GRANTA MI 1.3

GRANTA MI 1.3 was released in mid-2007. This page details the enhancements in the 1.3 release.

Information on the next release, GRANTA MI 2.0 

Information on the previous release, GRANTA MI 1.2 

What was new in GRANTA MI 1.3?

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What was new by solution area

Accessing materials reference information

GRANTA MI 1.3 offers three new materials data modules: ASME (Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, IID, Materials), Medical Plastics, and Thermoplastic Elastomers. MMPDS (Mil-Handbook-5), CAMPUS plastics, and Prospector Plastics (previously known as 'IDES Plastics') have been updated, along with eco-design and material pricing data.

GRANTA MI 1.3 offers an enhanced experience: its is faster than 1.2; a new smart links feature helps to ensure that you always see up-to-date information and explore the full context for information; new data display and functional data features make browsing and using materials data, particularly complex data series, much easier.

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Materials data management

GRANTA MI 1.3 delivers powerful enterprise materials data management, optimized with extensive input from Granta customers—particularly the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC). MDMC members are among those rolling out full enterprise implementations of GRANTA MI for managing and deploying their materials data, exploiting features implemented in this new version. Key capabilities include smart links, which automate the capture and maintainenance of relationships between information. Such links capture corporate knowledge, allow users to explore the full context for data, and guarantee that the stored pedigree for data is accurate, complete, and easy to trace. Traceability is a vital feature in many areas of engineering. Improvements to data import and display, and new capabilities for handling functional data were all specified by MDMC members as important advances in the practical management and use of the large and complex datasets typical of materials test data.

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Materials strategy

Every engineering or manufacturing enterprise needs a materials strategy to address issues such as:

  • Inflationary, volatile, and uncertain raw material prices
  • Adopting new or substituted materials or processes
  • Rationalizing materials or suppliers
  • Complying with environmental legislation
  • Decisions about manufacturing location
  • Procuring equivalent materials at multi-national locations
  • Design bottlenecks due to problems in finding materials data

Developed in collaboration with the Materials Strategy Forum, Granta software helps you to define your strategy in a rational and systematic way, and to implement it across your enterprise. The key component of this software is the Enterprise Materials Optimizer (GRANTA MI:EMO). First available in the previous version of GRANTA MI, this technology has now been refined to create a robust tool validated through use in initial customer environments.  New features, focused on enhanced usability, make MI:EMO compelling for any organization that needs to consider materials selection or substitution – and that wants broad access to the technology without the need for extensive user training.

In order to make the right decisions, you also need the right data. GRANTA MI helps you to manage your in-house data (see new data management features, above). Granta also provides an extensive library of reference data. Granta’s MaterialsUniverse and ProcessUniverse data modules provide fundamental information for analysis of materials strategy, to be enhanced with a company’s proprietary data.  Essential to 'cost per unit function' assessments, prices for over 3,000 generic materials have now been updated using an improved price model.  Further new or enhanced reference data is available for stainless steels and nickel alloys, aerospace materials, eco-design, thermoplastic elastomers, and medical plastics.


Materials support for PLM

With GRANTA MI it is simple to create exporters—tools that allow data to be transferred to any PLM software that publishes its file input formats. Granta provides a series of ready-made exporters for common CAE software. With version 1.3, exporters are available for ABAQUS, ANSYS Workbench, COSMOS/M, NASTRAN, Patran, and Pro/Engineer software. For interactive operation from within a CAD or CAE system, GRANTA MI also enables complete integration with CAE software via its application programming interfaces.


What was new for specific industry sectors

AerospaceEnergyAerospace and energy

GRANTA MI 1.3 offers outstanding capabilities for lab data management, developed in collaboration with the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC)—a project of 15 leading aerospace and energy organizations, including NASA, Rolls-Royce, GE—Aviation, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, and Los Alamos National Labs. MDMC members are rolling out full enterprise implementations of GRANTA MI to manage and deploy their materials data, exploiting the features implemented in this new version. Key capabilities include smart links, which automate the capture and maintenance of relationships between information. These links capture corporate knowledge, allow users to explore the full context for data, and guarantee that the stored pedigree for data is accurate, complete, and easy to trace. Traceability is essential to aerospace engineers. Improvements to data import and display, and new capabilities for handling functional data were all specified by MDMC members as important advances.

