Facing the challenge of needing to know whether to commit further to the commercialisation of an innovative process in the early stages when data is limited, the partners in the LevWave collaboration were able to benefit from Britest successfully piloting an understanding-based methodology for setting commercialisation objectives allowing key risks and knowledge gaps to be identified and addressed.
Business decisions are frequently complex and, where innovation is concerned, uncertainty in the assessment of the alternatives on offer adds to the complexity. Britest can provide a structured decision making approach which enables decision makers to capture key business and technical information and the business benefits sought. This case study describes how we were able to help a speciality chemical manufacturer considering various investment options to enhance their production flexibility.
For complex, multiple step separations there are often many possible routes to the end product. This is exacerbated if several products are to be manufactured from a single feed-stream. Faced with this challenge, Johnson Matthey turned to Britest tools and methodologies to find the optimal process route for separation of platinum group metals.
In process development several potentially viable options may be on the table, each with its own complicated risk - reward relationship. This case study from Johnson Matthey shows how a process development team used Britest to make progress in deciding between several process options with disparate project/developmental risks and potential commercial impact.without sacrificing appropriate rigour in their decision making process.
Equipment selection is an important activity for manufacturing companies, as wrong choices can be costly with respect to product quality, production time, production rate and resource allocation. With support from Britest, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants Limited were able to work with an academic specialist in the field of decision support to develop decision criteria, and evaluate four equipment options using a range of decision making approaches in order to reach an informed decision about selecting a piece of mixing equipment.