EMIT Consortium

The Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium is a collaborative project that develops and applies materials information technology solutions to critical address environmental objectives and regulations during product design. Members:

EADS Astrium Satellites
Emerson Electric
Granta Design
Lockheed Martin
US Army Research Labs

Read a report from the last EMIT meeting & open seminar 

Seminar: Restricted Substances, Materials Data, and Eco Design

Emerson Advanced Design Center, Columbus, OH

Oct 3, 2012 (9am-2pm)

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

Please note the information below on security at the venue and register as soon as possible.

Manufacturing enterprises are looking for solutions to the challenges of restricted substance regulations along with other materials-related and environmental objectives. They are asking questions like:

  • How do you assess and manage business risk linked to restricted substances?
  • Can you reduce the cost of compliance by designing out hazardous substances during early design?
  • How can eco design meet corporate sustainability goals?
  • 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 cost least for most impact?
  • How do we manage the materials data associated with these and other business-critical issues?

This seminar provides a chance to meet a group of companies that is answering these questions. It immediately precedes the next EMIT Consortium Meeting and the program includes case study presentations from members including Emerson Electric and Honeywell.

More on the 9th EMIT Consortium Meeting (behind member's password) 

What topics will be covered?

  • The business-critical nature of restricted substance and eco design challenges, and how 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 to join the EMIT Consortium and help drive the development of this solution.

Outline agenda

Time Topic Who?
9am Registration Opens  
9.30 Welcome, agenda review, introductions   
9.45 Challenges of restricted substance regulations and eco design
An overview of key eco regulation and eco design business issues. How the EMIT Consortium is addressing these issues and the expected business benefits of doing so.
Dr David Cebon
Granta Design
10.10 Consortium Member Presentation 1—Emerson Electric Dr Bob Rivett
Emerson Electric
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
12.10pm 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.
Granta Design
12.30 Discussion and wrap-up All
1.00 LUNCH and networking with EMIT members   
2.00 Non-members: Optional one-to-one meetings with Granta  
2.00 Members: Members-only meeting begins  

Who should attend?

This session is open to any manufacturing or engineering organization with an interest in eco regulation and design or the work of the EMIT Consortium.

Product Stewardship 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.

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.

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.


The meeting will be held at the Emerson Advanced Design Center, located within the Battelle Headquarters at 505 King Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201-2696.

You can find directions at http://www.battelle.org/about-us/office-locations/.

Please note: security requirements are that the names of non-US citizens must be provided to Battelle two weeks ahead of the event and US citizens names must be provided during the week before the meeting. Please register as soon as possible in order to enable this process. Many thanks.