Integrate precision equipment — without regrets

The plastic building bricks used by children around the world (and adults as well) hold the promise of immediate fit: Their creative possibilities and flexibility inspire works of grand scale. While dazzling in their simplicity and easy use, they are anomalous in the world of precision manufacturing.

Seldom do even the most well-conceived assemblies, components, and subsystems flow seamlessly into semiconductor, solar, and other advanced technology manufacturing. This holds in cases where the supplier is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), simply because any form of modification warrants an investment in thoughtful integration.

Kinetics sees this firsthand as a leading international designer, contractor, system fabricator, and contract facility operator. While installation, testing, and process validation are requisites in new projects, their role in existing operations can perhaps be even more critical. That’s because process, procedures, and analytics already have been rationalized at least once.

WHY HERE?  WHY NOW?  WHY US?

Safety is one of easiest factors to overlook, or at least minimize, when integrating precision equipment. This is not due to negligence on the part of plant managers or engineers, but because their vigilance has been dialed into the existing operations. When new hardware, software, piping, or controls are added into the equation, the entire operation requires a blank-slate look at personnel and facility safety.

Compliance carries a similar burden with it, particularly as the ramp-up to high volume manufacturing (HVM) is frequently a desired enterprise outcome. Achieving optimal uptime, as well as acceptable output quality, is not possible without notching required standards consistently and with unassailable documentation attached to them.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

Starting stronger is, by virtue of the complexities of process and materials, a manifold initiative. As Kinetics has witnessed, beginning with a proper equipment process validation protocol is a requirement. As such, a meaningful protocol encompasses three categories that include (but are not limited, to) nine elements:

TRANPARENCY WITH ACCOUNTABILITY moves from proper documentation to component design and verification. It then progresses into a defensible set of standard operating procedures. The objectives are clarity and consistency to set the stage for sustainable commercial success.

SYSTEM INTEGRITY includes a disciplined examination of electrical connection and supply, utility supply, and safety compliance at every stage and step. Behind these is a mindset that sees both the forest and the trees in their proper perspectives; wise integration demands the ability both to zoom in and out.

METRICS VERIFICATION frequently begins with instrument calibration and extends to instrumentation for validation as well as environmental verification. Here, there is no margin for guesswork, personal opinion, or lack of corporate oversight. At Kinetics, equipment installation is not complete without them.

WHERE DOES THIS ALL APPLY?

For Kinetics customers, this all applies to the mixing and moving high purity chemicals, water, and gases; including air, as well as managing slurry, vacuums, and process cooling water along with wastewater. These and other foundational systems mandate a documented, meaningful, and manageable protocol. By its very nature, the list of proven suppliers attached to implementing the installation and set-up of precision equipment is a short one. In considering the options, Kinetics warrants examination, no matter where in the world the facility resides. To learn more, simply click HERE.