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ACE AGENDA: Sonnax, Imperial Tobacco Company, Microsoft & More on Stage at ACE 2015

FEATURED SOLUTION: Aras Component Engineering 11

TECH TIP: PackageAudit Tool

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Microsoft Office Connector for Aras Innovator 11

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

Spring is here and that means ACE 2015 is just around the corner. Join us at the conference and Rethink PLM.

Right now, I'm looking for music ideas that support the Rethink PLM theme... change, transition, new directions... anything that ties in (or is just plain cool that you'd like to hear :-) Send me your ideas and we'll see you there.

ACE AGENDA: Sonnax, Imperial Tobacco Company, Microsoft & More on Stage at ACE 2015

ACE 2015 is only a few weeks away and it's shaping up to be our biggest ACE yet. Our theme this year is "Rethink PLM".

You'll hear firsthand how global leaders have transformed their business and talk with people just like yourself that are driving PLM strategy with Aras to get results.

The latest agenda is now available and includes presentations and round tables with:

  • Nidec Motor Corporation
  • Boeing Insitu
  • Sonnax
  • Amscan
  • Microsoft
  • Imperial Tobacco Company
  • Professor Dr. Martin Eigner

Topics include systems engineering, visual collaboration, enterprise change, supplier collaboration, manufacturing & quality, Agile implementation techniques and a lot more.

Sessions are designed to encourage peer-to-peer interaction and networking, so you can find out how others are approaching complex PLM challenges, get ideas and learn more.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in product workshops and roadmap discussions to guide our direction.

ACE is the perfect place to benchmark and collaborate with other forward thinkers on new approaches, and we have more partners than ever joining as well so you can learn about solutions and services that can help take your PLM strategy to the next level.

For more details, registration and the full agenda visit

FEATURED SOLUTION: Aras Component Engineering 11

Late last year we announced the availability of Aras Component Engineering where we've partnered with IHS to connect the CAPS Universe electronic component data directly into Aras for the engineering of new products and systems that include electronics.

Recently we released Aras Component Engineering 11, an updated version that has a lot more data and significant enhancements.

The component database is now over 430 million parts!

With IHS CAPS Universe we now have the most up to date and comprehensive set of electronic components on the planet.

We've also added a ton of new functionality.

New Capabilities Include:

  • Environment Compliance Documentation for RoHS and REACH
  • Certificates of Conflict Mineral Compliance / CMRT
  • Full Material Disclosure Data Sheets and Regulated Substances
  • Product Change Notices (PCN)
  • Product Failure Notices (PFN)
  • End of Life (EOL) Data
  • Alternates
  • IPC 1752A XML
  • Lifecycle Prediction
  • Transfers

This new functionality has been combined with the existing features for component search, side-by-side compare, part approval workflows and more.

Aras Component Engineering simplifies the development of complex products and systems by streamlining component selection, approval, sourcing and compliance processes. Efficiency and productivity are increased and regulatory and supply chain risks are reduced from within the PLM workflow. There's never been a more integrated approach across the entire product lifecycle.

Learn more about Aras Component Engineer at

CAST YOUR VOTE: 2015 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

It's that time of year again - when you get to vote for your favorite Community Solutions and most valuable Community Members.

Cast your vote and help us recognize some of the most proactive members of our community and the contributions they've made over the years.

Then join us for the award ceremony at ACE 2015.

Vote Now through April 15th

Select you choices based on:

