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NEW REPORT - CAD Data Management Performance Test of Aras vs other PLM System

ACE 2013 - What's In It For YOU?

SUBSCRIBER NOTICE - Pack 7 Now Available


RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

UPCOMING EVENTS - Office Connector for EPLM Webcast, Alcove9, DFMSummit & More

TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

This month there's a new report out that documents performance and scalability testing of Aras for companies committed to CATIA V5. There's also a new Service Pack for subscribers, and a whole bunch of webcasts, demos and events coming up... and now's the time to register for ACE 2013 if you haven't already.

NEW REPORT: CAD Data Management Performance Test of Aras vs other PLM System

Performance in CAD data management is critical, particularly for large and complex CATIA assemblies.

That's why one global company recently decided to run benchmark tests on Aras vs their existing PLM system before considering a replacement.

With the help of T-Systems International, their integration partner, they conducted a series of performance tests using actual CATIA data sets to assure that performance would meet the requirements of their product development organization.

This independent report documents the results from the testing and validates the performance improvements achieved by Aras over another leading PLM system.

The testing verified the superior scalability of Aras using 1/3 of the IT infrastructure - servers, CPUs, memory - as large CATIA V5 data sets were consistently loaded up to 81% faster than the other PLM system.

Get the complete report: Boosting Performance using Next Generation PLM from Aras and read about the testing, infrastructure and results.

ACE 2013: What's In It For YOU?

By now you know that registration is open for ACE 2013. In just a few weeks, people from around the world will come together in Troy Michigan, just outside of Detroit, for several jam packed days of learning, networking and collaboration.

If you haven't attended ACE before, this is your year. Whether your company already uses Aras or is just forming your PLM strategy, there's something for EVERYONE at ACE.

If you're evaluating PLM systems, there's no better place to learn about PLM; meet people just like yourself that are responsible for their global PLM initiative, people that use and support PLM; and you can also talk directly with the Aras employees and partners worldwide that build, implement and integrate it.

If you're just starting out, coming to ACE is the best way to make sure your initiative is on the right track. Dedicated Getting Started sessions ensure that you have all the info you need to set your plan, realize your goals and make Aras work for you.

If you're already using Aras, then you know there's always more you can do with Aras. ACE is the ideal place to benchmark PLM best practices, discover new functionality, meet other users, hear their stories and learn from their experience.

If you're traveling to ACE from outside the U.S. consider pairing your trip with training at our Andover, MA facility, just north of Boston. We have open classes starting Monday, May 6th. See the training calendar and schedule your classes online.

We're bringing together business and technology professionals from around the world to learn and collaborate on PLM with Aras from product development and outsourced manufacturing to enterprise quality and systems engineering.

And our events are designed to give you plenty of time to network so you can find out how others are approaching global PLM challenges and get the insights & information you need to achieve success.

ACE 2013 is April 30 - May 2 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, in Troy, Michigan, U.S. To register and find out more, please visit

SUBSCRIBER NOTICE: Service Pack 7 Now Available

The latest Service Pack for Version 9.3 is now available - SP7

SP7 includes items important to enterprise users:

  • Introduces the ability to unlock Items while voting without switching screens
  • Further performance improvements for CAD connector APIs
  • New admin capability to force a client refresh
  • As well as several other performance and functionality improvements

SP7 details are available on the Documentation page.

SP7 is available to businesses with an active Aras subscription package, and companies with an Aras subscription receive free upgrades no matter how much customization you've done.

Subscribers can schedule a free upgrade to SP7 by contacting Aras support or your Aras certified partner.


This month's featured solution is a really powerful option for companies that run CATIA V5. The CATIA V5 connector for Aras provides extensive PDM functionality inside CATIA for a seamless experience.

Called the PDM Workbench for CATIA V5 and developed by Aras partner T-Systems, this connector enables your company to continue to leverage your investment in CATIA V5 into the future.

It enables designers to work in their familiar CATIA V5 environment, while providing integrated capabilities for multi-site co-design across the enterprise and extended enterprise with secure access and permissions.

Benefits include:

  • CATIA V5 data are associated with complete cross-discipline product information for comprehensive Work-In-Process (WIP) management, tracking and analysis
  • Enables global co-design with secure information and a single product structure
  • Seamless connectivity inside CATIA V5 enables designers to stay in CATIA for greater productivity
  • CATIA V5 look & feel makes it easy to learn and use

Key features:

  • A single repository for CATIA V5 design files in Aras
  • Management of complex CATIA V5 file structures
  • Controlled sharing of CATIA V5 designs enterprise-wide
  • Reservation using Lock and Unlock
  • Version and revision control of CATIA V5 files with configuration management & effectivity
  • Search and Load from inside CATIA V5, open files from Aras directly in CATIA V5
  • Enterprise change management workflow with CATIA V5 files attached
  • Auto-generation of enterprise BOM driven by CATIA V5

See a demo of PDM Workbench for CATIA V5 on Aras PLM then visit for more information

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

CATIA COMMUNITY: Looking Forward: PLM Requirements Management "With integrated RM, manufacturers can do systems level requirements management from the beginning to the end of the process. This enables greater flexibility, more informed tradeoffs and ultimately, better products," Aras CEO.

