TranTech ChemPlan &em; The Decision Support System For The Chemical Process Industries

TranTech Consultants, Inc
Phone: 267.519.2624
 

Email: chemplan@comcast.net

 

What is ChemPlan?
General Info Major Areas of Focus Sources of Data
Strategic Planning Competitive Advantages Unique Features
Updates & Support Who are the Users ChemPlan Functionality
Scope of the Data Software ChemPlan Analyses
What Does The Online Product Deliver?

     ChemPlan is a knowledge-based Decision Support System, providing a unique approach to strategic decision making for the chemical process industries. This innovative PC-based system combines two distinct technologies that result in an indispensable tool for decision makers in the CPI.

     First, it is an exclusive, fully integrated, worldwide database containing mostly site/technology-specific process information, as well as market and cost data. Second, it is a powerful yet easy to use Microsoft Windows based system with built-in expert models using over 800 interactive decision making factors. The software, with its powerful core technology, provides access to some analyses that were previously unavailable or prohibitively time-consuming.

     You can easily search, analyze, customize and report data in ways that directly address your needs. With ChemPlan you get fast, accurate and consistent results for all your planning questions. It allows you to choose the one alternative that would yield the best results.

     The system provides the ultimate answer for your competitive cost/market analyses, product/process planning and development activities. ChemPlan is unique in its power and features. No comparable product exists in the market.

Major areas of focus are:
  • Water-Soluble Polymers
  • Polyurethane Chemicals
  • Superabsorbent Polymers
  • Organic Intermediate Chemicals
  • Commodity and Specialty Polymers
Click on our "Product Listing" to peruse our list of covered chemicals.

TranTech also offers customized versions of ChemPlan with data extracted from one or more databases for specific need of clients.

Sources of Data:

Experienced professionals extensively review, verify and analyze data in ChemPlan. The sources of data include but are not limited to:
  • Environmental protection offices
  • World-wide export/import information
  • Patents
  • Company literature
  • Scientific and technical literature
  • Trade journals
  • Government publications
  • Communications with the industry
  • Financial statements and 10K reports
The ultimate answer for your planning and analyses questions.

In ChemPlan, every factor needed to evaluate a given strategy is at your fingertips. You can link essentially every element in the database with every other one. This powerful feature allows you to integrate diverse factors such as production cost, market growth and plant capacity into an analysis. With over 800 interactive and diverse data items, you can:

  • Assess the world-wide competitive cost and market positions of products used in a selected application area.
  • Identify promising development opportunities based on technology and market vulnerability/feasibility analyses.
  • Evaluate the profitability of vertical integration for a selected product.
  • Develop effective product pricing and intelligent marketing strategies.
  • Evaluate plant expansion and partial or complete closure using our state-of-the-art train-size modeling.
  • Improve process technology and equipment utilization and flexibility.
  • Penetrate high growth regions of the world.
  • Make vendor selections based on cost/performance for the purchased materials.
  • Select the best available technology and negotiate the most favorable licensing agreement.
Benefits of using ChemPlan:
  • Position yourself ahead of the competition.
  • ChemPlan contains the latest producer, plant, tradename, product, process, cost, and market information on a worldwide basis. Its' dynamic platform provides easy access to detailed data and allows you to make quick and confident decisions.
  • Conduct the intelligence phase of decision making.
  • With access to the most critical data from a single source, you bypass the lengthy and tedious task of raw data collection and extraction and apply your experience and know-how to more non-routine phases of decision making.
  • Perform analyses that were not possible or were prohibitively difficult before.
  • With ChemPlan, you can easily and quickly find out who is the lowest cost producer of a certain product. This is just an example of a task that would be either very time consuming or impossible without ChemPlan.
  • Select the alternative that is most profitable.
  • ChemPlan frees you from routine work and lets you focus on choosing the best alternative with the most profitable outcome for your project.
  • Prepare high quality, professional reports, tables and charts. The results of your searches and analyses can be easily transferred to Word or Excel for further enhancements.
  • Employ your technical staff efficiently. Save time and the cost of processing data to produce useful information for managers. Empower your technical staff to extract the most useful facts from processed data generated by experts.

Unique Features of ChemPlan
  • Proprietary analytical and data linkage capabilities
  • Accurate and current information
  • Exclusive product, process and market data
  • Easy-to-use, Microsoft Windows application designed for the chemical process industries
  • Integrated spreadsheets with sophisticated expert models
  • Ability to customize data simplified with:
  • - comprehensive Data Dictionary
  • - elaborate Data Dependency Table
  • - built-in Data Validation Functions and Auditing Models
  • - help for every conceivable task
  • Transfer search results to Microsoft Word or Excel for further enhancements
  • Quarterly data and software updates
Updates and Support

The data and software are constantly updated and revisions are available from our site, ready to be downloaded. We continually strive to enhance ChemPlan and provide our clients with the latest data and added software features.

