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What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

  • 1.  What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-05-2018 14:00
    What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

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    Kiekie Sankey CEng
    Project Engineer
    Wacker Chemical Corp
    Calvert City KY
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  • 2.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-06-2018 08:05
    My favorite tools are the spreadsheets that I have developed over the years!

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    Corey Hartwig, PE
    Project Engineering Manager
    PCL
    Bakersfield, CA
    chartwig@pcl.com
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  • 3.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    Posted 12-07-2018 00:08
    My favorite tools as a process engineer are:
    - excel spreadsheets for daily monitoring
    -VBA macros for physical properties calculations
    - design expert software

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    Monique Morgan
    Process Engineer
    Jamalco
    Clarendon
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  • 4.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    LIFE MEMBER
    Posted 12-06-2018 17:30
    Probably showing my age, but I relied on spreadsheets for much of what I did.

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    Gregg Willis PE
    Stockton CA
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  • 5.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    Posted 12-07-2018 10:43

    I found trending control charting key process and quality parameters to be very helpful.

     

    Sankar V. Raghavan, Ph.D.

    Eastman Professor of Practice

    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

    Dougherty Building Room # 437

    University of Tennessee

    Knoxville, TN 37996

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  • 6.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-07-2018 19:09
    PRO/II.

    I've spent thousands of hours simulating processes using PRO/II.  It's satisfying to see the simulation confirm my mental estimate.  I learn something very valuable when it doesn't.





  • 7.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-11-2018 12:02
    I am also a big spreadsheet user. It really ​helps organize my thoughts and I like the integration with PI.

    A tool I haven't tried yet but I've heard great things about is tableau, Anyone here used it.


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    Kiekie Sankey CEng
    Project Engineer
    Wacker Chemical Corp
    Calvert City KY
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  • 8.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-12-2018 18:48
    No surprise here… one more prolific Spreadsheet user here. I also utilize the tools that come with PI ProcessBook or Uniformance PHD Trend. A simple XY plot in PI ProcessBook has helped troubleshoot many Ops issues. Simply setup a XY plot and automatically run it through the year, just like watching an animation, very interesting to watch how the relationship changes over time and whoa, the moment that relationship breaks and tells when the issue started… I also use ProcessBook to build a schematic and walk back in time and run minute by minute to troubleshoot, gives a chance to look at the whole process snapshot by snapshot… utilized Matlab a bit, like the 3D scatter plots… I also extensively use the Excel 'data analysis', specifically the correlation and regression options to verify known relationships and build new ones, opening up multivariate analysis right in Excel...

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    Rajan Rathinasabapathy
    Process Optimization Engineer
    Phillips66
    Carson CA
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  • 9.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-18-2018 07:52
    Excels by default required. It’s like a calculator now. But my favourite non-Excel tool would be Aspen Plus or UniSim.

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    Varun Harikumar
    Sales Technology Specialist
    Honeywell UOP, 50 E Algonquin Rd
    Noida
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  • 10.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-19-2018 01:36
    Favorite tool to be used is Aspen Hysis for mass and energy balance

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    Neville Mistry
    Process Engineer
    Trinity Consultants
    San Jose CA
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  • 11.  RE: What is your favorite tool to use as a Process Engineer?

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 12-19-2018 10:12
    I used two tools.  The first was "factorial regression" which I developed based on a comment in the book Statistics for Experimenters by G.E.P. Box, W.G. Hunter and J.S. Hunter.  It is available in several statistical analysis packages including JMP by SAS, and Statistica by SoftStat.  Even more useful was plotting statistical control charts.  The former was used to correlate anomalies seen in the latter.

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    T. David Griffith, Ph.D.
    Blessing (Bay City), TX
    (361) 588-6907
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