics offers at least five factors to embed in the dialogue, drafting of specifications, and evaluation of vendor partners.
Factor One: CLARITY
The destination – the Desired Outcomes – needs to be front-and-center in any planning, budgeting, and integration within a process. Discussion of custom process tools is an ideal setting to rethink how high up is, particularly in view of a globally competitive landscape. Key is the will to attach performance metrics to the outcomes.
Factor Two: CONTINUITY
Custom process tools can add momentum to a plant’s production flow, levels, and quality metrics. It can also create disruption with a significant impact on uptime, employee training, and material handling. Much less hiccups to systems monitoring. Sometimes, custom tools are a wake-up call to revamp a process. Often, they are a reminder that the practical – shown hour-by hour, day-by-day — outweighs the most extraordinary potential of a line.
Factor Three: COLLABORATION
Less-mature tool creators charge ahead toward proving their capabilities, ignoring the concerns of each of the important internal contributors. Likewise, the internal team can put being expeditious in tool creation over being thorough. The goal is not paralysis by analysis, but a wholistic view of the tool’s connection with the entire process. And that includes human and environmental safety at all points in the process (no matter how powerful the tool’s performance).
Factor Four: CURIOSITY
Custom process tools that their users deem exceptional have several things in common. One of them is the consistency of their performance across time, operating conditions, and personnel. At the center of this reliability was the exploration of numerous “what ifs” on the front end. Along with an openness to deploy both legacy and emerging technology with the tool. As a result, many tools can be viewed as “hybrids” that cross boundaries to recombine the proven in fresh and creative ways.
Factor Five: COMMITMENT
This factor is not a matter of emotion, wishful thinking, or trusting in professional relationships alone. It embraces the need to integrate new tools into systems and production lines, with an understanding that what comes before and after each step may need alteration. Budgets and timetables accommodate this integration from the project’s inception: No tool represents a discrete, disconnected element in a research or environment.
Custom process tools. Turning their potential into relevant metrics is no accident. With the right partner brought into the discussion early on, Clarity, Continuity, Collaboration, Curiosity, and Commitment are engineering into everything from small scale manual systems to highly complex automated wet process tools.