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In top-level athletic competition, it is attending to the small things than matters. Data shows that insufficient hydration can account for a drop of 5-7% or more in speed and strength. Lauded Ironman winner Craig “Crowie” Alexander is known to scout the entire course, looking for every place he can gain speed or avoid getting stalled out while staying fueled and hydrated.
Microelectronics, solar, biopharmaceutical, data center and R&D industry sectors operate more at this level of performance than simply “good enough” or “limp along until we can deal with it.” Even when global markets were not as attuned to fractional differences, Kinetics took anticipation and vigilance to another level; more like professional or Olympic athletes.
The result is a culture that replaces assumptions with schedules, casual observations with disciplined checkpoints. Being compliant with ISO 9001 certification is the foundation for uncommon attention to detail—one that doesn’t slow production but imparts predictable rhythms to production lines as well as entire facilities.
Central to Equipment and System Maintenance services are seven questions that propel the Kinetics team in crafting programs for precision manufacturers around the world.
- WHAT’S THE GOAL? Each line and facility takes on the personality and mission of the manager. In some cases, the desired outcome is stellar quality without losing volume. Adaptability, likewise, could be the overarching pursuit of an R&D facility built around innovation (plus repeatability and documentation).
- AND THE DASHBOARD? Metrics support the aim, with increased MTBF requiring a combination of daily performance standards along with wisely planned maintenance. The point is to be predictable over time rather than creating a rollercoaster culture of system, process and machine reliability.
- HOW TO GET OUT IN FRONT? While some level of grinding detail is sure to follow, the need to be more predictive and preventative is a hallmark of technology leaders. Personal experiences are mapped against historic data—and probabilities as seen by Kinetics—to assign a value to proactive efforts.
- WHERE TO SPEND? Smaller investments in the right maintenance efforts tend to produce the biggest ROI. For example, filter change-out along with pump repair and replacement are what safeguard the plant’s “circulatory” system from struggling to the point of failure.
- WHEN TO RECALIBRATE? Flowing along with foundational systems can be a dangerous cultural norm. That’s simply because “what is” can so easily become “what is normative” even as chemistry variations, personnel changes and metrics alterations create new, unspoken standards. From Kinetics perspective, this “management by default” mindset is perilous.
- INSPECTION CIRCUMSTANCES AND INTERVALS? More than a quick check-in, there’s a need to put another set of eyes on production-dependent subsystems, processes and supply infrastructure. While “too long” equals “too late,” it takes experience and judgment to say how and where inspection is warranted.
- WHOM TO TRUST? Kinetics, simply by advancing these questions, is demonstrating a level of competency commensurate with that required in precision industries—places where chemistry, gases, feeds, flows and operation have consequences to the enterprise. Using these seven questions is a strong start to choosing a team with the ability to deliver on No. 1 without losing site of the six other essential factors.
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