Kinetic Systems Inc.
- Written by: Ivy Carter
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Kinetic Systems Inc. (Kinetics) is a leading U.S. and global provider of high-purity process systems solutions with a wide range of services tailored specifically for advanced technology industries. Since Kinetics’ founding in 1973, the team has gone on to pioneer, refine and set the standard for specialized mechanical, process piping and HVAC services.
Over the years, Kinetics continued to expand operations around the world. The company was acquired and consolidated globally in 2011 by Kinetics Holding GmbH, the parent company of Kinetics’ European, Asian and Middle Eastern operations. The acquisition connected Kinetics to a global talent pool with which to extend the team’s expertise in design-build capabilities in several industries, which include advanced technology and microelectronics, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology, alternative energy and solar, data centers, universities, research laboratories, healthcare and commercial and industrial facility construction. Above all, each Kinetics employee strives to pursue innovation and fast-track projects with teamwork, integrity, dependability, quality, safety and social responsibility.
“Kinetics has been in business for more than 39 years,” says Greg Bauer, executive vice president of sales, marketing and business development at Kinetics. “We are pioneers of high-purity piping systems and the company expanded operations to include full engineering design services supporting project master planning of mechanical systems, controls and instrumentation, as well as plumbing specialties.”
Kinetics called the San Francisco Bay Area home during its earliest years, though the 2011 acquisition shifted the company’s worldwide headquarters to Germany. Today, Kinetics’ operates from 22 total locations around the world and U.S. headquarters in Fremont, Calif. In addition, Kinetics maintains operations in Scarborough, Maine; Raleigh, N.C.; Irvine, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Phoenix, Ariz.; Frederick, Md., and Marlborough, Mass.
The company specializes in working with clients in highly technical and demanding industries, providing cradle-to-grave services on a variety of high-purity process systems. The company represents a mix of engineers, construction managers, mechanical and process piping specialists, welders, electricians and software engineers among many others. These professionals come together under the Kinetics umbrellas to provide design, fabrication, installation, testing, validation and facility management services.
Kinetics’ trusted program management team partners with each client to get the ball rolling on large construction projects. The team oversees all aspects of the projects from scheduling to material procurement and fabrication to project changes and subcontractor management, utilizing a suite of in-house developed project planning scheduling and tracking tools. The team at Kinetics places heavy importance on preconstruction services, as extensive preparation and prioritization efforts lead to fewer surprises or clashes on site. The company invests heavily in producing detailed drawings and designs supported by feasibility studies, extensive cost estimates and constructability reviews, informed by the work of a team of structural and civil engineers.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) plays a crucial role during the preconstruction phase. Kinetics’ skilled team of engineers produces detailed 3-D models for each stage of the project’s life cycle, which helps identify any scheduling conflicts and the most crucial stages of the project well ahead of actually breaking ground. The company utilizes highly sophisticated software programs for the modeling, ensuring models can be swiftly shared with specialists in other disciplines involved with the project.
Clients can also contract Kinetics to leverage the team’s global manufacturing capabilities to design and prefabricate custom systems, should a suitable option be unavailable off-the-shelf. To date, the Kinetics team has installed critical process systems in over 150 semiconductor manufacturing plants worldwide, in addition to manufacturing and installing chemical dispense units, slurry blend and dispense systems, gas distribution cabinets and panels, tailored water purification systems and ultra pure water systems.
As a manufacturer of such highly specialized equipment, Kinetics can work with clients to design, fabricate and install a completely customized unit to the client’s exacting specifications. Kinetics can outfit a client’s facility water purification system for use in areas where water quality is not suited for the client’s manufacturing needs. The company can also design a tailored semi-automatic gas handling system for solar panel manufacturing purposes.
These systems are then installed by the Kinetics team with the help of a loyal network of qualified subcontractors in the region that Kinetics brings on as needed. The company prefers to keep as much of the work performed by in-house professionals as possible for quality control purposes. However, when a project calls for the perspective of an outside discipline, Kinetics reaches out to the best of the best.
Otherwise, Kinetics enlists its own professionals to handle everything from civil engineering to construction site selection, permitting and installation. The company follows up with total inspection, validation and testing services to ensure the systems perform as promised. In addition, the Kinetics team will also lend its expertise to total chemical and gas management services, ensuring the client’s operations work toward specific cost and performance benchmarks.
“We get involved in projects in the earliest stages since we bring an understanding to both how these processes work and how the systems are built,” adds Bauer. Kinetics’ comprehensive expertise enables the team to ensure that every system it designs and install will perform as promised and can also be easily updated with newer technologies as needed, yielding a more competitive cost of ownership to the client.
Kinetics will be poised to find growth in the next few years as the company settles into its new place amongst the global Kinetics family of companies. In doing so, Kinetics positions the team to lead the high-purity process industry with comprehensive, cost-effective solutions and services with the global talent pool and wide web of manufacturing resources that only Kinetic Systems Inc. can provide.
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