Process Engineering

Definition - What does Process Engineering mean?

Process Engineering is a study of engineering that focuses on the design and optimization of biological and chemical processes. It translates the needs of customers to value added components that are further transported to the next step of the supply chain. To meet the needs efficiently, the engineering begins with a block diagram and then proceeds to a process flow diagram. The block diagram shows raw materials used and transformations required whereas the process flow diagram shows material flow paths, flow rates, and a list of pipes and conveyors used in the process.

Petropedia explains Process Engineering

Process Engineering is conducted repeatedly on a substantial scale to determine the effects of chemical transformations of a substance. It is generally done on bulk product processes such as petroleum refining, water purification, and manufacturing of penicillin by synthesis. It is also helpful in the determination of processes to be used, setting the appropriate sequence of operations and providing the list of tools to make the end products. With a plentiful of uses, it is used in a wide range of industries, which include the petrochemical, agriculture, mineral processing, and the biotechnological industry.

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