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Process Engineering & Operation Problem Solving, Troubleshooting at A-ONE The Royal Cruise Hotel – 2nd to 4th April 2018
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PE13: Process Engineering-Operation Problem Solving and Troubleshooting

This is a well-known course that Mr. Joseph Bonem, the author of a famous book “Process Engineering Problem Solving (Wiley)” and “Problem Solving for Process Operators and Specialists (Wiley)”, has licensed to Mr. Wiroon for teaching this course in Thailand and Asia on his behalf.

Each participant will be given a free copy of the book “Process Engineering Problem Solving (Wiley)” as a gift and as required by training license agreement (115 USD price) at NO ADDITONAL COST.

Target Group: All disciplines of engineers and any technical people involved in process engineering and design as well as plant operation and troubleshooting needing technical knowledge to tackle various plant problems. The course is designed for process engineers with 0 to 10 years experience in an industrial environment. However, the course will also benefit more experienced engineers that have recently moved into an industrial environment, industrial managers who are looking for techniques to improve organization problem solving skills, non-process engineers with some experience in the process industry and process operators with some unit operations understanding.

Date: April 2-4 (Mon-Wed), 2018
Time: 9:00-17:00
Price & Promotions: 29,500 baht (see early-bird rate and promotions in
Venue: Check venue in

#Registration: Khun Pusanisa (Wi), +66-(0)-89-669-8338, email:

Original receipts will be provided on the day of training course.



Modern industrial processes are large, complex and have a high degree of interaction between both dependent and independent variables. This makes problem solving difficult and leads to the “disappearing problem” syndrome. Problems often disappear without being solved only to reappear again. This course deals with a unique approach of combining cause and effect problem solving thinking with formulation of theoretically correct working hypotheses to provide rapid and effective problem solving techniques for the process industry.

Problem Solving in the process industry is often characterized by either inference based on cause and effect relationships or highly involved theoretical approaches. Neither of these approaches is satisfactory in a modern manufacturing environment. The cause/effect inference approach while being expedient often results in solutions that do not eliminate the problem, but in fact make the problem worse. The more sophisticated highly theoretical approach is rarely expedient enough to satisfy time constraints in a production facility. Thus one of the most frequent industry requests to the academic world is “give us people that can solve problems”.

This course presents an approach that emphasizes the classical problem solving approach (defining the sequence of events) with the addition of the steps of formulating a theoretically correct working hypothesis, providing a means to test the hypothesis, and providing a foolproof means to eliminate the problem. The initial part of the course focuses on defining the problem that must be solved and obtaining the location, time and quantity based specifications of the problem. The initial part of the course is suitable for all engineering disciplines as well as non-engineers.

The second part of the course deals with the utilization of chemical engineering fundamentals to develop a technically correct working hypothesis that is the key to successful problem solving. The primary emphasis is on pragmatic calculation techniques that are theoretically correct. These techniques have been developed by the author in 40+ years of industrial experience. Using these techniques, theoretically correct working hypotheses can be developed in an expedient fashion.

The course includes both sample problems as well as problem working sessions to allow the student to develop confidence with the approach.


Attendees at the course can expect to get an introduction to problem solving techniques that have been proven to be successful in solving problems that were too complicated to be solved by classical techniques. In addition, they will learn the basics of formulating theoretically correct and practical working hypotheses. At the end of the course the attendee will be able to do the following:
• Develop a technique to find, define and solve process problems.
• Formulate theoretically correct working hypotheses for typical process equipment such as pumps, compressors, heat exchangers/furnaces, fractionating towers, and reactors.
• Formulate approaches to resolve conflicting data.
• Utilize fractionation and other short cut procedures.


Day 1

1. Introduction
• Definition of Engineering Problem Solving
• Why Engineering Problem Solving is required
• Modern processes are large and complex
• Modern processes have a high degree of variable interaction
• The problem is almost always more complicated than it seems
• Conflicting data is always present
• Process dynamics (unsteady state) are often involved
• Why current approaches often fail
• There is an inadequate application of engineering principles
• There is a lack of a methodical approach
• There is a failure to see the whole picture
• There is an overdependence on process history
2. Process for successful Engineering Problem Solving
• Successful Problem Solving will always involve the following:
• A routine monitoring system
• A disciplined learned problem solving approach
• The ability to distinguish between problems requiring engineering problem solving and those only requiring an expedient answer (optimum technical depth)
• Routine monitoring system
• Electronic data sources
• Human data sources
• Trigger point concepts
• Disciplined learned problem solving approach
• Problem Verification
• Problem Statement
• Development of a theoretically sound working hypothesis
• Development of a mechanism to test the hypothesis
• Development of a remedial action
• Optimum Technical Depth
• Determination of the optimum technical depth
• Use of low risk directionally correct hypotheses to expedite problem solution
3. Development of Theoretically Correct Working Hypothesis
• Utilization of key questions to develop hypotheses

