Archive of CES Selector Web Training

All CES Selector users are invited to participate in online training sessions. Held on alternate months, the sessions include presentations and practical demonstrations, followed by questions and answers with Granta experts. There is no cost for attending these hour-long web training events, which will show you how to make the most of your CES Selector software to give you the competitive advantage in materials strategy.

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2017

September 5: What's New in CES Selector 2018

CES Selector 2018 will be launched in the fall of 2017.

This training session will give a preview of the new developments which, based on user feedback, focus on expanding the data available and enhancing the user experience.

July 4: How and when to apply the different selection methodologies and tools in CES Selector

CES Selector includes a range of data modules and tools to help users solve material issues. However, it is important to understand how and when to apply the different tools and methodologies, as the 'best' approach depends on both the type of material issue and the level of information available.

This session reviewed the different types of material issues and introduce the concept of a 'material selection decision tree' to help establish which tools and selection methodology to apply.

May 2: Engineering Solver – Convert engineering requirements into material properties

Design requirements are often specified in terms of engineering requirements rather than material properties. For example, I have a cantilever beam of length x, it has a load of y applied to the end and it must not deflect more than z. In order to find materials that meet these requirements it is necessary to convert these requirements into target strength and stiffness value. This can be done by referring to text’s such as ‘Roak’s formulas for stress and strain’ or you can use the Engineering Solver in CES Selector.

This session covered the Engineering Solver and showed how it can be applied in material selection projects.

March 17: Applying coupling lines – Designs with multiple constraints

For many components, failure can occur by more than one mechanism. For example, a rod loaded in compression can fail by direct compressive failure of the material or by localized buckling, with the actual failure mode being dependent on the both the component geometry and the choice of material. This session explained how you can use coupling lines to consider both failure modes and identify optimal solutions.

January 17: How to apply performance indices

This session showed different ways of applying performance indices in material selection, including:

  • When to use index lines and/or combined properties
  • Trading off multiple objectives: trade-off curves and penalty functions
  • Considering multiple constraints and coupling lines.

2016

November 1: Using the Eco Audit Tool

The Eco Audit Tool in CES Selector is used to quickly estimate the environmental impact of a product in the early stages of design, where there is still opportunity to change both the materials and design. This session gave an overview of the Eco Audit tool and the data used, and showed how it can be combined with the material selection tools in CES Selector to find alternative materials with lower environmental impact, including:

  • Initial assessment of the product’s environmental impact
  • Review of strategies to reduce its impact
  • Identification of alternative materials with the correct balance between performance, cost and environmental impact
  • Reassessment of environmental impact.

September 6: What's new in CES Selector 2017

The latest version of CES Selector will be launched in the fall of 2016. This training session gave a preview of the new developments, highlight some features, and showed you how to use them, including:

  • Consider restricted substances when screening for materials—using the new Restricted Substance indicators (REACH Candidate List, SIN list) attributes in MaterialUniverse
  • Enhanced selection of metals in MaterialUniverse—using the new ‘Machining speed’ and ‘Stress corrosion cracking’ attributes
  • Illustrate trade-off curves, trends and key points on charts—using the new curve and arrow annotation tools
  • Increased readability of datasheets
  • Access to the latest data.

July 5: Techniques for defining your design requirements

In order to successfully select materials for an application, it is imperative that you know or define the design requirements. This is not as easy as it sounds, particularly if you are working on a new application or are considering new materials. This training session covered:

  • How to answer questions such as: what properties are important, what level of performance is required, what are the load conditions, what medium to long term mechanisms do I need to consider, are drop and transit conditions more severe than the operating conditions..?
  • Techniques for investigating and defining the design requirements for an application, using CES Selector and other readily available resources.

May 3: Understanding and applying performance indices

Performance, or material, indices are a key component of the systematic selection methodology, pioneered by Prof. Mike Ashby. These are combinations of material properties that enable optimal materials to be identified based on the material load conditions, limiting constraint and design objective. This training session covered:

  • What are performance indices and how are they derived?
  • When to use them?
  • How to apply them in selection projects using the ‘Performance Index Finder’
  • The impact that geometry and load condition have on the performance index and choice of materials.

Mar 1: Customizing CES Selector for your needs

This session provides some hints and tips on how to customize the charts and records in CES Selector to suit your needs. It will demonstrate some of the new charting features available in CES Selector 2016, as well as drawing on the core functionality, and will cover:

  • How to identify and focus on your preferred materials and suppliers
  • Adding data for in-house materials
  • Customization and export of charts for presentations and reports.

