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ACE 2013 - Speakers & Topics

CAST YOUR VOTE - 2013 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

FEATURED WEBCAST - Why Multi-CAD Management Fails


FEATURED SOLUTION - SofTech Autodesk Inventor Connector for Aras

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS - Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

We're coming up quickly on ACE 2013... April 30 - May 2nd... See the agenda & register at

ACE 2013 Speakers & Topics

ACE 2013 is just a few weeks away, and if you're planning to come and haven't registered yet, now's the time.

We've got a great line-up of speakers who will share their PLM strategy, how they approached their implementation, their results to date and plans for the future.

And in addition to presentations, this year we've added Round Table discussions where you can have a conversation and learn from companies like yours that run Aras and have first-hand experience.

Companies include:

  • Motorola
  • Korea KOSO
  • Nidec Motor Corporation
  • Dedicated Computing
  • NSK
  • GE

Hear from a wide range of leading companies who will share the approaches used, lessons learned and best practices from their PLM journey. Sessions cover a wide range of business & technical topics, as well as, live demonstrations and more.

Sessions include:

  • NPDI and Stage-Gate Project Management
  • Supply Chain, Manufacturing & Quality
  • Optimize Global Multi-Site Deployments
  • Teamcenter to Aras
  • Business Intelligence & Reporting
  • Achieving Greater Design Reuse
  • Pervasive PLM
  • Reimagining the PLM Experience
  • Packaged Integration Connectors for CAD, EDA, Office, ERP and more
  • PLM for Electronics & High Tech
  • Medical Devices, PLM and the FDA
  • Requirements Management Deep Dive
  • Doing An Aras Implementation

And of course we'll be doing the always popular Solution Showcase, a series of rapid-fire demos that are all software / no slides, where you get a chance to see some really innovative solutions that other companies have created with Aras.

ACE 2013 is free to attend, but registration is required because space is limited.

Date: April 30 - May 2
Location: Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan

Details, agenda and registration at

CAST YOUR VOTE: 2013 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

It's that time of year again - when you get vote for your favorite Aras 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 2013.

Vote now through April 19, 2013

Select your choices based on:

  • - Significance
  • - Popularity
  • - Impact

Review the Nominees and Cast Your Vote for the 2013 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

2013 Collaborate & Contribute Award Nominees

  • MAN Diesel & Turbo - HTML5 Rich Text Editor
  • Esterline - Technical data pack search, view, select and package
  • TriQuint Semiconductors - 1-click .NET/IE configuration script
  • Hitachi Metals - New business logic for Workflow Map with Versionable Items
  • Spontech Spine Intelligence - Lifecycle state-based property verification enhancement
  • Sikorsky - Expanded support for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway
  • Humax AutoInfortainment - Enhanced multivalued list capabilities
  • Sonnex - Improved item promotion sorting in dialog
  • Carestream - Expanded Excel integration capabilities
  • Maxion - High latency WAN performance improvements
  • Lear Corporation - Classification import / export / merge capabilities
  • Ubidyne - Rich XML-based export to Microsoft Excel
  • ConAgra Foods - SQL Server Reporting Services integration enhancements
  • Sandia National Labs - Custom SharePoint list retrieval & display
  • The Woodbridge Group - Fixed/Float business logic enhancement
  • The Woodbridge Group - Enablement of custom event behavior during Copy Item
  • JAMCO - Recursive retrieval of very large hierarchical CAD structures
  • Maxion - Expanded access to supporting materials during workflow voting
  • GE - CA SiteMinder reverse proxy and single sign on integration
  • F.X Meiller - Released assembly structure retrieval improvements
  • Weichuan - Enhanced workflow email configurability
  • Silicom - Class-specific property tab parameters grid
  • Yutaka - Programmatic filtering of search results
  • GE - Deep structure multi-level BOM customizability
  • Tecnodinamica - IE9 File Item improvements
  • Diehl Gruppe Hydrometer GmbH - Material classification business rules
  • Lear Corporation - Enhanced grid control configurability
  • Young & Franklin - Simplified change workflow configurability
  • AESSiS - Configurable grid programmability optimization
  • Motorola - Custom solution upgrade enhancements
  • Esterline - Impact matrix hierarchy optimization
  • Carestream Health - Multi-parameter Boolean advanced search
  • GETRAG Ford Transmission - IOM API COM interface compatibility update
  • Tomexpo - New SQL Server Reporting Services output options
  • T-Systems International - Complex CAD structure instance handling enhancements
  • Lear Corporation - Task reassignment during workflow looping
  • Aitech - Inline Hebrew & English with right-to-left display
  • GETRAG Ford Transmission - Search by foreign property improvement

FEATURED WEBCAST: 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.

Changing market conditions, global product development complexity, system deployment challenges and a series of other complications can all add up to unforeseen risks that can derail your project.

In this live webcast, we dig into the leading causes of failure, and offer practical solutions for achieving multi-CAD success.

Join us and find out how to get consistent results across MCAD / ECAD / EDA mechatronic environments and how to meet the needs of all your users - from Design to Manufacturing, Purchasing and the extended Supply Chain. You'll also get strategies to deal with vendor games, personal agendas and corporate politics, and learn how to fully leverage your PDM / PLM investment.

