GRANTA MI Version 5

GRANTA MI Version 5 was released in November 2011.

Information on the next release—GRANTA MI version 6  

Information on the previous release—GRANTA MI 4.0  

GRANTA MI Version 5 helped you to take control of materials data and decisions:

  • For materials data management: GRANTA MI Version 5 helps materials and process teams to control and deploy corporate materials information, with streamlined management and browsing of complex materials data.
  • For materials decision support: Designers and engineers get tools that help them to control materials cost and performance, including a new materials substitution tool.
  • For engineering design: Control the quality of the data used in your CAD and CAE software, with enhanced access to managed materials data within Pro/ENGINEER, Abaqus/CAE, and your own design applications.
  • For eco design and regulations: Control the environmental impact of your products, with tools to assess and manage restricted substance risk and the first introduction of software for eco assessment during design.

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Do you need to access materials data from many different databases? Are you an occasional GRANTA MI user who needs to remember how to operate the system? If so, you will particularly benefit from some core improvements to the GRANTA MI system and user interface that will help every user.

New feature (details below) How does it help?
Integrated databases You can see all relevant materials data in a single, simplified view. It is much easier to find, browse, and use this data
User interface enhancements It is easier to find and use the GRANTA MI tools that you need in order to interpret and interact with search results
Improved handling of functional data It is easier to find the functional data that you need and the presentation of that data is clearer
New data New or enhanced reference data is available for metals, composites, and plastics

OptimizeDo you ever need to replace existing materials, for example, because of cost, performance, supply chain issues, or changing environmental regulations? Are substitution projects often costly, difficult to implement, or risky? The new GRANTA MI:Substitute module can help:

  • Speed up substitution projects—for example, minimizing production delays that often cost millions
  • Enable a rapid, effective response to unpredictable and unplanned materials supply problems
  • Ensure that you consider the full range of materials options—MI:Substitute helps companies to identify and assess options outside their 'comfort zone'
  • Identify alternative and equivalent materials in different regions
  • Increase the reliability of materials decisions across your company—make them consistent, repeatable, auditable, and based on the best available information
  • Consider engineering, cost, and eco properties, lowering risk of unforeseen substitution problems

Integrated access to corporate materials data within the Pro/ENGINEER CAD softwareDo you want to help designers and engineers to make smarter materials choices?

Do you want to make it easier for them to think about cost or environmental implications?

Do you simply want to provide them with the data that they need to make better-informed selections?

A number of new features in GRANTA MI Version 5 can help you to achieve these objectives across a diverse community of users, many of whom may only use GRANTA MI occasionally.

New feature (details below) How does it help?
Integrated databases You can configure the system so that users get a single, customized view of data that is relevant to them—it's much easier for any user to find the data that they need
User interface enhancements The software is more attractive to use and it is easier for occasional users to find what they need
MI:Optimize improvements It is easier to configure this GRANTA MI materials selection wizard—provide guidance to designers that incorporates your company's business rules
MI:Substitute New module to help you make materials replacement decisions
MI:Materials Gateway Access to materials data and tools within CAD and CAE software such as Pro/ENGINEER and Abaqus/CAE
API improvements Integrate your own design or data management tools with GRANTA MI
Eco assessment tool A quick estimate of environmental impact during the design phase
New data Enhanced reference data for metals, composites, and plastics

Do you have gaps in your materials or coatings data and struggle to report on regulatory requirements? Do you want to avoid restricted substances during product design ? GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances is for you.

New feature (details below) How does it help?
MI:Restricted Substances enhancements New, easier-to-use, tools can generate reports (now including a REACH Article 33 report) for a specific design or product, based on your own data augmented by Granta reference data
Enhanced sustainability data Supports the generation of restricted substance reports where there are gaps in your corporate data
MI:Substitute New module to help you make materials replacement decisions—find materials not at risk from restricted substance restrictions

Responding to environmental regulation is a key issue for aerospace Regulation on issues such as energy usage is of increasing importance to domestic appliance manufacturers Design and analysis for the auto industry Design in the context of legislation governing restricted or hazardous substances is increasingly complex

Do you have difficulty managing legislative impact on the materials in your global M&P specs? Do you need to assess the environmental or regulator impact of products and demonstrate how they have been reduced?

GRANTA MI Version 5 provides an enhanced solution for restricted substance risk assessment and management in aerospace and similar organizations.

New feature (details below) How does it help?
MI:Restricted Substances enhancements You can now store materials and process specifications and rapidly generate a range of standard reports to assess current and future legislative impact on these specifications
Eco assessment tool Track and report on the environmental impact of products and product designs, beginning in the early design phase

If it is your job to maintain a GRANTA MI implementation, or to manage and control some or all of the data within that system, Version 5 will be a big help.

