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in this issue
-- NEW - Announcing Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault
-- RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More
-- FEATURED PROJECT - Package Import Export Utility
-- UPCOMING EVENTS - NPD World Tour, 600Minutes Innovation, CMPIC, CIMdata
-- TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions
-- DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

The end of the year is almost here... yet there's still time to get PLM results. Use what's left in your budget to automate one more key process or get a jump on next year by kicking off that pilot you've been meaning to run. Get in touch and we can help you achieve PLM success (it could make the difference in getting that bonus :-)

NEW - Announcing Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault

This month we introduced a new commercial offering designed specifically for companies that run the Autodesk(R) design software called Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault.

It's built on top of Vault Professional, Autodesk's leading CAD management system, to provide packaged functionality out-of-the-box for global PLM business processes.

This is a big deal if your company uses Inventor and AutoCAD because now you can get full scale enterprise-wide PLM functionality that runs on your servers and your network without disrupting your design processes or sacrificing your Autodesk Vault implementation.

Join us for a Live Demo of Aras VPLM (Free Registration) on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Aras VPLM delivers highly sought-after functionality that is critical to manufacturing companies that run Autodesk... it turns your CAD BOM into full Product Structure with a complete electro-mechanical Bill of Materials (BOM) ready for release to manufacturing, gives you enterprise-wide change management, provides configuration management, qualified supplier AVLs / AMLs, integrated project management for stage-gate processes, quality compliance and a lot more.

P.J. Jakovljevic, Enterprise Applications Industry Analyst at TEC, explained "Aras can support complex and customized needs. Item-based and process-oriented, Aras VPLM is designed for the most demanding and complex PLM requirements. Aras VPLM also boasts multi-CAD capabilities that Autodesk PLM cannot handle, such as CATIA and NX, and electronic CAD systems like Mentor and Cadence."

Peter Schroer, Aras President & Founder, really sums it up well:

"We've been working with Autodesk users for years and know that Autodesk Vault is by far the best CAD file manager for designers using Inventor and AutoCAD.

"So, we've taken our open source PLM solutions, included new out-of-the-box functionality that connects directly to Vault Professional and is optimized for those designers, and we packaged it all up to create a totally new commercial offering that provides companies that rely on Autodesk design software with an option they can run on their own servers and network."

Find out more about Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

MCAD Café - ESPower Electronics Implements Aras PLM Platform for Product Portfolio Management
ESPower selected Aras because of the highly robust and flexible PLM platform and intuitive user interface. Driven to diversify its power product portfolio, the world-leading provider of power products implemented Aras for New Product Introduction, Project Management, Engineering Change Management, BOM, Workflow, Manufacturing Process Management, CAPA, DFMEA, RoHS...

ENOVIA Community - Tecnodinamica of Italy Implements Aras Enterprise PLM Backbone
Tecnodinamica, a leading manufacturer of machines and plants for expanded polystyrene (EPS) processing, has implemented Aras as its corporate PLM backbone. The Tecnodinamica implementation, managed by Aras Certified Gold Partner Focus PLM, includes enterprise change management and ECAD / MCAD file management integrated with SolidWorks and IGE-XAO. (logon)

ACE VIDEO - Users Take on Configuration & Change Management
Video of current Aras users sharing their experience with Configuration and Change Management featuring speakers from a variety of industries including Automotive, Aerospace and Medical Devices.

Aras VIDEO - ECOs in Action
Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) are critical component of a comprehensive PLM solution because, as we all know, change happens constantly. Watch as Nate Brown in Aras Product Management gives you an inside look at the Aras ECO process, pointing out key capabilities along the way.

Aras Blog - HAKAMA - From PDM to PLM
HAKAMA moved from PDM to Aras PLM importing all of the data from its PDM system, complete with referencing geometry models and history, into Aras and HAKAMA was just getting started.

Aras Blog - Is Your PLM Effort Stuck?
To help you get past whatever roadblock you're facing, we've compiled the Top 10 Ways PLM Initiatives Get Stuck and offered some solutions to help you get back on track.

Aras Blog - Tech Tip Thursday: Using Teams with the Product Engineering Solution
Teams are an easy and powerful way to group users in the Aras environment. A team can be assembled based on a specific project, functional purpose, geographic location or any qualifier you determine to be important. Members of a team are then assigned workflow activities and allocated permissions based on their designated role association in the team.

Aras VIDEO - Aras in the Palm of Your Hand: Tablets and Other Mobile Devices
In the age of connectivity the ability to access information on the go is critical. Aras partner WhiteHawk Software has developed the Sparrow client for Aras Innovator which does exactly that, bringing product information to your mobile device, with a familiar Aras look and feel.

PLM alpha - BPM Workflow Serial & Parallel Paths and Modeling to Customize and Extend PLM in Aras
The Aras Innovator platform a pure Web services architecture, where everything is a service. It includes a Workflow service which is effectively a robust, general-purpose BPM (business process management) capability instead of a hard-coded engineering change workflow module like other PLM systems.

FEATURED PROJECT - Package Import Export Utility

This month's featured project is a "must have" for anyone that wants to take advantage of community projects or move solutions between instances of Aras Innovator.

It's the Package Import Export Utility, and odds are that most people who are 'hands on' with Aras already know about this tool, however, I find that not everyone is aware and so it seemed like a good idea to highlight it because it's so essential (and easy).

