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Process Industries Division

What are the Process Industries?

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.

What is the Process Industries Division?

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.

2014 Student Paper Competition Winner!

Ian GieseIan Giese, a third year undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, is the winner of the PID 2014 Student Paper Competition with his project, "Recyclable Material Planning Tool at Michelin Tires." While studying industrial engineering and management, he is also pursuing a minor in food science. His first internship experience was with Michelin during the summer of 2013. At school he is the vice president and president-elect of the Institute of Industrial Engineers Student Chapter, as well as the treasurer of the Residence Halls Association. Special thanks to The Hershey Company for sponsorship of this competition.

New leaders of the Division!

Martin Stein is the new president-elect of the division, and Ran Jin will serve as secretary. 

Monthly PID Advisory Board telephone meetings

The PID board holds a one-hour call each month, both to discuss administrative details (approximately 20 minutes) and to conduct a roundtable discussion on a topic of current interest to IEs (20-30 minutes). All PID members are welcome to participate.

If you'd like to be added to the distribution list for these calls, please contact Luis Armendariz. Or just dial in using this information:

Day: Second Monday of each month
Time: Noon Eastern time
Toll free call-in number: (866) 951-1151
(Toll free numbers are also available for outside the U.S. - contact me to get a number for your location.)
Conference room number: 7215762

PID Personnel News

If you have an award, publication, promotion, etc., share the news with your colleagues in PID. Email to luisarmen100@gmail.com.

Recorded webinars

Product Wheels and Inventory Planning
Which Continuous Improvement Methodology Should I Choose? The iTLS Story
Lean Techniques Applied to Packaging of Process Goods
Value Stream Costing in the Process Industries ("Accounting to See")
Industrial Enginering Applications of Rapid Prototyping
Recognizing and Managing Bottlenecks in Process Plant
Developing Product Wheels for Process Industry Operations
5S in the Process Industries
OEE: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Lean and OEE)
Kaizen Events as Lean Six Sigma Projects
Safety in the Process Industries
Work Measurement and Lean Applications in the Process Industries
Value Stream Mapping in the Process Industries
Simulation in the Process Industries
Determining Economic Production Quantities (EPQ) in a Continuous Process: A Case Study
SMED in the Process IndustriesWebinar PDF 

Process Industries Division Bylaws


Process Industries Division Board