GRANTA MI 1.3 also updates key reference data—offering the latest MMPDS-02 database of aerospace alloys and, for the first time in GRANTA MI, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel materials data.

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ManufacturingIndustrial, consumer & other manufacturing

GRANTA MI 1.3 helps you to develop and implement materials strategies that enable you to avoid cost, comply with environmental regulations, and improve product performance. The benefits of a materials strategy are particularly pertinent to general manufacturing companies (or groups) where a large number of materials are specified for a large number of components, with the potential for significant rationalization

Granta works with the Materials Strategy Forum, a collaboration involving leading manufacturing enterprises, to develop the Enterprise Materials Optimizer (GRANTA MI:EMO). First available in the previous version of GRANTA MI, this technology has now been refined to create a robust tool validated through use in customer environments.  MI:EMO is compelling for any organization that needs to consider materials selection or substitution – and that wants broad access to the technology without the need for extensive user training.

To make the right decisions you also need the right reference data. Granta’s MaterialsUniverse and ProcessUniverse data modules provide fundamental information for analysis of materials strategy, to be enhanced with a company’s proprietary data.  Essential to 'cost per unit function' assessments, prices for over 3,000 generic materials have now been updated using an improved price model.  Further new or enhanced materials reference data is now available for stainless steels and nickel alloys, aerospace materials, eco-design, thermoplastic elastomers, and medical plastics.

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Medical devicesMedical devices

GRANTA MI 1.3 represents a powerful new solution for medical device organizations. Enhancements to the system's data management capabilities, including smart links and new features for data import and display are particularly useful for enterprises, such as medical device companies, where traceability and the handling of complex materials-related data are important. This improved ability to manage proprietary materials data is coupled with access to a unique compendium of medical device-related reference information. Granta and ASM recently released the Materials for Medical Devices database, which can be accessed via GRANTA MI. Now you can augment this powerful medical device tool with new data on medical plastics, available within the updated MaterialUniverse data module.

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Plastics

GRANTA MI 1.3 provides manufacturers and users of plastics with more design and analysis options. Granta has developed two brand new resources for plastics selection and positioning:a thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and medical plastics; and the well-known CAMPUS and IDES databases have been updated. The MI Enterprise Materials Optimizer module helps you to apply the available information to make strategic decisions relating to materials, for example, in optimizing your usage of different grades of plastics. For producers of materials – the Enterprise Materials Optimizer brings ease of use to positioning new materials relative to existing ones, to selecting the best materials for customers’ applications, and to quantifying their advantages.

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Complete list of new features

Enterprise Materials Optimizer

GRANTA MI:EMO—click for a larger imageGRANTA MI:EMO provides the Enterprise Materials Optimizer technology—unique software that helps engineering and manufacturing enterprises define and implement a strategy for making materials decisions in a consistent and systematic way. You can study and optimize a combination of functional requirements, such as mechanical performance, and business objectives, such as cost. You can capture your analysis and decisions and make them available to colleagues via simple-to-use web based tools, so that the strategy can be applied throughout the company in day-to-day materials selections and substitutions.

MI:EMO was first released in GRANTA MI 1.2. Working closely with users at major manufacturing enterprises, Granta has refined the product to create an enhanced, robust tool in GRANTA MI 1.3, with particular emphasis on ease of use.  Intuitive new user interface features make it simple to define criteria when identifying materials to meet specific functions, objectives, and constraints – and it is easier to apply the results of such selections to practical projects. For example, you can generate a ranked list or graphical analysis of performance relative to a reference material—very useful tools that enable you to quantify the assessment of substitution candidates. Other new capabilities make it easier to quickly explore a range of alternatives. For example, selection criteria can be easily re-applied to a new set of candidate materials, enabling designers to work initially from a list of preferred materials – but then, if required, to progressively widen the search in a systematic way.

These and other changes have further enhanced the performance and usability of GRANTA MI:EMO, validated by experience and feedback from initial customers. The result is a powerful tool to help you optimize your materials strategy.


