GrafCompounder Tutorial and Literature

Program Description

GrafCompounder is a software, which enables you to create recipes for Rubber, TPE, TP and other compounds from an unorganized recipe & property database.

A multiple linear iteration method [MLI] is used by the GrafCompounder to calculate a compound recipe.

The GrafCompounder enables you to analyze your database and identify faulty compound data, because it allows you to identify each compound recipe and its ratio your calculated compound is composed off. This program feature is extremly helpful, if your confirmation experiment will result a difference with the compound properties calculated larger than the 95% confindence interval.

With a database, which has a sufficient high amount of compounds, you are able to use the GrafCompounder like a compound simulation tool.

GrafCompounder tutorials:

Videos

Introduction to GrafCompounder Tutorial Video 01, which explains the usage of the GrafCompounder Software from start to first simulation of a Compound.

The recording of the presentation at the GRTE-2018 (see below) you can open with this link: GrafCompounder: Software Application in Rubber Compounding

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GrafCompounder 3.211 Tutorial:

The Version 3.211 has a couple of new features in addition to the program features of version 2.004, which are explained in detail in this tutorial.

  • Calculation of the Grand Total sum of phr.
  • Density calculation.
  • Cost calculation: cost per volume and cost per mass.
  • Merger Function to bring different worksheets in one data table.
  • Fruequency distribution of either ingredients or physicals in the data base as bar charts.
With the new functions in the GrafCompounder 3.211 more information needed, like the cost and density of the ingredients and a code for each ingredients and property.
The program opens and stores data in its own file format: "____.gc" with "open file" in pull down menue. The export in a table calculation program is possible with copy & paste as usual.

GrafCompounder 2.004 Tutorial:

The Version 2.004 has features, which are explained in detail in its tutorial. The program allows to store the data in its own file format: ____.gc, but the export in a table calculation program is possible as well via copy & paste.
Two new columns are added in the working screen of the program:

  • The first column shows the minimum values of each row, whether it is an ingredient or property,
  • the second column shows the maximum value in each row.
This information prevents the use of calculation criteria, which are not supported by the database.
The figure below shows a screen shot of the Grafcompounder 2.004 with a recipe dataset in the left screen, the "criteria" window with the maximum and minimum columns and in the "output" window and a sample recipe calculation according to the performance criteria shown.

Minimum hardware and software requirements

The GrafCompounder software runs on Windows® XP or Windows® Vista with at least 512 MB RAM.

With Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 at least 1 GB RAM is needed.

Tutorials

The Tutorial for the latest version Tutorial GrafCompounder 3.211.pdf [ENG]: This document is available for download on this website. Published June 2018.

The Tutorial for the version GrafCompounder 2.004 [ENG]: This document is available for download on this website. Published September 2014.

Literature / Presentations

H-J Graf, GrafCompounder: Software Application in Rubber Compounding, Presented at 4th GRTE 2018, March 13-15, 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.

H-J Graf, Evaluation of Computer Aided Rubber Compound Development, Presented at IRC 2016, October 24-28, 2016, Kitakyushu, Japan

For the first time a whole design of experiment [DoE] is simulated with the GrafCompounder Software. The results are published at the Tire Tech 2015, 10.-12. February 2015 in Cologne under the title: CARD - Computer Aided Recipe Development in the session: "Smart Tire Factory."
A second publication is printed in RFP 04/2016 under the title:
Simulation of a statistical experimental design with a new solftware tool.
The authors are H-J Graf, H-JG Consulting, Germany; C Sirisinha, P. Pangamol, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand..

An overview about the Advantages and further develpopment of the GrafCompounder software [ENG] is given in this short presentation from the authors.

H.-J. Graf, With more Systematic and Computer Aided Compound Development towards a Competitive Advantage [ENG], Rubber Chem Review, India, to be published 2014

H.-J. Graf, Predicitve Data Analysis and Organization of Data in Rubber Compounding [ENG], Paper presented at DKG Sued/Sued West, April 3.-4. 2014, Wuezburg, Germany

H.-J. Graf, A New Tool for a Systematic Development and Improvement of Compounds [ENG], Paper presented at Rubber Division of ACS, 183 Spring Meeting, Akron, OH, April 24. 2013, USA

H.-J. Graf, Simulation Tool in Tire Compound Development using Compound Database [ENG], Paper presented at Tire Industry Tech 2012, 7-8 March, Bangkok, Thailand

H.-J. Graf, Advantage of Compound Development with the PC-program "GrafCompounder" [ENG], Paper presented at Rubber Compounding Asia 2012, 5-6 March, Bangkok, Thailand

H.-J. Graf, Poster: Validation of "GrafCompounder" with Design of Experiment [DoE] Data and Analysis [ENG], Poster presented at Rubber Technology Expo March 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

H.-J. Graf, Methodical Recipe Development: Increases Technological and Economical Advantages [ENG], Paper presented at IRC 2009, June 29 - July 2, Nueremberg, Germany

H.-J. Graf, Methodical Recipe Development: Increases Technological and Economical Advantages [GER], Conference Proceeding at IRC 2009, June 29 - July 2, Nueremberg, Germany

updated 30 August 2018