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Granta Design has released a new software solution and service that supports a rigorous, auditable composite qualification process, particularly where data traceability is important for regulatory and other purposes.
New software tools for capturing, processing, and reporting on composite data have been added to the existing GRANTA MI:Composites software package, which were first demonstrated at JEC Europe 2015. Granta says that the new service helps companies configure and deploy this technology to support their qualification workflows, for example, for test requests, test matrix generation, capture of composites data, analysis, and management reporting.
The GRANTA MI:Composites software package was developed with input from aerospace companies, based on GRANTA MI materials information management platform. According to Granta, it enables engineering enterprises to manage all of the valuable, but complex, data associated with composite materials: their layup, cure cycle, directional properties and the properties and history of their constituent parts. New qualification tools have been added to the package to help with key tasks in the composite qualification process – such as defining a test program, or importing data from test machines to a central database.
These tools are available via a new service for Granta clients. Granta explains that this new Composites Qualification Service configures a GRANTA MI:Composites software package for a user organisation’s specific needs. For example, Granta will quickly set up data import tools so that they automatically process data from a specific test machine. By taking advantage of this new service, it claims OEMs build a system that makes it faster and easier to define test programs and to capture, analyse, and use their results; they ensure a systematic, documented process, from test request to design allowable and they reduce errors and delays and protect vital corporate intellectual property.
This solution will be demonstrated at a web seminar on March 25. “Our composites qualification software and service started as a customer-driven project to manage composites qualification workflows,” commented Dan Williams, Product Manager at Granta Design. “These materials pose significant data management challenges, making it essential to use a systematic approach and the right, specialist tools. Our ongoing work with composites-focused industries has provided invaluable insight into these challenges, and has helped us develop practical solutions that save time, protect valuable IP, and provide a robust basis for qualifying composite systems.”
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