Key benefits

Get up and running quickly with a template database that can store and link both in-house data and key reference information.

Use templates that have been refined for specific material types and applications.

Benefit from best practice developed in collaboration with Granta consortia and customers.

GRANTA MI Templates

"Ready-to-go" templates help you to get up-and-running quickly for specific application areas. Benefit from best practice examples, developed with leading engineering enterprises. Save significant effort in defining the data types and relationships, and configuring the tools, needed to manage complex materials information.

What turns a database system into a materials database system? You must handle the variety and complexity of data types required to capture materials data. You need tools for easy setup and management of this data. GRANTA MI provides these capabilities. Then, you need to design your database structure so that it can store the specific materials data that you need (for example, particular types of tests, materials pedigree, or design data). The system must also capture the relationships between this data and provide specific tools—for example, to import or export data in relevant formats.

Defining the structure in a schema, and configuring tools such as importers and exporters can be difficult and time-consuming. Getting it wrong causes major problems and re-work. It is often a failure-point for in-house attempts to build materials databases. GRANTA MI templates short-cut this process, applying knowledge and expertise gained through years of working with industry to provide a starting point for particular materials types or applications that can be quickly configured to your exact needs.

MI:Metals Template

Developed in collaboration with the Material Data Management Consortium, this template supports management of metals data throughout the lifecycle from raw test results, via roll-up and statistical analysis of data, to delivery of approved design data to users in engineering design.

The template includes a data schema for metals. A high-level sketch of the schema is shown, right. This illustrates the main data types and the relationships between them. Also available are a series of template importers and exporters that can be quickly configured to help you transfer data to and from the system.

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Industry best practice data schema for metals


MI:Composites Template

Composites provide particular challenges for data management, due to their multi-component nature, and the dependency of their properties on geometry and processing. The Composites Sub-Committee of the Material Data Management Consortium has helped to define and validate a template database that supports engineering enterprises as they overcome these challenges.

A high-level sketch of the template composite database schema is shown, right. The schema defines the main data types stored and the relationships between them. It enables management of the valuable, but complex, data associated with composite materials: layup, cure cycle, directional properties, and the properties and history of their constituent parts. A series of tools are also available to help with key tasks in composite qualification—for example, data import from specific test machines. The Granta Composites Qualification Service helps configure a system for your workflow.

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  Industry best practice data schema for composites

MI:Additive Manufacturing Template

Granta has been closely involved in a number of Additive Manufacturing collaborative projects, managing diverse data on materials, processes, and properties across multiple partners engaged in supplying materials, part design, simulation, and production. This experience was applied to develop a database structure ('schema') and associated tools to aid the storage and navigation of Additive Manufacturing data. The Template is continually updated in collaboration with customers, particularly members of the Material Data Management Consortium with an interest in Additive Manufacturing.

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Read about the AM Data Schema, and download a summary 


Additive Manufacturing schema


MI:Medical Template

Developed through Granta's work with medical device manufacturers, the MI:Medical Template provides a robust schema for storing data from product testing, QA, research, and beyond, covering materials properties, biocompatibility, applications, and more. You can:

  • Link company material specifications to data on the components and products where they are applied, enabling your engineers to quickly answer important 'where used?' questions.
  • Supplement corporate materials knowledge with authoritative reference data.
  • Connect to test data—enrich your knowledge about materials with information gained from internal testing, such as biocompatibility tests or project data.

MI:RSDB Template

Restricted substances data structure  

Developed with the EMIT Consortium, this template enables you to store your in-house data on materials, materials specifications, surface treatments, processes, and policies alongside Granta's reference data on restricted substances and related regulations, legislations, and standards. The image, left, shows a 'tree view' of the database structure, indicating some of the types of data stored.

The template supports linking together of related information—for example, linking materials to substances that they contain, and substances to legislations that impact them. This interconnected information resource can then be queried to answer critical questions about restricted substance risk in your company.

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