Advanced Manufacturing Progress: Leveraging R&D Tax Credits February2019Advanced Manufacturing ProgressRose-Marie BrandweinProcess intensification (PI) is the development of new technologies that dramatically improve manufacturing processes. It can involve innovating existing processes and/or creating totally new ones, and it increasingly leverages big data, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and other advanced manufacturing concepts. Inherent to PI is the need for innovation and research and development (R&D). However, this can be extremely expensive and time-consuming. In addition, many innovations fail at or before the pilot stage and/or require numerous modifications or revisions that may produce little or no return on investment.