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Kinitics: Leading the Industrial Automation with Shape Memory Alloy

Cindicates has invested into Kinitics Automation, a Vancouver based cleantech company who are creating an industrial world where valves respond instantly, emissions shrink, and maintenance headaches become a thing of the past. Their solution is to take full advantage of a special material with the potential to transform entire industries—the shape memory alloys (SMAs).

Kinitics is Leading the Industrial Automation with Shape Memory Alloy

 

Cindicates has invested into Kinitics Automation, a Vancouver based cleantech company who are creating an industrial world where valves respond instantly, emissions shrink, and maintenance headaches become a thing of the past. Their solution is to take full advantage of a special material with the potential to transform entire industries—the shape memory alloys (SMAs).

Kinitics Automation’s new technology replaces methane-powered actuators; Kinitics' electric design significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. This resonates with the natural gas industry's push for sustainability.

 


What’s So Special About Kinitics?

 
Deadband is the nemesis of many industrial processes, causing frustrating delays between sending a control signal and seeing a response. Think of it like pressing the accelerator in your car and getting nothing but engine sputter. Not ideal, especially in critical sectors like natural gas, where precision and speed are crucial.
 
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Kinitics Automation enters the scene with their solution: actuators powered by SMAs. These fascinating materials possess a "memory" for their original shape and can be triggered to return to it using electricity. This translates into Kinitics' actuators being:
  • Super-Responsive: No more deadband delays! Their actuators operate at 100% duty cycle without backlash, achieving unmatched precision and eliminating this frustrating issue. In other words, Kinitics' actuators react flawlessly to control signals, ensuring valves open and close exactly when needed.
  • Sustainable: By replacing methane-powered actuators, Kinitics' electric design significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. This resonates with the natural gas industry's push for sustainability.
  • Exceptional Durability and Reliability: Unlike other actuators, Kinitics' technology boasts exceptional durability and requires minimal maintenance, translating to lower operating costs and less downtime for customers.
  • Bundled Wire Technology: This proprietary technology is a key differentiator. It allows Kinitics to achieve superior performance and control over the SMAs compared to traditional methods


A Collaborative Spirit Beyond the Product

 

Kinitics isn't just about off-the-shelf solutions. They understand that every industry has unique needs. That's why they partner with manufacturers to develop custom SMA actuators for specific applications. This collaborative approach makes them a valuable asset for companies looking to optimize their industrial processes from the ground up.

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To add more, Kinitics’ success is driven by a team of talented individuals passionate about pushing the boundaries of industrial automation, led by Dean Pick, P.Eng., Founder and President of Kinitics Automation. Dean brings a wealth of experience and a visionary approach to the table. His background in engineering, coupled with his unwavering determination to find innovative solutions with shape memory alloys, positions him perfectly to lead Kinitics' development. 

Alongside Dean is Bob Harper, the Kinitics’ Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Bob’s financial acumen and operational expertise ensure the smooth running of Kinitics, allowing Dean's vision to translate into tangible results. Together with their whole team, their expertise lays the foundation for Kinitics' continued growth and success.

 


Why Cindicates Believes in Kinitics

 

Kinitics' potential to penetrate various industries with their SMA technology resonated deeply with our investment philosophy. Their commitment to sustainability and optimizing processes aligns perfectly with our mission. Additionally, their successful seed-financing round last December 2023, backed by prominent venture capital firms and angel investors, further solidified their potential as a future leader. 


Below are more reasons why we invested in Kinitics:

  • Sustainability: Environmental regulations and growing customer demand are pushing industries to adopt cleaner technologies. Kinitics' solution aligns perfectly with this trend.
  • Focus on Efficiency: Companies are constantly seeking ways to optimize processes and reduce costs. Kinitics' actuators address this by eliminating deadband and minimizing maintenance needs.
  • Advanced Automation: There's a growing demand for smarter and more sophisticated automation solutions. Kinitics' technology paves the way for further integration with advanced control systems.

 


The Future is Bright with Kinitics

 
While Kinitics' current focus is on the natural gas sector with their globe valve actuators, their technology has potential applications across various industries. We can expect to see them:
  • Expanding into New Markets: The unique properties of their actuators could benefit sectors like aerospace, manufacturing, and renewable energy.
  • Developing Custom Solutions: Their collaborative approach with OEMs suggests a focus on creating custom actuators for specific industry needs.
  • Innovation: Continued research and development in SMA technology could lead to even more advanced and powerful actuators.

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With successful field trials under their belt and recognition from industry publications like Valve World Americas and Global Voice of Gas, they're poised for significant growth. By staying at the forefront of SMA technology and adapting to industry trends, Kinitics Automation is well-positioned to become a major player in the future of industrial automation.


Want to Learn More?

 

Head over to Kinitics Automation's website to see how their shape memory alloy technology can transform businesses and the future of industrial automation.

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