2. Automotive focus: PSA Peugeot Citroën host First AutoMatIC meeting; upcoming webinars
Consortium members also include General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, and KSPG
|Next month sees the first meeting of the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (‘AutoMatIC’), hosted by PSA Peugeot Citroën in Paris (October 23). The Consortium, whose initial members have now been confirmed as General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, KSPG AG, and PSA, will bring together OEMs and suppliers in the automotive and off-highway vehicle sectors to develop best practice for materials information and its use. It will help members as they aim to increase engineering productivity, lower costs, improve product performance, lower risk associated with materials supply and regulations on restricted substances, and make the most of investments in simulation and PLM. Further expressions of interest from OEMs or suppliers in the Automotive and Off-Highway Vehicle sectors are welcome.
Webinar: Strategic materials information initiatives in the automotive industry
On September 30, Granta’s Dan Williams will be discussing why automotive companies consider materials information to be of strategic value. Join the webinar to find out how they are implementing practical materials information technology programs to achieve their strategic goals. You will also see case studies, drawing on the experiences of leading automakers, that demonstrate how state-of-the-art software, best practices, and data for materials information management help:
- Maximize lightweighting opportunities.
- Reduce risk in the supply chain.
- Accelerate Virtual Product Development.
Those in the automotive industry may also be interested in the Automotive session of the "Cost reduction through materials replacement" webinar series on Wednesday, September 24 (see Item 1).
3. MDMC Phase IV: maximizing impact on material and product R&D
|Phase IV launch meeting hosted by Pratt & Whitney;
GKN Aerospace is latest member
The 24th Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC) meeting, hosted by United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, Pratt & Whitney, in East Hartford, CT last month, saw the Consortium move into Phase IV. The most recent phase (2009-2013) of the MDMC created new tools to deploy materials data for use in design and simulation, and new capabilities to manage information relating to composites and advanced materials. The new Phase IV will focus on further improvements in the efficiency of materials data management and on helping members to apply this data for greater impact on their wider engineering activities. Priorities include:
- Continued optimization of usability for members’ workflows.
- Further improvements to best practice approaches and technology for composites.
- Extending support of areas such as corrosion, tribology, wear, joining, and additive manufacturing.
- Creating and deploying data for virtual product development; members report increasing interest in this topic due to the volume of materials data now generated and consumed by FEA/CAD.
- Support for integrated computational materials engineering (ICME).
Granta and Boeing in Eureka report on regulation and compliance
|In the latest edition of Eureka magazine, Editor, Justin Cunningham asks why the management of materials data has become vital for engineering businesses. He reports how Boeing are capturing and recording materials data, helping them accelerate their reaction to regulatory restriction on materials and substances: "The amount of time we have to be compliant is getting shorter, while the number of new regulations coming through is only going to increase. So this is a real business risk that could really have an impact if we are not able to act quickly enough."
This risk, Cunningham explains, has seen Granta play an increasing role in helping large OEMs manage material data in relation to environmental regulatory pressure. The article concludes that good materials information management is key: "once the materials information and data is in place, it allows companies to react much more quickly to new regulation so to understand the risk earlier, so engineers can find alternatives or workarounds."
New Product Intelligence software offers ‘BoM Analyzer’
|The growing need for engineering enterprises to optimize products while minimizing environmental, regulatory, and supply chain risks has led to the development of the GRANTA MI:Product Intelligence Package. With options for access within CAD or via a new web application, this package of software tools and authoritative data on materials and environmental properties helps focus design effort, and supports risk assessment and compliance reporting while avoiding the need for time-consuming data research.
Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials;
EMIT Consortium Meeting
At this week’s Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials (Ames, IA), Granta is presenting a poster discussing how materials information technology can be applied to meet the challenges of Critical Materials, particularly for product development and design organizations. These challenges are significant, as disruptions to supply or price volatility can have major impacts on product price and production. This topic has also been a recent focus of the Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium, a collaborative project that develops and applies information technology solutions to enable product design and development in the context of environmental objectives and regulations. The EMIT Consortium will be meeting at Honeywell (in Phoenix, AZ) next week.
5. Aerospace focus: webinar reports and upcoming events
Webinar reports from Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, and NASA
At a recent aerospace-focused webinar hosted by NASA Tech Briefs, three leading aerospace and defense organizations shared their experiences of managing and using critical data on composites, alloys, and other materials. Honeywell drew on 15 years' use of CES Selector to describe the benefits that come from applying a rational material selection process that is exhaustive, auditable, and repeatable.
|Lockheed Martin explained how the use of GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway can deliver significant benefits, including consistent material usage, improved documentation, traceability, and considerable time savings. NASA discussed the need for a robust informatics infrastructure for ICME, drawing on the work of the Material Data Management Consortium (see also Item 3), concluding that “the GRANTA MI information management system is capable of handling the demands of integrating both virtual and experimental data.”