Day 2

4. Application to Pumps and Compressors
• Key definitions
• Applications of basic process engineering to pumps and compressors
• Recommended calculation techniques and shortcuts
• Problem working

5. Application to Fractionation Columns
• Key definitions
• Techniques for visualizing tower internal vapor-liquid action
• Calculation concepts, techniques and shortcuts
• How theoretically correct hypotheses are developed.
• Problem working
6. Application to Kinetically limited processes (heat or mass transfer, drying, reaction)
• Key definitions
• Introduction to “lumped parameter constant” and driving force concepts
• How theoretically correct “Driving Forces” are developed
• Calculation concepts, techniques and shortcuts
• Problem working

Day 3
7. Verification of Data
• Using technical resources
• Using human resources

8. Successful plant tests
• What is a successful plant test and what is required to ensure that success is achieved.

9. Manual calculation techniques
• Value/Need for calculation techniques
• expediency
• confirmation of computer calculations
• where computer calculations are not appropriate or valid
• Techniques of value
• binary systems
• single phase water-hydrocarbon systems
• two phase water-hydrocarbon systems
• condensation from vapor phase to two liquid phases
• Confirmation of computer simulations using short cut techniques

#Registration: Khun Pusanisa (Wi), +66-(0)-89-669-8338, email:

Your Instructor:

Mr. Wiroon Tanthapanichakoon, Senior licensed chemical engineer in Thailand, license no. 155

• Technology Director and Technical Advisory Board Member of Global R&D Co. Ltd.
• Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan
• >10-year experience in a refinery of a global oil company and an ethylene plant of a leading Thai petrochemical company with direct experience in process and equipment design
• 1-year work experience in USA in a technology team of a well-known US technology licensor, GTC Technology US LLC
• A member of Elsevier Editorial Board in Process and Plant Design (2014-2015) and an advisory board member of International Association of Certified Practicing Engineers (IACPE) (2015-2016)
• A Senior Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
• Invited lecturers and instructors for various technical seminars for > 1500+ engineers from 80+ organizations in Thailand including companies and universities
• One of the first Thai chemical engineers to have published articles in 3 renowned chemical engineering monthly magazines in the US – i.e. Chemical Engineering Progress (by AIChE), Chemical Engineering Magazine, Hydrocarbon Processing
• Holds several papers on Sciencedirect and technology patents
• Presented papers at AIChE 2006 Fall Meeting and was the first engineer of his Thai leading company to present technical knowledge at AIChE 2015 Spring Meeting: Ethylene Producers’ Conference



Mr. Bonem’s highly productive four-decade career has included over three decades in Polymers manufacturing and process development with Exxon Chemical as well as 10+ years in consulting. Mr. Bonem’s areas of expertise include all phases of chemical engineering including Technology Transfer and Assimilation, Process Development and Scaleup, Project Basis Development and Process Design, Plant Performance Improvements and Safety Assessment of New and Existing Technology. Mr. Bonem is experienced in the development and mentoring of young engineers, and has extensive experience in working in foreign countries and cultures.
Typical assignments have been as follows:
• Scaleup and Process Design of a proprietary catalyst system based on pilot plant data from Tonen Chemical in Japan.
• Development of new technology utilizing commercial plant tests that allowed expanding the capacity of a polymer plant by 50% for 2% of the original investment.
• Development of modeling techniques to allow scaleup of drying equipment from bench scale to commercial size operation.
• Mathematical modeling of polymerization processes to determine the response to new catalyst systems.
• Engineering/Operability reviews of the design of new polymer plants (pilot and commercial).
• Determining the cause of severe fouling in a polymerization process. The problem solution involved the utilization of simplified dynamic simulation techniques to trace the problem to a feed impurity present at a level less than 100 parts per billion.
• Development of techniques for handling an adiabatic exothermic rapid reaction occurring in a batch catalyst preparation process.
• Determination that a gas phase reactor fouling problem was not due to particle melting but was due to the extrusion of a rubber phase from the center of the particle.

Mr. Bonem has published 3 magazine articles on improving plant operations as well as a book entitled Process Engineering Problem Solving that will be used for the course. He has taught this course in the United States as well as in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. He holds 3 U.S. patents. He has a BS Ch E degree with honors from the University of Colorado.

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