11 Aug Best Practices for Managing Materials
The Material Consistency Challenge
Some of the most common materials information challenges faced by design and simulation teams are caused by disconnected silos of information, inconsistent formats, multiple teams using the data and changes in material information over time. Material information management is not a “set it and forget it” process.
Adding to the challenge is that the right material data means different things to different people. For example, the right material may be:
- A material that is still available on the market, or that originates from a preferred supplier.
- A material for which the data set is complete and for which all teams involved in the product development have the properties they need.
- A material that is the least expensive of all available materials, the lightest, the strongest, etc.
These challenges are not insurmountable. There are simple actions that you can take to avoid using the wrong material. They all stem from your ability to ensure quick access to consistent materials information by the design and simulation teams.
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