Restricted substances – it’s a challenge that touches every level within an engineering enterprise, from the team concerned with corporate liability to the design engineers making materials choices. The cost of non-compliance includes significant financial fines, loss of market share, delays, and potentially irreversible damage to brand reputation.

With new substances being added to the restricted list each year, how can enterprises de-risk their products – especially if those products have a long life? Take an aerospace enterprise wanting to understand the impact of a new regulation on your products in-service, as an example. And what if those materials decisions could have a more immediate impact on human life? Imagine you’re a medical device manufacturer who needs to know which of your surgical products contain nickel so that front-line medical staff can operate with confidence on patients with allergies.

Helping you wade through the ‘alphabet soup’ of 100+ rules and regulations such as the European Union’s REACH directive, the US’ TSCA, EU and China RoHS, ELV, IAEG AD-DSL, etc., is the new release of GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances. Part of the GRANTA MI portfolio of materials information management software, this solution enables fast compliance analytics for products or product designs. It has been developed in collaboration with the EMIT Consortium – a project involving enterprises including Boeing, Bombardier, Emerson Electric, Honeywell, NPL, and Rolls-Royce. So what exactly does it do?

How will this help me?

GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances helps you to answer compliance queries quickly, efficiently, and reliably, by capturing and linking all of the relevant data – such as materials, processes, specifications, regulations, substances, and product/design ‘Bills of Materials’ (BoMs) – in one place. What makes this solution unique is its ability to handle specifications and manufacturing processes – a must if you want to understand whether at-risk chemicals are being used during manufacturing or maintenance. Moreover, you can fill any gaps in your in-house information with regularly-updated data from Granta on materials, substances, and regulations.

What else do you need to know? Well, there is a new capability to store product part and assembly data in GRANTA MI which makes it much easier to run and re-run compliance reports on products/designs. Dubbed the GRANTA MI:BoM Store, this capability is particularly useful for anyone running analyses across multiple parts and products. Also included is our latest version of MI:BoM Analyzer, the tool for creating/editing Bills of Materials within GRANTA MI. Run compliance reports, and visualize results “at-a-glance”; then perform ‘what if’ studies by changing materials or specifications and re-running those reports. One further addition accompanying the software release is the latest version of the Granta Restricted Substances Data Module which contains updated information on 11,000+ substances and ~ 120 regulations.

The bottom line

Minimize your risk with GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances. Answer compliance questions quickly and easily – and indeed design with compliance in mind. Save time, identify and mitigate risks in your product or supply chain, and avoid costly liabilities and disruptions to product delivery.

Read success stories from leading manufacturing enterprises like Rolls-Royce, and Boeing >

Contact one of our application engineers to schedule a hands-on demo of GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances >

Beth Harlen

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