Upcoming aerospace webinars (Starting September 30)
At four short webinars this Fall, we’ll address how to maximize the value of information on the properties and behavior of the materials—alloys, composites, ceramics, plastics—critical to aerospace and defense enterprises.
This month, as part of the Cost Reduction Series, we’ll be sharing some key case studies on the role of material selection in the aerospace industry. A three-part series in October and November will continue the aerospace focus. Discover how leading aerospace enterprises are managing their materials data management to reduce direct and indirect costs, and minimize risk through materials data integrity and traceability. Learn from the experiences of the Material Data Management Consortium’s Composites Sub-Committee as we turn our attention to the specific challenges of managing composites information. And discover the benefits of accessing corporate materials knowledge within CAD/CAE to support an enterprise-wide materials strategy:
- Sep 30: “Cost reduction through materials replacement: How do those in the aerospace industry do it?”
- Oct 29: “Aerospace (1): The business case for material data management”
- Nov 5: “Aerospace (2): Managing composites data in the aerospace and defense industry”
- Nov 12: “Aerospace (3): Supporting a materials strategy with CAD/CAE integration”
Those using data on metals can now access the latest MI-21 data, covering specifications (from standards, trade literature, and datasheets) and data on joining and surface treatment consumables. This increases coverage to 63,000 materials and consumables. Enhancements include a new, easier way to search and report on the available forms of specifications. We have also updated the StahlDat SX Data Module to ensure it contains the complete and up-to-date Register of European Steels, with specification data and temperature-dependent material properties.
|For the first time in CES Selector, the StahlDat Sheet Steels for Automotive Data Module (pictured) is available, providing data that helps preparation of simulation models for crash, stamping, and forming. CES Selector 2015 users join GRANTA MI users in being able to access MMPDS-08, the preeminent source of materials property data for aerospace component design.
The latest plastics data updates, available for both CES Selector and GRANTA MI users, include CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics and Prospector Plastics (formerly known as IDES plastics). CAMPUS and M-Base Plastics contains the latest data from leading resin suppliers, including 4621 new grades and 108 new examples of polymer applications, 235 new biopolymers. There are I93 new grades in the CAMPUS Plastics dataset (which now includes Edistir and Sinkral grades from Versalis S.p.A). Prospector Plastics offers the latest data from global resin suppliers, including 8148 new grades. This comprehensive resource contains around 90,000 datasheets from over 800 suppliers; around 70,000 datasheets list ASTM standard properties and around 40,000 datasheets list ISO properties.
7. Medical focus: Managing materials information for smarter device design and analysis
Medical device organizations need to make the right material selections to optimize products and avoid problems in design, manufacturing, or use. Material replacement is increasingly important, especially in the light of new restricted substance legislation. How can medical device manufacturers avoid delays and problems due to non-compliance or material obsolescence? What steps can reduce costs while maintaining performance?
As part of the “cost reduction” webinar series, on October 8 Granta’s Dr Charlie Bream will be talking about the latest data and tools to support material selection and substitution for surgical, orthopaedic, cardiovascular, neurological, and drug delivery devices and packaging.
Medical device designers also need to make sure that materials knowledge is captured and available throughout the design and analysis process to ensure accurate decision-making in subsequent projects. In a webinar on October 14, Granta’s Kristen Roenigk will address the challenges of maximizing value from medical materials information, as well as demonstrating some of the latest data and resources for those involved in surgical and neurological device design.
- Oct 8: Cost reduction through materials replacement for the medical industry
- Oct 14: Managing materials information for smarter medical device development
Latest ASM Medical Materials data; preview of Surgical Materials data module
The Fall developments to the ASM Medical Materials database add new preview information covering surgical devices to the extensive package of orthopaedic, cardiovascular, and neurological device data. The database provides a comprehensive and authoritative set of mechanical, physical, biological response, and drug compatibility properties for the materials and coatings used in FDA approved (510k and PMA) medical devices. New Surgical Materials data will cover: general and plastic surgery devices including clips and staples, laser surgical instruments, suction pumps, sutures, tissue adhesives, wound and burn dressings; therapeutic devices including suction lipoplasty systems; and information relating to prosthetic devices such as surgical meshes and synthetic bone grafting material.
| The new release of CES Selector 2015 (see Item 1) includes new links allowing medical device manufacturers with an appropriate subscription to jump straight from materials data in CES Selector to more in-depth information in the online ASM Medical Materials database.
