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USER PROFILE: - MEILLER Replaces Legacy PLM and Improves CATIA Data Management with Aras

PARTNER NEWS: - Elysium and Aras Partner to Develop Advanced Multi-CAD Data Translation and Interchange for Aras Innovator

WEBCAST: - Product Change Management: It's All About You

ACE CONFERENCES: - DO MORE at ACE 2013 Japan & Europe

RECENT NEWS: - Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: - Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

TRAINING: - Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS: - Recent Installs

It's a busy summer and there's a lot going on. If you're working on taking your PLM strategy to the next level, you'll appreciate this month's newsletter. There's upcoming ACE conferences, webcasts and user case studies that can help... or just get in touch with one of our Aras partners and get going.

USER PROFILE: MEILLER Replaces Legacy PLM and Improves CATIA Data Management with Aras

For years F.X. MEILLER, a global provider of heavy duty trucking systems, had been running a large scale PLM system from one of the other major PLM vendors. The UNIX-based system spanned 3 servers and was heavily customized making it difficult and expensive to maintain. It managed MEILLER's extensive library of CATIA V5 CAD data, however, users experienced ongoing performance issues and implementing additional process automation to support the company's increasingly complex global product development environment had proven difficult.

To improve performance and gain global process capabilities, MEILLER decided to migrate away from the legacy PLM system and chose Aras as their future PLM platform.

Working with Aras partner T-Systems International, MEILLER implemented Aras in less than 6 months.The deployment included a migration from the legacy PLM system to Aras of 2.8 million records with 350,000 CATIA V5 CAD documents representing 650 GB of 3D and 2D structured CAD data.

When complete, MEILLER's database decreased in size from 32 GB to 7 GB and IT infrastructure was reduced from 3 servers to 1 server while scalability improved significantly. The UNIX infrastructure was eliminated and the global PLM environment was consolidated into Aras's advanced Web platform running on Microsoft SQL Server.

Today, MEILLER has faster performance for CATIA V5 management with Aras and more PLM functionality rolled out for global product development resulting in greater agility in the marketplace.

Get PDF case study of MEILLER's migration to Aras for CATIA data management

Get Benchmark Report Comparing Performance of Previous PLM System to Aras

PARTNER NEWS: Elysium and Aras Partner to Deliver Advanced Multi-CAD Data Translation and Interchange for Aras Innovator

In June, we announced our partnership with Elysium to embed their advanced multi-CAD data translation and interchange solution into the Aras PLM platform. The solution will automate the conversion of CAD data to other formats, including CATIA, Creo, NX, JT, SolidWorks and others, providing companies that run Aras with Elysium's proven functionality for CAD data translation, geometry comparison, data optimization and more.

Our partnership resulted from our recognition of global enterprises' growing need to improve 3D data interoperability and collaboration.

The joint solution will provide powerful, next generation PLM capabilities for organizations that operate global multi-CAD environments with complex products that rely on high end 3D CAD systems which produce large assemblies.

WEBCAST: Product Change Management: It's All About You

Global product development processes are becoming increasingly complex. As a result, you need to manage very sophisticated change management processes across electro-mechanical assemblies, product information and system configurations, as well as throughout different geographies and with a wide range of external supply chain partners.

You need a PLM solution that fits your business and your unique proprietary practices. And you need to be able to quickly and continuously customize that solution to keep pace and maintain your competitive advantage.

At Aras we've got you covered. Aras has a series of change management workflow options available right out of the box -- from the full 4-Star certified CMII compliant Change Management process with sophisticated impact analysis to a simple ECO option that's easy, fast and ready-to-use.

What's more, all the Aras change process options are flexible and easy to customize to your business needs.

Start by watching this on-demand webcast that walks you through the out-of-the-box templates. We introduce you to all 3, so you can get a feel for which one is right for your business.

Then join us for this live webcast where you'll learn all about modifying and extend existing Aras workflows, as well as creating entirely new business processes - all without complex programming.

ACE CONFERENCES: DO MORE at ACE 2013 Japan & Europe

The corporate community is more active than ever, with ACE conferences going on all aroud the world. In May, executives and technologists came to Detroit for our international ACE 2013 conference and in June we had a great ACE 2013 Korea.

Coming up next is ACE 2013 Japan on September 26th and then ACE 2013 Europe on October 29th & 30th.

With the 2013 theme of DO MORE, you'll discover all the ways we're doing more so you can do more. More Solutions, More Applications, More Capabilities as well as More Innovation, More Collaboration and More Networking at ACE than ever.

Whether you're expanding your Aras deployment or just planning your PLM strategy, you'll get the information you need to achieve success.

Every ACE conference includes business and technical presentations from leading companies that run Aras. Learn about PLM best practices and strategies for success with Aras, and network with Aras personnel, partners and other users like yourself.

Participating in ACE Events is free, but registration is required.



RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

MCAD CAFÉ NEWS: Kamstrup Chooses Aras with the Minerva EHT solution for Global Product Lifecycle Management
"With Aras we get all the benefits of their open business model and a powerful, flexible PLM platform that can support our complex product development requirements," said Jesper Lasthein Hansen, IT Manager at Kamstrup...

MOBILE ARAS: Aras PLM Surface App - Puts the Information You Need at Your Fingertips
Bring your PLM software with you on the shop floor, manufacturing sites and everywhere you go with your Microsoft Surface. In an instant you can see all your assigned activities with the In Basket app. And you can act upon them right then and there.