Smart links

The new 'smart links' feature helps you to manage information about the vital relationships between objects in your materials database. It automates the creation and maintenance of links between these objects. Examples of its use are:

  • Capturing pedigree—lab tests referencing a particular materials batch can be automatically linked to the record for that batch as they are imported to the system.
  • Controlling pedigree—materials authorities have more control over how relationships are specified. This helps them to ensure, for example, that a test can never be inadvertantly linked to more than a single batch of material.
  • Change and process management—if an item of data on a record is changed, then the system automatically recognizes and implements resulting changes in the links to other records. For example, if a field recording the progress of a material through a particular set of tests changes to "Done", then another record containing links to all materials that have completed testing would be updated automatically.

This new feature is extremely valuable for organizations wishing to manage large volumes of inter-related materials data (such as test data), especially for applications where traceability is important.


Functional data

GRANTA MI showing functional data—in this case creep data for an alloy. Click for a larger image.GRANTA MI 1.3 contains significantly enhanced features for handling functional data—the format required for multi-dimensional data such as temperature-dependant materials properties. These features include better tools for dealing with datasets, such as creep or fatigue data, that consist of a large number of data series; improved presentation and labeling of graphs; and easier export to spreadsheet utilities such as Excel.

There are also improvements to the management of 'discrete' data—i.e., data where a property is described not by a curve or series of numbers, but by a non-numerical value. An example might be the rating of corrosion resistance as 'Very good', 'Good', 'Poor', and so on... Such data may be plotted against other discrete data or against numerical data or functions. Information systems often display such a mixture of data types poorly. GRANTA MI now makes smart decisions about the best format for such plots—delivering them either as a table or a graph, while allowing the user to switch quickly to alternatives. The result is that it is quicker and easier to view, understand, and analyze data.


Data import enhancements

MI:Toolbox supports higher-intensity import, export, analysis, and processing tasks—such as loading results from a testing program. New options in the functionality for bulk import of test data include the ability to capture the source files for this data into the database. This enhances the traceability of that data.


Data display

More options have been added when displaying the full contents of a datasheet stored within the GRANTA MI database. Users can now choose to show the full "metadata" that records the context for a datasheet, and to list all of the data-to-data links between data objects on the datasheet and other items of data in the database. Conversely, a new streamlined display option allows users to suppress the display of metadata, data-to-data links, and graphical data, while providing an icon to indicate the presence of this data. This provides a condensed version of the datasheet that is quicker to view, but which allows the user to instantly click through to the full information.


New and updated reference data

New or recent updates to the reference data available with GRANTA MI include:

  • MMPDS-02—an updated version of the authoritative reference for design allowable data relating to the metallic materials used in aerospace and similar high performance engineering applications. MMPDS-02 was previously available in searchable PDF form within the GRANTA MI database. The 'live' property data is now available within the system for easy comparison, analysis, manipulation, and export. More on MMPDS...
  • ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Part II-D, Materials—Granta is now able to offer electronic access to this leading source of standards information and specifications relating to materials for use in boilers, pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant componenets. More on the ASME data module...
  • Thermoplastics elastomers (TPE's)—a new dataset available within the MaterialUniverse data module provides a structured classification, covering materials such as SBS, PVC elastomer, TPO, POE/POP, SEBS, TPV, TPU, TEEE, PEBA, and MPR. More on TPE data...
  • Medical plastics —What is the full choice of biocompatible (USP Class VI or ISO 10993) plastics that I can consider for my medical device? Which of these are suitable for my design? Is there a better material than the one I have used before? A new data module is now available to answer these questions. A key task in this development has been to assemble sterilizability data—materials can be selected based on their durability to ethylene oxide, radiation, or steam autoclave processes. More...
  • Price data—new, estimated prices for over 3,000 materials have been generated using an improved and updated price model. More on MaterialUniverse...
  • Eco-data - updated data for: embodied energy, CO2 footprint of materials, and processing energies. More on Eco Selector properties...
  • CAMPUS and IDES data—the latest versions of these key plastics data modules, covering over 50,000 grades of plastic resin are now available. More on the Plastics data series...
  • Stainless steels and nickel alloys—new data to support materials substitution. Not yet in the standard software, but contact us for details.