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Uponor Wirsbo Selects Innovator Application Suite for Incremental Rollout of Enterprise PLM

LAWRENCE, MASS. - July 31, 2003 - Aras Corporation, a leading enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution provider, announced today that Uponor Wirsbo has selected the Innovator Application Suite rebranded iWeb+ for distribution by DecisionOne as part of a bundled solution package. Uponor Wirsbo is a leader in integrate crosslink polyethylene (PEX) life, safety, and comfort systems for the residential housing market with the Radiant Floor efficient home heating systems, AQUAPEX® home plumbing systems, and AQUASAFE® combined home plumbing and fire sprinkler systems.

Uponor Wirbo will initially deploy Innovator to manage ISO 9000 documents. Future plans include engineering drawings, engineering change orders, quality management, shop floor control, and supplier management.

"We were not going to dive into a big software rollout all at once," said Bob Wallick, Director of Information Technology at Uponor Wirsbo. "We have targeted and prioritized the business processes we want to automate, and we needed a solution that would allow us to implement at our pace. Innovator's all-inclusive licensing gave us the flexibility to install the software we needed when we needed it and scale up over time."

Aras' all-inclusive packaging enables a customer to implement the specific Innovator functionality necessary to address business initiatives incrementally. Licenses grant customers unrestricted access to the many features and functions across all six Innovator modules. As new initiatives are identified, the customer simply begins using the out-of-the-box functionality and adapting the solution as needed.

A key benefit of Innovator's all-inclusive packaging and universal access is the ability for a customer to evaluate the functionality in different modules to assess Return On Investment for each module before implementation. This benefit also empowers a customer's lead users and IT personnel to determine the amount of tailoring, if any, necessary to meet business requirements.

"It's no surprise to us to see an innovative company like Uponor Wirsbo recognize the value of the incremental deployment approach," states Peter Schroer, CEO and Founder of Aras. "We developed Innovator's all-inclusive packaging specifically to support changing customer buying preferences. It pleases us to see our packaging facilitates DecisionOne's sales efforts and helps Uponor Wirsbo accomplish a successful roll out. It's a win-win proposition."

About Uponor Wirsbo
Uponor Wirsbo is a division of Uponor HSDNA, part of the esteemed Uponor group of companies considered to be the most innovative pipe manufacturers in the world. Uponor is based in Finland with 40 production plants in 15 countries and customers in 100 different countries worldwide. Uponor manufactures and markets a wide range of plastic pipe systems for potable water and gas distribution, plumbing and heating, telecommunications, as well as sewage disposal in public infrastructures and the residential home sector. Uponor Wirsbo is headquartered in Apple Valley, Minn. with manufacturing and distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada. Uponor Wirsbo provides Radiant Floor efficient home heating systems, AQUAPEX® home plumbing systems, and AQUASAFE® integrated home plumbing and fire sprinkler systems.

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation is a provider of enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. The Aras InnovatorTM Suite is an engineering business solution with comprehensive ready-to-use functionality that addresses the rigorous requirements of discrete manufacturing operations at divisions of large enterprises and their suppliers. The underlying Aras Innovator Engine is based on a next-generation Internet architecture and Dynamic Business LogicTM that enables customers to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily to changing business requirements with a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand, and the U.S. Army. Aras is privately held company headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call (978) 691-8900 or visit