Estimating Rubber Covered Conveyor Belting Cure Times Using Multiple Simultaneous Optimizations Ensemble
Multiple response surface methodology (MRSM) has been the favorite method for optimizing multiple response processes though it has two weaknesses which challenge the credibility of its solutions. The first weakness is the use of experimentally generated small sample size datasets, and the second is the selection, using classical model selection criteria, of single best models for each response for use in simultaneous optimization to obtain the optimum or desired solution. Classical model selection criteria do not always agree on the best model resulting in model uncertainty. The selection of single best models for each response for simultaneous optimization loses information in rejected models. This work proposes the use of multiple simultaneous optimizations to estimate multiple solutions that are ensembled in solving a conveyor belting cure time problem. The solution is compared with one obtained by simultaneous optimization of single best models for each response. The two results were different. However, results show that it is possible to obtain a more credible solution through ensembling of solutions from multiple simultaneous optimizations.
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