Granta unveils new selector tool for 2013

Granta Design has announced the release of CES Selector 2013, the latest version of its PC-based software for materials decision support.

The new tools will help those seeking similar or replacement materials across the full range of plastics, metals, ceramics, and composites. And there are new capabilities for lightweight design and environmental design.

The launch of a new edition of CES Metal Selector combines the core functionality of CES Selector with two specialist datasets, CES Metal Selector aims to help both engineers and materials experts find and use information on metals specifications, designations, and global metal equivalencies.

CES Selector also provides a quick and simple route to identify potential drop-in replacement materials in cases of material obsolescence, restricted substance legislation, or simply rising costs. Similar materials can be instantly identified and ranked by 'nearness' using the new 'find similar' tool. CES Selector 2013 offers enhanced tools for use during the early stages of design, to rapidly assess the environmental impacts of products across the complete lifecycle.

Additionally, the Eco Audit Tool provides not just life cycle energy usage and CO2 footprint, but new interactive charts to give designers instant feedback on the environmental implications of changing materials or processes. The software can also suggest strategies for improving environmental performance.

CES Selector and its associated tools draw both engineering and environmental information from Granta's MaterialUniverse (providing complete material property data for nearly 4000 records, covering virtually all purchasable engineering materials and related processes). Continued expansion of this unique dataset has, this year, particular impact for those interested in lightweight design with extended coverage of composites, Al and Mg alloys, and high strength steels.

"CES Selector 2013 greatly strengthens its offering for those working with metals, and reinforces its selection and substitution capabilities across the full range of materials," said Granta's Chief Operating Officer, Dr Patrick Coulter. "We're pleased to be able to meet the needs of our customers in industry and research in this way, while also adding new tools in two areas that they continue to highlight as important: lightweight design and eco design."

Justin Cunningham

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