EMIT Consortium Seminar:
Materials Data, Restricted Substances, and Eco Design

Monday, March 19, 2012

Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Meet the EMIT Consortium—discuss substance risk management, and more...

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This session is open to manufacturing organizations with an interest in the work of the EMIT Consortium. Pre-registration is required.

Manufacturing enterprises are looking for solutions to the challenges of restricted substance regulations. How do you assess and manage restricted substance risk? How do you respond to undocumented change in your supply chain? Can you avoid costly product redesign due to substance, material, or process obsolescence? Is it possible to consider these issues during design, when product changes have least cost and most impact?

This seminar provides a chance to meet a group of companies that is answering these questions and also thinking about how to meet environmental objectives such as lower product energy usage and CO2 footprint. The EMIT Consortium is a collaboration currently involving Boeing, EADS Astrium, Eurocopter, Emerson Electric, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, Thales, NPL, and NASA. The seminar will be held at the next Consortium Meeting, and the program includes case study presentations from members.

A key insight of the Consortium has been that managing and using materials and process data is a critical part of the response to these issues. The Consortium is helping to develop a suite of substance risk management and eco design tools built around GRANTA MI, the industry-leading software for materials data management. These will be demonstrated at the seminar.

What topics will be covered?

  • The business-critical nature of restricted substance and eco design challenges, and how some world-leading manufacturing organizations are responding
  • The importance of materials data management in addressing these issues, and best practice in this area
  • New restricted substance information resources and tools to track regulations, link legislation to the materials, coatings, and processes used by your organization, and use this information in design
  • Eco design technology—how to consider factors like energy usage, CO2 footprint, and end-of-life during design
  • How integration with CAD, PLM and other business systems enables design processes that reduce regulatory risk and improve compliance
  • How the EMIT Consortium, is driving development of this solution


Time Topic Who?
09:00 Registration Opens  
09:30 Welcome, agenda review, introductions   
09:45 Challenges of restricted substance regulations and eco design
An overview of key eco regulation and eco design business issues. How the Consortium is addressing these issues and the expected business benefits of doing so.
Dr David Cebon
Granta Design
10:10 Consortium Member Presentation 1—Rolls-Royce Dr Andrew Clifton
10:40 Restricted substance solutions
A “tour” of the GRANTA MI solution for managing materials, process, and restricted substance data and for restricted substance analysis and reporting.
Will Martin
Granta Design
11:00 COFFEE   
11:20 Consortium Member Presentation 2—Honeywell Aerospace Mark Bohley
11:50 Eco design solutions
Novel technology for estimating environmental impacts such as CO2 footprint and energy usage during early-stage design.
Dr Jamie O'Hare
Granta Design
12:10 Integration with design and business systems
The importance of integration with PLM and CAD to embed consideration of restricted substances and eco design into your standard design and business workflows.
Dr Arthur Fairfull,
Granta Design
12:30 Discussion and wrap-up All
13:00 LUNCH and networking with EMIT members   
14:00 Non-members: Optional one-to-one meetings with Granta  
14:00 Members: Members-only meeting begins (details: Password required )  

Who should attend?

Managers from materials engineering or similar functions will see how leading enterprises benefit from best practice materials data management. In addition to enhanced productivity and reduced risk in materials engineering, you will see how this technology can help your organization to comply with restricted substance regulations such as REACH.

Managers with responsibility for environmental compliance or REACH will learn about the importance of materials and process information in regulatory compliance, and see how building consideration of restricted substance and eco design issues into the design process is a low-cost, high-impact way to meet environmental objectives and reduce the risks of non-compliance and materials obsolescence.

Senior managers with responsibility for product development and engineering will see how proven materials information technology can integrate into your wider corporate IT system to help boost engineering productivity and address key issues raised by restricted substance regulations and environmental objectives.

Location information

The seminar will be held in the Buckingham House Conference Center at Murray Edwards College in the University of Cambridge. Location details