Rolls-Royce to host Northern Europe Meetings (Derby, UK, October 2-3);
Expert Panel includes Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, and SKF
Next month, join us for an Open Session at the Northern Europe User Group Meeting, hosted by Rolls-Royce in Derby. The first day is open to anyone with an interest in materials information and its applications in areas including: product development, the supply chain, quality, purchasing, warranty, and meeting environmental and regulatory objectives. This Open Session will provide an opportunity to put questions to our expert panel, to share problems and experiences with colleagues from other engineering enterprises, to hear and discuss industry cases studies, and to see and ask questions about the latest materials information technology.
The second day of the meeting is reserved for current users of the GRANTA MI or CES Selector software.
Both of these events are free of charge, but pre-registration is required and places are limited.
Granta's Germany-Austria-Switzerland User Group Meeting (Munich, March 3-5)
Mark your diaries now: the dates have been announced for the next ‘DACH’ User Group Meeting and Open Seminar. Full details and registration available online.
9. Online user training: GRANTA MI and CES Selector
GRANTA MI user training (Tuesday, October 7)
All those using GRANTA MI are invited to join our regular bimonthly online user training sessions, which, next month, will focus on “Getting the most from curves and functional data." Join us for a session:
- Helping you determine the best way to represent your multi-dimensional data in GRANTA MI.
- Demystifying 'functional data' and 'embedded equations and logic data'.
- Sharing tips and tricks for importing, exporting, and comparing graphical data, including some of the newest features in GRANTA MI Version 7.
If you have not already registered, please do so from the online training pages.
Additional user training: "What’s new in CES Selector 2015" (Tuesday, October 14)
|Last week, CES Selector users joined Granta's Dr Charlie Bream to get a preview of what’s coming in the new CES Selector 2015. There has been a lot of interest in seeing the new release so we will be repeating the user training in October. All CES Selector users are invited to join this extra session. Regular bi-monthly training will also continue from November 4.
On the blog, in the next in his series on under-appreciated materials, Prof Mike Ashby asks whether 21st Century material scientists could imitate Rumpelstiltskin and spin straw into Gold—or at least something valuable…
18 Cost reduction: How do those in the consumer products industry do it?
24 Cost reduction: How do those in the automotive industry do it?
30 Cost reduction: How do those in the aerospace industry do it?
30 Strategic materials information initiatives in the automotive industry
7 GRANTA MI Online User Training: "Getting the most from curves and functional data"
8 Cost reduction: How do those in the medical devices industry do it?
14 Managing materials information for smarter medical device development
14 CES Selector Online User Training: "What’s New in CES Selector 2015 "
(Repeat of last session)
16 Cost reduction: How do material producers do it?
29 Aerospace 1: The business case for material data management
4 CES Selector Online User Training
5 Aerospace 2: Managing composites data in the aerospace and defense industry
12 Aerospace 3: Supporting a materials strategy with CAD/CAE integration
Meet us at this Fall's events, conferences, and workshops:
9-11 Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials , Ames, IA, USA
15-17 13th EMIT Consortium Meeting: Honeywell, Phoenix, AZ, USA
16-17 Automotive Circle International - Simulation 2014, Guyancourt, France
16-19 SAMPE Asia & Korea Composite Show, Goyang, South Korea
23 How to Choose Plastic Materials, Odense, Denmark
24-27 Metform, Ankara, Turkey
25-26 SIMULIA RUM Germany, Dresden, Germany
30-1 Dortmunder Werkstoff-Forum, Dortmund, Germany
2-3 Granta N. Europe User Group Meeting & Seminar, Rolls-Royce, Derby, UK
6-8 Siemens PLM Europe, Berlin, Germany
7-9 Composites Europe, Dusseldorf, Germany
8-9 Les Rendez-Vous CARNOT, Lyon, France
9 PLM World Mid-Atlantic RUG, Linthicum Heights, MD, USA
12-16 Materials Science & Technology (MS&T), Pittsburgh, PA, USA
13-16 The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), Orlando, FL, USA
14-15 PDT Europe, Paris, France
15-16 SIMULIA RUM France, Velizy, France
21-22 ANSYS Regional Conference, Madrid, Spain
23 1st AutoMatIC Consortium Meeting, hosted by PSA Peugeot Citroën, Paris, France
27-28 International CAE Conference, Verona, Italy
29-30 MetalMadrid, Madrid, Spain
In each Granta Material News we link to information that helps users to get more from Granta software. Here, watch a short video explaining how to make use of the Profiles capability in GRANTA MI to deliver tailored views of your company materials data to different audiences.