New feature (details below) How does it help?
Integrated databases You can deliver a better user experience—users can see any of the data in the system in a single view and this view can be configured for different user types
Administration and management of databases More flexibility in user roles—helps to reduce IT overhead and is a particular help in supporting collaborative or other projects with a number of different user groups and databases. It is now possible to synchronize and manage data across multiple sites & 'air gapped' systems
MI:Toolbox data import/export and manipulation Import legacy data easily, making it quicker to implement GRANTA MI. Generate import/export templates automatically, saving time when configuring the system
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GRANTA MI browse tree showing a single view onto multiple databases, with a profile applied so that only design data is shownA major reorganization of the way that GRANTA MI displays data makes the system much more intuitive for implementations that contain more than one database. It also provides new options to control and configure how data is seen and applied by individual users or user groups.

Many GRANTA MI customers use the system to support multiple databases—you might have composite test and design data in one database, proprietary alloy data in another, and external reference data in a third. With GRANTA MI Version 5 you no longer need to switch between these databases—you can now see all of this data in a single, convenient view (illustrated, right).

With one quick menu selection, you can change the profile of the data that you are viewing and working with. Profiles can be configured so that, for example, a particular group of users views and works with only the data relevant to them, or so that the system shows a particular type of data (for example, design data, metals data, or plastics data) from across all of the available databases.

A single-click allows the reference material to be specifiedGRANTA MI:Substitute is a systematic software tool for guiding materials substitution using your corporate materials knowledge and unique reference data. It helps manufacturing companies to respond quickly and consistently to challenges such as obsolescence, supplier change, and regulation.

The tool allows you to identify the material for which you wish to find a replacement or equivalent (illustrated, right), to identify and rank candidate substitutes, to review and understand the implications of substitution, and to deploy the results to designers and engineers.

Whatever the cause, substitution can be a difficult and costly exercise—and carries with it a significant risk that your replacement material may not perform adequately in all applications. MI:Substitute aims to mitigate these difficulties, helping you turn the challenge of substitution to your advantage.

Restricted SubstancesThe GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances package helps manufacturing organizations to assess and manage risk relating to restricted substances. In Version 5, this solution sees a number of major developments, guided by user organizations in the EMIT Consortium:

  • GRANTA MI now supports storage of materials and process specification documentation, with links to the materials that they call out, the substance composition of those materials, and their legislative impact. This enables fast analysis of the impact of changes in legislation on these specs.
  • A new web browser-based user interface (illustrated, below) makes it much quicker and easier to perform standard queries and to generate reports on the restricted substance status of your products, designs, materials, and coatings.
  • A new Article 33 report meets the requirements of Article 33 of the European Union's REACH regulations, which specifies that organizations must provide a report on any substances of very high concern (SVHCs) used in an article within 45 days of request.
  • New Excel-based tools make it easy to specify a Bill of Materials (BoM) describing the composition and processing of a product. Within Excel, you can select materials and processes directly from the GRANTA MI database and add data about each material. You can then import the BoM into GRANTA MI and run reports and queries. This makes it much quicker and easier to report on the restricted substance status of a product.
  • Restricted substance reporting from within the Pro/ENGINEER CAD software.

New MI:Restricted Substances user interface: quick access to standard reports and searchers

New MI:Restricted Substances user interface: quick access to standard reports and searchers

The GRANTA MI:Viewer user interface has been improved to make GRANTA MI easier and more attractive to use. Changes include:

  • A new toolbar makes it easier to find GRANTA MI software modules and provides more space for search text.
  • An updated and clarified format for datasheets makes it easier for you to locate and access information such as the graphs that display advanced functional data.
  • Improvements in the display of search results make it easier to review the data returned from querying the GRANTA MI database, with new contextual information helping you to understand the provenance of your results at a glance.

GRANTA MI new user interface

Default parameter values (for example, temperature) for functional data can now be set for individual records or individual attributes, as well as for the system as a whole. This provides more control over how data is displayed, resulting in more meaningful values being shown on a datasheet and avoiding data appearing as 'out of range'.

Together with the user interface enhancements above, this change helps materials engineers to find, view, and use functional data describing key mechanical properties such as tensile strength, creep behavior, or fatigue performance.

Updated versions of the GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway implementations for the Pro/ENGINEER and Abaqus/CAE software are now available. MI:Materials Gateway makes it possible to access the data in your corporate GRANTA MI database from directly within these leading computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) systems. The latest versions improve the user interface and performance. The Pro/ENGINEER implementation also integrates access to GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances reporting capabilities, enabling users to analyze their CAD model for current or potential restricted substance issues.

More on GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway 

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for Pro/ENGINEER 

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for Abaqus/CAE 

MI:Materials Gateway for Abaqus/CAE

GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for Abaqus/CAE. Through the MI:Materials Gateway window you can search and browse for materials datasheets, inspect materials properties, choose an applicable materials model, and then apply the data directly to your CAE model.

MI:Toolbox has new tools for the import, export, and manipulation of materials data originally developed as the 'gRRappler' software by materials engineers at Rolls-Royce. These can analyze the structure of your database (the 'schema') and automatically generate the import/export template files that are required in order to transfer proprietary data to and from an Excel format. This not only makes it easier to build a GRANTA MI database, it also helps with maintaining your database.

