I hesitate to disagree with Infanteer but based on personal experience with some large projects I would recommend AGAINST patenting much of anything.
Patenting takes a long time and a fair amount of money. It also only applies in countries in which you register the patent. Nothing prevents someone in another country reading this months listing of patented ideas, getting your detailed submission and going ahead and making it elsewhere for sale elsewhere - all as a result of your work.
As well, unless you detail all the variants of the device that might be similar there is nothing to prevent someone in your own country saying: a) instead of connecting parts in sequence A-B-C we connected the A-C-B and produced a different machine or b) this is common knowledge in any event and in the public domain.
You of course can then take them to court and defend your patent. How many lawyers do you have on staff? How many lawyers does Lockheed Martin have?
Best answer, if it is a good idea, go to a small to midsize company with a long reputation and find somebody you can trust personally. Once the idea is in "the public domain" the only way to beat the competition is to run faster ie market better, sell more sooner, modify faster generally make everybody else say "Me Too......" That takes an organization.
Next question: Who do you trust?
Cheers and best of luck