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Winter 2013

1. GRANTA MI™ Version 7: Designed for engineering realities

Version 7 of GRANTA MI, the industry standard for materials information management, is now available.

Version 7 of GRANTA MI, the industry standard for materials information management, is now available. This new release is the most capable and robust yet, focused on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities. It draws on input from customers and on Granta’s unrivaled expertise, developed over many years, in implementation of materials information technology. New features and enhancements address practical problems, such as providing a simple way for any user to upload materials data, from anywhere, or helping users to get greater insight as they compare data from different sources. Version 7 of the GRANTA MI system is launched alongside MI:Materials Gateway 2.0, the next generation of the innovative technology that provides direct access to materials data for users of CAD, CAE, and PLM.

Find more information at the following link or in the news items below.


Full details of Version 7 

Version 7 user training

GRANTA MI users are welcome to join the next online training session (at no cost) on Tuesday, December 3 to see what's new and put your questions to Granta experts.


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Also in this issue

2

Expanding the reach of materials information management

   

3

Dealing with real-life data

 

4

Sulzer on materials intelligence for challenging engineering environments

   

5

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 2.0 is released!

   

6

‘How do I apply best practice?’

   

7

EUROCOPTER provides latest real-world case study

   

8

See CES Selector 2014 in action at January’s user training

   

9

Seminars and User Group Meetings

   

10

On the blog: paper

   

11

Upcoming events

 

 

12

Hints and tips

 

 

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2. Expanding the reach of materials information management

More enterprises—Embraer and Doosan Babcock join MDMC

The Material Data Management Consortium, the collaboration of leading engineering enterprises focused on best practice approaches to managing critical materials data, is expanding.  Two new member organizations have joined in recent months—aircraft manufacturer Embraer and power generation specialist Doosan Babcock   he Material Data Management Consortium is a  collaboration of leading engineering enterprises focused on best practice approaches to managing critical materials data

The growing membership indicates the increasing interest in, and implementation of, best practice materials information management among leading engineering enterprises. The MDMC will hold its next meeting at Northrop Grumman in El Segundo, CA, in January.


MDMC website 

More users—GRANTA MI Version 7 supports wider deployment

A major question at recent MDMC meetings has been how to get more value from corporate materials databases by enabling more engineers across the enterprise to share, access, and apply data.

GRANTA MI Version 7 helps. The MI:Viewer web browser interface provides easy access to this data for any authorized user. This now includes enhanced tools for interacting with graphical data, chart overlays, and performance enhancements. Users can get more out of the data.
  A GRANTA MI database can now be configured so that users upload data via a simple web form, with no need to know about the ‘importer templates’ used to translate data into the database. 

It’s also much easier to contribute data.  A GRANTA MI database can now be configured so that users upload data via a simple web form, with no need to know about the ‘importer templates’ used to translate data into the database.  They just select the right format from a list (e.g., a specific test machine) and their data (from a spreadsheet or a text file) is added.

You can see these charting and Remote Import features in action in this edition’s hints and tips.


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3. Dealing with real-life data

Version 7 helps data comparison and gap-filling

The MI:Viewer web browser interface provides easy access to this data for any authorized user. This now includes enhanced tools for interacting with graphical data, chart overlays, and performance enhancements.
It’s always interesting at Granta seminars and User Group meetings (see item 9 below) to hear attendees talk about the real materials information challenges that they face in industry. It’s immediately clear that real-life materials data is messy!  Data is changing all the time, so materials databases must be continually built and refined.  Real corporate materials information has lots of gaps, so we need to complement it with the best data from elsewhere.  

GRANTA MI Version 7 is built for these realities. A key requirement when rationalizing and consolidating data is to compare data from different sources—for example, validating test results against handbook data. Version 7 provides new comparison charting capabilities, making this process much quicker and easier. And new cross-database selection means that users can construct advanced queries that work across multiple databases, ‘gap filling’ corporate data with the reference data, such as Granta's unique MaterialUniverse, stored in GRANTA MI. This reference data has also been updated with Version 7.

The charting tip in this edition’s hints and tips shows chart comparison.


