Future of Manufacturing - Process Intensification and Modularization

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Reiman Gardens

1407 S University Blvd

Ames, IA 50011

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The future of process industries manufacturing lies in transformational change. This event will explain why, and how Iowa businesses can get ready for it.

Where some industries have grown and completely remade themselves over the past few decades, process industries such as chemical manufacturing have evolved more slowly, technologically speaking. Today, those industries are facing increased pressure due to scarce resources, increased regulation, and changing market demand. To stay relevant in a changing global marketplace, process industry manufacturers must transform themselves. How?

This event will expose attendees from the process industries to ideas such as process intensification, off-site construction of plants, and modularization of processes. Experts will discuss ways to rethink process design, shrinking them and making them more efficient. That, combined with the mind shift to modularization, means some types of factories can be built off-site for less money, come online faster, and return capital to investors much more quickly.

Attendees at this six-hour event will listen to case studies from a panel of industry experts and learn details about how the principles expressed above relate to industry segments such as food, biofuels and bio-products, agricultural commodities, chemicals, and more.

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9:00 am: Welcome

9:15 am: Introduction to the RAPID Institute, Process Intensification, and Modularization

  • Ignasi Palou-Rivera, RAPID

10:00 am: Break

10:15 am: Off-site construction and modularization

  • Epic Systems Inc.

11:00 am: Numbering-up of process plants

  • David McFeeters-Krone, Intel Assets

11:45 am: Lunch and networking

12:15 pm: Process Intensification Case Studies, First Half

  • Innovations in pyrolysis to intensify processing throughput and cellulose sugar production-
    - Robert Brown, Iowa State University
  • Distributed ammonia synthesis from air, water, and wind power
    - Joe Beach, Starfire Energy
  • Low Heat Drying with RF Energy Displaces Thermal Energy. Lower Cost, No Emissions, Higher Qualitty
    - Kevin Eichhorn, Drymax

1:30 pm: Break

1:45 pm: Process Intensification Case Studies, Second Half

  • Multiphase Microchannel Separator
    - David-McFeeters-Krone, Intel Assets
  • How can ultrasound make food sound
    - Hao Feng, University of Illinois
  • Ceramic filtration at the molecular level
    - Tracy Bantegui, Cerahelix

3:00 pm: Wrap-up

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