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The process industries are those industries where the primary production processes are either continuous, or occur on a batch of materials that is indistinguishable. For example, a food processing company making sauce may make the sauce in a continuous, uninterrupted flow from receipt of ingredients through packaging. Or batches may be produced depending on the cook kettle sizes but immediately combined and re-routed. In either case, there is no concept of a unit of sauce while it is being processed. Examples of the process industries include food, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, ceramics, base metals, coal, plastics, rubber, textiles, tobacco, wood and wood products, paper and paper products, etc.
For more on the role of industrial engineering in process industries, read "Making Cereal Not Cars," a primer on process industries. This article was published in the December 2008 issue of Industrial Engineer magazine and is available only to IIE members. If you are not a member, join IIE for access to this article as well as additional member-only benefits.
Applying industrial engineering tools in the process industries can vary greatly from applying these same tools in discrete parts manufacturing. The Process Industries Division is a forum for the exchange of ideas in theory and practice of industrial engineering techniques applied to process industries; facilitating greater interactions among industry and academic professionals by organizing.
Sponsored by Hershey'sThe Institute of Industrial Engineers, through the Process Industries Division, is pleased to announce its third 2014 International Student Paper Competition. The winner will present the solution at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo to be held May 31 - June 3 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
PID will coordinate the third international student paper competition, giving students from different countries the opportunity to submit papers related to the use of:
The first place winner will receive complimentary conference registration, one complimentary Honors & Awards Banquet ticket, plaque and a cash award of approximately $650. We hope to reach out to students who excel academically in this field.Click here for more information, deadlines and paper submission.
Martin Stein is the new president-elect of the division, and Ran Jin will serve as secretary.
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Industrial engineers have always had to adapt to diverse work environments ranging from automotive assembly plants to steel-making foundry operations. One work environment that has been historically challenging to IEs has been within what are known as the process industries. Unlike traditional parts manufacturing and assembly operations, the process industry has inherent challenges that must be overcome for IE tools to be effective. Member only content - please log in to view. Get information on joining IIE.
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