Jan 16: How to use the new Part Cost Estimator

This session will explore the use of the new Part Cost Estimator, a useful tool in CES Selector 2016 enabling you to calculate the cost for a part, taking account of the material selected and other factors. This training session will:

  • Run through the Part Cost Estimator and cover the methodology used
  • Review the factors considered by the model
  • Demonstrate how to apply it in material selection studies

2015

Nov 3: Getting the most from the Find Similar tool

This session will explore the use of the Find Similar tool, a useful feature in CES Selector enabling you to identify materials with a similar property profile to a reference material. This training session will:

  • Review how to find alternative materials when looking for substitutes or equivalents
  • Demonstrate how you can control which properties are most important in this search
  • Recommend when, and how, to apply this tool.

Sep 8: What's new in CES Selector 2016?

The latest version of CES Selector will include a number of new features and enhancements. This training session will highlight some of these features, and show you how to use them, including:

  • A new Part Cost Estimator to account for materials and shaping processes
  • Enhanced charting with multiple lines, boxes and display lines
  • An expanded Performance Index Finder to include situations where cross-sectional shape can vary.

July 7: Techniques for finding & selecting materials using CES Selector

There are many different ways of finding and selecting materials in CES Selector. The most appropriate technique depends on the amount of information available about design requirements, the level of freedom you have over the design, and the dataset you are using. This training session will:

  • Review the main categories of material selection
  • Demonstrate different techniques for selecting materials in CES Selector
  • Recommend when, and how, to apply each technique

May 5: When to use performance indices in the selection of materials

  • What are performance indices?
  • When should I use performance indices?
  • Understanding the impact of component geometry and load condition on the performance index and choice of materials

March 3: Adding in-house or custom data and comparing against existing materials

Users often ask how they can supplement the data provided in CES Selector with their own in-house data, so they can compare their grades with other materials. This session will demonstrate the main techniques for adding data, and cover the benefits of each approach and when to use them. You'll learn how to:

  • Add data using the ‘User Defined Record’ feature in CES Selector
  • Add data using CES Constructor, including the bulk import of data using Excel importers
  • Export data from GRANTA MI databases into CES Selector

2014

January 7: 'Approaches for defining appropriate design constraints for your product'

When selecting new or replacement materials, one of the main challenges is identifying and specifying the key design constraints. For example, what properties are important and what values are appropriate for my application? This session looks at different approaches that can be applied to address this issue using the data and tools in CES Selector. We will cover:

  • What is a design constraint?
  • Common techniques used for defining constraints.
  • How to use the data and tools in CES Selector to provide guidance on suitable design requirements for your application.

How to use performance indices to identify optimal materials

On Tuesday March 4, Granta's experts will be looking at how to get the most from the powerful Performance Index finder capability in CES Selector.

Agenda:

  • Overview of the Rational Selection Methodology
  • Explanation of performance indices
  • The importance of having the freedom to change the part geometry ("the free variable")—and what to do if it is fixed
  • Identifying optimal materials using CES Selector's selection and visualization tools

Who should attend?

  • Current CES Selector users—Get the most from your CES Selector software. Make sure that you benefit from the rational selection method and CES Selector's selection and visualization tools.
  • Any Granta licence holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join these training sessions to find out more about rational selection.

Metals—Finding equivalent & alternative grades

On Tuesday May 6 Granta's experts will focus on the metals data in CES Selector and demonstrate a number of techniques for finding alternatives. Join us to consider a number of different scenarios for a metal case study component and demonstrate how and when to apply each technique.

Who should attend?

  • Material specialists, product designers, purchasing—See how the new tools in CES Selector 2014 can help you identify equivalent designations and standards for the replacement of obsolete grades and equivalents that are available, or commonly used,  at your global manufacturing facilities.
  • Any current CES Selector users—Get the most from your CES Selector software. Make sure that you benefit from great new features that save time and provide new analysis options.
  • Any Granta licence holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join the session on May 6 to find out about enhancements in the latest version.

Getting the most out of the ‘Find Similar’ tool

The ‘Find Similar’ tool was first introduced in CES Selector 2013 and enhanced in the CES Selector 2014 release. On Tuesday July 1, Granta's experts will focus on the capabilities of this tool and demonstrate how it can be used, and customized, to find alternatives to existing materials. The presentation will cover the following areas:

  • Explanation and demonstration of the functionality and how it integrates with the standard selection tools
  • Customization of the nearness criteria to suit your design requirements
  • How to find alternatives for materials not supplied in one of the standard data modules

Who should attend?

