What are the best resources available for instruction on how to set up and manage a chemical process engineering department? Are there established best practices for 1) data quality (we have degrees of data quality depending on the design class as outlined by Ulrich); 2) calculation integrity (e.g., ensuring all pertinent values are changed for successive runs, which usually involves transfer of values among numerous programs. CAPE-open is helping in this area but still a hodge-podge as far as I can see. We use Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Flarenet, and various in-house spreadsheets); 3) audit trail (e.g., documentation of revisions); 4) efficient workflow; 5) accurate time estimates for proposals; and 6) whatever else applies. There may well be no established best practices codified, but if so, perhaps there is an opportunity to establish such since for the most part these are clerical functions that require engineering supervision. Streamlining this supervision aspect would definitely help free up engineering time for applied science. Since the workload on our process department is increasing in volume and diversity, I am increasingly involved in the management aspect of it. Any assistance regarding this would be greatly appreciated since we would like to be in line with all existing protocols. For assumptions and calculations we use recommended practices from API for example. Are there organizations that have best practices for the management of Chemical Process Engineering Departments?
Topic: What are the best resources for setting up and managing a chemical process engineering department?15 September 2009
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John Corn Forum Moderator 6 Posts
Re: What are the best resources for setting up and managing a chemical process engineering department?15 September 2009 at 1:29pmProcess Engineering (also Process Development) is the backbone of almost all manufacturing industries. As it serves such a variety of needs, there is no "standard" for a Department. Chemicals, pharmaceuticals, personal care, (and on and on) all handle process engineering differently. Highly regulated industries, like pharmaceuticals, would be the most likely to have a defined structure, but that would also vary from company to company. I have two suggestions:
1. Obtain a "big picture" of how Process Engineering fits into the overall Process Development scheme (click here to read Beyond Process Design: The Emergence of a Process Development Focus ), and;
2. Network with the AIChE Process Development Division to gain individual "nuggets" of best practices which would best fit into the company's culture.