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RAISING
INTENSITY

the new rapid manufacturing institute seeks to help members advance
process intensification techniques to develop leaner, cleaner and
more economical manufacturing processes.
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The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is creating a new organization that will focus on the application of process intensification to lower costs, improve energy and resource efficiency and
increase overall productivity in manufacturing processes.
The newly formed Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute is designed
to align with the objectives of the United States National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), an organization
that links manufacturing innovation institutes with common
goals and specialized concentrations. Each institute within the
NNMI is a public-private membership organization that supplies leadership and resources to its members.
The RAPID Manufacturing Institute will seek support from
the U.S. NNMI's Modular Chemical Process Intensification
Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing, a funding opportunity aimed at reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions in
manufacturing. The public-private partnership is sponsored by
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
According to the DOE, "process intensification targets dramatic improvements in manufacturing and processing by rethinking existing operations schemes into ones that are both
more precise and efficient than existing operations." Process
intensification involves consolidating operations that are typically done by individual pieces of equipment, such as reaction
and separation, into one apparatus to create more efficient,
cleaner and more economical manufacturing.
AIChE is assembling a consortium of people from the chemical process, pulp and paper, and metal industries and bringing
them together with a global network of academic and govern-

ment research organizations to form the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. AIChE will pool those people from its membership of 50,000 chemical engineers in 100 countries. Those
members will share their expertise in process intensification to
push understanding of the field forward. AIChE will also leverages its decades of experience managing subsidiary technical
centers such as the Center of Chemical Process Safety, the Design Institute for Physical Properties and the CHO Genomic
Systems Consortium, the organization says.
AIChE Executive Director June Wispelwey believes the
RAPID Manufacturing Institute will benefit from AIChE's
diverse industrial and individual membership, according
to the organization. "Process intensification is the heart of
chemical engineering," Wispelwey says. "Bringing the theories and practices of process intensifications to manufacturing, the RAPID Institute will help AIChE and its members make a positive impact on industry and the economy by
reducing energy consumption, improving efficiencies and
transforming U.S. manufacturing."
The RAPID Manufacturing Institute is being positioned
as one of several manufacturing innovation organizations
that make up the NNMI. Within the NNMI network, partners collaborate and co-invest in projects that nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization,
according to AIChE. mt
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