  • Material specialists, product designers, purchasing—See how the Find Similar tool can be used to find an alternative material with a similar property profile
  • Any current CES Selector users—Make sure that you benefit from the full capability of this recently introduced functionality
  • Any Granta license holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join the session on July 1 to find out about recent enhancements.

"What's New in CES Selector 2015"

Join Tuesday’s CES Selector User Training for a preview of what’s coming in this Fall’s CES Selector 2015 release.

  • See the new tool for converting engineering requirements into material constraints. For example, determining the minimum strength and stiffness required to limit the deflection of a cantilever beam to X mm, when subjected to a specified end load.
  • Find out how CES Selector 2015 can help reduce environmental and supply risk, with enhanced traceability of environmental data and new data on critical materials and related risk factors.
  • Learn about the latest enhancements to FEA Exporters, including export to: Abaqus 6, ANSYS Classic, ANSYS Workbench, NX Nastran, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, SOLIDWORKS
  • Discover how CES Selector 2015 provides enhanced support for metals equivalency, with quick links between both equivalent and similar grades.
  • See how new medical links give subscribers direct access to the relevant datasheets in ASM Medical Materials.

2013

November: Polymer replacement – finding alternative grades/ suppliers

Our next interactive CES Selector training session will look at "Polymer replacement – finding alternative grades/ suppliers", on Tuesday, November 5. This session will highlight how new data and tools in CES Selector 2014 can be used to support those working with polymers.

Agenda:

  • Overview of the new M-Base & CAMPUS Plastics data module.
  • Explore the enhanced data structure for Prospector Plastics (previously known as 'IDES Plastics'). Demonstrations will include how you can screen materials on applications and key features.
  • Demonstration of how the new dropdown lists in the Limit stages simplifies specification of requirements.
  • How to specify your own nearness criteria in Version 2 of CES Selector’s ‘Find Similar Tool’ .

Benefits of attending:

  • See how the new data and software developments can simplify the process of finding polymers / polymer replacements.
  • See demonstrations of new and alternative ways for finding polymer replacements in CES Selector.

What's new in CES Selector 2014?

Based on customer feedback and our user experience test program the developments for this release have focused on enhancing the usability of the product. This includes: a new product homepage, new overview records for generic material classes in MaterialUniverse, an upgraded version of 'Find Similar ', and numerous data developments.

Adding in-house and custom data (Jul 2)

While Granta is able to supply highly comprehensive materials reference data, you will often want to build on this, adding in-house data, supplier data on specific grades, the latest material developments, or perhaps the latest 'wonder material' publicized in the press… This session will look at different options for adding data and when each technique should be used. Whether you have been using CES Selector for many years, or have only recently started working with it, register for the regular training sessions (at no additional cost) to be kept up to date with agendas and joining instructions.

Who should attend?

CES Selector users and any Granta licence holder—even if you have not used CES Selector recently, join these training session to find out more about how you can add to the data provided. This session will be of particular interest to those who develop and characterise new materials and are interested in how they and other new materials being introduced to the market, compare against more established materials, as well as any:

  • Material producers
  • Material specialists
  • Product designers, application engineers

Hints and tips – How to get the most out of CES Selector

Please join us on May 7 to see some hints and tips to help you get the most out of CES Selector. This short online training session will demonstrate some of the new features available in CES Selector 2013, as well as drawing on the core functionality. Whether you have been using CES Selector for many years, or have only recently started working with it, join me to see tips including:

  • How to identify and focus on your preferred materials and suppliers
  • When to use search and selection stages when screening for materials
  • Customization and export of charts for presentations and reports

Use of the Hybrid Synthesizer for lightweight design

The current targets for reducing the environmental impact of transportation vehicles are driving the development and consideration of new hybrid materials and structures.  The Hybrid Synthesizer enables the potential benefits and limitations of these materials to be established in the early stages of design, before significant levels of time, effort, and resource are committed. This training session will cover the following:

  • Introduction to hybrid materials and structures.
  • Overview of the Hybrid Synthesizer.
  • Optimizing hybrid materials and structures using the Hybrid Synthesizer and visualization tools in CES Selector.
  • Demonstration of the tools using a real-life case study component.

Who should attend?

