“Are you innovating with intent?” seems like a simple question but if your company doesn’t have a good materials information strategy in place, the answer will most likely be “No”. In our latest blog post, you’ll discover how companies like Ethicon Endo-Surgery are innovating and raising their materials IQ.

There are five critical and distinct metrics that can be used to assess your company’s current level of materials intelligence. They are:



Is your materials information easily and fully accessible? If you find yourself using isolated databases or Excel files, then your data isn’t accessible. If it isn’t accessible, then it isn’t searchable or shareable and your company can find itself sitting on an untapped data gold mine. Ultimately, if you’re losing information, you’re losing your competitive edge.



Is your materials information integrated into your company’s current toolsets and processes? Whether it’s supporting simulation or ensuring accurate materials descriptions in product design, your materials information should be fully integrated.



Is your materials information pedigreed? Serious problems can arise when your materials data comes from multiple sources and you aren’t certain of the conditions under which it was tested or how values were arrived at. It’s important to have confidence in where the information came from, and its consistency.



Is your materials information traceable? There will no doubt be a time when you must go back and look at a decision you made years ago. It could be that you chose a specific grade of material on a specific project, for a specific set of reasons, and now someone is questioning that decision because the project is experiencing failures. If you can’t trace those decisions and why they were made, you have no chance of solving the problems.



Does your materials information aid compliance with regulations? Is your company proactively trying to minimize risk and be compliant with its materials information, or is there a disaster waiting to happen?


Failure to address all five of these questions can cost companies both time and money. When materials information is inaccessible or missing, you can end up repeating tests that you weren’t aware another group had already performed – and studies indicate that 20% of material tests are duplicated. It’s also estimated that 50% of results are used only once and never shared.

‘If you’re losing information, you’re losing your competitive edge’

Recognizing these issues is the first step to solving them, and that’s why seminars like When Materials Decisions Matter: Key Strategies to Raise Your Materials IQ can signal the difference between success and failure. At Granta, we talk a lot about materials intelligence (in fact it’s our main tagline) and this seminar takes that concept a step further by questioning the nature of materials intelligence, how we can best assess it, and the value that an effective strategy provides.

Held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in Lowell, MA, on 2 May, this seminar will feature a compelling use case from Jackie Anim, Principal Material Engineer for Ethicon Endo-Surgery. In her talk, Anim will discuss a patient who suffered with a very rare allergy to a specific metal compound. As a result, the surgical team needed to know beyond all shadow of a doubt that no component of the surgical device contained, nor had it at any time during the manufacturing process come into contact with, this particular metal alloy. You’ll hear how without GRANTA MI, Anim wouldn’t have been able to find the exact device through its serial number, validate all the materials, and offer complete assurance that it was safe for use on the patient.

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Beth Harlen

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