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Granta announces new and extended materials support for CAD, CAE, and PLM

News International-French

13 May 2016

Advances include new enterprise-level integration option for Teamcenter PLM

Granta Design announced two major enhancements in materials support for Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)—providing product development teams with enhanced  access to reliable, controlled materials data, saving time and improving the consistency and quality of materials decisions. Siemens PLM Connection will launch a new integration option, MI:Enterprise Connect for Teamcenter, that enables automated enterprise-level synchronization of approved materials datasets from the Granta MI materials information management software into Teamcenter PLM. Granta has also released the latest version of its MI:Materials Gateway embedded applications for direct end-user access to materials data from within a broad range of CAD, CAE, and PLM software, supporting fast product analytics and accurate simulation.

Granta MI is the leading system for managing design-critical materials information—both authoring proprietary intellectual property from test results through to validated design data, and publishing reference data from trusted third parties. The new MI:Enterprise Connect enables organizations to define summary catalogs of materials from their Granta MI implementation and to schedule automatic synchronization of this data at the server level with Teamcenter, maintaining formal revision control. Assignments to product designs can then be made using Teamcenter Integrated Material Management—taking advantage of the PLM product structure context. This approach is particularly suited to deploying and maintaining approved or preferred materials lists derived by materials or commodities teams.

MI:Materials Gateway Version 4.1 is an update of Granta’s established technology for direct end-user access to materials data and related analytics via an embedded app within CAD, CAE, or PLM. This release further enhances user experience, including extremely responsive database browsing. Particular benefits for CAE analysts include enhanced handling of parameters such as temperature or strain rate and the ability to preview material card input prior to import to simulations—providing an intuitive and complete workflow, supported by consistent data access and full traceability.

Dr Patrick Coulter, Chief Operating Officer at Granta Design said: “We work closely with our customers and with partners including Siemens PLM, Dassault Systèmes, and PTC to identify and meet the varied needs of users of CAD, CAE, and PLM for access to the right materials information and software functionality. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution and these new releases enhance support for different implementation strategies and solution architectures as companies build and deploy corporate ‘gold sources’ for material intelligence.”