Innovation We minimize risk wherever possible, and balance this with the ability to provide time-critical, cost-effective solutions to our customers. We refer to the methodology to support these objectives as “stepwise innovation.” Repurpose:  The first step involves reuse of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, enabling the customer to more quickly adapt to changing needs and market dynamics. Enhance:  The second step involves developing software that integrates COTS products more efficiently into the customer’s enterprise architecture and business processes Evolve:  The third step involves carefully leveraging existing R&D programs to repurpose or enhance research that never achieved commercialization. Invent:  The last step involves developing new solutions based upon MKS’s creativity, experience, and expertise -- this is innovative and creative problem-solving. The steps in our approach are not necessarily followed in sequential fashion, since market dynamics may dictate that some steps be performed in parallel. Copyright © 2010-2013 MKS Innovations. All rights reserved.