CHECKING IN: The Value of Aras Training Every month people from around the world come to our global headquarters to get trained on Aras Innovator®. Sometimes these are new users, ready to dig in to Aras PLM for the first time. Sometimes they are experienced users who are eager to take their skills and their...

ON-DEMAND DEMO: The Microsoft Office Connector for Aras Innovator Connector for Aras Innovator® enables global organizations to manage documents, spreadsheets and emails in the Aras PLM suite without leaving Microsoft Office applications. The Office connector for Aras...

USER SPOTLIGHT: Kinnerton Confectionary chose to implement Aras to drive productivity, improve efficiency and optimize new product development. The innovative company develops more than 400 new products a year so streamlining their new product development process from conception to launch...

FROM THE BLOG: Aras CEO Peter Schroer Talks PLM Replacement "I've been in PLM for a long time and right now I am seeing more reassessments than ever before. The trend is particularly strong at the 10,000 user and higher level, and even includes some high profile reference sites for the legacy PLM...

ARAS VIDEO: Simple and CMII-based Change. Which One is Right for You? Change management. It's the process by which changes to products or documents are initiated, developed, reviewed and implemented. Managed change enables a company to improve its products and become more successful,...

CONNECTPRESS: Integrating PLM Visualization with Secure Social New approaches to PLM visualization that combine social as part of the corporate security model build on the traditional view, markup, collaboration and work package generation in a modular fashion.

WHITEPAPER: Key Characteristics of an ideal Quality Management System When building a Quality Management System (QMS) for your Medical Device Company, follow this simple guide to develop the foundational three-legged-stool of people, process and tools that make up an ideal solution.

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Aras Japan's Newest Partners It seems like just yesterday we announced the opening of our Japanese headquarters but let me tell you, we've hit the ground running. In the past few months we've welcomed several Japanese Partners to the Aras Community. These new partnerships will...


ARAS WEBCAST: Next Generation Requirements Management for Aras EPLM - Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Office connector for Aras EPLM extends the benefits of enterprise PLM to SolidWorks users in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Users can create, store, edit, search and manage documents while working within the familiar, easy to use Microsoft environment.

PARTNER WEBCAST: Alcove9 Search Better with Aras Innovator - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:00 PM

Learn how companies just like yours are saving hours every week by extending their PLM search to find and use their data regardless of object type, location, or file format without ever leaving their Aras Innovator session.

PARTNER WEBCAST: Fisher-Unitech The Value of Enterprise BOM Management using Aras - Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:00 AM

Find out how Aras helps you dramatically speed up design-to-release processes, improve quality and cut overall development costs. Learn how Aras can help with configuration control of BOM structures.

CONFERENCE: Design For Manufacturing Summit - Brooklyn, NY, USA - Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Design for Manufacturing Summit brings together industrial designers, digital entrepreneurs and manufacturers to explore the opportunities in the digital manufacturing revolution. Register through Aras and receive 50% off registration fee.

PARTNER SEMINAR: T-Systems PLM system Aras Innovator - Prague, Czech Republic - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spolecnost T-Systems Czech Republic si Vas ve spolupraci s firmou Aras dovoluje pozvat na dopoledni seminar zamereny na problematiku PDM a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systemu , ktere jsou urceny pro spravu CAD konstrukcnich dat a rizeni souvisejicich podnikovych procesu nejen ve vyrobnich firmach. Seminar se

ACE 2013: Registration Now Open - Troy, Michigan USA - April 30 - May 2, 2013

ACE 2013 brings together business and technology professionals from around the world to learn and collaborate on PLM best practices that address enterprise process challenges from global product development to outsourced manufacturing and systems engineering complexity.

CMPIC Configuration Management Training

CMPIC courses are designed to provide a detailed overview of CM planning, naming conventions, numbering practices, baselines, change control, traceability, status accounting, and more. The CMPIC classes explain the role of CM in the organization.

