December 10, 2018

Composite qualification & equivalency, GM & Molex webinar, new PLM White Paper, webinars, and more…

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February 2016

Enhanced composite qualification and equivalancy

Enhanced composite qualification and equivalency

New developments for composite qualification and equivalency will be the focus at a webinar later this month and at JEC World 2016 in Paris next month. Granta will demonstrate the new Composites QED data module, providing authoritative test data from the US National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP). It adds thousands of raw data curves from this world-leading composite testing program to the design data, material pedigree data, test results, and reports that Granta already offers.

Combined with the recently-updated GRANTA MI materials information management software, this eases composite qualification by enabling comparison of in-house tests with tests for similar, established systems. Users can eliminate invalid test results or establish equivalency—proving that their process produces the same properties as a proven material. The enhancements build on existing support for design with composites.

The new data will also be useful for validating the results of composite simulation. Simulation is another focus at JEC World, where Granta’s Dr Donna Dykeman will join other members of the Composites Innovation Cluster, delivering a presentation that describes how materials information management supports this project’s innovative work on crash simulation of composites for Automotive applications.

Register for the webinar on Feb 24 >

Meet us at JEC World 2016 in Paris >


Also in this issue


GM and Molex webinar: View on-demand



Industry survey: win Amazon gift cards



Automotive: Meet us at SAE World Congress



Enterprise CAD and PLM: New White Paper



Restricted Substances: Updated Data Module



MDMC: Latest meeting hosted by Boeing



Two decades of CES Selector: read the blog



CES EduPack Alumni LinkedIn group: Join now



Materials selection webinars: Register now



Training and this edition’s video tip



Meet us at upcoming events: Conferences, symposia, webinars

Download our new White Paper

2. GM and Molex on enterprise materials information management

At a web seminar hosted by IHS Globalspec on January 27, speakers from General Motors and Molex joined Granta to discuss how and why they are implementing enterprise materials information management.

Enterprise materials information managementDenise Massa, Global Process Lead for Materials Lifecycle Management at GM, described a substantial project to collate and manage harmonized definitions of materials, and to “author” these into PLM. The diverse consumers of this data include design and CAE engineers, purchasing staff, and lawyers. GM have begun by migrating information into the GRANTA MI software. Key goals are to save time and ensure consistency across the users of materials data. Measurable progress has been good: “after we finish each project, we go back and check that we have met our metrics. So far, we are about 50% of the way through and have met all of our metrics.”

Brett Rickett, Director of Material and Process Technology at Molex, a leading electrical and electronic connector manufacturer, explained how managing materials information has long been recognized as an important strategic topic at the company, with a system in place to support this activity for over 15 years. This legacy system, developed as a custom project, was both expensive to maintain and difficult to extend to integrate a wider range of materials data. Molex selected GRANTA MI for their new system and has completed initial deployment to 200 engineers. Legacy data has been transferred and roll-out to the remaining 1,200 engineers is approaching. Benefits come “by taking out a lot of inefficient work activities in the product engineering community through having Granta serve as the source of information that gets rolled up into our NX CAD system, and then into our PLM. Being able to take out all of the cost and effort there was a great way to show Return on Investment.”

Read a full report >

Watch the web seminar on demand >

3. Take our 2016 industry survey

Take part in our materials information technology survey and you could win Amazon Gift Cards.

  • Contribute to global industry research—we’ll send you the benchmark results
  • The report can help you to assess the business case for managing materials information in your company
  • Help us to improve Granta’s products and services
  • As a ‘thank you’ for helping us, you have the chance to win Amazon Gift Cards.
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4. Automotive meetings: AutoMatIC and SAE World Congress

AutoMatIC ConsortiumThe fourth meeting of the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatIC) takes place in Detroit in April. Member companies work together to define best practice in implementing materials information management and its integration with CAE, CAD, and PLM. The Consortium will be welcoming at least one new major automotive OEM member at the April meeting, who will join founder members General Motors, Honeywell Turbo Technologies, Jaguar Land Rover, KSPG AG, and PSA Peugeot Citroën.

The AutoMatIC meeting immediately follows the SAE World Congress in Detroit, on April 12-14. If you would like to find out more about materials information management in the Automotive sector, why not visit the Granta booth? Or contact us for an information pack about the work of the AutoMatIC project and how you can get involved.

Arrange to meet us at SAE World Congress >

Find out more about AutoMatIC >

5. New White Paper: Material Intelligence for Enterprise CAD and PLM

New White Paper: Material Intelligence for Enterprise CAD and PLMAs evidenced by the rapidly growing circulation of this Newsletter, an increasing number of manufacturing organizations recognize the importance of managing the vital IP they have developed relating to the engineering materials that they use—information that has its own lifecycle, evolving as new testing, service feedback, analyses, or supplier data become available.

These companies already have enterprise CAD and PLM tools in place, of course, enabling their product development process. But these key disciplines need to be connected. CAD and PLM users must have ready access to the best available representations of approved materials, and tools providing guidance in their use. This needs to be a primary deliverable of materials information management. In this new paper, we examine the trends and best practices in CAD, PLM, and materials information management, identify key requirements for integrating these technologies, and provide examples of addressing this challenge using the GRANTA MI product suite.

Download the White Paper >

6. Latest Restricted Substances Data Module available

LinkedInThe Granta Restricted Substances Data Module has been updated. Version 6.1 contains more than 8,300 records, each describing a specific restricted substance. This update focused on extending the Asian set of legislations. The folder structure has been overhauled and a total of 14 new legislation records have been added, together with more than 1,000 new substance records. This provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory framework in China, South Korea, and Japan, of relevance to manufacturers making or selling products in those regions. The data is compiled and maintained by Granta, guided by the EMIT Consortium. It can be used as a stand-alone reference source or linked to your own materials and process data within the GRANTA MI system, creating a comprehensive information resource that enables users to rapidly answer questions such as "what regulations might impact my materials?" or "which substances of concern are contained in this specification?"

See more about restricted substances >

7. Sharing experiences of knowledge management at MDMC

MDMC meeting hosted by Boeing, January 2016

Boeing hosted the 27th six-monthly meeting of the Materials Data Management Consortium Meeting (MDMC) in Huntington Beach, California, on 12-15 January. Sixteen member organizations from across Europe and North America attended.

Additive manufacturing proved so popular that the subcommittee session was held with the whole consortium. Members shared pre-competitive information about how they are developing data schema to manage the complex information associated with this area.

Eight members gave presentations on progress with their implementation roadmaps, including lessons learned, so that the whole community benefited from shared experiences. A Knowledge Management presentation was one example. It focused on useful tools, use cases, and how the latest version of GRANTA MI can help to manage company knowledge, recording experience and consolidating it in one place.

Progress on ICME concentrated on building schema for managing the metadata associated with virtually-generated materials information. Details of a project integrating GRANTA MI with NASA GRC’s MAC/GMC code were presented and discussed. The meeting also included a tour of the USS Iowa!

Find out more about the MDMC >

8. Two decades of CES Selector—read our latest blog

Early CES Selector graphicsIt is 22 years since Granta was founded as a Cambridge University spinout, and every year since has brought new features and enhancements to CES Selector. In our latest blog, Dr Charlie Bream, Product Manager for CES Selector, talks about the improvements and enhancements since he joined Granta in 2007 and first started to use the software. He also talks about ideas for future developments, which will focus on adding more ‘material intelligence’, outputting more information about the impact a material choice has on design.

Read the blog >

9. Join the new CES EduPack Alumni group on LinkedIn

LinkedInDid you use the CES EduPack software while you were at University? If so, why not join the new CES EduPack Alumni Group to connect to others with an interest in materials in industry, and to network? The group will enable industrial organizations to interact with bright students and ex-students who have the transferable skills that CES EduPack helps to develop through its use in University-level teaching of materials. These skills include materials selection, design thinking, data handling, and making good decisions.

CES EduPack 2016 was launched last month—you can see what’s new in the latest version here.

Learn more and join the LinkedIn group >

10. Sign up for materials selection webinars

Webinars in English, French, and German over the next few months will explain how CES Selector helps with materials selection in areas including lightweighting, plastics, and simulation. Register for the webinars by following the links below:

  Feb 11 Vous voudriez passer aux composites? (French)
  Feb 17 Systematische Materialauswahl als Strategie für Leichtbau (German)
  Feb 18 Lightweighting through replacing metals with plastics
  Feb 24 Supporting composites qualification and equivalency processes
  Mar 17 Thinking of switching to composite materials?
  May 11 Verbesserung der Produkt-Profitabilität durch Werkstoffsubstitution (German)

11. Training and video tip

Upcoming CES Selector and GRANTA MI training

Please note that our regular GRANTA MI Training sessions will be held on a monthly basis from now on. We are also moving them to the second Tuesday of the month, starting on Tuesday, February 9.

CES Selector Training will continue to be held bi-monthly on the first Tuesday of the month.

The next free, online sessions are:

  Feb 9 GRANTA MI training: Making the most of Tabular Data
  Mar 1 CES Selector training: Customizing CES Selector for your needs

Sign up for GRANTA MI training >

Sign up for CES Selector training >

Video tip—capturing knowledge and experience in GRANTA MI

In each Granta Material News we link to information that helps users to get more from Granta software. In this extract from December’s online training session, Product Manager Dan Williams demonstrates two new features for capturing unstructured information in GRANTA MI. Forms for easy upload of notes and images, and the new ‘collections’ feature, all help you to retain and share corporate knowledge and experience through your company’s GRANTA MI database.

  Watch the video tips...  

Watch the video >

12. Come and meet us at upcoming events

Meet us at these events, conferences, and workshops, or sign up for our webinars:


  11 Webinar: Vous voudriez passer aux composites? (French)
  14-18 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition (and Granta Workshop), Nashville, TN, USA
  17 Webinar: Systematische Materialauswahl als Strategie für Leichtbau (German)
  18 Webinar: Lightweighting through replacing metals with plastics
  24 Webinar: Supporting composites qualification and equivalency processes
  22-26 4a Technologietag, Schladming, Austria


  1-3 Granta D-A-CH Seminar and User Group Meeting, Nürnberg, Germany
  8-10 JEC World, Paris, France
  9 Webinar: Werkstoffinformationen, CAE-Anwendungen und Prozesse unterstützen (German)
  15-16 Granta French Seminar and User Group Meeting, Paris, France
  17 Webinar: Thinking of switching to composite materials?
  17-18 7th North American Materials Education Symposium, UC Berkeley, USA


  5 Webinar: Advances in material intelligence for Automotive
  7-8 8th International Materials Education Symposium, Cambridge, UK
  10-13 COE Annual PLM Experience and TechniFair, San Antonio, TX, USA
  12-13 EMIT Consortium Meeting, Cambridge, UK
  12-13 Automotive CAE Grand Challenge, Hanau, Germany
  12-14 SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI, USA
  12-15 Second International Workshop on Software Solutions for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
  14-15 AutoMatIC Consortium Meeting, Detroit, MI, USA
  25-29 Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany


  11 Webinar: Verbesserung der Produkt-Profitabilität durch Werkstoffsubstitution (German)
  16-19 Siemens PLM Connection Americas, Orlando, FL, USA
  23-25 Science in the Age of Experience, Boston, MA, USA
  24-26 Space Tech Expo US, Pasadena, CA, USA


  5-8 PTC Live Global, Boston, MA, USA
  15-16 NAFEMS UK Conference, Thetford, UK

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