You can export data from GRANTA MI into Excel, enabling it to be quickly cleansed and edited, before reimporting it. The tools are designed to deal with the complex, functional data typically found in aerospace engineering. This development is a product of Granta's collaborative approach to software development, embodied in the Material Data Management Consortium (which includes Rolls-Royce in its membership). It exploits the fact that GRANTA MI is an open, flexible, system able to easily integrate third-party software.

As well as the new data import/export and manipulation tools described above, GRANTA MI Version 5 adds new features that will help materials and process engineers or IT staff charged with administering corporate materials data:

  • Data Sync enables organizations to have multiple installations of the same GRANTA MI database and to keep those instances synchronized. This is particularly useful for companies with many geographically-dispersed sites, where network security or speed may cause issues with access to remote servers, and for organizations that need to maintain high security 'air gapped' systems.
  • More flexibility in user roles and admin—different users can now be given different roles for specific GRANTA MI databases, rather than the whole system. For example, one user might be given read-only access to one database (perhaps of materials test data) but be an administrator able to modify all aspects of another (perhaps the data used by a design team). Combined with GRANTA MI's easy-to-use admin tools, this means that you can reduce the IT overhead in maintaining a GRANTA MI system by delegating administration for parts of the system without compromising security. One situation where this is particularly helpful is in collaborative projects. It can, for example, enable each partner to administer their own data confidentially and choose which data other partners can see.

OptimizeGRANTA MI:Optimize ensures a consistent approach to optimizing materials and manufacturing choices across an enterprise while helping to increase the quality of these decisions. Through a simple 'wizard' interface, designers and engineers can apply powerful cost per unit of function methods to ensure that materials decisions are made in a rational, repeatable manner, combining consideration of both the engineering objectives and cost. The tool can be tuned to your company's business rules.

With GRANTA MI Version 5 a ready-configured materials database is provided with MI:Optimize. The database provides materials reference data from the MaterialUniverse data module and the ability for you to add your in-house data and business rules. This makes it much faster to implement and configure an MI:Optimize materials selection wizard for your company.

Granta's Application Programming Interface (API) technology is available to any organization that uses GRANTA MI. It provides programmatic access to the data managed in GRANTA MI, enabling you to integrate in-house systems and data with your GRANTA MI installation. In Version 5, the API has been improved to create an easier-to-use Software Development Kit (SDK), with documentation, revised sample code, and sample Visual Studio projects.

More on MI:API 

Granta has been working to implement its Eco Audit technology into the GRANTA MI platform. With Version 5, an eco assessment tool is available to members of the EMIT Consortium within GRANTA MI. This allows users to quickly estimate the environmental impact (energy usage and CO2 footprint) of a product throughout its lifecycle, helping to provide guidance during design. Look out for a general release of this tool as GRANTA MI:Eco Audit at a later date.

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Composites are increasingly important in a wide range of engineering applicationsThe new Firehole Composites data module covers over 300 continuous fiber reinforced polymer composite grades and is compiled from manufacturers' data, leading testing labs, and research projects. Around a thousand data records cover the different test conditions that are critical to composite users (e.g., room temperature dry, elevated temperature wet). The data provides information on the composite constituents, suppliers, and forms, plus properties derived from testing. A consistent format enables effective comparisons to be made, while data quality ratings help users to employ data from varied sources appropriately. More on Firehole Composites 

The Composite Design data module has also been updated, enriching this compilation of data on constituents, intermediates, processing steps, and design data for over 600 laminates.  There are 135 new records that cover 9 new materials. The new data is taken from the ongoing NCAMP project. More on Composite Design 

The following enhancements have been made to GRANTA MI data modules covering metallic materials:

MaterialUniverse has increased its coverage of steels, including the addition of 17 automotive steel grades to the data. Coverage of cast steels and aluminiums has also been improved. More on MaterialUniverse 

Granta supports makers and users of metals and alloys Granta helps manufacturers of industrial equipment Steels data Granta customers include the world's leading aero engine makers Steel pipes

MMPDS, the leading source of aerospace alloy data, has been updated to the MMPDS-05 version. This includes an additional 50 records, with updates to tensile and physical properties, elongation and reduction in area properties, footnotes, the load control plots and curves, and the fatigue crack propagation curves. It also includes new plane strain fracture toughness summary statistics, and the fasteners records have been updated to reflect the recent "Sunset Clause review". More on MMPDS 

ASME BPV Code has been updated to the 2010 version, the latest version of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code materials. This adds 270 additional records (compared to the 2007 edition), including 90 more records for titanium alloys and 70 for nickel alloys. More on ASME BPV Code 

The CAMPUS Plastics data module now provides the latest version of this resource containing 5,000 plastics grades measured to comparable ISO standards. More on CAMPUS 

The Prospector Plastics (previously known as 'IDES Plastics') data module now provides the latest version of this resource with 80,000 plastics property datasheets from 725 suppliers . More on IDES 

The MaterialUniverse data module has also improved its support for studies of product sustainability and cost. Eco data has been reviewed and updated to incorporate data from a more extensive range of high-quality sources and to reflect recent updates to existing sources. This data supports materials selection and the new substitution and eco assessment tools available in GRANTA MI Version 5.

More on MaterialUniverse eco data 

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