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ANNOUNCING: Aras Flow Mobile App

TECH TIP: Create Structure Diagrams From Aras Packages

FEATURED SOLUTION: Discover Innovator 3.6

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

Lots of exciting news this month. Find out about our new mobile app, Aras Flow, our featured partner solution Discover Innovator, join us at events around the world and don't forget to register for ACE 2015 in Detroit.


Join us on April 21st - 23rd for ACE 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The event will be held at the Detroit Renaissance Center located in the heart of the city.

Whether you're just forming your PLM strategy or expanding your existing Aras deployment worldwide, you'll get all the information and insight needed for PLM success at ACE 2015. Throughout the event you will have the chance to hear from Aras users, see live demos and network with Aras users, partners and employees.

As always, ACE 2015 is free to attend but registration is required. Registration is available at

ANNOUNCING: Aras Flow Mobile App

We recently announced the availability of Aras Flow, a Windows 8 mobile tablet app for Aras Innovator 11. For the first time in PLM, change workflows are combined with discussion commenting, visualization and markup in a tablet format. Now teams from engineering, operations, quality and the supply chain can communicate securely on-the-go to make decisions quickly and keep new product initiatives moving.

Aras Flow provides mobile access to "my work right now" in PLM. When in meetings, on the factory floor, traveling to suppliers or visiting customers, people are able to participate in discussions about product designs, view drawings, redline models and sign-off on changes.

Aras Flow Features:

  • Voting, e-signature and task checklist
  • Touch enabled viewing of 3D models, drawings and other items
  • Discussion threads and commenting in product structure context
  • Redline markup and sketches with touch or pen on any file content
  • Ability to pin change workflows to start screen for real-time status update

To learn more about Aras Flow and download for free, visit the Windows App Store.

To take advantage of Aras Flow you need to be on Aras Innovator 11.

That means that if you haven't already scheduled your upgrade, you should contact Aras support or your certified Aras partner to schedule the upgrade process.

TECH TIP: Create Structure Diagrams for Aras Packages

Here's a really handy Tech Tip from the subscriber KnowledgeBase that includes a package which demonstrates how to create structure diagrams from Aras packages.

The stylesheet below is used to generate a graphml file from the content of one or more Aras packages. For this all package elements included are copied into one XML file which is then converted to a .graphml file with help of a stylesheet. If the .graphml file cannot be opened with yEd (error message like "missing reference") then the stylesheet is not properly processing the input. You can debug it yourself or subscribers can email Rolf Huesemann at GETRAG for assistance debugging. He has offered to help so the application can be improved over time.

The detail from a typical output shows Relationship Type, Grid Event, Method, Action and Forms for ItemType GFT_TWG at left center in orange.

TECH TIP: Create Structure Diagrams for Aras Packages

Process Steps:

  • Create the package using Aras package export
  • You get a structure like Import/Method/*.xml, Import/Form/*.xml, Import/ItemType/*.xml,...
  • Go to Import directory
  • Merge all *.xml files into one file. On UNIX you could use cat */* .xml > package .xml
  • Edit the resulting file, e.g. package .xml
  • In the very first line include the tag <Package>
  • In the very last line include the closing tag </Package>
  • Apply the stylesheet package2yed.xsl to the file package .xml
  • the resulting file can be opened with yEd

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

FEATURED SOLUTION: Discover Innovator 3.6

Aras Partner NorthRidge Software has released Discover Innovator 3.6, a sophisticated search solution for all versions of Aras Innovator.

Discover Innovator 3.6 provides high performance search capabilities that enable Aras Innovator users to quickly find parts, documents and other items. A simple Google-style interface offers quick, easy and secure access to locate and update Aras content.

Discover Invovator Benefits include:

  • Full text search of any document stored in Innovator.
  • Keyword search allows the user to simply express powerful search criteria.
  • Search across all Innovator item types and include results in a single page.
  • Only receive results to which the logged in user has access.
  • UI can be configured for customer-specific fields in search and results sections.

Information available at

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

FROM THE BLOG: Call for ACE 2015 Speakers: Share Your PLM Story
The #1 reason attendees come to ACE is to learn about what their peers are doing with Aras Innovator. So is this the year you share your Aras PLM Story?

CIMDATA: Aras Innovator 11: Making Collaboration Flow, Visually (Commentary)
Enabling visual collaboration for all PLM users with no added charges and including mobile is significant, and should help to finally capture the "why" of design intent along with other product-related decisions across the lifecycle

AUTOMATION WORLD: BigLever and Aras Bridge the Engineering Gap
The Aras Innovator/BigLever Gears Bridge, available now, integrates the companies' PLE and PLM functionality. The duo has eased that integration burden for the end user by using BigLever's PLE Bridge API to enable a seamless connection with Aras Innovator software.

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Social Technology Extends PLM Collaboration
Version 11 introduces new secure social technology that enables visual collaboration among such cross-disciplinary teams as engineering, operations and quality within the context of PLM. The technology works regardless of location or...

ARAS NEWS: See Aras Innovator 11 In Action - Live Demo
We recently posted our latest release, Aras Innovator 11, which introduces new visual collaboration capabilities. Now you can easily view content, add markups and make comments in the context of PLM items and processes

YAHOO FINANCE: Aras Announces Latest PLM Platform Release With Visual Collaboration Using New Secure Social Technology
The release introduces visual collaboration using new secure social technology in the platform. The new capabilities provide the fastest, simplest way to collaborate securely across disciplines, locations and organizations.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ACE Regional Event: Aras Innovator 11 - Southfield, MI - February 26, 2015
Learn about new capabilities in Aras Innovator 11 featuring visual collaboration and program management.

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Multi-Lingual & Localization - Virtual - March 4, 2015
Join Aras Chief Architect, Rob McAveney, as he shows you how Aras features a unique, highly advanced approach to internationalization and localization.

Partner Webcast: Managing New Product Development with Collaborative Project Management - Virtual - March 18, 2015
Join us in a discussion about the collaborative challenges in complex project management and how Aras can help.

DEVELOP 3D LIVE - Warwick UK - March 25, 2015
Join our partner AESSiS at the Develop 3D Live conference to discover why Aras is a scalable, flexible and resilient product innovation platform for today's increasing complexity and tomorrow's accelerating pace of change. Visit Stand 59 talk with some of the UK's leading independent PLM technology implementation experts and learn more.

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.

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 - March 16-17, 2015 - Falls Church - DC Area
  • CM Structures - March 18-19, 2015 - Falls Church - DC Area
  • 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
  • Amersterdam, The Netherlands - March 16-20, 2015
  • Ann Arbor, MI - May 4-8, 2015

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
Andover3/9/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover3/11/2015Aras Innovator Azure Training - March 20153
Andover3/16/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover4/13/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover4/20/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover5/11/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover5/18/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover6/15/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover6/22/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Tokyo2/27/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/4/2015PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/6/2015Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/17/2015Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo3/19/2015Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/20/2015Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/25/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
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
KunShan3/26/2015Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Munich5/13/2015Getting Started Seminar - DE - May 20151
Osaka3/12/2015Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka3/20/2015Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)1
Shenzen3/19/2015Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei3/19/2015Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Wuhan2/26/2015Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Wuhan3/19/2015Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration