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Process Intensification: Its Time is Now

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For more than 40 years, process intensification (PI) efforts in the U.S. have lagged behind those in other parts of the world. Europe has invested heavily in this research area, and both industry and academia have embraced advances in these technologies — particularly in the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing areas, which have seen increases in productivity, energy efficiency, and sustainability. American manufacturing is now awakening from its long slumber and progress is on the horizon. The Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute and its robust community of members are pleased to lead this effort in revitalizing the U.S. process industries and driving innovation to new heights.

But why have things taken so long?

Process intensification aims to dramatically improve manufacturing processes through the application of novel process schemes and equipment. Instead of small, incremental improvements, PI will bring about step changes in energy efficiency, capital cost reductions, and reduced environmental impact. At the core of PI is the...

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