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Aras Provides Supply Chain and Quality Management for Fox Electronics

Leading Electronics Manufacturer Deploys Innovator Application Suite to Continuously Improve Quality and Reduce Costs

LAWRENCE, MASS. - December 16, 2002 - Aras Corporation, a provider of affordable, enterprise-class Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced today that Fox Electronics, a leading global provider of high reliability, precision frequency control products, has purchased and is in the process of deploying the supply chain module and will follow with the implementation of the quality management module of the Innovator Application Suite.

"With Innovator we will be able to manage our global supply chain more effectively," says Gene Trefethen, CEO of Fox Electronics. "Some of our larger customers require that we use certain suppliers. Until now we had to manually monitor the procurement process to ensure that the right vendors were used, which resulted in unnecessary costs and subjected the process to potential human error. Innovator enables us to specify the suppliers that are approved for use and limit purchases with certainty to only those vendors."

Innovator provides a single online location for managing the Approved Vendor List (AVL) on a part-by-part basis. For day-to-day purchase transactions Fox Electronics uses MAPICS Point.Man. Therefore, real-time integration has been established allowing Point.Man to follow the instructions provided by Innovator.

"Innovator's use of Web Services standards such as XML and SOAP make real- time integration fast and uncomplicated," notes Peter Schroer, CEO and Founder of Aras.

Innovator is also being integrated with Microsoft® Exchange 2000 to provide a single, online location within the company for managing the contact information of the many distributors and manufacturer's representatives in the Fox partner program.

To further support the partner program, improve customer satisfaction, and enhance revenue potential, Fox Electronics will use Innovator to control all product specifications and will serve them directly to the Web site from within the secure, universal document vault. In addition, the company is loading all ISO 9001 related policies and procedures thereby improving revision control while simplifying employee access and cutting overhead costs.

"The bottom line for Fox is that Innovator enables us to serve our customers better, improve our quality, and significantly reduce our costs all at the same time," explains Trefethen.

About Fox Electronics
Fox Electronics is America's leading supplier of high reliability, precision frequency control products to the worldwide electronics markets. Fox Electronics manufactures hundreds of products that set the standard for crystal and oscillator performance, precision, and reliability. The broad range of frequency control products includes quartz crystals, clock oscillators, temperature compensated crystal oscillators, voltage controlled crystal oscillators, real time clock modules, and crystal filters. Fox Electronics sells to a global customer base in a wide variety of industries including telecommunications and wireless equipment providers, computer and peripheral manufacturers, and instrumentation and aerospace companies.

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation provides manufacturing and engineering companies with affordable, enterprise-class Product Lifecycle Management solutions that dramatically reduce Total Cost of Ownership and drive rapid results. The Innovator Application Suite enables real-time prototyping and deployment getting customers up and running fast. Innovator implements 5x faster and costs 5x less than conventional systems. Comprehensive capabilities address the unique requirements of mid-sized manufacturing operations and divisions of Fortune 2000 companies while set pricing and shared licenses make Innovator cost effective to own. Customers include Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, Fox Electronics, and the U.S. Army Arsenal. Aras is privately held company headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call (978) 691-8900 or visit