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Aras Announces New PLM-based Application for Technical Publications

New Approach for Technical Publishing Automates Document Creation to Speed Production and Improve Accuracy

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – December 9, 2015 – Aras®, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, today announced the release of the Aras Technical Documentation application, which provides a breakthrough in the authoring, visualizing, and publishing of a wide range of product, regulatory, safety, and technical publications. By directly using PLM controlled data, the solution enables faster production of accurate, up to date technical publications like catalogs, maintenance manuals, regulatory filings and training manuals.

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Improving Speed and Accuracy of Technical Publication Production
Built on the Aras Innovator® platform, Aras Technical Documentation takes a new approach to simplify the creation and updating of Technical Publications. During the authoring process, the solution uses PLM content directly, which cuts out rewriting and eliminates opportunities for error. Document revisions and engineering change orders automatically trigger updates, improving content accuracy.

Developed in partnership with Orio AB (formerly Saab Original Parts AB), the web-based solution allows many publications to share the same source information in a modular fashion, eliminating data duplication. Document assembly is managed using templates, ensuring publications conform to regulatory requirements, industry standards and corporate formatting.

“Often companies create product catalogs by pulling data from multiple disconnected systems, which is a slow process with many possibilities for errors,” said Thomas Kjellberg, Chief Technology Officer, at Orio. “This solution enables a single PLM based engineering and technical publication authoring environment for multi-lingual, multi-program, multi-application and multi-brand requirements, meaning that we’re able to produce manuals and catalogs faster, while ensuring product documentation embeds already approved product data.”

Key Features

  • Technical documents are composed of the latest, approved information by referencing revision controlled data in PLM
  • Engineering changes trigger updates to associated technical content, ensuring all documents use the latest information
  • Content templates maintain consistency and enforce standards in regulatory and safety documents
  • Modular content is easily shared across multiple documents, eliminating data duplication, improving efficiency and reducing costs
  • Web browser editor makes the application easy to use and supports publishing in XML, HTML and PDF

“The authoring of technical publications too often takes place in isolation from product development, resulting in significant rework if incorrect product info is used, late ECOs occur, or if changes take place after product launch,” said Jean-Christophe Bertrand, PIM/PDM Project Manager at Mersen. “With Aras Technical Documentation, integrated and automated documentation tools complete with indexing and linking capabilities will allow us to create, print and publish catalogs to our distribution and OEM channels knowing they are accurate and up to date.”

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 and Twitter @aras_plm