Aras Announces EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

Solution Provides Companies that Run SolidWorks with Packaged Functionality Out-of-the-Box for Corporate-wide PLM Business Processes

ANDOVER, Mass. — October 25, 2011 — Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the launch of a new solution designed specifically for companies that run SolidWorks®. Aras Enterprise PLM (Aras EPLM™) for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM provides packaged functionality out-of-the-box for corporate-wide PLM business processes, enabling global companies that run SolidWorks to improve product quality, accelerate time to market and achieve greater profitability.

Global Cross Functional Processes

Built on top of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, Aras EPLM is a scalable and secure business-ready solution for New Product Development and Introduction (NPDI), Complex Configuration Management, Enterprise Change Management, Outsourced Manufacturing, Quality Compliance and more. It extends Enterprise PDM to drive PLM processes throughout a company and its supply chain for collaboration across organizations including product development, operations, quality, purchasing, sales & marketing and other groups worldwide.

"Together Aras Enterprise PLM and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM provide the ideal solution for us to streamline and simplify process complexity throughout the company," said Dave Baer, IT Project Manager at Spartan Motors. "Aras allows our SolidWorks users to maintain their current design practices without disruption and extend our processes for cross functional coordination."

"We've been working with SolidWorks users for years and know that SolidWorks Enterprise PDM is by far the best CAD file manager for those designers. Companies are looking for a way to keep what's working and preserve their investment while they address cross-functional, enterprise-wide PLM business processes," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. "So, we've taken our open source PLM solutions, included new out-of-the-box functionality that connects directly to EPDM, and packaged it all up to create a totally new commercial offering that's optimized for companies that run SolidWorks."

Easy-to-Use & Powerful

Web-browser screens with a familiar Microsoft look and feel make the application easy to learn and use for everyone, and the highly flexible pure Web architecture includes powerful scalability, robust security and multi-site replication for deployments with users located around the world.

"Our engineers have been screaming for something like this. We have a deep product structure on some of our product lines and this will significantly increase productivity and quality. Aras EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM makes a lot of sense," said Kevin Friske, Database Administrator at MiTek Corporation. "We also like the fact that everything with Aras is on Microsoft SQL Server, and since its 100% browser-based, its easy-to-use for people at multiple sites."

Business Ready Out-Of-The-Box

Item-based and process-oriented, Aras EPLM is designed for the most demanding and complex PLM requirements.

Comprehensive multi-CAD capabilities include NX, Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, AutoCAD and more, as well as, EDA systems such as Allegro, OrCAD, DxDesigner / DxDatabook, PADS, Expedition, Altium, Zuken CR-5000 and others.

Engineering BOM Management

  • Classification
  • Item-based BOMs
  • Multi-level Indented BOMs
  • Revision & Version Control
  • BOM Redlining
  • Lifecycle States
  • Alternates & Substitutes
  • Effectivity
  • Baselines
  • Design-to-Goal
  • Product Costing
  • Make vs. Buy Parts
  • Approved Vendor / Manufacturer List (AVL / AML)
  • Where-Used
  • Flat Parts Lists
  • Customizable BOM Reports
  • Search
  • Unlimited User-defined Attributes & Customization Capabilities

Enterprise Change Management

  • Graphical Online Change Processes
  • Multiple Affected Items
  • Include Unlimited Files & Items
  • Impact Analysis
  • Cost of Proposed Change
  • Effectivity & Release Date
  • Fast Track Option
  • Email Notifications & Alerts
  • Role-based Assignments
  • Escalation & Delegation
  • Group Voting
  • Executive Veto
  • Configurable Security
  • Real-time Status Visibility
  • Audit Trail
  • Reports, Dashboards & Scorecards
  • Customizable Processes
  • Robust Integration Capabilities

Integrated Project Management

  • Project Portfolio Dashboard
  • Stage-Gate Project Management
  • Backward, Forward or Milestone Scheduling
  • Gantt Charting
  • Integrated PLM Deliverables
  • Milestones
  • Tasks & Activities
  • File Attachments
  • Project Collaboration Workspaces
  • Role-based Team Assignments
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Team Member Work Progress Tracking
  • Configurable Project Templates
  • Traffic Light Indicators
  • Email Notifications & Alerts
  • Configurable Security
  • Reports and Custom Reporting
  • Comprehensive Customization & Integration Capabilities

Extensive additional functionality is included for Configuration Management, Supplier Collaboration, Quality Compliance and much more.

Aras EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM is a commercial offering available from select US resellers including Fisher-Unitech and Razorleaf Corporation.

Learn more and see a live demonstration on the Aras EPLM webcast on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Registration at http://aras.com/plm/001360

Download screenshots at www.aras-eplm.com/screenshots

About Aras

Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass For additional information visit www.aras.com or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm