Key benefits

All of your corporate materials data in one place.

Designed for materials data—benefit from years of development guided by partners in industry.

A robust, scalable enterprise system with traceability, security, and version control.

The Materials database system—GRANTA MI:Server

GRANTA MI:Server is the vital enabling technology for GRANTA MI.

MI:Server provides a unique materials database system, applying standard database technology that has been tuned to manage specialist materials and process information. MI:Server enables you to manage and configure this database via simple-to-use wizard-based applications that do not require extensive information technology expertise.

MI:Server - Manage all of your materials data in one place

A robust materials database system

Manage all of your materials data in one place in a system that is robust for enterprise roll-out and supported with continual performance improvements in regular releases.

The structure of any database is captured in its schema. This defines the types of data to be stored, the relationships between them, and the operations that can be performed on objects in the database. Granta provides template databases which give you ready-to-go schemas, developed in collaboration with Granta's consortia. These capture best practice for key materials types and make sure that the system is set up for the complexities of materials data. You to:

  • Handle the full range of materials property data: from simple 'single point' property values to the multi-dimensional graphs and equations used to capture, for example, stress-strain curves at multiple temperatures.
  • Capture and manage the full materials data lifecycle, from materials testing, through analysis, engineering design—i.e., raw test data, reduced data, design data, specifications data.
  • Capture materials information in text, documents, spreadsheets, or media files.
  • Link data and information to capture their context, enabling you to record and re-use corporate knowledge and experience.
  • Store and access your choice from a wide range of materials reference data in the same system, enabling easy comparison.
  • Store information to enable business decision support—e.g., databases of restricted substances or lists of your company's approved / preferred materials.
MMPDS alloy data
A sparse population of test data

Two examples of materials data types stored in GRANTA MI. Left, multi-dimensional graph data of tensile strength against temperature at different strain rates. Right, a sparse population of test data showing known values and the conditions at which they were measured.

Enterprise data management

MI:Server enables enterprise data management in real engineering environments. You can:

  • Ensure traceability so that you are always able to audit materials data. Smart features enable automatic linking of related objects, for example, recording the pedigree for materials test analyses. The system retains links as data is updated.
  • User management—'access control' features meet the demanding specifications of users in sectors such as aerospace and defense. Specific users see only data that is appropriate to their role. Includes ability to integrate with existing authorization systems (e.g., Kerberos). A new app makes it simple to add users and assign roles with no need for IT support.
  • Manage changing data with robust 'version control'—for example, ensuring that users in design access not only the right data, but the right version of the data for their design.
  • Use data appropriately—tools such as 'data quality ratings' help to ensure that data is used for the applications for which it is intended.
  • Integrate with other software—read more on MI:Materials Gateway for accessing materials data within CAD, CAE, and PLM software, and MI:API for integrating your own applications into GRANTA MI.

Related information

Building and maintaining your GRANTA MI system 

Implementing GRANTA MI