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CES Selector 2009

Granta announced CES Selector 2009, the latest version of the unique PC software for materials and process selection. The 2008 release was a major step forward for CES Selector and its application in practical design and materials selection. The 2009 version builds on this progress with usability enhancements, new features, and extended data. Highlights including:

  • Enabling full lifecycle eco audits using the Eco Audit Tool
  • New support for the concept of preferred materials—of value in making practical choices in industrial design
  • New features of particular relevance to packaging materials
  • Extended coverage of medical plastics
  • A quicker, easier, and more auditable materials selection process for every user

"What does CES Selector 2009 do for me?"

You Benefits of CES Selector 2009 Key new features
An expert CES Selector user Enhance your use of CES Selector. A 'favorites' feature helps you quickly identify preferred materials during selection projects. Comments offer greater auditability. Get the latest engineering, price, and eco data - Favorites list
- Comments
- Usability, productivity...
- New data
Any designer or engineer Benefit from new or enhanced tools that make CES Selector quicker to learn and easier to use. Apply the latest engineering, price, and eco data to enable rational materials selection - Guidance charts
- Performance index finder
- Usability, productivity...
- New data
Interested in eco design Quickly estimate the environmental impact of a product throughout its full lifecycle—including end of life - Eco Audit Tool
- Eco properties
Interested in packaging applications The eco audit capability is of particular use in packaging applications. Improvements to the performance index finder make it easy to study permeability. - Eco Audit Tool
- Performance index finder
A medical device designer Quickly identify qualified materials and compare their performance to alternatives. Improve auditability of decisions with the new comments feature. Benefit from new specialist medical data - Favorites list
- Comments
- Medical data
A plastics engineer Apply updated plastics data from Granta and the latest versions of the CAMPUS and IDES databases - Plastics data
An aerospace engineer Access the latest MMPDS-04 data - MMPDS-04

New features

CES Eco Selector—Eco Audit Tool and data enhancements

Eco Audit Tool graphs showing end of life phaseEco Audit Tool—This novel tool for quickly estimating the likely environmental impact of a product during eco design was released last year. The new version includes many enhancements based on user feedback, improving its practicality and value:

  • 'End of life' (landfill, combust, downycle, recycle, re-engineer, or re-use) is now considered in the audit, giving a complete picture of the product lifecycle
  • The recycle content of a material can now be included in calculations
  • A series of minor changes enhance usability—for example, CO2 footprint calculations can be localized based on the electricity mix of the country of use

More on the Eco Audit Tool 

Eco Property Data—the Eco MaterialUniverse data module used to support the Eco Audit Tool and selection based on environmental properties has been enhanced as follows:

  • New 'Heat of combustion (net)' and 'Combustion CO2' attributes
  • End of life attributes (recycle, downcycle, combust for energy recovery and landfill) revised and updated
  • New records, containing environmental data only, for rechargeable batteries, liquid crystal displays, printed circuit board assemblies and handheld electronic devices—used by eco audit tool
  • Environmental data for processing revised and updated
  • Attribute notes for environmental properties revised

More on the Eco MaterialUniverse data 


Materials selection and analysis

Guidance charts—A new software feature improves the interactivity of the materials selection process. When setting limit constraints on a materials property during selection you can now view a 'guidance chart' (below) that provides a quick visual indication of the range of values for that property in the current database. This helps you to select values that identify the appropriate part of materials space.

Guidance chart in CES Selector

Favorites list -You can now maintain a list of 'favorite' materials within CES Selector. These are identified with a star when browsing the database and in results lists, and can be highlighted on graphs (below). You could set this list to be, for example, your company's 'preferred materials' list, or materials that you currently use. You can now very quickly and easily see how the performance of these materials compares with other candidate materials for your application, helping you to consider substitutions and answer questions like 'is it worth investigating alternatives to my current preferred materials?'

Highlighting favourites on a chart

Using the favourites list—the graph shows a trade-off between different plastics for a specific design application. All plastics that are available from a particular manufacturer have been added to a favourites list and can be highlighted by clicking the star icon.

Performance index finder—The performance index finder tool, added last year, provided users with a powerful visual means to quickly identify the combination of properties that needs to be minimized or maximized in order to make an optimal materials choice for a particular design objective. The index finder has been widely welcomed by users as a great step forward in usability for CES Selector. It is based around a simple graphical menu that allows you to identify the design scenario closest to your application. A number of new scenarios have been added in CES Selector 2009, including those below. Making it easy to specify objectives relating to gas permeability is particularly helpful for packaging applications.

New design scenarios have been added to the performance index finder

Comments—You can now add comments to any selection stage or report and save these with your CES Selector project. This greatly aids auditability—it is much easier to record and later find out why you made a particular materials choice.


Usability, productivity, presentation

Selection chart showing labeling of family bubbles. Click for full screenshotYou will find CES Selector 2009 faster, easier-to-use, and more attractive than ever, with enhancements including:

  • Attribute notes linked to properties in limit stages of selection so that you can quickly access background information on unfamiliar properties
  • Easy multiple selection of items in results lists and on graphs—quickly apply operations such as labeling, highlighting, and adding to favorites
  • Labelling of 'family' envelopes (illustrated above)
  • Toolbar and menu improvements for easier access to key features

CES Selector (Basic Edition)—data updates

MaterialUniverse data tree

The core MaterialUniverse data available with CES Selector (Basic Edition) covers 3,700 materials types across the full range of material classes (right). A number of additions and updates have been made to this data.

Prices—new estimated prices for over 3,000 materials have been generated using an improved and updated price model.

Property data—enhancements include:

  • New attributes for 'Similar grades' and 'Standards' for copper alloys.  Standards organizations extended from EN (European) to include GOST (Russian), JIS (Japanese) and GB (Chinese)
  • New 'Carbon equivalency' attribute for steels—this indicates the weldability of the material
  • New records for hybrid and coated materials commonly used in building and construction: e.g., laminated glass, low-e glass, galzanized steel...
  • A new four point scale indicating durability
  • An upgraded rating scale for UV radiation (sunlight) resistance
More on the MaterialUniverse data 

CES Medical Selector—new medical data

New material classes and records have been added to materials for which specialist medical data is available in the Medical MaterialUniverse data module.

Plastic used in a hip joint Surgical gloves A meniscal knee replacement—the "meniscus" is UHMWPE

The 6 new polymer classes covered are:

  • COP
  • PA-MXD6
  • PC+PPC
  • PEI+PCE
  • PEEK- modified
  • PEKK

38 new material records have been added.


CES Polymer Selector—new plastics data

The following data enhancements and updates provide new polymer data:

PolymerUniverse data module:

  • New ‘Polymer type full name’ attribute
  • Revised and updated tradenames and typical uses information
  • Simplified folder structure to aid browsing of the database

CAMPUS data module:

  • The latest CAMPUS ISO comparable standards information
  • New Information on approx. 5,800 resins from 21 leading vendors

The Prospector Plastics (previously known as 'IDES Plastics') data module:

  • A 10% increase in the number of grades covered
  • Updates to manufacturer details to account for mergers and acquisitions in polymer manufacturing
  • The module now covers approximately 77,000 datasheets for specific resin grades and around 725 suppliers worldwide

CES Aero Selector—updated MMPDS-04

The latest version of the MMPDS data for aerospace alloys and fasteners is now available. MMPDS-04  adds five new materials (Ferrium S53 high alloy steel, 2050, 6156 and 7056 aluminum alloys, and Toughmet 3 copper alloy) and includes updates to design and graphical data.

Previous versions:| CES Selector 2008 | CES Selector 2007

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