Manufacturing

Gayle Gibson: Featured LGBTQ ChemE Professional

May 16, 2018

A Texas A&M graduate and newly retired engineer, Gayle discusses working in various areas at DuPont, including engineering design, plant improvement, and manufacturing as well as her experiences as an LGBTQ professional.

June 2019 CEP Preview

June 11, 2019

This issue, the 2019 AIChE salary survey for chemical engineering, along with articles on smart manufacturing, cybersecurity, cooling tower design, and much more.

Smart Manufacturing: Hope or Hype?

June
2019
Back To Basics
Munawar Saudagar, Minghua Ye, Sultan Al-Otaibi, Khalid Al-jarba
The chemical process industries (CPI) are hurtling toward a smarter future, but confusion and exaggeration around new technologies are causing some to want to stay behind. Sober guidance on selection, implementation, and utilization of digital tools can help differentiate the hope from the hype.

Meet Process Engineer Ecevit Bilgili

August 13, 2018

Professor Bilgili shares an insider's view into his role as a process engineer developing blockbuster drugs and how he later transitioned to academia.

Meet Process Engineer Denis Fallon

June 21, 2018

Want to know more about process engineering? Hear about this process engineer's career and profit from his insights on finding success in industry.

Meet Process Engineer Monica Wilson

April 20, 2018

Monica Wilson discusses what led her to the career choice of process engineer and talks about her work at Union Carbide and AkzoNobel.

Meet Process Engineer Mirza Ahmad

March 28, 2018

Welcome to the third in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

Meet Process Engineer Robert Nunley

January 8, 2018

Welcome to the first in a series of AIChE blog posts profiling process engineers, a diverse group of professionals spanning multiple industries and regions.

Advanced Manufacturing Progress: Leveraging R&D Tax Credits

February
2019
Advanced Manufacturing Progress
Rose-Marie Brandwein
Process intensification (PI) is the development of new technologies that dramatically improve manufacturing processes. It can involve innovating existing processes and/or creating totally new ones, and it increasingly leverages big data, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and other advanced manufacturing concepts. Inherent to PI is the need for innovation and research and development (R&D). However, this can be extremely expensive and time-consuming. In addition, many innovations fail at or before the pilot stage and/or require numerous modifications or revisions that may produce little or no return on investment.

CEP: News Update

March
2019
News Update
Using Bacteria to Kill Bacteria: A Clean Water Solution In villages and cities around the world, families drink from unclean water and bathe in muddied pools. More than 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water sources, and at least 2...

The ChE in Context: Educating the Future Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

July
2018
The ChE in Context
Nada Marie Anid
According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office, manufacturing contributes almost $2.2 trillion per year to the U.S. gross domestic product and employs 9% of the nation’s workforce. For every dollar spent in manufacturing, $1.81 is added to the U.S. economy. Moreover, the manufacturing sector accounts for 30% of U.S. energy use and about 75% of all U.S. patents.

Process Intensification (Complete 27-Page Special Section)

March
2018
Special Section
Process Intensification: Its time is now; Realize the Potential of Process Intensification; Modularization in Chemical Processing; Employ Static Mixers for Process Intensification; Infographic: Process Intensification – A New Paradigm.

Employ Static Mixers for Process Intensification

March
2018
Special Section
Kevin J. Myers, Eric E. Janz, Neil Cathie, Mark A. Jones
Static mixers can efficiently and effectively accomplish an increasing number of process objectives, expanding the opportunities to apply them for process intensification.

March 2018 CEP Preview

March 13, 2018

This issue delves into process intensification, modularization in chemical processing, and takes a look at characterizing adsorbents for gas separations—plus much more.

Realize the Potential of Process Intensification

March
2018
Special Section
James Bielenberg, Michelle Bryner
With a history that dates back to the 1970s, process intensification (PI) is not a new concept. Several developments have moved PI forward, but realizing PI’s full potential will require the concerted efforts of industry, academia, and government.

Modularization in Chemical Processing

March
2018
SBE Special Section
Michael Baldea, Thomas F. Edgar, Bill Stanley, Anton A. Kiss
Most high-margin growth opportunities lie in high-grade specialty chemicals. To realize these opportunities, manufacturers are looking to distributed modular production facilities. Process intensification could help to enable these new technologies.

Process Intensification: Its Time is Now

March
2018
Special Section
Thomas Walsh
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.

A Standardized Approach to Smart Manufacturing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2009
Advanced Process Control (APC) is a key element of the Smart Manufacturing paradigm, that helps drive the operation toward it's optimum point. For...

Nanotechnology Commercialization: Manufacturing Processes and Products

October, 2017
This book presents a detailed look at the state of the art of nanotechnology and explores key issues that must still be addressed in order to successfully commercialize this vital technology. It covers military, space and commercial transport applications, as well as applications for missiles,...

AIChE Journal Highlight: The Benefits of Modular Manufacturing

October
2017
Journal Highlight
Economies of scale and unit operations drive modern chemical engineering. The economy of scale principle suggests that larger chemical plants are more capital-, resource-, and cost-efficient than smaller plants, and unit operations guide the design...

The ChE in Context: Advanced Manufacturing in Chemical Engineering

October
2017
The ChE in Context
Raymond Adomaitis, Ka Ming Ng
In a history spanning some 130 years, chemical engineering has contributed critical technologies and processes to the manufacturing sector, fulfilling the needs of society and commerce. Recent decades have seen these needs change rapidly — marked...

Consider Modular Plant Design

May
2017
Process Development
Sulogna Roy, P.Eng.
Modular plants offer many benefits over a conventional stick-built facility. Read about the pros and cons of the modular approach to help you decide if it makes sense for your project.

PSM Challenges in an Aging Cyanide Plant

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
A 40-year old hydrogen cyanide (HCN) plant is examined as a case study. The plant is approximately 90% PSM-covered, predates PSM by over a decade,...

CEP: Chem Economics - Manufacturing Renaissance Takes Hold in the U.S.

October
2012
Chem Economics
T. Kevin Swift
Many living in the Rust Belt — the northeastern region of the U.S. that experienced significant de-industrialization during the 1970s through the 2000s — got an up-close look at the decline in manufacturing in the U.S. In the wake of the Great...

Determining Manufacturing Costs

January
2009
Back To Basics
John Anderson
Making early estimates of a product's cost components enables developers to manage resources wisely and evaluate the product's economic viability.
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