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HIGHLIGHTS - ACE 2013 Summary & Presentations

WEBCAST - Aras Innovator: What's New & What's Ahead

NEWS - CAD to 3D PDF Converter

VIDEO - Visual Collaboration with Aras PLM

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS - Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

SLIDES, SLIDES and more SLIDES are now available for download from ACE 2013... and for all you subscribers, the 3D PDF Converter is now available. It's powerful and it's hot... you can get & start using it immediately. There's also a ton of videos, news, events and training. Enjoy.

HIGHLIGHTS - ACE 2013 Summary & Presentations

ACE 2013 was our biggest, most energetic ACE conference ever. It's always the first event in the annual ACE series of global conferences, and this year we had an outstanding kick off.

It's really great that so many people from so many countries around the world were able to make it to Michigan this year. There were more than 320 people from 161 companies in 21 countries, we broke all our records for registration, attendance and participation.

Business and technology professionals worldwide came to network, collaborate and learn about best practices with Aras from global product development and requirements management to multi-site manufacturing and PLM across the extended enterprise supply chain.

This year's agenda was packed with global deployment case studies where leading companies shared and discussed how they've addressed their most complex challenges with Aras.

On behalf of everyone at Aras, I'd like to personally say "Thank You" to everyone that came and made it our best conference ever. The level of enthusiasm reached a new High which is really great. I'd also like to give special Thanks to the presenters, solution showcase demo'ers and sponsoring partners.

Read ACE Highlights, See Pictures and GET THE SLIDES

WEBCAST - Aras Innovator: What's New & What's Ahead

WEBCAST - Aras Innovator: What's New & What's Ahead

Hot off the stage from ACE 2013, we invite you to join us for the Aras what's new & what's ahead webcast.

The Theme of ACE 2013 was DO MORE and in this live webcast we'll walk you through the latest Aras releases and lay out the upcoming Roadmap showing you the many ways Aras is helping you DO MORE.

Topics include:

  • 9.3 Service Pack Review - Find out what you've missed
  • CAD to 3D PDF Converter
  • Visual Collaboration
  • Aras Secure Social
  • Office Connector
  • CAD Connectors
  • Requirements Management
  • 9.4 Preview
  • Version 10 Sneak Peek
  • And lots more

Wednesday, May 22 11:00am Eastern Time - Registration at

NEWS - Aras is First to Provide Embedded CAD to 3D PDF Converter in PLM Platform

At ACE 2013, we announced our new 3D PDF converter, the first ever CAD to 3D PDF converter embedded in a PLM vault server. Now, we're putting 3D, 2D, Microsoft Office, images and scans, and other data types in a single, powerful, open format: PDF, enabling users throughout the enterprise and across the supply chain to view all types of product data in a single common user interface without buying additional software.

The 3D PDF converter eliminates the need for specialized visualization formats that only handle 3D (like JT), require expensive licenses, and force content lock-in resulting in dead-ends. The converter utilizes the HOOPS technology from Tech Soft 3D for the conversion of all the major 3D formats including CATIA, Creo, SolidWorks, NX, JT and STEP. The result is a highly accurate and compressed PDF for collaboration throughout the corporation and the supply chain.

Getting everything into a single open format - not just 3D, but also 2D drawings, schematics, in fact all product content - enables a new level of visual collaboration and lays the foundation for our secure social strategy. Stay tuned for more on Aras Secure Social.

The Aras 3D PDF converter is free for all Aras subscribers.

Learn more about the Features & Benefits of the Aras 3D PDF converter at

FEATURED VIDEO - Visual Collaboration with Aras PLM

Aras Visual Collaboration takes the data you manage in Aras to a whole new level.

Watch as Aras's John Sperling explains our visualization strategy, from the many benefits of the new 3D PDF converter, to why we chose the PDF format and where we're taking it in the future. You'll also get an understanding of our secure social strategy and what it can do for you.

Check it out and find out what can happen when everyone throughout your extended enterprise can securely visualize everything in a highly precise and accurate format with software they've already got.

Watch the Aras Visual Collaboration video at

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

User Spotlight: Alessi Handling Global Project Management with Style, Ease & Aras PLM
Alessi, the world-renown creator of unique and innovative houseware products, selected Aras for enterprise product lifecycle management. With Aras, Alessi has a robust, integrated infrastructure with enterprise project management, real-time reporting and full visibility into project status.

Video: Top 10 Reasons Why Multi-CAD File Management Fails
It's no secret that despite good intentions, best efforts and lots of hard work, most multi-CAD file management systems don't deliver. In this live webcast, we dig into the leading causes of failure and offer practical solutions for achieving multi-CAD success.

From the Blog: Are You Ready For Augmented Manufacturing?
Imagine this: you're on site doing maintenance on one of your products. You hold up your phone or tablet and with the touch of a finger get the entire history of the product. You know instantly when it was made, what plant manufactured it, what suppliers were used, if there are any known issues and any other

Report: Positioning 3DPDF in Manufacturing from the 3D PDF Consortium
Unlike 3DPDF, which can serve multiple purposes, STEP and JT are not capable of supporting the publishing activity which leverages 3D data downstream throughout the product lifecycle to create, distribute and manage ubiquitous, highly consumable, role-specific rich renditions for maximum ROI.

Tech Tip: Creating Office Connector Methods to Name and Number Documents
The Aras Office Connector allows your users to manage Microsoft Office files including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook Email messages as Aras Documents. As an administrator you can configure the Office Connector to automatically number a new Aras Document as well as name the associated Office file vaulted in Aras Innovator.

