CASE STUDY


MANUFACTURING & DISTRIBUTION

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  • TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
  • MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT
  • OVER $415,000 TOTAL CREDIT

This company specializes in developing complex and highly sophisticated electronic products including emergency response systems, communications systems, data networks, digital media 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.

R&D QUALIFICATION

The company begins each project with brainstorming sessions to determine feasibility and achieve a basic framework for the concept. At this stage, hypotheses 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 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  • TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
  • MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT
  • OVER $415,000 TOTAL CREDIT

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.

RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

This $40 million manufacturing company generates over $415,000 of annual R&D tax credits with R&D expenses of about $6.5 million.