I work in an industry where a large portion of the manufacturing process is "black box" - you don't get instant production feedback from the equipment. You literally take notes on the product that you are manufacturing, and just do that again next time. Machine adjustments are not visible for several minutes, and sometimes even an hour or more. They are also subject to change over time due to other variables, such as temperature.
I developed a process, and even created an Android app that takes just 2 points of sample data along with fixed physical constants, such as mechanical properties of the materials being used, and then uses that data to "simulate" the process. This also can be applied later to entirely new products with new finished dimensions/specifications, but which use the same material previously sampled.
Once a material/machine combination has been sampled twice, that's it: you put in your specs, and out comes precision machine settings.
Can I patent this? From reading the information on Legal Zoom, it looks like I can.
I am looking into this because of the shock and awe reactions that I still get from our engineering department and maintenance staff regarding the absolute precision and repeatability that my tools produce.