CES Selector users and any Granta licence holder—even if you have not used CES Selector recently, join this training session to find out more about the Hybrid Synthesizer and how it can be used to identify optimal solutions for a target application. This session will be of particular interest to those using or thinking of using the Hybrid Synthesizer, as well as any

  • Material producers
  • Material specialists
  • Product designers, application engineers

Metals equivalency and replacement

January’s session will focus on the new 'Find Similar' tools (available in CES Selector 2013) and show how they can be combined with CES Selector’s selection and charting tools. Case studies will focus on finding equivalents in different designation / standards systems (and global regions) and will cover use of the MaterialUniverse and MI-21 datasets.

Who should attend?

  • Material specialists, product designers, purchasing—See how the new tools in CES Selector 2013 can help you identify equivalent designations and standards for the replacement of obsolete grades and equivalents that are available, or commonly used,  at your global manufacturing facilities.
  • Any current CES Selector users—Get the most from your CES Selector software. Make sure that you benefit from great new features that save time and provide new analysis options.
  • Any Granta licence holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join the session on Jan 8 to find out about enhancements in the latest version.

Polymer selection & replacement

Our next interactive session will be on 'Polymer selection & replacement'', on Tuesday, Nov 6. This will focus on the new 'Find Similar' tools (available in CES Selector 2013) and show how it they can be combined with the standard selection and charting tools in CES Selector. Case studies will focus on scenarios where limited information is available on the product's design requirements and will cover use of the MaterialUniverse, Prospector Plastics (previously known as 'IDES Plastics'), and CAMPUS Plastics datasets.

Who should attend?

  • Polymer specialists, product designers, purchasing—See how the new tools in CES Selector 2013 can help you: identify drop-in replacements / alternatives, dual source polymers, find grades available local to your global manufacturing facilities.
  • Any current CES Selector users—Get the most from your CES Selector software. Make sure that you benefit from great new features that save time and provide new analysis options.
  • Any Granta licence holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join the session on Nov 6 to find out about enhancements in the latest version.

What's New in CES Selector 2013

Our next interactive session will include a demonstration of 'What's New in CES Selector 2013', on Tuesday, Sep 4. In particular, see a preview of the new 'Find Similar' tools (illustrated), new Metals Edition, and new eco comparison tools.

Viewing a record from the MaterialUniverse data module within CES Selector. New in CES Selector 2013, the 'Find Similar' button suggests related materials

Agenda:

  • Search & new 'Find Similar' tools
  • New Metals edition
  • Eco Audit comparison charts

Who should attend?

  • Current CES Selector users—Get the most from your CES Selector software. Make sure that you benefit from great new features that save time and provide new analysis options.
  • Any Granta licence holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join the session on Sep 4 to find out about enhancements in the latest version.

How to use Performance Indices to identify optimal materials (Jul 3)

On Tuesday July 3, the team of Granta experts will be looknig at how to get the most from the powerful Performance Index finder capability in CES Selector.

Agenda:

  • Overview of the Rational Selection Methodology
  • Explanation of performance indices
  • Identifying optimal materials using CES Selector's selection and visualization tools

Who should attend?

  • Current CES Selector users - Get the most from your CES Selector software. Make sure that you benefit from the rational selection method and CES Selector's selection and visualization tools.
  • Any Granta licence holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join these training sessions to find out more about rational selection.

Selection and Substitution using CES Selector (May 8)

On May 8*, our team of Granta experts will discuss Selection and Substitution using CES Selector, and provide an opportunity for live questions and answers.

Agenda

  • The importance of selection and substitution
  • Specialist data in CES Selector (using polymers as an example)
  • Key principles and tools for rational selection and substitution, using polymers as an example
  • Demonstration of key use cases, including:
    • Finding alternative suppliers/grades as a drop-in replacement for an existing application
    • Finding a new material grade with comparable performance,  but offering  lower cost or lower environmental footprint
    • Finding a material with optimal performance for the target application

Who should attend?

CES Selector users and any Granta licence holder—even if you have not used CES Selector recently, join these training sessions to find out more about rational selection and substitution of polymers. This session will be of particular interest to:

  • Material specialists
  • Product designers, application engineers
  • Material purchasers

Session 8: Supporting Environmental Design with CES Selector

Please join our team of experts to see the software in action and to discuss how CES Selector can support environmental design, specifically:

  • Estimating the environmental footprint of a product with the Eco Audit Tool
  • Identifying alternative materials with CES Selector’s selection and visualization tools
  • Investigating strategies for reducing a product’s environmental footprint by combining material selection and Eco Audit tools

Session 7: Using the new reference data for CES Selector (StahlDat SX & Firehole Composites)


Agenda

  • Overview of StahlDat SX  database (Register of European Steels)
  • Overview of Firehole Composites (database of continuous fiber reinforced polymers)
  • Demonstration of database usage through real-life materials selection and substitution case studies

Who should attend?

