Author Archives: Dan Williams

About Dan Williams

Product Manager

Ten things you can do with MI:Workflow – send us your ideas!

mi10-thumbnailYou may have seen that we just announced MI:Workflow, one of the most significant enhancements to the GRANTA MI platform we’ve ever made. Our aim is to give people control over the process of digitalizing materials information across their organization – helping them manage not only materials information, but also the processes required to ensure that information is requested, collected, approved, and released in a controlled, secure, traceable manner.

It’s easy to list the cool new features in the software: the ability to implement to-do lists, notifications, approval sequences, and moderation queues, as well as to create an audit trail.  But the point about MI:Workflow is the powerful things you can do by combining these features with each other and with the existing materials information management capabilities of GRANTA MI.

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100 Years of Stainless Steel

oil-rigGranta’s recent trip to MS&T in Pittsburgh, the Steel City, reminded me that this year marks a hundred years since the invention of stainless steel, or at least since the first patents were granted to Strauss and Maurer in 1912 for the austenitic stainless steel they branded Nirosta. At about the same time in Sheffield, England, Harry Brearley discovered a corrosion resistant martensitic alloy which, although designed for gun barrels, first found fame                                     as the new, shiny entrance canopy material for the Savoy Hotel. Continue reading