Basically, the utility enables you to pull together a series of Items as a "package" that can be extracted from an Aras installation and moved to another system instance quickly. For example, from a Dev environment to a Production deployment or from one division within your company to another.

You can package, move and load anything from a simple form & workflow to a full scale PLM solution. And this works for everything from an installation on your laptop to a global PLM deployment in your data center or a cloud environment.

It's really powerful and straightforward and takes minutes (not months).

I've included a couple pointers as well that can help you get going if it's your first time.

Importing a Package (the short version)

Packaging Items Correctly

You won't believe how fast you can move full scale enterprise PLM applications around. For the first time, you have a practically way to get and share PLM innovations with your supply chain business partners.

And getting your solutions packaged up is how you're going to get them posted on the Aras Project site as well, if you're feeling so inclined.


Get the Package Import Export Utility

UPCOMING EVENTS - NPD World Tour, 600Minutes Innovation, CMPIC, CIMdata

NPD World Tour: Developing New Products for Global - Stockholm, Sweden - Dec 3, 2012

Join us for "Your Essential New Product Development Toolkit" at NPD World Tour. Hear customer case studies, network with peers, and learn from industry leaders and experts.

NPD World Tour - - Agenda & Registration

WEBCAST: Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault - 11:00am eastern time - December 12, 2012

Learn all about the many benefits of Aras VPLM for Autodesk® Vault -- a scalable and secure business-ready solution for Complete Bill of Materials (BOM) Management, Enterprise Change Management, Integrated Project Management, Closed Loop Configuration Management, Outsourced Supplier Management, Quality, Compliance, etc.

Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault Webcast - - Free Registration

600Minutes Innovation & Product Development - Middlefart, Denmark - January 30, 2013

Join us for a day of Product Development and Innovation news and networking. Speakers include executives from Minerva, SKF, Novo Nordisk and Kone.

600Minutes Innovation & Product Development - Agenda & Registration

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 Foundations - San Diego CA - Dec 10 - 11
  • CM Structures - San Diego CA - Dec 12 - 13
  • CM Dynamics - San Diego CA - Jan 14 - 15
  • CM Implementation - San Diego CA - Jan 16 - 17
  • CM Foundations - Washington DC - Feb 25 - 26
  • CM Structures - Washington DC - Feb 27 - 28
  • CM Dynamics - Washington DC - Mar 25 - 26
  • CM Implementation - Washington DC - Mar 27 - 28
  • CM Foundations - Ottawa ON - Mar 18 - 19
  • CM Structures - Ottawa ON - Mar 20 - 21
  • CM Dynamics - Ottawa ON - Apr 15 - 16
  • CM Implementation - Ottawa ON - Apr 17 - 18

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
  • Cypress, CA - Dec 3 - 7

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.

United States

  • Dec 10 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Jan 7 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Jan 28 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Feb 11 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Feb 25 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA


  • Dec 4 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Osaka
  • Dec 5 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Osaka
  • Dec 7 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Osaka
  • Dec 7 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Dec 11 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Dec 13 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Dec 14 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Dec 18 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Osaka
  • Dec 19 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo
  • Dec 20 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Dec 21 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo
  • Dec 21 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Osaka

Jan 25 - PLM Basics - Tokyo

  • Feb 2 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Feb 7 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Feb 8 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Feb 13 - Aras Innovator Developer and API - Tokyo
  • Feb 15 - Aras Innovator Developer and API - Tokyo

China & Taiwan

  • Dec 5 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Shenzen
  • Dec 10 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Wuhan
  • Dec 20 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei


  • Dec 5 - Aras PLM Basics - Seoul
  • Dec 6 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Seoul
  • Dec 7 - Aras Innovator Program Management - Seoul

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • Advantest / アドバンテスト
  • Aeromatrizes
  • Aeroplanes DAR Ltd.
  • ArimaLasers
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • BMSCircuits
  • BNL Bearings
  • Bortoluzzi Sistemi Spa
  • CASE
  • Chang Jung Christian University
  • Cognizant
  • Compass Automation
  • CSC
  • Dongguk University
  • EGS
  • Forus Health
  • Fuji
  • Gekko Systems
  • GETRAG Ford
  • Global Safety Textiles
  • GVW
  • Hitachi
  • Honda
  • Honeywell
  • Industrial Cooling Solutions
  • Infor
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico
  • ITM Ruhr University Bochum
  • Kanto Aircraft Instrument
  • L3
  • Lear Corporation
  • MacLean Fogg
  • Mahindra Satyam
  • MAN Diesel
  • MetriCan
  • MHI
  • Microsoft
  • MOBA Mobile Automation
  • Moscow State University
  • MPI
  • National Hsing Hua University
  • National Optronics
  • NEON
  • Nihon Unisys
  • NTTデータ東海
  • Performance Designed Products
  • Politechnika Krakowska
  • Precision Mechatronics
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SkyShips Automotive
  • Sparton Defense
  • SRCTec
  • Taiwan Takisawa
  • TATA
  • Telephonics Sweden
  • Thyssenkrupp
  • Tohatsu
  • TOTO株式会社
  • Toyota
  • TriQuint Semiconductors
  • T-Systems
  • TVTMarine
  • TWT GmbH
  • Vicura AB
  • Whirlpool
  • Xerox
  • Zennio
  • ヤマト科学株式会社
  • 川崎重工業株式会社
  • 广西大学
  • 昭和コンピュータ
  • 東洋電装株式会社
  • 株式会社 アーレスティ
  • 株式会社エリジオン