KIT Recap: Here’s what you missed at KEMET Institute of Technology

Wilmer Companioni

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

35th Annual KEMET Institute of Technology

KIT can’t be stopped!

Didn’t have a chance to attend our 35th KEMET Institute of Technology (KIT) in Greenville, South Carolina? Don’t worry, I’m here to tell you what you missed. For starters, not even a hurricane is powerful enough to snuff out our customers’ and partners’ passion for knowledge. Back in September 2018, Hurricane Florence took aim at South Carolina, the official home of KIT. Sadly, we had to reschedule KIT and so did the more than 100 people who planned to attend.  We had no idea if we would have the same attendance for the rescheduled KIT.  We were pleasantly surprised that for the rescheduled 35th annual KIT, our turnout was never better!

So who was at KIT? In total, we had 152 attendees, which is a lot more than we expected. Actually, we sold out and barely had enough room. Sixty one customers and engineers from industries such as defense, automotive, industrial, telecom, and consumer devices attended. Additionally, there were 60 KEMET employees from around the world focused on product management, engineering, quality, and manufacturing ready to share insight on KEMET technology.  

What happens at KIT?

KIT is jammed packed with different levels of information from the highly scientific and technical, to the practical ways in which our products are utilized in real world scenarios. Guests have the opportunity to ask our Field Application Engineers (FAE) questions after each session, which always ends up in providing extra insight to each session.

To ensure guests got the most out of the event, we separated KIT out over two days, each with two focused tracks. Day 1 was primarily geared toward the construction and fabrication of our products. Topics included design, construction, and manufacturing of our ceramic, KO-CAP, and magnetic components. In the afternoon, KIT attendees got to see where the “magic” happens during our South Carolina manufacturing plant tour. The tour showcased our Ceramic Innovation Center, Tantalum Innovation Center, Analytic Lab, and Electrical Characterization Lab. Attendees were able to get hands-on and check out some of our smallest products (see image below). The focus of day 2 was the application of our components across various segments and circuit functions. Over the course of these two days we not only touched on the technical aspects of our products, but also discussed several application scenarios for our products within the various industries we service.

Our keynote speaker was William Lowe, KEMET CEO. Each session was hosted by one of our highly talented field application engineers and product managers. We are already busy planning the next South Carolina KIT, so stay tuned. If you can’t wait to attend KIT, we might have one coming soon to your area. Check out our schedule here. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the next KIT. The last one sold out so we’ll be sure to have enough space for you. Sign-up for our Engineering Newsletter below so you don’t miss out!