Watch the tips 

Reference data updates with Version 7 



4. Sulzer on materials intelligence for challenging engineering environments

photo: SulzerJoin GlobalSpec, Granta, and guest speaker organization Sulzer on-line today for a real industry perspective on the value of materials information management, particularly in sectors with challenging engineering environments. Today’s webinar will discuss how organizations can evaluate new materials efficiently and accurately, and how consistent, informed materials decisions can be made in the context of global design and manufacturing.  Sulzer, a leading provider to the oil and gas, power, and process industries, will explain why reliable, traceable, and searchable materials information is crucial. You can hear how Sulzer is integrating a single 'gold source' of materials knowledge with enterprise systems and engineering workflows. This webinar will be available to watch on-demand for a limited period: visit our website to read more and sign up on the GlobalSpec web site.


Read more and register to watch Sulzer on-demand 



5. GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 2.0 is released!

Next generation of innovative software for CAD, CAE, PLM

In the last Granta Material News we announced that GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 2.0 was coming soon. If you joined our web seminar last month, you will know that the second-generation of this unique technology for accessing materials data within CAD, CAE, and PLM systems is now released.

Version 2.0 brings enhanced ease-of-use and productivity, with even better insights into the materials assigned to design and simulation models. For example, you are now automatically notified if a more up-to-date version of a materials model that you used previously in a simulation has become available. MI:Materials Gateways exist for Abaqus/CAE, ANSYS Workbench, Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER and Creo, NX, and Teamcenter.   GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 2.0  provides the next generation of innovative software for CAD, CAE, PLM

More on MI:Materials Gateway 2.0 



6. ‘How do I apply best practice?’

Version 7  templates for metals, composites, medical applications, and restricted  substances

In the last Granta Material News we featured the announcement of Phase II of the Material Data Management Consortium’s (MDMC) Composites Sub Committee.  Phase I of that project defined best practices to solve the complicated problem of managing composite data, with its multi-component systems and dependence on processing history. An obvious question is ‘how can I apply this best practice?’

With GRANTA MI Version 7, Granta has delivered an updated series of Templates. These provide ‘ready-to-go’ database designs (or schemas) for a range of applications, together with associated tools such as importers (to get data into the system from common data sources) and homepages (to help users navigate the data). The templates embody best practice developed by working with groups such as the MDMC Composites Sub-Committee and help new user organizations to get up-and-running fast. Templates can be configured to an organization’s exact needs. Version 7 provides a new template for medical applications, an updated metals template, plus composite and restricted substance templates.


More on Templates 



7. EUROCOPTER provides latest real-world case study

At the latest in our series of web seminars, last week EUROCOPTER presented on the challenges of effectively managing data on composite materials, covering difficulties such as anisotropy and multi-stage processing.  The talk outlined a project to manage raw data, verify test coefficients, and determine statistical values and design data. Key objectives are traceability, avoiding “private” storage, and facilitating multi-site harmonization of methods.

Occasionally, we record and share such guest presentations. Visit our website to watch this and other sessions “on-demand”, or to read case studies and comments from Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, NASA, Jaguar Land Rover, TRW Automotive, Ethicon Surgical Care and more….


Watch selected web seminars & read customer comments 



8. See CES Selector 2014 in action at January’s user training

CES Selector users are now benefiting from the enhancements made available in the recent release. Contact us if you haven’t yet received the new version and would like to get hold of it.  Anyone using CES Selector is welcome to join our regular online training, at no additional cost. The next session will take place on January 7 looking at 'Approaches for defining appropriate design constraints for your product'.


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9. Seminars and User Group Meetings

The Granta team has been out-and-about meeting GRANTA MI user organizations and others from the engineering community at a series of Seminars and User Group Meetings.  At the open session before last month’s North European User Group Meeting in Birmingham, UK, our guest speaker from Rolls-Royce outlined an on-going implementation project and discussed benefits and challenges. During the User Group sessions, users shared their experiences, provided feedback, saw the latest technology, and were keen to hear about future development plans. This week, French-speaking users are meeting near Paris, hosted by MBDA. Next week, Granta will be taking part in an open seminar hosted by Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey. There is still time to register. For information on this, and other Granta events, follow the link below.


More on Granta's seminars 



10. On the blog

Prof. Mike Ashby continues our series on 'Unappreciated Materials' as he asks “what is paper? Something we receive, read, scrunch up, and throw away?  That is to overlook the potential of one of our most versatile materials… “

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11. Upcoming events

Join us online, or in person, at these upcoming events.


Full list of upcoming events and seminars 



12. Hints and tips

In each Granta Material News we link to tips that help users to get more from Granta software. This month, Granta’s Dan Williams shares tips on using the new charting capabilities in GRANTA MI Version 7 as well as highlighting the intuitive new Remote Import functionality.

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Watch the video tips 


 

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