For Desktop users, TranTech offers full-day complimentary on-site training to new and current users. In training, the users learn how to master ChemPlan and apply the system's powerful features to their particular needs. In addition, TranTech provides extensive and context sensitive help as well as a complete user's guide to ChemPlan.

Technical assistance is provided by telephone during business hours (9-5 E.S.T. Monday to Friday), and via email 24 hours a day.

Who uses ChemPlan?

ChemPlan Desktop is directed to decision-makers facing complex problems in today's competitive global environment. Some of the current users are:
  • Corporate Development Director searching for new ventures and profitable acquisitions.
  • Technical Manager estimating a foreign competitor's production costs for competing products.
  • Senior Research Associate comparing processes/products still in R&D stage with the commercial processes/products in ChemPlan.
  • Marketing Director carrying out competitive cost/price analyses to develop intelligent marketing strategies.
  • Business Manager searching for ways to improve an existing business.
  • Market Development Manager monitoring expanding markets to develop new markets for an existing product.
  • Senior Engineering Associate determining site-specific costs to produce certain products using raw materials made at the site.
  • Market Research Director identifying new customers for their products.
  • Process Technology Manager evaluating various process technologies with emphasis on environmental safety aspects.
  • Product Planning Director determining the fixed and variable costs of raw material suppliers for their formulations.
What kind of questions can ChemPlan answer?

The advent of ChemPlan is indeed a milestone in the chemical industry. No product has attempted to address the same needs. Now, with ChemPlan even a relatively inexperienced user can answer the following questions quickly and accurately:

  • Given the tradename of a product, what are its components, properties, line-by-line manufacturing costs, uses, and competing products?
  • Who is the lowest cost producer of this product? Product as shipped? Product on 100% active ingredient basis?
  • If you want to make this product, should you develop the technology in-house or license from another company? Who offers the best available technology?
  • What new products can be manufactured in an idled facility? What are their supply/demand figures and growth rates? What would be the costs?
  • What are the replacement investment cost and dollar sales generated by a company during 2012-2014. This information is needed for an initial offer to acquire this company.
  • Which products offer the best price/performance ratio in this application area?
  • Given a worldwide marketing network, which growing market segments should you enter?
  • Which processes have the worst/best environmental impact? Worst/best yields?
Scope of Data

The ChemPlan database is the most comprehensive single source of information on organic intermediate chemicals, water-soluble resins, polyurethane chemicals and superabsorbent polymers.

Information has been developed for the United States, Western Europe, Japan, Africa, Asia/Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Mexico. Included are the following categories:

  • Products by tradename, when applies, including:
  • - composition and chemical structure function, application and end use
  • - physical and chemical properties
  • - material safety data
  • Plants by:
  • - location
  • - capacities
  • - operating rates
  • - future capacity within five years
  • Manufacturing processes including:
  • - process and product technologies
  • - equipment and materials of construction
  • - capital cost estimates based on maximum train-size and number of trains
  • - production cost broken down to materials, utilities (e.g. steam), waste
      handling (e.g. BOD), labor, insurance, etc.
  • Market data containing:
  • - capacity
  • - production
  • - consumption and use (pounds and dollar)
  • - projected growth
  • - exports and imports by company
  • - market shares
Software

The ChemPlan software combines a relational DBMS and a spreadsheet with built-in expert models, specially designed for the chemical industry. This combination is a must for any serious data analysis and management in the CPI.

You can use the system for either "quick analysis" or for creating your own criteria for a "customized analysis". These tasks are simplified with ChemPlan's efficient tools such as Data Dictionary, Data Dependency Table, built-in Data Validation Functions, Auditing Models, and Help for every conceivable task.

ChemPlan has an extensive report facility, which allows the user to preview and obtain a hard copy of all the operations.

Quick Analysis

ChemPlan has an unparalleled capability for search and queries. It transparently links related data so you can easily integrate diverse factors like production cost, projected growth and plant capacity into an analysis. For example, you can:

  • Isolate one particular producer and "zoom" in on it. ChemPlan will link that producer to every product that it makes with its plant locations. It will also provide a list of raw materials used in these products and the type of equipment used in making them.
  • Access a product to learn who makes it, and for what market...how that market is growing...what other products are used in that market.
  • Combine an unlimited number of searches easily with logical operators across the categories.
Customized Analysis

In ChemPlan, 300 sophisticated expert models are built into a state-of-the-art spreadsheet making it possible to:
  • Change data to reflect local conditions or to examine "what if" questions like:
  • - the impact of location, raw material integration, steam and labor on the final cost.
  • - the influence of imports, growth, and use on the supply.

You can make permanent changes or restore the original data with a single keystroke.
  • Assemble new data from the existing data with mathematical operators for capital intensity, price/ performance ratio analysis, vulnerability/feasibility analysis, and quantitative value creation.
  • Create a subset of the database for customization.
  • Convert units.

Unlike multi-client studies and on-line databases, you can customize the data in ChemPlan and enter your projections and proprietary information to create truly unique analyses. The ChemPlan database will become your own creation, not a static report charting the same course for every company.

What Does The Online Product Deliver?

The output from ChemPlan searches are generated in pdf and Excel formats which is extracted in the form of reports, tables, and charts. These are described in the following:

  • Company List: Description of company.
  • Plant List: Provides a brief description of a plant including producer or formulator, location, and type of products.
  • Detailed Plant: A comprehensive report including plant list, total plant capacity and output, capacity 5 years from now, and capacity and output of similar products made in that plant, exports and imports for each product, plant status, city, state and location, and producer vs formulator.
  • Process List: An informative format describing the overall process including a summary of processing steps and type of product(s) made by the process.
  • Process Investment: This refers to the total investment needed to execute a single process, producing a single product, at the full design capacity on a stand-alone basis. An inclusive report covering design capacity, CE Index, Battery Limit Equipment, utilities, waste treatment and working capital.
  • Production Cost: A detailed report including raw materials, utility, waste treatment, labor, maintenance, depreciation, taxes and insurance, SG & A R & D and working capital.
  • Process Description: An informative format describing the overall process including a summary of processing steps with reaction description, temperature, pressure and time, and type of product(s) made by the process.
  • Equipment: Description of each major piece of equipment including equipment type, size and materials of construction.
  • Production Cost Chart: A summary chart covering raw materials, utilities, waste treatment, direct operating, plant gate, net production costs (NPC). This chart is sorted on NPC.
  • Product List with Price: Contract prices for Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
  • Trade name List: A summary list of tradename products contained in the search.
  • Producer and Price: This report provides manufacturer’s name, tradename, chemical name, tradename distinguishing properties, price with shipping basis, quantity and source.
  • Composition: This report delivers tradename, chemical name and product composition including active ingredients, other ingredients and volatiles.
  • Properties as Shipped: This report contains tradename, chemical name, ingredients and properties as shipped such as density, pH, viscosity and more.
  • Material Safety: A detailed list of first aid, PEL and TLV values, volatiles, fire protection information, reactivity data, occupational control procedures, health hazard data and spill, leak and disposal procedures are provided.
  • Solution Properties: This report contains information on solubility, solution preparation, physical properties (specific gravity, freezing point, reflective index, surface tension…) and detailed viscosity data.
  • Solubility in Water: Solubility in water and solvents, cause of insolubility, additives causing insolubility, solubility vs temperature are discussed in this report.
  • Bulk properties: Tradename bulk properties such as polymer processing methods, softening temperature, density, equilibrium moisture content and many more bulk properties are reported.
  • Absorption Properties: This report provides absorption capacity (AC), retention, AC under load, AC versus time, gel strength and surface area.
  • Film Properties: This report details film processing methods, heat sealing capability and temperature, tensile strength, oxygen transmission rate and resistance to greases/oils, organic solvents and ultraviolet light.
  • Compatibility: With solvents, latex emulsions, preservatives, enzymes and plasticizers.
  • Application: Reports a specific area such as plywood adhesives in which a tradename is used.
  • Function: Reports a characteristic action of a tradename such as anti-scalant in a specific application.
  • End Use: Reports an industry in which a tradename is applied.
  • Regulatory Status: Describes FDA and EPA status of a tradename.
  • Market List: Description of market segments.
  • Market (Supply & Demand): Regional capacity, output, import, export, consumption and market shares.
  • United States Use, Western Europe Use, Japan Use, Asia Pacific Use, Latin America Use: Five individual reports covering regional consumption and growth rate in various use areas.
  • Plants and Products: A very informative report providing capacity and output data for various products made at the same plant.
  • Plants & Products (UR & NUR): Designed for polyether and polyester polyols covering various breakdowns of a product such as urethane versus non-urethane, triol versus diol, graft mold vs graft slab and more.
  • Capacity and Region Chart: Details plant capacity, output and future capacity. Provided are also regional capacity, output and future capacity, and regional consumption market share.
  • Flow Diagram: Regional flow of materials including capacity, output, future capacity, export and import.
  • End Use Chart: Regional and world end use consumption chart including complete and summary charts.
  • Market Share Chart: Regional and world consumption and market share by company.
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