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?
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.
Compare and investigate materials options with graphical tools and comparison tables to explore the suitability of potential replacement materials and spot problems.
Data for the full range of materials— study metals, plastics, composites, and more. Explore materials that you might might not otherwise use.
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)
Case 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.
Case 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