  • Upcoming Sessions
  • CM Dynamics - Washington DC - Mar 25 - 26
  • CM Implementation - Washington DC - Mar 27 - 28
  • ANSI/EIA-649B April 10 - 12, 2013 - Orlando FL
  • CM Standards & Practices Update April 15 - 17, 2013 - Washington DC
  • CM Foundations April 23 - 24, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Structures April 25 - 26, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Dynamics April 29 - 30, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Implementation May 1 - 2, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Assessor April 29 - May 1, 2013 - Washington DC
  • CM Foundations May 13 - 14, 2013 - Houston TX
  • CM Structures May 15 16, 2013 - Houston TX

CMPIC Training Schedule - - Agenda & Registration

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program

CIMdata's PLM Certificate Program on enterprise PLM best practices provides you with an in-depth PLM education. The training is comprised of 9 sessions delivered over a five-day period through a series of lectures, case studies, tests, and individual as well as group exercises.

  • Upcoming Sessions
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands - April 22 - 26
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan - May 13- 17
  • Oslo, Norway - June 10 - 14

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - - Agenda & Registration

TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions

Training combines hands-on exercises, overview presentations, and discussions so that participants achieve an in-depth understanding of the topics.

Get the education you and your team need for success with the Aras solutions. Regularly scheduled Aras training sessions are FREE for companies with an active Aras subscription.

Also, there are several self-paced, online training tutorials available at the Tata Technologies engineering training site called i GET IT. Use the "TAG-10-RES" discount code for 10% off i GET IT training on Aras, as well as, all the other i GET IT training offerings.

  • Configuring Solutions - 5 Days (English)
  • Andover March 11, 2013
  • Andover April 8, 2013
  • Andover May 6, 2013
  • Andover June 3, 2013

Developing Solutions - 4 Days (English)

  • Andover March 18, 2013
  • Andover April 15, 2013
  • Andover May 13, 2013
  • Andover June 10, 2013

PLM Basics - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Osaka March 8, 2013
  • Tokyo April 5, 2013

Administration 1 - 2 Days (Japanese)

  • Tokyo March 5, 2013
  • Tokyo April 9, 2013

Administration 2 - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Tokyo March 8, 2013
  • Tokyo April 12, 2013

Workflow - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Tokyo March 7, 2013
  • Tokyo April 11, 2013

Developer and API 1 - 2 Days (Japanese)

  • Osaka March 13, 2013
  • Tokyo March 13, 2013
  • Tokyo April 17, 2013

Developer and API 2 - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Tokyo March 15, 2013
  • Osaka March 15, 2013
  • Tokyo April 19, 2013

Configuring Solutions - 2 Days (Chinese)

  • Taipei March 14, 2013
  • ShangHai April 11, 2013
  • Shenzen May 23, 2013
  • ShangHai June 13, 2013

Developing Solutions - 2 Days (Chinese)

  • Wuhan March 21, 2013
  • Taipei March 28, 2013
  • Shenzen April 18, 2013
  • ShangHai April 25, 2013
  • Wuhan May 23, 2013
  • ShangHai June 27, 2013

Solutions and Administrator Training - 2 Days (Chinese)

  • Wuhan March 7, 2013
  • Wuhan May 9, 2013

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • Accelinn
  • Aeronamic
  • Atos
  • Bombardier
  • Carnaud Metalbox
  • Cogxar Research & Solutions
  • Connectwell Industries
  • Dragan
  • Eco Power Design
  • EMUGE Werk
  • Esterline
  • ETI Simulation & Engineering Solutions
  • eTurbotouch
  • Explipro Group AB
  • Fillworth
  • Forum Energy Technologies
  • Foxconn
  • Freudenberg
  • GMI
  • GVW
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Holonix
  • HSR / IPEK
  • IBM
  • Indo Shell Cast
  • Ingerem
  • Innotec
  • Intelex Micro
  • Intelli
  • ITER Organisation
  • Keirex Technology
  • Laird Technologies
  • Larsen Toubro Limited
  • MAN Diesel
  • Maritime Applied Physics
  • Microline Technology
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola
  • MPI
  • Mühlenberg Interiors GmbH
  • Murata
  • National Oilwell
  • Opticon Sensors
  • PG-Plastic
  • Primus
  • Quanser
  • Ralcorp
  • Raven Industries
  • ReaMetrix
  • Robbins & Myers
  • Sara Suole
  • SmarDTV
  • Spontech Spine Intelligence AG
  • StrongWeaver
  • Tecumseh do Brasil
  • T-Systems International GmbH
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli
  • US Army
  • Westinghouse
  • Yonsei University
  • コベルコシステム株式会社
  • 将军机械
  • 株式会社インクス
  • 株式会社ジーダット
  • 株式会社ジェムコ日本経営
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