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Seminar—Detroit, April 11, 2014 (SAE World Congress)

New Possibilities for Materials Information Technology

Deploying materials knowledge for maximum impact in automotive and general manufacturing

Speakers and panelists include: General Motors Company, Donaldson Company Inc., RGBSI, and Owens-Illinois Inc.

When? Friday, April 11, 8.30am-12:30pm - followed by lunch. (After SAE World Congress; open to all)

Where? DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit - Dearborn, near Detroit, MI

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The theme for this year's SAE World Congress is “Creating New Possibilities”. There are indeed many new possibilities for engineering enterprises that wish to apply materials knowledge more effectively to address key business issues. These come from the latest advances in managing corporate materials information and from new technologies that can deploy this valuable information to enhance critical activities such as simulation, virtual product design, lightweighting, design for compliance, standardization, and cost reduction programmes.

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Join this morning of discussions to:

  • Learn how best practice use of materials information can drive innovation in product development, reduce risk, and increase efficiency
  • Hear about the latest industry initiatives for automotive and other sectors
  • Find out why leading manufacturing organizations value reliable, traceable, quality materials information—and the tools to apply it
  • Demonstrations of the latest materials information technology in action (including software and best practices to support the latest developments in predictive, multi-scale modeling of composite materials, responding to environmental regulations, and more)
  • Network with peers from other leading engineering enterprises
  • Get your questions answered by industry experts


Attendees can now download the booklet and Granta's presentations using the username and password supplied: these are linked from the agenda below.

8am Registration opens

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8.30am Introductions

Dale Delgado

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8.45am Industry Case Study
Hear from our Guest Speaker
Jake Savstrom, Principal Engineer at Donaldson Company Inc.
Jake Savstrom, Donaldson Company Inc.
9.10am Panel Discussion: Why Materials Information Technology?
We will open the seminar with input from panelists on why their organizations see effective management and use of materials information as an important issue for their businesses. A round table discussion will allow participants to share their experiences, priorities, and perspectives.

Panelists include:
Maggie Harder, Global CAE Strategy and Operations Lead - Material and Mass, Global  Advanced Vehicle Development, General Motors Company
Dr. Urban De Souza, Innovation Manufacturing Consultant, RGBSI
William Bosken, Metallurgist, Owens-Illinois Inc.
Jake Savstrom, Principal Engineer at Donaldson Company Inc.

Panelists including General Motors Company,
Owens-Illinois Inc.,
Donaldson Company Inc.

9.40am Empowering Design and Simulation
This session will review how materials information and tools can be integrated with existing engineering software and systems. What are the issues that you should consider as you seek to:
  • Support investments in simulation (e.g., for structural, crash, or forming applications)
  • Enable design-for-compliance with regulations on restricted substances, environmental impact, and critical materials
  • Save time and eliminate errors in searching for data

Dr Arthur Fairfull

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10.10am Discussion - Materials data for design and simulation
A chance for attendees to share experiences and challenges in deploying materials data to support design and simulation.
10.25am COFFEE  
10.45am Materials information you can rely on
An introduction to best practice management of corporate materials data. What are the technical requirements and how can these be met?
  • How can we get more value from composite test programs and inform research into new composite solutions?
  • How do we manage complex data on, e.g., sheet steels, high strain-rate properties, high-temperature performance?
  • How can we create a single 'gold source' for materials data, supporting traceability and standardization?

Debbie Mies

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11.15am Discussion - Implementing materials information management
What does it require to implement best practice materials information management in practice? A discussion on practical experiences of attendees and how major challenges can be overcome.
11.30am The materials tools you need
How do you make the right materials choices, or tackle challenges such as the need to substitute materials due to obsolescence, cost, regulation, or global manufacturing? This session will examine the tools that are available to help engineering enterprises make better materials decisions.

Dan Williams

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12 noon Discussion - Business impact
What are the priorities in applying materials data for real business impact? How do organizations go about identifying these priorities and implementing tools to address them?
12.20pm Wrap-up discussions All
After lunch Opportunity for meetings with the Granta team.  


Why attend?

Materials engineers and materials scientists - do you need to consolidate and use complex materials data from disparate sources? Do limitations in your control of test and analysis results mean that you duplicate work, or find it hard to trace the pedigree of data? Do your designers sometimes use the wrong data? Join us to hear how other organizations address these challenges.

Simulation experts and design teams - do you need the right reliable, traceable, materials data as input to your simulations or design decisions? Do you waste time searching for this data and experience delays due to use of inconsistent or incorrect data? Do you need tools to help you apply materials data to analyze designs or products? Find out how new technology can help solve these problems.

Senior product development and engineering managers - you make significant investments in PLM systems, materials testing, quality assurance, and purchase and processing of materials. To fully exploit such investments, you need best practice in capturing the right materials data, analyzing it to generate valuable information, and controlling and deploying the results. Join us to find out more!

Managers responsible for supply chain, quality, purchasing, warranty, environmental objectives - how can you guide designers towards corporate preferred materials, optimize costs, and improve compliance with regulations? Join us to see unique tools that help to achieve these goals.