The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its publishing partner John Wiley and Sons, Inc., have released the inaugural issue of the Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing -- a peer-reviewed journal that captures leading-edge manufacturing techniques and technologies that reduce costs, save energy, and create solutions that address societal needs.
The journal's main focus areas -- chemical manufacturing and processing, smart manufacturing, and biological and biochemical manufacturing -- incorporate topics as diverse as process intensification, modularization, sustainable manufacturing, sensors and automation, additive manufacturing (3D printing), nanofabrication, cell and tissue manufacturing, and biopharmaceutical processing.
The first issue contains articles that illuminate several of those themes.
For example, Weber's article focuses on how process economics can be improved by increasing the scale of the manufacturing systems that makes process modules, rather than increasing the scale of the process itself.
Articles by Bhavik Bakshi (The Ohio State University) and Michael Overcash (Environmental Genome Initiative) highlight the importance of sustainability and sustainability metrics to advanced manufacturing, including how an understanding of life cycle assessment metrics can help drive industry toward more sustainable practices.
Another paper, contributed by Wei Ge (Chinese Academy of Sciences), focuses on how advanced computing and "virtual process engineering" can support traditional large-scale processing.