Mastering Materials Information for a Competitive Edge

Granta tools

Open Seminar and User Meeting

Hartford, CT

October 27, 2015

Timings: Open Seminar (8.30am-2pm), User Meeting (2pm-4.30pm)

Location: Hartford, CT, USA
Venue: Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury
Accommodation: Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury

Effective management and use of materials information not only enables manufacturing enterprises to be more productive in materials engineering, it also leads to better quality products, reduced compliance risk, and efficiency gains throughout design, development, and the product lifecycle. Join us to learn more, and find out how you can gain a competitive edge.

Open Seminar

In this educational session, you will:

  • Uncover best practices in materials information management
  • Learn key concepts, applications, and implementation strategies for your organization
  • Hear how industry leaders master materials information, with guest speakers from industry
  • See demonstrations of how the latest materials information technology solves problems in design, development, restricted substance compliance, and beyond.

The open seminar will be based around a case study of the development of a product part, with presentations and demonstrations that reveal how materials information technology can have positive impacts throughout the this process. There will also be case study presentations from users of the technology in industry and interactive discussions.

This session is open to anyone interested in managing materials information, or in its use in areas such as: materials engineering, simulation, product development, and design for the environment or regulatory compliance.

Granta User Meeting

Additionally, an afternoon session for licensed users of the GRANTA MI or CES Selector software will provide the opportunity to:.

  • Share experience and challenges with the Granta team and other users; get advice
  • See what's new, hear about Granta's development plans, and provide your input
  • Get specific hints and tips to help you use the software

Outline Agenda

8am Registration opens, coffee
8.30am Introduction
Agenda review, introduction of participants, and a brief orientation to some key concepts in the field of Materials Information Technology.
8.55am Keynote speaker: Pratt and Whitney
Hear from Pratt and Whitney how they have implemented and applied materials information management, and the lessons and benefits they take from this experience.
9.25am Round Table Discussion: Why are we here?
A round table discussion will allow participants to share their key problems relating to materials information, and to identify priorities for demonstrations and discussion through the rest of the day.
10am Product Case Study Overview
Through the day, we'll follow a product development scenario—a product part progressing from conceptual design, through development, and into service. We'll see how Materials Information Technology can impact this process. In this session, we'll introduce the scenario and provide an overview of how Materials Information Technology helps.
10.15am COFFEE
10.45am Product Case Study (1): Conceptual design
In our first case study presentation, we'll identify new materials options for lightweighting our part and perform initial risk assessment and simulation to ensure that any subsequent work focuses on materials that are likely to maximize engineering performance, minimize weight and cost, and avoid potential environmental or regulatory risks.
11.15am Product Case Study (2): Material testing and characterization
Having identified a potential new material for our product part, we need to study this material in detail. This requires testing, characterization, and making the best use of available company and supplier data. How can the company most effectively manage and use such high-value current and legacy data?
11.45am Experiences in Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing ('3D printing') projects face difficult challenges in managing high volumes of specialist data and applying this data to increase understanding and, ultimately, performance of processes. Hear about Granta's experiences in supporting leading projects in this emerging field, and how lessons learned can be applied elsewhere.
1pm Product Case Study (3): Detailed design and into service
In the final step in our product case study, we'll see how company materials data is integrated with enterprise systems, such as CAD, CAE, and PLM, with full traceability. We'll see how this can inform the detailed design of our part, ready for production, and how it enables efficient response to later requirements for redesign, customer service, or regulatory responses.
1.30pm Discussion: Return on investment and practical implementation
Implementing any information technology requires a clear business case. How is this case typically made for materials information technology? What are the key sources of return on investment? And, once the case has been made, what are the key factors that lead to successful implementations?
GRANTA USER GROUP (Closed Session for licensed users of Granta software only)
2.20pm What's new in GRANTA MI and CES Selector?
An update on the latest developments and performance improvements in the software.
2.50pm Roadmap and Feedback Session
An outline of Granta's development plans and a chance for you to provide feedback and your key development requirements directly to the product management team.
3.30pm Training—Hints and Tips for users
Some ideas and guidance on how to get more from your GRANTA MI and CES Selector software.
4.30pm CLOSE

Reserve your place now, or contact us for more information.


Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury
65 Glastonbury Boulevard
Glastonbury, CT 06033

How to get there »

Self parking available.


The Granta team will be staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury Hotel.

To access our reduced rate of $179, please call the hotel directly (1-800-652-8111) and quote our group code "GRA".

Deadline for booking is October 10, 2015.