Nick's Niche: Going from the possible to the feasible: A study in evaluation methods
I am always amazed when people say: “If you do this, then anything is possible." The "do this" can be anything to prove the point of the person making the statement and can be "eat your vegetables" or "do your homework" or whatever. Sometimes the "do this" can be substituted with "have this," like in the saying: "If you have love, then anything is possible." Even we engineers have a similar saying: "Given enough time and money, we can do anything!" Well, we can do anything within the laws of science, that is.
You’re probably asking yourself: "What does this have to do with coating processes?" As consultants, our firm is frequently asked by our clients to provide them with options for coating their products. To do this properly, we start out evaluating "what is possible" and distill these options to "what is feasible." Knowing how to go through these stages of evaluation is the subject of this article and describes the service we provide these clients, dubbed a feasibility study.