  • Significance
  • Popularity
  • Impact

Review the nominees then vote for your favorites

  • Lear Corporation - Enhanced row copy in impact matrix
  • Esterline - Tree grid select & export to excel
  • GETRAG - Configurable item permission wizard design specs and use case
  • Euro-Pro - NPD part, document, CAD release process
  • Orio / Saab - Technical publications workflow
  • Laird Technologies - Process use cases for quality management
  • Nidec Motor Corporation - Conflict detection improvements in check-in manager with distributed vaults
  • Airbus - CA SiteMinder security enhancements
  • U.S. Army - Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Support
  • Imperial Tobacco Group - Advanced PDF viewing including Layers, 2D Measurements, Image Compare & Color Compare
  • MAN Diesel & Turbo - Structure browser load performance for large-deep hierarchies
  • Broadway - Microsoft Excel export improvements for Chinese / double-byte in Firefox
  • ED2 Soluções Integradas - Portuguese language pack
  • MAN Diesel & Turbo - Structure browser expand node enhancements for large-deep hierarchies
  • Carnaud Metalbox - File vault clean up utility
  • Infor - Loading Aras Innovator screens in iFrame Windows
  • Javelin Technologies - Microsoft Office connector ability to add file to a parent item
  • ANCA Motion - Item sorting on BOM structure tab
  • Hitachi - File management handling improvements - File as a Property
  • Razorleaf - Part description smart name generation based on properties of the part
  • Matrix Applied Computing - Workflow voting utilities submitted to Aras KnowledgeBase
  • GENTEX - Aras method development and visual studio initiative

TECH TIP: PackageAudit Tool

This month's tech tip provides useful information for anyone moving applications between Aras Innovator instances. This is a very easy thing to do with Aras and a powerful concept that just isn't possible with other PLM systems.

Below is an example of a package audit report. Column E indicates that an Item is referenced, Column D is filtered to show Items not in a Package, Columns A and B indicate the type and name, column I records the resolution determined by the user, colors are used to indicate status.

PackageAudit Tool

The tool consists of a stored procedure which looks in all the places an ItemType references an Item which should be in a PackageDefinition, another stored procedure iterates over ItemTypes and RelationshipTypes in a PackageDefinition and a third stored procedure looks for PackageElements in the PackageDefinition which do not appear to be referenced. The procedures use a table named PackageAudit (not an ItemType) in the database to collect and report the results which are displayed in a simple XSLT report for PackageDefintion. In practice I pasted the report html into Excel to use filtering. There is a separate report for ItemType, listing referenced Items.

In a recent customer project there were 150 references to be reviewed; after fixing what needed attention and re-running the report twice, there were NO unresolved references in the Import! There was one issue as a result of some Relationship ItemTypes being added to the PackageDefinition in error, PackageAudit has been updated to report that condition too.

The PackageAudit Package, with installation and use instructions is attached to this article in the Aras KB.

Aras subscribers can get more in the Aras KnowledgeBase (Aras KB) located in the Subscriber Portal

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Microsoft Office Connector for Aras Innovator 11

The Aras Innovator Office Connector version 11 is now available for download from the FTP site.

The Microsoft Office Connector provides the best way to manage Microsoft documents in Aras within Office applications.

There's a series of new features included and the new version is certified for use with Aras Innovator 11.

For more information visit the Aras Subscriber Portal.

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Foton Motors India Selects Aras for PLM
With the platform, Foton will coordinate document, BOM, product costing and CAD file management. The company also worked with SteepGraph systems to improve collaboration between product development teams and downstream functions, a press release states.

ARAS NEWS: Aras Launches Global Conference in Detroit Michigan
ACE 2015 brings together business and technology professionals from around the world to discuss, benchmark and collaborate on PLM strategy and best practices for addressing the growing complexity in global product development, systems engineering, manufacturing, quality and the supply chain.

CIMDATA: Aras Launches Drafts and Demos Event in Detroit Michigan
Aras® today announced the Draft and Demos series in Detroit, Michigan. The first event will be March 31 at the Emagine Star Lanes and will feature live demos on CAD Integrations and Elysium's Multi-CAD Gateway for Aras Innovator.

FROM THE BLOG: IBM & Aras Partner on Continuous Engineering
Announced last week at IBM's InterConnect, Aras and IBM are partnering to create an ALM-PLM integration for continuous engineering.

MCAD CAFÉ: Professor Martin Eigner to Present on Model Based Systems Engineering with Aras at ACE 2015 Conference in April
Professor Eigner's presentation titled Model-Based System Engineering with Aras Innovator explains the growing importance of model-based system engineering (MBSE) across the lifecycle phases of complex products and services.

