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Aras Rolled Out Across 21 International Sites by Freudenberg


Freudenberg DS Accelerates Global Product Development and Achieves APQP2 Quality Management with Aras Innovator for PLM

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland - November 26, 2008 - Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that the Freudenberg Dichtungs- und Schwingungstechnik [FDS], a leading global seals and vibration technology provider headquartered in Weinheim Germany, has standardized on Aras for global PLM and will complete the international roll-out to 21 sites across Europe by the end of 2008.


The deployment of the Aras solution gives Freudenberg DS a standardized multi-national process for product development that incorporates Advanced Product Quality Planning [APQP]. The ISO/TS16949 quality standard is the automotive version of the ISO 9000 standard and includes product development process requirements for ensuring quality, referred to as APQP. Freudenberg DS has expanded on the scope to implement a strategy called APQP2 that achieves zero defect quality and proactive risk management using Aras Innovator. The result has been shorter development cycles and more effective launch to volume production.


"Aras gives us a single international development process that extends from the initial program quote through all of development and production launch across our entire European operations," said Axel Vondermühl, PLM project manager at Freudenberg DS. "Aras online workflow streamlines and controls the business processes to enable better international collaboration. We now have executive visibility over the hundreds of new product projects we run simultaneously. Our development work occurs significantly faster and more efficiently."


Aras provides product development collaboration and real-time red-yellow-green traffic light status for Freudenberg DS employees including product managers, design engineers, and quality engineers, as well as, personnel throughout sales & marketing, sourcing & procurement, and production operations. The broad level of international access is achieved without the purchase of any user licenses because the Aras enterprise open source format delivers unlimited users access for no charge.


"Aras is the most advanced service-oriented architecture or SOA for PLM because it is model-based," explains Martin Allemann, Vice President EMEA for Aras. "The Aras model-based SOA for PLM means that solutions have unmatched flexibility to support competitive business practices and that the entire application is accessed conveniently through a standard Internet Explorer browser."


About Freudenberg
Freudenberg Group is a global leader in seals and vibration technologies, nonwoven products, industrial solutions, household cleaning products, and specialty chemicals. In fiscal year 2007 the Freudenberg Group annual revenues of 5.3 billion euro [$7.7 billion]. Freudenberg Dichtungs- und Schwingungstechnik [FDS] had annual revenues 1.2 billion euro [$1.7 billion] and employs over 9,000 people globally. Freudenberg Group is a private company with global headquarters in Weinheim Germany. For additional information visit http://www.freudenberg-ds.com/ecomaXL/index.php?site=FDS_EN_quality


About Aras
Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com