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Spring 2014

1. Granta to launch new Automotive Consortium

The project will build on growing interest in materials information management for these applications, in tools to integrate managed materials information with other relevant engineering software technologies, and in applying materials data to support virtual engineering and materials decision-making.

A new international Consortium focused on materials information technology for the automotive industry and manufacturers of heavy and off-highway vehicles will be announced at the SAE World Congress meeting in April.  The project will build on growing interest in materials information management for these applications, in tools to integrate managed materials information with other relevant engineering software technologies, and in applying materials data to support virtual engineering and materials decision-making.

An evolving materials landscape, with new lightweight materials and manufacturing techniques, is one key trend driving this interest. Others include: simulation-driven product development (with its requirements for accurate materials data); materials issues throughout the supply chain and global manufacturing base; and environmental regulations and standards. The Consortium will build on the successful models of Granta’s Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC) and Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium by bringing together a group of automotive and related organizations in a pre-competitive environment.

Interested in receiving information about this Consortium? 

Granta Seminar (April 11), Detroit, alongside SAE World Congress

The theme for this year's SAE World Congress is “Creating New Possibilities”. Granta’s half-day seminar, held immediately after the Congress (but open to all, without cost), will look at how 'Deploying materials knowledge for maximum impact in automotive and general manufacturing' creates new possibilities in sectors such as automotive, industrial equipment manufacturing, energy, aerospace, and materials production.

Seminar details and registration 


Also in this issue


Materials information & additive manufacturing



NEW ASME BPV Code data: fatigue data and support for multinational use



Consumer products: making well informed decisions



Product risk and environmental impact



Integrating engineering, design, and simulation at PI Congress



Medical devices:
webinars and new data



Material producers: how do you identify new uses and markets?



Granta news



Migrating from legacy systems



Materials Education Symposia




Upcoming web seminars and conferences



3-minute CES Selector videos



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2. Materials information and additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, often referred to as ‘3-D printing’, is creating great excitement in advanced manufacturing. One indicator of this interest is the number of industry/government collaborations in this area. For example, Granta has been involved in three European Framework Seven projects (StepUp, NANOMICRO, and AMAZE) as well as the FP6 funded Manudirect project. Current research is focusing on issues including increased automation, greater material and energy efficiencies, and a reduction in waste. The aim is to allow fully functional objects to be built in extraordinary detail, without the need for expensive molding and with minimal post-processing.

What is the materials information angle on additive manufacturing? The use of simulation and increased experimental automation requires effective management of large quantities of materials information. Factors such as the need to accurately capture complex processing histories make this a challenge. So best practice approaches to materials information management are an important enabler for additive manufacturing.

Read more on our blog 
  Using highly focalized laser for layer-wise manufacturing (image: MicroLS GmbH)

3. NEW ASME BPV Code data: fatigue data & support for multinational use

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) maintains the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC), a leading source of Standards information and specifications relating to materials for use in boilers, pressure vessels, and power plant components. An electronic version of this data is available as a module within the GRANTA MI materials information management system, making it easy to search, browse, compare, and apply. A new version of this data module has just been released, adding both US Customary and Metric versions of the data, access to the latest 2013 ASME data, and extending coverage to include fatigue design curves.  
ASME data in GRANTA MI: easy to search and browse.

Find out more about ASME BPV Code data 

4. Consumer products: making well informed decisions

The right materials and processing choices make a big difference to manufacturers of consumer products such as household appliances and electronic devices. According to SMITHERS RAPRA, around 70% of plastic products fail prematurely, and 45% of these failures are due to poor material selection or substitution. Such products are characterized by relatively rapid product development, high product turnaround, and constant innovation. So how can you ensure the right decisions are made?

At a web seminar on Thursday, March 6, Granta’s Dr. Charlie Bream will be discussing how materials specialists and product designers can gain greater confidence in material recommendations when selecting new and replacement materials. Join the webinar to see how Granta’s tools can help give a better understanding of the risks associated with changing materials, and how to minimize these risks by identifying the properties of different substitute materials.

More details and webinar registration (March 6) 

5. Product risk and environmental impact

Collaborations highlight interest in key risk factors

At Granta, we’re involved in a number of new collaborations that illustrate the importance now attached to environmental and regulatory risk factors in developing products.  Next month, we'll join other members of the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) in Cincinnati, Ohio, to discuss issues such as chemical material declarations and reporting requirements, greenhouse gas reporting and management, and approaches for implementation of environmental requirements. The recently launched Resource Conservative Manufacturing (ResCom) project focuses on deployment of design, manufacturing, and business models transitioning to a circular economy. It aims to demonstrate the benefits in terms of resource efficiency as well as CO2 production and energy use, and will provide business metrics such as lifecycle cost estimates, rapid identification of critical materials, product-specific and remanufacturing considerations, and legislative requirements. Granta are also participants in the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON), with a focus on improving information about materials supply risks connected to so-called critical materials.  
Granta are also participants in the European Rare Earth Competency Network (ERECON), with a focus on improving information about materials supply risks connected to so-called critical materials.

Read about Granta for eco and regulatory risk 

Meet the EMIT Consortium at NPL, London (March 26)

Next month, NPL will be hosting the Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium (whose members include Airbus Helicopters, Boeing, Astrium Satellites, Emerson Electric, Honeywell, NASA, NPL, Rolls-Royce, Thales, and United Technologies Corporation) as they discuss the business-critical nature of restricted substance, critical materials, and eco design challenges.

The meeting will be preceded by an Open Session providing an opportunity to meet members, hear about their work, and learn how the technology being developed by the Consortium could help you. This session is open to manufacturing organizations with an interest in the work of the EMIT Consortium. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required.  
The Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium is a collaborative project that develops and applies information technology solutions to enable product design and development in the context of environmental objectives and regulations. These solutions are centered on information and decisions relating to materials and processes.

Open Seminar details and registration (March 26) 

6. Integrating engineering, design, and simulation at PI Congress

In Granta Materials News, we've regularly highlighted the importance of representative materials information for product design—and especially for accurate simulation. Having worked with some of the world’s top engineering enterprises to develop best practice in managing, accessing, and applying materials property information, we see first-hand the importance of ready access to corporate materials knowledge and gold-standard reference data—directly within design workflows.

Next week, Granta will be meeting members of the PLM community at PI Congress in Berlin to review the state of the art in product information creation, development, and management. We will be demonstrating our dedicated solution for providing material intelligence in CAD, CAE, and PLM software. If you are coming along, why not arrange a meeting or stop by booth 19 to share your experiences, and to learn how the latest capabilities in GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway Version 2.0 provide even better insights into the materials assigned to design and simulation models.   MI:Materials Gateway enables you to access all of this information from within your CAD, CAE, or PLM system (pictured). The data can then be applied within that system—for example, assigning materials properties to parts in a CAD model to enable accurate mass roll-ups, or importing validated materials models for use in CAE.

Arrange to meet Granta at PI Congress (Feb 25-26) 

7. Medical devices: webinars and new data

Risk and materials selection in device design

Minimizing risk is a key focus for medical device organizations. They want to make the right material selections to optimize products and avoid problems in design, manufacturing, or use. They need to make sure that materials knowledge is captured and available to ensure accurate decision-making in subsequent projects. And an increasing risk factor is that regulations on topics such as restricted substances and conflict minerals will soon begin to apply to the sector—in the latter case, by May this year. How can medical device organizations avoid potential delays and problems due to non-compliance or material obsolescence? At an upcoming web seminar, Granta’s Dr. Sarah Egan will be talking about some of the latest data and tools to support material selection for surgical, orthopaedic, cardiovascular, and drug delivery devices and packaging. At a second event, she will discuss how to manage and apply materials data to minimize risk.

  Feb 26 Material selection and substitution for medical applications
  Mar 5 Mitigating risk with materials data management: smarter medical device development

Webinar details and registration 

Latest ASM Medical Materials data

The January developments to the ASM Medical Materials database add new information on polymer additives and new and enhanced data on metals and plastics for medical applications. The database provides a comprehensive and authoritative set of mechanical, physical, biological response, and drug compatibility properties for the materials and coatings used in medical devices.

Read more about ASM Medical Materials 

8. Material producers: how do you identify new uses and markets?

Materials producers, R&D teams, and technical marketers, especially those involved with stock materials (e.g., polymer granules, metal sheeting, bar, rod, semi-finished), will know how important it is to establish the benefits and limitations of materials, relative to the competition. At a short web seminar on March 25, Granta’s Dr Charlie Bream will share practical ideas to help protect your current market, focus on the most promising materials, and make new material developments.

More details and webinar registration (March 25) 

9. Granta news

Debbie Mies joins US Team

We’re delighted that Debbie Mies has joined our US Team as Industry Relations Manager. Debbie is one of the leading experts in materials information technology and its application to customer needs. A graduate of University of California, Irvine, with background in chemistry and advanced composites, she has specialized in materials information technology for over twenty years. Debbie will help Granta customers in North America to develop the full potential of materials information technology in their engineering process.

Read more 
  Debbie comments: 'I am delighted to have joined Granta -- an organization that I have been watching and interacting with over many years. Having joined the company, I'm particularly impressed by its singular focus on Materials Information Technology and the depth of interest, experience, and involvement in the Materials Engineering domain. I'm looking forward to working with Granta's customers and industry partners in North America to help Granta drive innovation and continue to meet the needs of industry as effectively as possible.'

Granta Seminar and User Group Meeting, Germany (March 12-13)

The third 'DACH' User Group Meeting will be taking place next month near Dusseldorf (March 12-13), providing opportunities for discussion—sharing common challenges faced across the different industries represented—as well as hands-on sessions learning ‘Tips and Tricks’ for use with GRANTA MI Version 7 and CES Selector 2014. It will be preceded by an Open Seminar, where engineers and managers involved in working with materials information will be able to share ideas with other users. The seminar is open to all, at no cost: limited spaces are still available.

More details and pre-registration (March 12-13) 

Composite focus continues: events in March

Following October’s announcement of a new Phase II Composite Data Management Project, Granta have continued to work with leading engineering companies to extend support for composite innovation. Join us on booth F74 at JEC Europe (Paris, March 11-13) or at the Fachkongress Composite Simulation Meeting, in Germany on March 20, to hear the latest updates in this area.

JEC Europe (Paris, March 11-13) 

Fachkongress Composite Simulation (Fellbach, March 20) 

10. Migrating from legacy systems

Granta is experiencing increasing demand from companies seeking to replace legacy materials databases developed in older systems that they need to retire.  Granta is already working with a number of these organizations to protect and deploy this key intellectual property with the Granta materials information technology. GRANTA MI offers both a proven track record and an on-going, active, long-term development plan.

Interested in migrating? Find out more 

11. Materials Education Symposia

If you’re involved in the promotion of materials science and materials engineering, you may be interested to hear about the Materials Education Symposia. Now in their 6th year, this series of events brings materials educators from all over the world together to discuss ideas and resources that can help them to teach the next generation of engineering students about materials.

More details 
  Discussion session at the 2013 Symposium held at Cambridge University

12. Upcoming web seminars and conferences

Please join us at these upcoming webinars, open to all at no cost. If you have a current Granta software license, why not take part in our regular online training?

Full list of upcoming webseminars and training 

Meet Granta at these upcoming conferences and events. Why not email us to arrange an appointment?

Full list of upcoming events and conferences 

13. 3-minute CES Selector videos

Three new videos summarize the CES Selector software, and how it can help with some key materials-related tasks.

Find, Plot, and Compare Materials Data 

Materials Selection 

Materials Substitution and Equivalency 

  Watch the videos  

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