James J. (Jim) McKinley founded KIN-TEK LABORATORIES, Inc., a Texas Corporation, in 1970 to develop and market instrumentation systems and accessories for analytical chemistry. In February 2014, Jim McKinley and Will Botts formed a partnership and founded KIN-TEK Analytical, Inc. (KIN-TEK) which purchased the assets of KIN-TEK LABORATORIES, Inc. KIN-TEK Analytical, Inc. is the company in which KIN-TEK conducts its business.
Headquartered in La Marque, Texas, USA, KIN-TEK serves a broad range of industrial, institutional, and governmental clients world-wide.
When KIN-TEK LABORATORIES, Inc., was founded in 1970, the petrochemical industry was beginning to move into process and product quality control both of which employed automated, on-line analytical instrumentation. Two critical problems in these efforts were the development of effective sample acquisition techniques and trace concentration gas calibration techniques for reactive molecules. KIN-TEK applied proprietary “gas permeation” technology, developed by Jim McKinley, to solve both of these problems. The calibration application became the preferred standard technique.
KIN-TEK pioneered the development of the “The Permeation Tube Method” that evolved into one of the core competencies of the company. The Permeation Tube Method is based on fundamental principles that provide a direct path for traceability of the resulting mixture concentration to NIST for a wide range of compounds through weight, temperature and flow standards.