From the Video Vault: Lear Corp. Automates Processes with Aras PLM
One of the main goals for Lear when replacing its legacy PLM system was to increase automation and improve efficiency. See how they did it in this ACE video, and get a taste of what you'll see at ACE 2013

What's Hot in the Forums: Classes and Methods usage in Server Methods
I have read Programmers Guide and some Wikis to understand Classes and Methods usage for Server methods. But still I have some doubts on using the Innovator object inside a Method.


ARAS WEBCAST: Aras Innovator - What's New & What's Ahead - Virtual - May 22, 2013

Hot off the stage from ACE 2013, we invite you to join us for Aras webcast What's New & What's Ahead. The Theme of ACE 2013 was DO MORE and in this live webcast we'll walk you through all the latest Aras releases and lay out the upcoming Roadmap showing you all the ways Aras is helping you DO MORE.

PARTNER WEBCAST: Minerva - Change Management CMII: Running the full process - Virtual - May 23, 2013

Change is the root of everything in our industry today. Innovation is change, productivity enhancement needs change, solving quality issue needs change. This webinar will go through the whole change management process to let you discover the change objects, the workflows and the lifecycles.

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: CM TRENDS 2013 - Orlando, Florida - August 5, 2013

CM TRENDS 2013 embraces all aspects of Configuration Management best practices including CM process, automation, industry standards and professional organizations. Presentations will cover all facets of CM from government to commercial best practices, as well as, current and future trends in CM automation.

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: 2013 Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS) - Chandler, AZ - September 9, 2013

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have once again joined together to organize the Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS), a summit for exploring data interoperability challenges. This technical summit is conducted in an open and agnostic forum where attendees share common ideas and solutions about data interoperability challenges confronting industry.

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: CMII Europe 2013 - Zurich, Switzerland - September 30, 2013

CMII Europe is the leading conference on enterprise-wide Configuration Management. Attendees will learn how to achieve cost avoidance through reduced rework with enterprise configuration and change management. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss topics and network, as well as, hear presentations on best practices from leading global organizations.

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 May 13 - 14, 2013 - Houston TX
  • CM Dynamics June 10 - 11, 2013 - Houston TX
  • SCM: Strategies, Techniques & Tools May 20-13, 2013 - Orlando, FL
  • ANSI/EIA-649B June 10 - 12, 2013 - Washington DC
  • SCM: Strategies, Techniques & Tools June 17 - 20, 2013 - Ottawa, ON
  • CM for IT & SW Development June 24 - 27, 2013 Washington DC
  • CM Foundations July 22 -23, 2013 - Seattle, WA
  • CM Structures May 15 - 16, 2013 - Houston TX

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
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan - May 13 - 17
  • Oslo, Norway - June 10 - 14
  • Boston, MA - September 16 - 20

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.

Location Date Course Name / Language Days
Andover6/3/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions (English)5
Andover7/8/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions (English)5
Andover8/19/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions (English)5
Andover9/9/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions (English)5
Andover6/10/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions (English)4
Andover7/15/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions (English)4
Andover8/26/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions (English)4
Andover9/23/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions (English)4
Tokyo5/14/2013Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo6/11/2013Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo7/16/2013Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo5/17/2013Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo6/14/2013Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/19/2013Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/22/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo6/19/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo7/24/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo5/24/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo6/21/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/26/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/16/2013Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo6/13/2013Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/18/2013Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo6/7/2013PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/12/2013PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Seoul5/30/2013Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Korean)2
Seoul5/31/2013Aras Innovator Program Management (Korean)1
Seoul5/29/2013Aras PLM Basics (Korean)1
Wuhan5/23/2013Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
ShangHai6/13/2013Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
ShangHai6/27/2013Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen5/23/2013Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei5/16/2013Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei6/20/2013Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • 3M
  • ABEO
  • Aquasia Pacific
  • Arab Tegor
  • ASEI
  • ATI
  • Atkins Global
  • Atos
  • Berlogic
  • Bisel
  • CAE
  • Chunghwa Telecom
  • Compac Sorting Equipment
  • Cooper Power Systems
  • Curti Costruzioni Meccaniche S.p.A.
  • Cyber Defense Labs
  • CyberPower Systems
  • Danaher
  • Dassault Systemes
  • Distech Controls
  • Doncasters Precision Castings
  • ECCO
  • EDAG
  • Fincantieri
  • Freudenberg
  • GCCS
  • GETRAG Ford
  • Globex Engineering
  • Hitachi
  • HolyStone
  • Honda
  • ITM Ruhr University
  • JTT
  • Kaynes Technology
  • Key Safety Systems
  • KML Engineering
  • Laird
  • Lars Hamer
  • Lear Corporation
  • Lucerne University
  • MAN Diesel
  • MasterCraft Boats
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Micro Systems Engineering
  • National Mining University
  • Navy
  • NSA
  • PCC Structurals
  • Phoenix International
  • PMV
  • Precision Mechatronics
  • Quanser
  • Ruhr-Universität
  • SmartHome
  • Smartscape
  • Solid Design
  • Solteam
  • Solutions with Innovation
  • Tata Technologies
  • TEC International
  • The Woodbridge Group
  • UFT
  • Umass Lowell
  • UTC
  • Xerox
  • 정식품
  • アルゴグラフィックス
  • コベルコシステム
  • タカキ
  • デジタルプロセス株式会社
  • 广州致远电子股份有限公司