Category Archives: Materials selection

Restrictive substances regulatory compliance – the IPC-1754 data exchange standard

Aeroplane, Granta, Restricted Substances

 

Journeying across the pond to Ottawa, Canada, members of the Granta Design Restrictive Substances team participated in a committee meeting to discuss the IPC-1754 (“Materials Declaration Standard for Aerospace and Defense”) standard. Arising out of an initiative by the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG), the IPC-1754 standard establishes requirements for material and chemical substance data exchange between suppliers and their customers for aerospace and defense, heavy equipment, and other such industries.

A ballot held at the committee meeting ended with 80% approval for the standard. Although it is now approved, the committee has accepted the standard has some technical issues that need to be addressed. This will trigger a re-ballot during the summer, which will concern areas where technical changes have been made to address comments. It is expected that the standard will be published on schedule in late October-December 2017.

Collaboration

Granta’s participation in these discussions came in part to our role as a coordinator of PLEIADES. For those unfamiliar with it, PLEIADES is a collaborative project within Clean Sky 2, the European program to enable environmental improvements in next-generation aircraft. It aims to integrate and ensure effective use of both primary and secondary data on materials, processes, and products within aerospace engineering workflows.

Within PLEIADES, Rolls-Royce acts as Topic Manager to ensure that objectives surrounding ‘Sustainable and Green Engines’ are met. Together with thinkstep, a specialist in sustainability software, Granta has the role of Project partner, and further expertise comes from the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Surrey.

Taking the heat: how the right materials will get us to Mars

Mars Lander

In terms of sheer coolness, very few things come close to NASA – especially if you happen to be an avid Sci-Fi fan like me. With that in mind, two stories that emphasise the critical role materials selection plays in the quest towards space exploration have caught my eye.

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Develop3D reviews Granta CES Selector 2017

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Develop3D’s Al Dean gets his hands on the latest version of CES Selector, in a review that asks us to ‘imagine the benefits that could be derived from making smarter, more informed material decisions’.

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Engineering in the Material World

Our very own Stephen Warde has been interviewed for the blog of one of the major providers of CAD/PLM software. Speaking to PTC, Steve highlights the difficulties faced by design engineers and the impact materials have on the ultimate cost and performance of a product.

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Are you innovating with intent?

“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.

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Predicting the future of restricted substances

Predicting the future is no easy feat without the help of a time machine. Often, that’s a good thing. But, sometimes, it’s not so good – one example being with restricted substances. If these substances are included in products, the results can be expensive fines, loss of market share and stock value, and (worst of all) damage to brand reputation. Many companies are struggling even to avoid use of substances that are already regulated. But, with new substances being added to restricted lists all the time, that may not be enough. How do we avoid using substances that are likely to become unusable during the lifetime of the product?

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How Cook Medical’s regulatory team uses materials data

medicalheartThis week, I presented in a collaborative webinar with Cook Medical’s David Chadwick, Director of Regulatory Affairs, covering the best practise when applying materials data and predicate device information in healthcare. The healthcare industry faces a colossal task when choosing materials for use in new or existing medical devices. For those unfamiliar with the medical industry, the number of factors which need to be carefully considered when selecting a material for use in the human body can seem overwhelming; engineering properties, biocompatibility, effect of sterilization treatments, material-drug interactions, regulatory approval processes such as FDA approval and CE Marking, just to name a few.

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Keeping up to date with the gold standard of materials reference data

plane-thumbnailThe world of materials never stands still. New technological challenges constantly drive the need to explore new materials that offer properties that no existing material can deliver. It is vital to maintain a single, up-to-date source of materials property data, to keep abreast of all these new developments. How else can you ensure that your designers and engineers have the data they need for materials selection, product design, simulation,                                     qualification, and more?

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Two views, one vision – designers and engineers making great products

abs-pellets-thumbnailIf two heads are better than one, imagine the benefits of two communities coming together to share each other’s views on materials and processes to make the best designed, best engineered products. That’s the premise behind a new educational project at Granta Design.

If we can inspire designers and engage engineers to learn about each other’s vital role in product development, and enable them to communicate in the common language of materials, we can arrive at a whole that is much greater than the sum of the parts. Two views, one vision. The new CES EduPack ‘Products, Materials and Processes’ Database offers university educators and their students two views of materials information, the Designer’s View and the Engineer’s View, so both can learn how to create successful products that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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Materials experts stay ahead of the game: making the right material choices for consumer products

density-thumbnailConsumer product development is distinguished from other manufacturing sectors by high turnaround, with many products having a typical lifespan of no more than two to five years. Whether household appliances, electronic devices, or even cars, the market has a constant appetite for new products and its attention is fickle. Tastes evolve—a product that was the epitome of good design five years ago may now look dated. Even the most cutting-edge devices may only secure demand for so long before market share is lost to competitors or newer technology. Manufacturers have a limited horizon in which to capitalize on the success of their new products and generate profit, and they need to get it right. But how?

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