GRANTA MI Version 9

Version 9—fast, enterprise-ready materials information management

GRANTA MI Version 9 makes it easier than ever to integrate 'material intelligence' across your enterprise, enabling you to get more from strategic, valuable corporate materials knowledge. This major annual release rolls up the upgrades and updates from the past 12 months, adds further enhancements, and delivers these capabilities to all GRANTA MI customers.

Using MI:Explore to search and view micrographs

Highlights of Version 9 include enabling some key workflows:

  • New controlled workflows for data entry and data requests
  • Tools for collecting and re-using knowledge and experience, including a powerful new PLM integration
  • Enhanced support for CAE model generation and deployment

Find out more at our webinar on December 15: Controlled workflows for vital materials data

See what's new since Version 8

Controlled, streamlined
data entry workflows
Controlled, streamlined 
entry workflows

 

Capture and re-use
knowledge and experience
Capture and re-use 
knowledge and experience

Enable important workflows such as data entry and data requests with enhancements to MI:Explore. Create simple, targeted web apps to add data in a controlled manner—e.g., enter test data via a simple form, this is automatically placed, named, and linked to related information. Review the status of your form submissions, and reduce administrative overhead by allowing more users to input more data directly, with reduced errors.
  Use MI:Explore forms to enter unstructured materials data—e.g., type notes from ‘lessons learnt’, drag and drop images (of failure modes, etc) directly into the datasheet. Use the new Collections capability to group materials, substances, coatings, processes, etc, then add notes to provide context and share them securely with colleagues. MI:Explore and MI:Connect enable these capabilities and more, reducing barriers to knowledge capture and re-use.

 

Fast import and access
to materials data
Fastest, most powerful
GRANTA MI version ever

 

New tools and apps for
scripting and data analysis
New tools and apps for 
scripting and data analysis

Delivering great performance is a key focus of GRANTA MI development. In the past year, users will have experienced: faster load-times for material datasheets; a ten-fold improvement in typical times to import typical large data sets; faster automatic linking of imported data to related information (important when capturing the context for data); faster data export times; and faster deletion of obsolete data.   New tools ensure consistency, traceability, and speed in processing data to generate simulation data or 'design allowables'. The MI:Simulation software package enhances support for generating accurate CAE input models, ensuring fully-traceable derivation of these models through the MI:Data Analysis Apps. The new MI:Scripting Toolkit enables users to tailor apps to their needs using languages such as MATLAB® and Python®.
 

Supporting product design and
engineering workflows
Supporting product design and
engineering workflows

 

Enhanced restricted substances
risk assessment
Enhanced restricted substances 
risk assessment

There are a host of new features in MI:Materials Gateway plug-ins. CAD users can ask for a variant material based on an existing specification, triggering a request to their materials team. Interoperability and consistency from CAD to CAE is improved, with material choices made in CAD now easily accessed in the CAE environment. Other enhancements for CAE support allow more fine-grained control over material models. Finally, any designers can now query the PLM system from a web app with questions like: “Where is this material used?”, to optimize design, and avoid problems.

  It is easier to apply updates of reference data from Granta on regulations, materials, and specifications, merging and linking these with in-house data. A new 'Substances to Specifications' report identifies which materials, coatings, or specifications contain particular chemical substances. Enterprises can then assess their exposure to risk and compliance obligations and take appropriate action to save time and cost due to disruptions downstream. The latest update of data module in the MI:Restricted Substances Package, which supports this reporting, is now available.
 

Materials data management
improvements (export enhancements)
Materials data management 
improvements (export enhancements)

 

An unrivalled collection of
materials reference data
An unrivalled collection of 
materials reference data

Version 9 makes it easier than ever to export more types of materials data from GRANTA MI to Excel® and other engineering software – a datasheet can be exported to Excel with just a single click. Exporters now support multiple files and images, as well as the export of subset information. Dozens of smaller improvements introduced over the last year have been rolled up into this release. Improved handling of large files also helps with storing simulation results in GRANTA MI.   The comprehensive GRANTA MI library of reference data on metals, composites, plastics, ceramics and natural materials has been updated—and all the data is available in one place. Updates include the aerospace reference MMPDS (version MMPDS-09), Prospector® Plastics, CAMPUS® Plastics, and the metal data modules SteelSpec, Stahldat SX and MI-21. Users can assess more alternatives to metals with improved coverage in MaterialUniverse for composites and polymers.
 

Support your composite
qualification workflow
Composite qualification tools

 

Manage vital IP in the development
of Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

Updated software and services support a rigorous, auditable composite qualification process, particularly where data traceability is important for regulatory and other purposes. New software tools for capturing, processing, and reporting on composite data have been added to the existing GRANTA MI:Composites software package. A new Granta service helps companies configure and deploy this technology to support their qualification workflows, e.g., for test requests, test matrix generation, capture of composites data, analysis, and management reporting.   GRANTA MI:Additive Manufacturing™ is a new software solution that overcomes the substantial data challenges of developing additively-manufactured parts. It incorporates industry best practices in managing vital material and process information in this area. It helps engineering enterprises: protect their investment and intellectual property in Additive Manufacturing research; build an in-depth knowledge-base that is a prerequisite for better understanding Additive Manufacturing processes; significantly reduce time-to-market by avoiding wasted effort and gaining valuable insights; and support the qualification and certification of additively-manufactured parts.
 

Previous releases: 8.1 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4.0 | 3.0 | 2.0 | 1.3 | 1.2 | 1.1