Materials Substitution and Equivalency

CES Selector enables you to find replacement materials when you face substitution or equivalency challenges:

  • Gain confidence as you make materials changes to increase product competitiveness, meeting strategic objectives on cost or eco impact
  • Respond quickly to materials supply disruptions, regulatory problems, increasing costs, or obsolescence
  • Reduce supply chain risk and support manufacturing in different regions with tools to consider dual sourcing and equivalency

How does CES Selector help?

Find similar tool helps substitution
Identify similar materials—smart tools to find materials with similar property profiles help you find equivalent grades of the same material, or different materials that match or improve on performance.
Comparison tables help you to quickly compare materials options and highlight problems
Compare and investigate materials options with graphical tools and comparison tables to explore the suitability of potential replacement materials and spot problems.
MaterialUniverse data Data for the full range of materials— study metals, plastics, composites, and more. Explore materials that you might might not otherwise use.
Data listing 
Materials selection chart for an automotive application Gain confidence and present results with a structured, systematic method, and highly visual property charts to help understanding and communication of material choices.

New for CES Selector 2017

  • Restricted substance risk indicators added for all materials—consider the REACH Candidate and SIN (Substitute IT Now) lists when choosing and comparing materials
  • Enhanced selection and comparison for metals—consider machining speed and susceptibility to Stress Corrosion Cracking
  • Price per unit volume added—particularly relevant for designs with fixed volume
  • Latest data on metals (MMPDS-10, StahlDat SX, SteelSpec, ASME BPVCIID) and polymers (Prospector Plastics,CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics)


Further information

Rational Selection in CES SelectorCase study: Tecumseh ventilation unit—cost saving through substitution

Air conditioning company Tecumseh reduced the cost and weight of a ventilation unit by replacing a metal with a plastic. This graph shows how they compared different plastic options. With over 2 million units made every year, savings were substantial.


Rational Selection in CES SelectorCase study: Metals replacement for an automotive transmission beam

Granta examined a typical case study of a manufacturer seeking alternative materials for a metal alloy automotive transmission cross-beam. We studied the suitablility of all metals, alloys, compostites and polymers to identify lighter, cheaper alternatives