“Ansys Granta MI enables us to keep track of a “more-than-1.5-million-piece puzzle” by storing literally any material-related information we have. From generic supplier information down to our own measurement’s single data points: Everything’s easily accessible, interconnected and analyzable.”
— Daniel Carmine Manocchio , Manager Material Technology/Kärcher
Accurate information about materials is part of the foundation for highquality, reliable products. But with naming conventions between different suppliers often inconsistent or incomplete, finding and maintaining accurate materials data is difficult. Kärcher approves and purchases polymers from more than 100 materials suppliers, used in making 3,000 products, so validating and managing materials properties data can be a convoluted and unwieldy process.
Despite the polymer industry’s standardization efforts, similarly named grades from multiple polymer suppliers can have significantly different material properties. Mixing up different grades can create costly and time-consuming disruptions to the development process, including requiring additional testing. Yet without those tests, it becomes impossible to specify exact grades on R&D drawings, ensure that parts and products meet ISO and other standards, and comply with regulations.