Sunday, June 07, 2009

Book Review: Process Engineering Problem Solving by Joe M. Bonem

Process Engineering Problem Solving: Avoiding "The Problem Went Away but it Came Back" Syndrome" is an excellent book for young engineers working in the process industries. Joe M. Bonem, presents a five step problem solving and root cause analysis method that works on every problem you might encounter in the industry. He classifies problems by type - prime movers, plate processes, kinetically limited and unstable processes. Using the same fact finding and questioning techniques he teaches the reader how to get to the root cause and provide solutions to prevent problems from coming back. It is a book that I wish I would have had 20 years ago as a young process engineer.

What is particularly good about this book is the questions that are provided to attack each problem. By using a simple checklist of 8-10 questions Joe provides the reader with a solid methodically way to investigate the background on each problem. These same questions can be applied to every problem in the process industry.

Although the overall 5 step root cause process is focused on the process industry the method can be applied to any business problem. Additionally, Joe's process is unique and original. I recommend this book for anyone working in manufacturing, chemical engineering or the process industries.
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