CES Selector users and any Granta licence holder—even if you have not used CES Selector recently, join this training session to find out more about these new reference databases and how best to extract information using the visualization and selection capabilities of CES selector. This session will be of particular interest to those designing with steels and composite materials:

  • Material specialists
  • Product designers, application engineers
  • Material producers

Session 6: Development & optimization of materials and structures (Nov 1)

Agenda

  • Introduction to hybrid materials and structures
  • Overview of the Hybrid Synthesizer
  • Optimizing hybrid materials and structures using the Hybrid Synthesizer and visualization and selection tools in CES Selector
  • Demonstration of the tools using a real-life case study component

Who should attend?

CES Selector users and any Granta licence holder—even if you have not used CES Selector recently, join this training session to find out more about the Hybrid Synthesizer and how it can be used to identify optimal solutions for a target application. This session will be of particular interest to those using or thinking of using the Hybrid Synthesizer, as well as any

  • Material producers
  • Material specialists
  • Product designers, application engineers

Session 5: What's new in CES Selector 2012 (Sep 6)

CES Selector 2012 makes it quick and easy to apply the CES Selector system to tackle a key practical issue facing materials engineers and product designers—the need to compare materials alternatives, often with the objective of replacing or substituting existing materials that have become obsolete, hard to source, expensive, or that no longer satisfy performance objectives. In addition, this new release extends the CES Selector eco design tools and adds new information resources that will be of particular interest to users of steels and continuous reinforced polymer composites.

Find our more on the CES Selector webpages 

 

Session 4: Visualization and Positioning of Materials (July 5)

Selecting plastics—click for a larger imageOur next short online training session will take place on July 5, where our team of Granta experts will be discussing Visualization and Positioning of Materials using CES Selector, and providing you with an opportunity for live questions and answers.

Agenda

  • Visualization of property space & promotion of materials
  • Key principles and tools for visualization
  • Demonstration of key functionality, including:
    • Creating and customizing property charts
    • ‘Flagging’ your preferred materials
    • Adding your own materials to property charts

Who should attend?

CES Selector users and any Granta licence holder—even if you have not used CES Selector recently, join these training sessions to find out more about visualization of property space and positioning of materials. This session will be of particular interest to:

  • Material specialists, product designers, application engineers
  • Advanced innovation
  • Technical sales and marketing

Session 3: Polymer Selection and Substitution using CES Selector (May 3)

On May 3, our team of Granta experts discussed Polymer Selection and Substitution using CES Selector, and provided an opportunity for live questions and answers.

Agenda

  • The importance of polymer selection and substitution
  • Polymer and elastomer data in CES Selector
  • Key principles and tools for rational selection and substitution of polymers
  • Demonstration of key use cases, including:
    • Finding alternative suppliers/grades as a drop-in replacement for an existing application
    • Finding a new polymer grade with comparable performance,  but offering  lower cost or lower environmental footprint
    • Finding a polymer with optimal performance for the target application

Who should attend?

CES Selector users and any Granta licence holder—even if you have not used CES Selector recently, join these training sessions to find out more about rational selection and substitution of polymers. This session will be of particular interest to:

  • Material specialists
  • Product designers, application engineers
  • Material purchasers

Session 2: Rational Selection using the Performance Index Finder capability in CES Selector (March 1)

On Tuesday March 3, the team of Granta experts covered how to get the most from the powerful Performance Index finder capability in CES Selector.

Agenda:

  • Overview of the Rational Selection Methodology
  • Explanation of performance indices
  • Identifying optimal materials using CES Selector's selection and visualization tools

Who should attend?

  • Current CES Selector users - Get the most from your CES Selector software. Make sure that you benefit from the rational selection method and CES Selector's selection and visualization tools.
  • Any Granta licence holder—If you have not used CES Selector recently, join these training sessions to find out more about rational selection.

Session 1: Environmentally informed design with CES Selector (Jan 11)

Demonstrations included:

  • Estimating the environmental footprint of a product with the Eco Audit Tool
  • Identifying alternative materials with CES Selector’s selection and visualisation tools
  • Investigating strategies for reducing a product’s environmental footprint by combining material selection and Eco Audit tools