Key Benefits

Gain time currently spent finding and analyzing data

Avoid lost data and duplication of tests, re-use corporate knowledge

Get cost-effective, efficient multi-user access to essential metals reference data

Identify solutions to business-critical materials selection, substitution, and equivalency challenges

Control data—guarantee security, eliminate errors

GRANTA MI:Metals Package

MetalsA package of GRANTA MI software and services supporting efficient management of metal property data through the lifecycle from raw test results to design-strength data, integrated with comprehensive reference data for metals data from leading industry sources.

The problem

Most engineering enterprises have problems storing proprietary materials information. Information is not systematically captured, is scattered around the organization, and hard to access. Similarly, valuable reference information, such as metals handbook data, is located in multiple sources and often not in a convenient digital format. As a result, data is used inconsistently or lost. Tests and analyses are duplicated. Inaccuracies are introduced to the design process. Opportunities to optimize products are missed. It also becomes hard to apply data effectively in order to tackle key business problems, such as the need to support global manufacturing by identifying equivalent metals grades in different regions of the world. For metals, attempts to deal with these challenges can be hampered by the complex, specialist nature of property data such as the multi-dimensional graphs or mathematical models used to capture stress-strain behavior and its variance with, for example, temperature. Granta can help.

How MI:Metals helps

Best practice data management

GRANTA MI provides a powerful system to capture, analyze, and maintain all of your in-house metals data, and to deploy this data to the engineers that need it. You benefit from the best practice approaches and tools developed by the Material Data Management Consortium, including the MI:Metals Template, which will help you to quickly build a robust database to store test data, statistical roll-ups, design data, pedigree information about your metals, and much more. With GRANTA MI tools, you can capture data direct from test machines along with the results of analysis and the vital relationships between all of this information. Engineers and design teams across your enterprise can then get the data they need, within their routine workflows. Avoid loss of data, ensure that individual users see only data that is appropriate to their roles and for which they are authorized, guarantee traceability for data, and manage changing data with full version control. GRANTA MI manages the full lifecycle for metals data from testing, QA, research, design, and beyond.

Viewing temperature-dependent property data for a steel

Viewing temperature-dependent property data for a steel.

Excel-based analysis of fatigue data

Excel-based analysis of fatigue data integrated with GRANTA MI.


A comprehensive range of reference data—steels, aero alloys, powder metals, and more...

Within the same system as your proprietary data, you can store and access any of a wide range of metals reference data from authoritative providers. Get a global overview of metals from the World Metals Index and The Welding Institute via the MI-21 resource. Get steels data from the German Steel Instititute and US and UK Standards from the SteelSpec database. Access raw creep and fatigue data from 40 years of research at Japan's NIMS facility. Use data from the Global Powder Metallurgy Database. Or apply specialist data on aerospace alloys (MMPDS and ESDU MMDH), boiler and pressure vessel materials (from ASME) and automotive steels. All of this data is searchable in one place via a simple web browser interface, or even from within your CAD or CAE software.

MI:Explore browsing micrographs

Browsing micrograph data in the MI:Explore web application.

Tools to analyze and apply the data

With GRANTA MI, not only can you build a rich resource of in-house and reference data on metals, you can also put that resource to good use. Engineers have fast, error-free access to the data on their desktops. Graphing and reporting tools make it easy to view and compare data—for example, to see how your in-house data compares to handbook data. GRANTA MI facilitates analysis and refinement of data—add the latest test series to statistical roll-ups of test data, derive updated design curves, and publish that new design data to the engineers that need it. And smart tools, such as MI:Substitute, help you to make better materials decisions—for example, identifying potential replacements for an obsolete steel grade and screening those candidates for possible problems.

What do you buy?

MI:Metals provides a 'ready-to-go' GRANTA MI system for metals information management. The Granta team will work with you to specify a system that meets your exact needs. Solution components are:

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