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     December 2010                                                                                  Process Industries Division Website

PID Personnel News

If you have an award, publication, promotion, etc., share the news with your colleagues in PID. E-mail to Bennett Foster and it will be shared in the next newsletter.

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President's message 
Bennett Foster
Bennett Foster

 

Many of us in the U.S. just finished celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving. Other countries and cultures have a similar holiday on other dates, but the theme is the same, to encourage people to think about what good things they have - instead of merely the things they want. In that spirit, I'd like to consider some things that we as IIE's can be thankful for: 
              More from the President


 

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Current events
  • PID has completed 10 very successful PID webinars since the program was begun in May 2009, with 6 webinars done during 2010. Half of the 2010 webinars had attendance of 100-150! Past webinar broadcasts and chart sets can be found at http://www.iienet2.org/Landing?id=887
     
  • PID Membership has increased for both students (1,035 to 1,085) and professionals (691 to 747) since March 2010. 
     
  • Plans are almost complete for the 2011 PID webinar series. The 2011 webinars include presentations on energy conservation and project management as well as traditional manufacturing topics. See the article below.
     
  • Martin Stein and Shiona Kamermans have put together a "Glossary of Manufacturing Management" that should be very helpful to Process Industry professionals. The glossary provides definitions for a wide variety of terms commonly used by IEs.If you would like a copy, contact Martin Stein (martin.stein@comcast.net). Martin would particularly welcome feedback on definitions and additional terms that could be included.

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PID webinars 
 

We're looking forward to another strong set of webinars during the year 2011. Topics and speakers on tap for the coming year include:

Saeed Madgidi, CNCT - Value Energy Stream Mapping (VeSM) and how manufacturing companies in the U.S. can reduce Energy Consumption using this approach

Joseph Paris, Xonitek - Lean/Green - Energy conservation; Measuring benefits of  lean on environment, etc.

Martin Stein, CCI - Continuous improvement systems; Project management system for continuous improvement

Harry Shah, Hershey - Sprint teams

Bennett Foster, DuPont - Developing optimum product wheels

Professor Raymond Rakhshani, USC - Strategic alignment roadmap to a lean enterprise by world-class companies

Peter King, Lean Dynamics - Managing bottlenecks

Peter King has volunteered to coordinate webinars during 2011. If you have suggestions or can volunteer to lead a webinar, contact Peter (PeterKing@LeanDynamics.us).

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Process Industry track at the annual conference
 

Joseph Paris, XONITEK will chair the Process Industries track at the IIE annual conference in 2011.A number of abstracts have been submitted (and the official application deadline has actually passed). However, if you are interested in presenting - there may still be an opportunity to submit an abstract.Contact Joseph Paris (parisfj@xonitek.com) for more information.

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2010 PID Student Paper Competition - happening now!


How many of the "best and brightest" student IEs are planning a career in the Process Industries? (How many student IEs even know that the Process Industries employ IEs?)PID is working to make sure that new IEs consider the Process Industries as they make career plans. Luis Armendariz chairs the 2010 PID Student Paper Competition committee. The competition consists of a real life problem - batch manufacturing staffing - that students are asked to solve and report on. Bharat Kona put together a data set for the problem and the committee - including Luis, Bharat, Vincent Howell, Peter King and Bennett Foster formulated the problem statement and criteria for judging submissions.Hershey and DuPont have each donated $1,000 for prizes.Awards will be made during the IIE Annual Conference 2011 awards dinner.

 


A "call for papers" has gone out to a number of university IE Departments. Information can be found at this link: http://www.iienet.org/Details.aspx?id=22236. For additional information please contact Luis Armendariz. The registration deadline is Dec. 10.

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Monthly PID Advisory Board telephone meetings
 
The PID board holds a one-hour call each month, both to discuss administrative details (approximately 20 minutes) and to conduct a roundtable discussion on a topic of current interest to IEs (20 to 30 minutes). All PID members are welcome to participate.

If you'd like to be added to the distribution list for these calls, please contact Bennett Foster. Or just dial in using this information:

Day: Second Monday of each month (e.g., Dec. 13 - mark your calendars!)
Time: Noon Eastern time
Toll free call-in number: (866) 951-1151
(Toll free numbers are also available for outside the U.S. - contact me to get a number for your location)
Conference room number: 7215762

In This Issue
President's message
Current events
PID webinars
Process Industry Track at the annual conference
2010 PID Student Paper Competition
Monthly PID Advisory Board telephone meetings
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