- R&D: research, buying technologies and licenses
- Purchasing of a license
- Purchasing of a technology
R&D: research, buying technologies and licenses
The technology level of an enterprise (just like the qualification of the employees, equipment and raw materials) has a huge influence on the production quality and staff efficiency. The technology level can be improved by conducting research in laboratories, buying licenses and technologies.
Every method has its own specific nuances. For example, the process of conducting your own research will take time, but eventually you will be able to implement a new technology or sell it to other participants. Although the purchasing of a license or technology is the fastest way to improve the technology level, you will need to pay for it right away. The licenses normally cost less than technology. But licenses are implemented only in one enterprise, whereas technologies can be implemented in all enterprises of the same type.
A sample of technology implementation prices of 1, 2 and 3 level at a pet food factory:
Example of license purchase application:
Select the required level of technology and the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a license.
The competitive application is when the price that you offer does not exceed the given price, not competitive – average market price. In this case, it can be any price, but the purchase opportunity increases.
The applications are processed during the game update.
If you want to conduct your own research, first, you need to open a laboratory, hire adequately qualified scientists and purchase equipment of appropriate quality. The larger the laboratory is, the higher the level of technology can be developed.
There are three stages of research:
- Initial hypothesis.
- Hypothesis processing — select the hypothesis, which will be tested.
- Technical testing.
Each stage can take several game turns. The invented technologies can be implemented in your own enterprises or be sold in a form of usage licenses to other participants.
Purchasing of a license
In order to buy a license click on the «Technologies» tab in the enterprise, the technology level of which has to increase. The licenses can be purchased at auctions.
Purchasing of a technology
Click on the «Technologies» tab in the enterprise of your interest. The buying of technologies is not complicated — just select the needed technology and pay the technology and its implementation price.
- Laboratories: R&D
- General Information
- Preliminary research, hypothesis is formed
- Research, hypothesis processing
- Industrial testing
- Buying licenses and technologies
You need laboratories for technological research, which can bring you new technologies of higher level.
Building Laboratory you need the following:
- Choose its size.
- Hire scientists.
- Buy equipment (devices).
Maximum possible number of scientists and equipment depends on the size of your laboratory. Available technology level also depends on the size.
Technology level will require the equipment of certain quality. Moreover, equipment quality defines minimum qualification requirements for staff of laboratory.
In case if you want to work with technologies and inventions of level 5 and higher, laboratory must be attached to a working factory (80% of its efficiency or more). Factory profile and technology level must correspond to the current research.
Minimum size of required factory depends on the level of explored technology:
|Level||Maximum number of scientists||Available technology level||Remarks|
|1||10||Up to 4||–|
|2||30||Up to 8||Starting from technology level 6, a factory (farm, mine, etc) of minimum size is required|
|3||100||Up to 13||From technology level 9, a factory size 2 is required|
|4||300||Up to 19||From technology level 15, a factory size 3 is required|
|5||700||Up to 25||From technology level 20, a factory size 4 is required|
|6||1000||All levels||From technology level 26, a factory size 5 is required|
There are three research stages:
Preliminary research, hypothesis is formed
The basic duration of preliminary research stage depends on the current technology level (up to level 8 it is 3 weeks, then longer). Even if you increase the number of scientists it won`t speed up the research, usually it slows down because of low efficiency of laboratory. The number of hypotheses depends on the skill “Science research” level of Top manager. Moreover, each hypothesis has a probability of success and a duration modifier.
In case you’ve bought one or several technologies of last 5 levels, the first stage will be longer (for ½ of duration of first stages of missed technologies). In case you have not investigated previous levels of technology the duration of the first stage will be longer — in proportion to the duration of missed investigations.
Research, hypothesis processing
During second stage you`ll have to choose one of hypotheses then scientists will perform research with a possibility of success which you already know.
In case of failure, you can repeat this research. The possibility of success will be higher by 1%. In other words, each hypothesis can become successful in the end.
Basic duration of hypothesis working out depends on technology level and possibility of success (you`ll need more time if you want to work out more reliable hypothesis).
Additional number of scientists will speed up the work. Low efficiency of laboratory will slow down the work.
The final third stage of research: testing and industrial trial of invented technology.
Duration of this stage depends on technology level. Additional number of scientists will speed up the research.
Technologies of level 5 (and higher) will require a factory attached to the laboratory. Profile and technology level of this factory must correspond to the research.
Duration of this research depends on laboratory efficiency, as well as factory efficiency.
Buying licenses and technologies
For purchasing licenses and technologies click on the «Technologies» tab.
Research in laboratories In order for laboratories to work, you need to hire qualified staff, buy appropriate equipment and, of course, invest a lot of time.
Just like in other subdivisions, the staff has to be accordingly qualified and earn a specific salary. The equipment has to be of an appropriate quality. In order to know what the optimal settings for laboratories are, pay attention to the hints in the simulation. The functionality is the same as in the other subdivisions.
Just like offices, laboratories do not generate any profit. However, your R&D results will be able to help other subdivisions generate substantial profit.