Coatings Data Module

What is it? A growing information resource on coatings, their properties, and applications. In the first release, the focus is on restricted substances and the coatings used in aerospace and defense
What is in it? Records covering over 140 different coatings (categories include anodize, corrosion inhibitor, conversion coating, electro/electroless plating—full list below). Each record provides over 60 attributes of well-referenced technical, restricted substance, substitution, cost, and other information
What is it used for? As a reference source for coatings and a tool to support decisions relating to coatings. In particular, it supports strategic decisions on the complex compliance, regulatory, and risk factors surrounding restricted substances
Where does it come from? The module is co-developed by Granta Design and Rowan Technology Group—experts on advanced materials and coatings
How can I access it? Within GRANTA MI as a stand-alone data module or part of the MI:Restricted Substances solution. Within the CES Selector software.


The Coatings data module is a growing information resource that supports strategic decision-making about coatings, taking full account of complex performance, cost, compliance, regulatory, and risk factors.

In addition to general coatings property and application data, this first release has a particular focus on restricted substance information and the coatings used in aerospace and defense. It covers over 140 coatings, in the following categories:

  • Anodizing, Conversion, Corrosion inhibitor, CVD, Dry film lubricant, Electro/electroless plate, Heat treat, IVD, Metal-flake, Metallic-ceramic, Paint, Pipe Coating, Polymer, Polymer-ceramic, PVD, Surface modification, Thermal spray, Weld

Traditional coatings such as cadmium plate with chromate-conversion are included, as well as new and alternative coatings such as aluminum and low-hydrogen embrittlement zinc-nickel, with trivalent and non-chrome sealers.

For each coating there are over 60 attributes, providing robust, well-referenced, and detailed information on:

  • General properties such as coating chemistry, deposition processes, typical coating thickness, and tradenames
  • Physical properties—e.g., corrosion resistance, hardness, resistivity, optical properties
  • Substitution—for what other coatings could this coating be substituted?
  • Restricted substances—what currently or potentially regulated substances (e.g., REACH candidate list) are in the coating or used in its processing?
  • Cost
  • Processing and post-processing information—e.g., heat treatment and finishing methods
  • Applicable substrate geometries and material substrates
  • Typical applications

These attributes are normalized, meaning that each coating can be compared with each other coating on the same basis with the Granta software—in either metric or US customary units.

Making this wealth of coating information available through GRANTA MI and CES Selector means that it is quick and easy to browse, search, and apply. You can rapidly find the restricted substance status for a coating, identify potential substitutes, or look up coatings that meet a particular engineering performance. Coatings information can be delivered smoothly into the hands of the engineers and designers who need it.

Viewing the data module within the GRANTA MI system. The user is browsing the available coatings

Viewing the data module within the GRANTA MI system. The user is browsing the available coatings
(shown in the left hand panel) and has clicked through to the Anomag record, shown in the
right hand panel.

Coatings and restricted substances

The Coatings data module is valuable as part of Granta's restricted substances solution. When installed in GRANTA MI together with the Restricted Substances data module, links are made between each coatings record and any of 6,000+ restricted substances that are relevant to that coating. These substances are in turn linked to records describing regulations, legislation, and industry standards that will impact them—now or in the future. They can also be linked to internal corporate material and process specifications.

The GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances tools allow you to utilize these connections to ensure restricted substance compliance and risk management during design. You can quickly answer questions such as:

  • What is the impact on my parts and processes of the restrictions on Hexavalent Chromium or REACH candidate list substances?
  • Are any of the coatings I use affected by legislative requirements in other countries?
  • What is the risk that this coating may be subject to future restrictions?
  • Which substitute has the lowest risk of regulation in the future?
  • What are trade-offs amongst substitutes for Cadmium plating?

The Coatings data module thus supports strategic decision making. For example, helping to design new parts with coatings that will not require substitution during the part's production lifecycle. This will avoid part non compliance and/or stock redundancy issues.

The regular updates to the Restricted Substance data module ensure that you are applying up-to-date information on restrictions to coatings and other materials in your design process. The Notification feature in GRANTA MI enables you to place a watch on a coating, substance, or legislation record and be alerted if a data update impacts that record. For example, to keep informed of the progress of a substance through the REACH regulation process, in order to assess the impact on your enterprise.

More on the complete restricted substance solution