NEW VIDEO: Aras Innovator on Microsoft Azure
Aras on Azure is ideal for business initiatives that must be up and running quickly, those with short-term or finite durations, and programs where eliminating PLM license expenses matters.

TENLINKS: Autronica Fire & Security AS Selects Aras Innovator PLM
Autronica selected Aras for the ability to manage complex, multi-discipline product development processes involving mechanical, electrical and software components. Autronica will implement the Electronic PLM from Minerva, a gold partner of Aras.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

Drafts & Demos - Royal Oak, MI - March 31, 2015
Join us at Emagine Star Lanes for a beer, light refreshments, bowling and games. See Aras in action with live demos featuring the multi-CAD capabilities in Aras Innovator.

Partner Webcast: Creating Effective Change Management with Aras - Virtual - April 15, 2015
In this webinar, we'll discuss common pain points in change management, best practices and common processes. We'll review solutions for these pain points and review examples using Aras PLM.

COFES 2015 - Scottsdale, Arizona - April 16 - 19, 2015
COFES is a unique event with a difference: COFES focuses on intense sessions of discussion, argument, and debate, on issues that will affect your business as it invests in, and depends upon, engineering technologies.

ACE 2015 - Detroit, Michigan - April 21 - 23, 2015
If you're starting a new PLM initiative or replacing an existing system, thinking about moving from PDM to PLM, or growing your existing Aras PLM implementation, ACE is the place for you.

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Program Management - Virtual - April 29, 2015
Watch Aras Vice President of Product Development John Sperling as he shows you how program management from Aras provides comprehensive functionality to reduce project costs, improve profit margins and shorten product development cycles.

Partner Webcast: Managing Bills of Materials in Multi-CAD Environments - Virtual - May 13, 2015
Join Fisher Unitech to discuss the challenges of using multiple CAD systems and discover the various CAD integrators with Aras. Find out how Aras PLM can create a single environment for product data.

CIMdata PLM Roadmap 2015 for the High Tech Electronics Community - Santa Clara, CA - June 16, 2015
PLM Road Map 2015 for the High Tech Electronics (HTE) community is the must-attend event for HTE industry executives and PLM practitioners globally-providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the high tech industry germinate and take root.

Partner Webcast: Defining & Managing Product Information across the Lifecycle - Virtual - June 17, 2015
In this session, Fisher Unitech discuss the challenges with managing BOMs, parts and engineering change processes all while developing better products. Find out how Aras PLM can address these challenges as well as reduce time to market and costs.

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 Dynamics - April 13-14, Falls Church - DC Area
  • CM Implementation - April 15-16, 2015 - Falls Church - DC Area
  • CM Foundations - May 18-19, 2015 - Houston, TX
  • CM Identification - May 20-21 - Houston, TX
  • CM Dynamics - June 15-16, 2015 - Houston, TX
  • CM Implementation - June 17-18, 2015 - 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, MI - May 4-8, 2015
  • Boston, MA - September 21 - 15, 2015

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Agenda & Registration

CMII/IPE Upcoming Sessions

  • CMII Basics
  • Seattle, WA - April 13 - 16, 2015
  • Denver, CO - May 11 - 14, 2015
  • Seattle, WA - May 11 - 14, 2015
  • Denver, CO - June 15 - 18, 2015

  • CMII Comprehensive
  • Las Vega, NV - March 23 - 28, 2015
  • Seattle, WA - June 15 - 18, 2015
  • Denver, CO - June 20 - 23, 2015

CMII Course Schedule - 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
Andover4/13/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover4/20/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover5/11/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover5/18/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover6/22/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Detroit6/15/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Tokyo3/27/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/2/2015PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/3/2015Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/7/2015Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo4/9/2015Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/10/2015Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/15/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo4/17/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Osaka4/24/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka5/15/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1
ChongQing4/9/2015Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
ChongQing5/14/2015Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
ChongQing6/25/2015Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
KunShan3/26/2015Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei4/23/2015Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei5/14/2015Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei6/11/2015Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration