December 13, 2018
Cambridge, UK. Granta Design today announced GRANTA MI™ Version 12, the latest release of its industry-leading materials information management software. Engineering enterprises are increasingly investing in Digital Twin strategies to enable decision-making and support innovation with an accurate virtual representation of the real product. To be meaningful, the Digital Twin must accurately represent the materials from which the product is made.
GRANTA MI Version 12 brings the materials-enabled Digital Twin closer, with new capabilities to manage vital materials data, ensure traceability, and apply it in design and simulation. These are particularly useful for emerging material and process technologies like Additive Manufacturing (AM). This latest release also helps users to assess and ensure regulatory compliance, while enhanced integration with PLM and CAD enables the deployment of accurate materials definitions throughout the product lifecycle.
Materials Engineers can more easily understand processes and represent this insight accurately in digital form. GRANTA MI captures data generated during testing and development projects, now with improved options to link to large data files such as the CT scans used in AM projects. Correlations between process and materials parameters can be visualized to help understand, and thus optimize, performance. Version 12 includes new plot types in the MI:Mat Analyzer app, plus trend identification and easy export to text and CSV files.
Report quickly on restricted substance regulatory compliance for the products and parts described by both production and legacy BoMs (Bills of Materials). MI:BoM Analyzer 3.0 and the new MI:BoM Store enable enhanced and dynamic analytics, including scenario analyses. Capture and link vital data on materials, specifications, and substances, and connect it to BoM data to identify product risks and track them as legislation changes.
Integration technologies ensure GRANTA MI is the ‘gold source’ for materials-enabled Digital Twins, spanning multiple design and simulation tools and vendors, and providing consistent materials assignments. Coverage is extended to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, in addition to Teamcenter and Windchill PLM. Synchronization between different systems is improved, for example, via new Creo-Windchill interoperability for materials.
GRANTA MI Version 12 helps you to enable robust business processes, supported by enhanced workflow capabilities, and backed up by tools to ensure data integrity and quality at the enterprise level. New search features, for example, enable swift access to the data you need, supporting large databases that may contain millions of materials records.
The library of materials reference data available with GRANTA MI has also been updated, with the latest versions of trusted references such as CAMPUS Plastics, MMPDS, and ASM Medical Materials. The up-to-date data modules can be added to GRANTA MI installations, offering access to the Senvol Database™ for additive manufacturing machines and materials; JAHM Curve Data to support simulation; globally-recognized safety and quality guarantee for plastics, UL Yellow Cards; and more.
“The integration of controlled materials information throughout the enterprise enables decision-making, and is a key component of ensuring Digital Twins are accurate, useful virtual representations of physical assets,” commented Rob Davis, Head of Product Management at Granta Design. “With GRANTA MI Version 12, we have new capabilities across workflows, compliance, and analysis that bring the materials-enabled Digital Twin closer than ever before.”