What's it about?
Historically, the research and development department and the optical manufacturing shop floor have been independent entities. Optimax has been able to integrate the two departments for faster deployment and practical utilization.
1. TRADITIONAL R&D
To better understand the need for integration between R&D and the Optics Manufacturing Shop Floor, let us look at the traditional R&D Department and its relationship with the Optics Manufacturing Shop Floor.
Traditionally, R&D has been physically, financially, and organizationally kept separate from the all other departments. A majority of the activities were focused on creating the next major breakthrough or revolutionary process that would change the industry. The prioritization of these activities would be handled by upper management and a budget would be assigned. Research and development would be performed separate from manufacturing and in many cases separate facilities. The separation of manufacturing and R&D would cause a disconnect and would hinder deployment.