CATIA COMMUNITY NEWS: MEILLER Replaces Legacy PLM and Accelerates Performance to Drive Innovation
MEILLER wanted to improve performance, reduce costs and migrate away from the legacy Unix-based PLM system onto a PLM platform with a modern Web architecture on Microsoft. MEILLER also wanted to add new functionality to further streamline and improve the global product development processes.

USER VIDEO: Boeing Insitu Makes Aras CMII Change Their Own. Formalizes Change Processes & Speeds Releases
Boeing Insitu had three major goals when implementing CMII Change: speed up the release process, implement formal change control and get rid of paper forms. Boeing Insitu met their goals and more with Aras PLM. First, they learned about Aras's out...

CEO VIDEO: Resilient PLM: What It Means and Why You Need It
10 years from now, will you still be running the same ERP system? Using the same CAD applications? Maybe. Maybe not. No one knows for sure. One thing we do know is that no matter what software you're running today, you've got to be thinking long...

ACE SPOTLIGHT: Creating Tech Data Packages in Aras
It's a tedious task to go through a Bill of Materials (BOM) and open each part to get the attached documentation. Thanks to Aras Partner Razorleaf, you don't have to. Razorleaf created a utility to pull all attached documents from a BOM, making...

TECH TIP THURSDAY: Dynamically Reassigning ECR/ECN Requests
All out of the box Change Management solutions use Workflow Processes to assign groups and individuals work to be completed during the modification of a Part or a Document. Once a Workflow Process is started on an ECN or ECR, the Workflow associated with...

ACE SPOTLIGHT: Product Configurator
Today's products can have thousands of variations. From colors to sizes or even more complex choices, configuring products to meet customer needs and specifications can be very cumbersome. Aras Partner, Verenia developed the Product Configurator...

I read the headline and couldn't believe my eyes: "PLM: Are You Ready for Out-of-the-Box?" I couldn't believe that a fellow PLM provider was touting an "out of the box" solution in 2013. In the age of personalization and mass...

INDUSTRY TRENDS: Unused Software + License Costs = Wasted Money
In a recent article CIO Insight graphically shared the results of a recent survey from Flexera Software on enterprise software. Survey results show that the money spent on "shelfware" is continuing to rise. Based on the data...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Change Management: One Size Will Never Fit All
Change management is the toughest thing inside of PLM. It's also the most important. How important? It's about the patient not dying, the plane not crashing, the missile landing where it is supposed to. You get the idea...

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

PARTNER EVENT: グローバル競争を勝ち抜く、これからのPLMのご提案 - Aras Innovatorの最新情報とSCSKのPLMソリューション - Tokyo, Japan - July 17, 2013

UPCOMING WEBCAST: Customizing Enterprise Change Management - July 24, 2013
As global product development processes become increasingly complex, you've got to manage a very sophisticated change management process across electro-mechanical assemblies, product information and system configurations. And you need to...

PARTNER WEBCAST: Energize your Program and Project Management with ARAS - July 25, 2013
Aras Program and Project Management provides comprehensive functionality to reduce project costs, improve profit margins and shorten product development cycles. See a demonstration of ARAS's PPM capabilities, including program...

PARTNER EVENT: "グローバル時代を勝ち抜く!何故、ものづくり情報共有ネットワークをうまく活用できないのか?"~技術部門マネジメントのための現場課題解決セミナー~ - Osaka, Japan - July 25, 2013

INDUSTRY EVENT: 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...

PARTNER WEBCAST: Energize your Program and Project Management with ARAS - August 13, 2013
Aras Program and Project Management provides comprehensive functionality to reduce project costs, improve profit margins and shorten product development cycles. See a demonstration of ARAS's PPM capabilities, including program...

INDUSTRY EVENT: 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...

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
  • ANSI/EIA-649B - July 22 - 24, 2013, Washington DC area
  • CM Foundations - July 22 - 23, 2013, Seattle area
  • CM Structures - July 24 - 25, 2013, Seattle area
  • CM Dynamics - Aug. 19 - 20, 2013, Seattle area
  • CM Implementation - Aug. 21 - 22, 2013, Seattle area
  • ANSI/EIA-649B - Aug. 7 - 9, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Assessor - Aug. 7 - 9, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Standards & Practices Update - Aug. 7 - 9, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • ANSI/EIA-649B - September 16 - 18, 2013, San Diego, CA
  • CM Foundations - Sept. 24 - 25, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Structures - Sept. 26 - 27, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Dynamics - Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Implementation - Oct. 2 - 3, 2013, Orlando, FL

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
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA - September 16 - 20, 2013
  • Birmingham, UK - October 21 - 25, 2013
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - December 2 - 6, 2013

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
Andover8/19/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover9/9/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover7/15/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover8/26/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover9/23/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Tokyo7/16/2013Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo7/19/2013Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/24/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo7/26/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/18/2013Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo8/2/2013PLM Basics (Japanese)1
ShangHai8/8/2013Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
ShangHai8/22/2013Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen9/12/2013Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen7/25/2013Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei7/11/2013Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei8/15/2013Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei7/25/2013Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei9/12/2013Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Wuhan7/25/2013Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Wuhan9/26/2013Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Wuhan7/11/2013Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2
Wuhan9/5/2013Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
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