From our mentor-by-literature Neal Anderson and his book "Practical Process Research and Development", a tip on using your analytical group to its fullest extent:
Often the analysis of a compound is best left to specialists. Analytical chemists may be very helpful in developing an in-process assay for the laboratory or pilot plant and in purifying an impurity. Quality control (QC) chemists may be key in recognizing a new impurity in a manufacturing batch. Spectroscopists know how to get the best performance from their instruments. Good teamwork among the analysts and other chemists is essential to the efficient development of a process.
To best support the efforts of analysts, thoroughly explain the nature of the reaction and the expected outcome of the analyses. Definitive results are generated more quickly when the analyst is enrolled in helping with a project.You can't have too many friends, especially when you're a process chemist.