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Aras Component Engineering Brings Over 450 Million Electronic Components into the PLM Workflow


Aras Innovator Provides Integrated Approach to Component Management by Incorporating IHS CAPS Universe Electronic Parts Data, Allowing Engineers to Quickly Search, Find, and Compare Parts for Selection, Purchase and Service

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – September 10, 2015 – Aras®, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, today announced the general availability of the latest release of Aras Component Engineering, which seamlessly brings electronic component data from the leading electronic component database, IHS CAPS Universe, into the Aras Innovator® PLM workflow. As the only PLM solution that provides instant access to complete electronic component data from over 4,000 leading manufacturers worldwide, Aras allows design and procurement engineers to search, find, and compare parts and approved suppliers from the design phase through to manufacturing and service. The application supports a systems development approach by providing a unified platform for managing the integration of electronic parts into complex products also containing mechanical and embedded software components.

To watch a demo of Aras Component Engineering, visit: http://aras.com/plm/002720

Aras Defines the PLM Standard for Component Management
Aras Component Engineering leverages data from business information provider IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the world’s leading source of electronic component data, to streamline electronic component selection, approval, sourcing, and lifecycle management by providing engineers with current technical and compliance information, as well as part and supplier statuses — all accessible from within the PLM workflow. Only Aras Innovator provides:

  • Access to the IHS CAPS Universe database of more than 450 million electronic components in more than 400 categories directly from the PLM workflow
  • Search capabilities for in-use parts during the design phase, enabling discovery of volume purchasing early in the product lifecycle
  • Stoplight indicators for quick overview of approved manufacturers, in-use parts, and supplier and part statuses
  • Automated workflows for accelerating new component approval

“Integrating industry-leading data from IHS CAPS Universe into Aras Component Engineering allows engineers to quickly find the parts they need, determine availability, mitigate obsolescence risk, and ensure environmental compliance from within a single PLM environment. This powerful capability improves engineering productivity and helps companies bring innovative products to market faster,” said Bob Braasch, senior director, IHS Technology.

With Aras Component Engineering, engineers can quickly compare parts side-by-side and find alternates, view part information, and launch new part approval workflows. New capabilities let engineers view environmental compliance documentation (RoHS and REACH), certificates of conflict mineral compliance (CMRT), product change notices (PCN), end of life data (EOL), and lifecycle prediction.

“Such strong component sourcing capabilities make Aras Innovator unique in the PLM industry,” said John Sperling, VP of Product Management at Aras. “With access to CAPS Universe within the PLM workflow, Aras enables a systems approach to product engineering that allows engineers to efficiently manage the development, production, and service of complex products across departments and throughout the extended supply chain.”

Aras Component Search App
Many capabilities of the Aras Component Engineering application are now accessible anytime, anywhere with Aras Component Search, a mobile tablet app that combines component search with part approval workflows. With the app, users can quickly search for new components, view properties and data sheets, and initiate new part approval requests, allowing design, manufacturing and maintenance teams to collaborate more efficiently while away from the office.

To download the Component Sourcing app, visit http://aras.com/plm/003033

About IHS www.ihs.com
IHS is the leading source of insight, analytics and expertise in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 150 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs about 8,800 people in 32 countries around the world.

About Aras
We offer the best Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for global businesses with complex products and processes. Advanced PLM platform technology makes Aras more scalable, flexible and secure for the world’s largest organizations, and a full set of applications provide complete functionality for companies of all sizes. Customers include GE, GETRAG, Hitachi, Honda, Motorola, Textron and XEROX. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. More at www.aras.com and Twitter @aras_plm