Process Flow Diagram Software
SmartDraw is the best way to create process flow diagrams and other flowcharts. Simply input your process flow information, and our process flow diagram software does the rest, aligning everything automatically and applying professional design themes for professional-quality results every time.
Some people consider process flow diagrams just another term for flowcharts, and if that's what you're looking for, SmartDraw is the perfect flowchart software. The process flow diagram this page focuses on is a specific type of flowchart used mostly in chemical and process engineering.
If you want to learn more about various flowchart types, click here.
What is a Process Flow Diagram (PFD)
A process flow diagram (PFD), sometimes known as a flowsheet, is a type of flowchart used by chemical and process engineers to illustrate high-level processes. You should create your process flow diagram so that it focuses on major plant processes and not show minor details.
A process flow diagram will consist of:
- Process piping
- Connections with other systems
- Major equipment
- Control valves and other major valves
- Major bypass and recirculation streams
- Operational data
- Process stream names
Process Flow Diagram Example
If you want to visualize multiple processes, you'll want to create a block flow diagram or schematic flow diagram.