Enhanced software helps aerospace to avoid restricted substance risks

Boeing to speak at web seminar on May 24; Granta invests in next phase of project

Cambridge, UK – May 5, 2016. EMIT Consortium Granta Design has announced the latest enhancements to its GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances™ software, which helps aerospace and other engineering enterprises to de-risk their materials and processes, to design for compliance, and to analyze products and report on compliance risk for existing products. New developments include extended reference data to fill gaps in in-house information, enhanced tools to manage proprietary knowledge, and fast apps to answer business-critical questions such as "which of my specifications contain at-risk substances?" These were reviewed at last month's meeting of the Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium in Cambridge, UK. Members include Airbus, Boeing, Emerson Electric, GKN Aerospace, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, and Pratt & Whitney. Boeing's restricted substance project will be covered at an upcoming webinar, which will also demonstrate the latest software.

Risks associated with restricted substance regulations (e.g., the European Union’s REACH) include: legal liability, non-compliance costs, re-design, product recalls, and inability to service products due to material obsolescence. Minimizing these risks is difficult. Companies must keep up with shifting global regulations and gather data from suppliers and throughout their organizations. They must often navigate complex combinations of materials, processes, and specifications, or report on legacy products described by ‘Bills of Materials’ that are in diverse formats, dispersed, and disconnected from data or tools that could facilitate analysis.

Analyzing substance risk for a product, including surface treatment specifications

Analyzing substance risk for a product, including surface treatment specifications.

Materials and related processes and specifications are the source of most restricted substance issues. So a unique strength of MI:Restricted Substances is that it is built on GRANTA MI™, the industry-leading system for materials information management. In-house information managed in GRANTA MI is then linked to a regularly-updated database of 8,000+ substances and 100+ international regulations that restrict their use. Software tools enable users to apply the resulting knowledge-base to analyze risk not only for specifications, materials, and processes, but also for designs and products.

The latest enhancements are:

• Updated data on regulations including the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans and the EU RoHS2, China RoHS2, CoRAP, and CLP Regulation lists

• Optimized tools supporting the complex process of merging data updates with in-house information

• New features to account for multiple surface treatments when reporting on product compliance

• Fast, more responsive apps and reports.

Developments are prioritized and reviewed by EMIT members—a collaborative approach that ensures MI:Restricted Substances remains focused on the needs of industry. At the Cambridge meeting in April, members also agreed the ongoing long-term development strategy for the project.

Peter Mezey, of Boeing, will be the guest speaker in a web seminar on: ‘Experiences in Restricted Substance Risk Management’ on May 24.

“We’re pleased to announce the latest enhancements to our Restricted Substance solution and thank the EMIT Consortium members for their continued support of this industry collaboration,” said Professor David Cebon, Managing Director of Granta Design. “This is one more step in a long-term strategic project. At Granta, we’re now recruiting further team members to help deliver the next phase.”

Software development and engineering roles to support this project are among 20 new jobs that have been opened up as part of a ‘Granta is Growing’ recruitment campaign: www.grantadesign.com/jobs.

Further information

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Product information: http://www.grantadesign.com/products/mi/restricted/


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