2. New package provides materials data support for simulation
Along with GRANTA MI Version 9, we’ll be launching a new MI:Simulation Package, and a web seminar next week will show how this can help you to capture, prepare, and manage materials data for simulation, and to save time and ensure accuracy in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE).
The package includes a new capability to build MI:Data Analysis Apps which enable, for example, processing of test curves into simulation-ready data. It also provides improvements to our MI:Materials Gateways for CAE.
In the webinar, we will demonstrate some of these enhancements, discuss how leading engineering enterprises are using materials information management software to streamline their CAE processes, and work through a case study.
3. Enhanced support for enterprise CAD and PLM
Answer ‘where used?’ questions, handle material variants, more integration options
New capabilities in GRANTA MI further enhance materials support for enterprise Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). A new web app answers the often-crucial question: ‘Where is this material used?’ It enables designers selecting a material to query their PLM system to find out whether existing products already contain that material.
The GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway plug-ins provide direct access to corporate materials data from within CAD, CAE, and PLM. CAD users can now request alternative materials based on an existing specification, identifying properties they want to change. This tool, based on customer feedback, ensures an optimal balance between fast design cycles and controlled material assignment.
Users of the latest Teamcenter PLM can now bulk ‘author’ materials information from GRANTA MI into the Teamcenter Integrated Materials Management data model, to be assigned and used by Teamcenter tools.
For more details see the press release. You can also sign up for our upcoming White Paper on ‘Material Intelligence for Enterprise CAD and PLM’.
4. Practical materials information technology case studies
AWE and GKN Aerospace present projects at open seminar
An open seminar on 'Mastering Materials Information', followed by Granta's North European User Group Meeting, was dominated by case studies of the practical application of materials information technology.
Hannah Carver, Project Leader in the PLM Group at AWE, described a long-running project to manage materials information for the leading UK nuclear security organization. Simulation is vital in their research, so efficient support for computational tools is essential. Robust PLM systems that can manage the product definition over lifetimes of 40+ years are a requirement, and materials is one key thread in that PLM story.
Jing Li, Methodology Engineer at GKN Aerospace, outlined a year-old enterprise project to implement the GRANTA MI system. The project is managing materials information for the Aerospace division, a major global Tier 1 supplier with products including aero structures, engine systems, and special products such as aircraft transparencies and ice protection systems.
Engineers, materials specialists, and managers from manufacturing enterprises across the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia also heard talks from Granta and took part in interactive discussions with panelists from Jaguar Land Rover, Doosan Babcock, and Rolls-Royce.
5. Automotive consortium shares best practice and publishes inaugural report
Members of the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC), set up in 2014, met for the third time in October when Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) hosted the event at the Heritage Motor Centre Museum, Gaydon, UK. The two-day meeting focused on defining how to share best practice for materials information technology within the Automotive and Off-Highway sectors.
The consortium members are JLR, General Motors, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Honeywell Turbo Technologies and KSPG AG. Topics discussed included: automating workflows; capturing knowledge and expertise; data provision for simulation; and global data synchronization.
AutoMatIC published its inaugural report on ‘Materials information management in the Automotive industry’ – this will become an annual publication detailing (i) the industry trends and drivers which are behind the members’ investment in materials information technology, and (ii) the technical progress of member organizations against 17 key benchmarks for potential business process improvements.
The next meeting is expected to be held in the Detroit area in April and we will hold a webinar in early 2016 with more details for prospective consortium members. Whether you are an OEM or a supplier, if you are interested in participating and would like to receive a membership information pack, visit the AutoMatIC web page and complete the form.
6. Restricted substances: EMIT meeting, latest data updates
The 15th Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) consortium meeting was hosted by United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, Pratt & Whitney, in East Hartford, CT, USA, in September. EMIT 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. At this latest meeting, members discussed how to enable a more effective response to restricted substances regulations and environmental risks in product design.
Granta's latest release of the Restricted Substances Data Module was issued in November, with legislation updates to help users improve the accuracy of restricted substances reporting and obsolescence risk analysis. REACH reports, in particular, require the latest version of the REACH Candidate List to be in place, together with associated ‘Where Used’ data—and this update meets these requirements.
7. Updates to data modules
Granta’s Data Products Team has issued several updates to data modules available within the Granta library of materials reference data. These were available with the recent CES Selector 2016 software release, and will be available with December's GRANTA MI Version 9, ensuring that the metals, composites, and plastics data available with these two software products remains current and comprehensive. Updates include:
- MMPDS—the latest MMPDS-09 version of the authoritative aerospace reference
- CAMPUS & M-Base Plastics—covers 10% more polymer grades and 100+ new applications
- Prospector Plastics—the latest plastics data from UL Prospector, including 1,000+ new records
- MI-21—more than 1,700 additional metal specifications and 1,900 additional consumables records
- Stahldat SX—the latest complete and up-to-date Register of European Steels
- SteelSpec—over 200 additional steel specifications
Updates to MaterialUniverse and ecoInvent Key Material indicators will also be available in December.
8. Sign up for materials selection webinars
Three webinars in the next few weeks will explain how CES Selector helps with materials selection in the areas of polymers, medical applications, and eco design:
||Choosing the right polymer for your products
||Material selection and substitution for medical devices
||Reducing environmental impact in the early stages of design
9. Training and video tip
Upcoming CES Selector and GRANTA MI training
Licensed users of the CES Selector and GRANTA MI software are welcome to join the free, bi-monthly online training sessions, held on the first Tuesday of each month. The next sessions are:
||GRANTA MI training: What's new in GRANTA MI 9
||CES Selector training: How to use the new Part Cost Estimator
Video tip—Using the Excel Template Definitions in GRANTA MI
In each Granta Material News we link to information that helps users to get more from Granta software. Here, watch an excerpt from a recent GRANTA MI training session explaining how to configure and use the Excel Template Definitions. This time-saving capability enables you to create tightly-defined, easy-to-complete Excel forms from your database with just a few clicks, making it easy for your test labs or suppliers to submit data for import into GRANTA MI.
10. Come and meet us at upcoming events
Meet us at this Winter's events, conferences, and workshops, or sign up for our webinars:
||8th International Materials Education Symposium, Cambridge, UK
||COE Annual PLM Experience and TechniFair, San Antonio, TX, USA
||EMIT Consortium Meeting, Cambridge, UK
||SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI, USA
||AutoMatIC Consortium Meeting, Detroit, MI, USA