This company specializes in de veloping complex and highly sophisticated electronic products including emergency response systems, communic ations systems, data networks, digital m edia hubs, and various technologies for use in urban environments. The company may also design and develop the internal componentry of its products including mechanical, electrical, and software systems. Research is performed by designers, mechanical and electrical engineers, software developers, computer engineers, CNC programmers, CAD designers, machinists, quality control and technicians.
The owner along with the brew master and other employees formulated ideas for brews by drawing from different avenues of inspiration including unique flavors unavailable in the market, culinary pairings, and history. New ideas were often discussed and evaluated by the Innovation Team, which consisted of the owner, brew master, quality control and operations. This group analyzed existing or new experimental hop varieties for quality and potential use. From this research, product viability was determined.
Conceptual flavor profiles were developed and research was conducted on these new flavor profiles. Alternative recipes were created that detailed the types and amounts of hops, malts, yeasts, and flavorings that would be added to the formula to brew the experimental beers.
will be developed as to what the company believes will be the most likely development track. The project then moves to the detailed design and engineering phase where the team will address form, fit, material, and performance issues. Calculations and computer models are evaluated and modified as necessary. Issues with configuration, material composition, and manufacturability are also addressed. For example, how electronic components fit together on a printed circuit board is a major area of redesign requiring the evaluation of different design alternatives in order to manufacture successfully.
Prototypes are developed to evaluate various configurations of components and their resistance to environmental conditions such as vibration or heat. The primary materials used during the prototyping process include structural metals, circuit boards, PC boards, transistors, circuits, wiring, plastics, and the housing. Oftentimes, multiple prototypes or samples are constructed and tested to validate the alternative or experimental designs. Testing of gain and bandwidth are also included for performance and reliability. It is common for tests to fail as circuitry, power, and electronic components are modified, and the testing environment is activated in an attempt to deliver new products to meet customer specifications. This development process is repeated until a successful component is designed and manufactured.
This $40 million manufacturing company generates over $415,000 of annual R&D tax credits with R&D expenses of about $6.5 million.
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