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Master of Business Admin


Business Administration


It is the intent of this paper to compare the predictions of an in-house developed computer model, of the radiant heat curing process for plastic insulated electrical cable, with data gathered both from trials in a pilot facility and from actual production in a full scale manufacturing plant. First, background explanations of the product and the manufacturing process are given. Then the thermodynamic and chemical basis of the computer model are discussed in some detail. The model predictions of product temperatures during processing are then compared to the results obtained during trials at the pilot facility. Next, degree of cure data from actual plant production runs is compared to the values generated by the computer model. Finally, conclusions are drawn concerning the overall accuracy of the model predictions and suggestions are made for areas that should be examined if improvement in predictions is desired.