Granta and ANSYS Apply Materials Data to Empower Product Design

Collaboration will streamline CAE processes

Southpointe, PA, and Cambridge, UK, 13 June 2006 ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, and Granta Design Ltd., the leader in materials information management, today announced the interoperability of their systems.

ANSYS® Workbench™ users in engineering design now can easily import and apply critical materials data from GRANTA MI™, Granta’s powerful ‘material intelligence’ system. This allows engineers in industries like aerospace, defense, energy and medical devices to use the best available information in product analysis and design. The technology enabling this integration is bundled with all GRANTA MI installations.

“This collaboration addresses a requirement for our customers,” said Mike Wheeler, vice president and general manager at ANSYS, Inc. “Companies seeking to improve design, safety and reliability and reduce cost want to manage and use their material property data more effectively. These users want to use this data within their well-established workflows and have direct access to it from within their ANSYS Workbench applications.”

Granta and the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC) developed GRANTA MI to enable enterprise management and application of materials data. Consortium members include ASM International, Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratories, and the U.S. Navy. GRANTA MI lets materials experts create and administer a corporate materials information resource, combining and maintaining data from in-house tests, proprietary sources and external references. Other engineers can easily access and apply any data that they have permission to use. ANSYS users now can import this data quickly to their familiar ANSYS Workbench environment. GRANTA MI ensures data consistency, accuracy and traceability across the enterprise.

ANSYS users also will benefit from GRANTA MI’s unrivalled third-party reference data collection, including: MMPDS aerospace metals and fasteners (formerly MIL-HDBK-5), MIL-HDBK-17 composites, ESDU aerospace metallic materials data handbook, ASM data, CAMPUS and Prospector Plastics (previously known as 'IDES Plastics') data, RAPRA chemical resistance data, NIST lead-free solders and Granta’s broad MaterialUniverse database.

“This development widens access to Granta’s unique material intelligence,” commented Dr David Cebon, Managing Director at Granta. “We are delighted to work with an industry leader like ANSYS in combining the benefits of high quality materials information and computer-aided engineering simulation.”

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit for more information.   ANSYS, ANSYS Workbench, CFX, AUTODYN, FLUENT and any and all ANSYS, Inc. product and service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of ANSYS, Inc. or its subsidiaries located in the United States or other countries. ICEM CFD is a trademark licensed by ANSYS, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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