Systems Thinking

Create and build competitive systems that perform and last

Engineering to Possible

"Engineering to Possible" is a Systems Thinking context that holds significant importance for manufacturers. It includes taking proactive measures to manage and mitigate potential disruptions in the supply chain that could impact critical sub-subsystems, manufacturing processes, and distribution. Failing to address these potential disruptions forces organizations into a reactive mode, often lacking insight into the core functionality of key products. This reactive approach leads to unpredictable costs, potential quality issues, and inadequate compliance with regulatory standards. 

The Role of a PLM Platform in Digitalization of Engineering

Ever increasing product complexity forces organizations to reimagine their approach to design—including new methodologies, design tools, and configuration management for every step of the lifecycle. This also must include the pivotal role of a PLM platform plays in enabling the system-centric view of a product: traceability of requirements, management of systems models, simulation, and cross-discipline collaboration.

Prof. Dr.-Ing Martin Eigner (GF), CEO and Senior Consultant at EIGNER Engineering Consult, and Mark Reisig, VP Product Marketing at Aras, discuss the role a PLM platform plays in Digitalization of Engineering.

Traditionally PLM systems were focused on management of mechanical designs. However, increasing complexity of products is changing that. Today engineering covers all the phases of product life cycle (from requirements through behavior, connectivity, architecture, individual design domains, service, operating, reuse, and recycling) and therefore we need to think of a design as a holistic system via a holistic approach to engineering. In fact, we need to think of a product as a system within systems—a system of systems. This is an evolution driven by the increasing product complexity towards what I call Systems Lifecycle Management, or SysLM, in contrast to Product Lifecycle Management, or PLM.

- Prof. Dr.-Ing Martin Eigner (GF)

Systems Thinking and Design of Complex Products

This 30 minute demonstration applies Systems Thinking to making systems models a central part of the digital thread. It demonstrates a practical approach to establishing a custom digital thread that can expand and morph with the complexities of the products and systems that it represents, across all the above initiatives. The digital thread provides access to, and connects, data authored in best-of-class tools, and automatically exposes functionality appropriate to the task at hand—while maintaining traceability and the history of changes across the entire lifecycle.

Digital Transformation Primer

As organizations transform to leverage digital technologies, many experience barriers to entry and friction during implementation that inhibit success. Overcoming these obstacles requires a holistic approach driven by Systems Thinking. Technology is part of the solution…but true success is found by taking advantage of new techniques to achieve needed outcomes (and not simply making old processes faster).

PLM and Systems Engineering – Two Sides of the Same Coin

Listen to the discussion of systems engineering and the benefits of integrating system models with a PLM platform with industry experts.

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Aras Enterprise SaaS

Aras Enterprise SaaS provides a fully capable, business ready PLM environment with Systems Engineering and Digital Thread functionality to transform your organization. 

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Requirements Engineering

Adopt a transformational technology to manage requirements in context with total product configuration.

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Systems Architecture

Create tool-agnostic system architecture models from structures authored in external system tools and make them part of Digital Thread that links to requirements, simulation and detailed design data.

Systems Architecture

Simulation Management

Connect simulation inputs, processes, and results while ensuring accuracy, repeatability, and access to teams across the product lifecycle.

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Product Engineering

Supports parts, multi-level bill of materials, CMII standard configuration management and change management, approved vendor and manufacturer lists, and documents.

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Visual Collaboration

Capturing the conversation demystifies how decisions are made. Visual Collaboration enables users to mark up and comment on items inside the system. 

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Configuration Management

Manage evolving product configurations developed my multiple groups inside the organization and within the supply chain.

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Connect Everything

Capture your complete, evolving product definition and allow teams across the enterprise to follow a product’s digital history and all of its related digital assets.


Own the Lifecycle

End-to-end actionable data to transform products and businesses. 

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Build with Aras

Success in today’s fast changing business world requires your technology solutions to adapt quickly so you can respond to unknown business risks.

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Aras executes platform upgrades as part of the subscription so customers never fall behind technologically.

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How do you own the lifecycle? One resilient platform, end-to-end, concept through service, built on shared services, low-code architecture, customizable apps, and more.