Register now for: Top Reasons Why Multi-CAD File Management Fails - April 18, 2013, 11:00 AM ET

Aras CEO Peter Schroer: The Future of PLM

Recently, Aras President, Peter Schroer shared his thoughts the future PLM with Aras Community Director Jennifer McCullough and gave us an overview of how Aras plans to deliver.

Jennifer McCullough: You've said that manufacturers want systems that are more flexible, collaborative, and enable them to take advantage of new technologies. How will Aras deliver on this need?

Peter Schroer: I'll start by saying that we've evolved the way we think about PLM to better align our approach with the real-world requirements of our PLM community. In our view, PLM is an integrated framework of Web services on which sit a wide range of applications.

PS: What are PLM services and what are PLM applications?

PS: PLM Services reside in the underlying framework platform and include workflow, security, lifecycle management, federation, etc. Applications sit on top of the framework and encompass a wide range of capabilities, including document and CAD file management, BOM management, variants & options, projects, FMEA, quality and so on.

PS: So Aras is creating more applications?

PS: Exactly. We already have the most advanced platform in the industry. We doubled our development team over the past 12 months and they are aggressively working on new applications that will sit on the Aras framework.

PS: What new applications can we look forward to?

PS: As I said, we're changing the definition of PLM. The apps we'll be bringing to market would not be considered part of PLM based on the 10 year old definition that many still use today. We're moving further into the supply chain, further out onto the shop floor, and getting more involved in CRM, customer acquisition and customer collaboration. These will be apps that all plug in to the same integrated framework. The idea is that there is one secure log on and you have all the apps you are authorized to use, available to you all of the time. In-house, on the road, on your mobile device.

PS: Sounds like we'll be seeing more mobile out of Aras?

PS: The way we see it, PLM is no longer a desktop application. PLM shows up everywhere as a set of services, data and security. Therefore, Microsoft Office becomes a full-function PLM client, Outlook becomes a client, as does your smartphone, your tablet, your favorite browser and your CAD applications. The full set of Aras PLM services is simply embedded in these user interfaces.

To learn more about what Aras has in store for the future join us at ACE2013 - April 30 - May 2 - Troy, MI

FEATURED SOLUTION: SofTech Autodesk Inventor Connector For Aras

SofTech's Inventor Connector for Aras is your conduit to Aras Innovator Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) from your Inventor desktop. The Inventor Connector is fine-tuned to manage Aras CAD Documents for each Inventor presentation, drawing, assembly or part represented in the CAD hierarchy.

In addition, the Inventor Connector enables you to manage Aras Parts for each of your Inventor iMembers as they relate to your Aras CAD Documents, and also provides the ability to manage your Aras Bill of Materials (BOM) as the complete as-designed CAD hierarchy.

SofTech Autodesk Inventor Connector for Aras capabilities include:

  • Direct connection between Aras Innovator and Autodesk Inventor
  • Control Inventor Presentation, Drawing, Assembly and Part documents that are project specific, or as reusable Project Library documents or industry standard Content Center documents
  • Understand component states of resolved, suppressed, virtual and externally referenced
  • Register, Store and Retrieve operations to manage your Inventor documents as Aras CAD Document, Part, and BOM Items
  • Manage the complete as-designed Inventor BOM allowing for the synchronization of your CAD hierarchy as the complete E-BOM
  • Bi-directional Inventor Property to Aras Property Mapping for Aras CAD Documents and Parts
  • Easy to Install, Configure and Use

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

From the Blog: 3D Printing and The Future of Manufacturing. Ready or Not?
I love this article by Steve Denning on the future of manufacturing - spoiler alert: it's positive! It really got me excited about the future of our industry and the economy. In the article, The Future Is (Gasp) Manufacturing? , Denning points out...

Tech Tip: PDM in PLM
As much as we like to talk about all the wonderful things you can do with our PLM system, the simple fact is that for many companies a key starting point in automating their processes is to get their CAD data under control, which means PDM . Recognizing...

Video: Change Management with Aras Simple ECOs
For many companies, change management is a huge aspect of their product development process. The ability to quickly and efficiently manage and communicate product change is key for getting quality products to market on time. Aras Engineering Change Management...

User Spotlight: GETRAG FORD Transmissions Gains Flexibility, Speed and Efficiency
GETRAG FORD Transmissions, the largest independent supplier of passenger car transmissions worldwide, has seen great improvements to its business since implementing Aras. Rolf Huesemann, the PLM project manager at GETRAG explains, "With Aras, our...

Food for Thought: What Questions Would You Ask a PLM Veteran?
Bloomberg TV's Betty Liu's recent LinkedIn post: What Would You Really Ask A CEO challenged readers to think beyond the typical questions people ask F500 CEOs. Liu suggests we go beyond questions about market trends and business strategy, and...

PDM & ROI: Extending Your PDM Investment
With the demand for increasingly complex products, manufacturers are realizing a need for more functionality than PDM alone can deliver. However, to rip and replace PDM systems that are already working is a waste of time and money. To preserve your investment...

Report: ITIL and Configuration Management
Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) provides a framework for organizing service management in an IT environment and incorporates processes such as configuration management, change management, capacity management and release management.


PARTNER SEMINAR: T-Systems PLM system Aras Innovator - Prague, Czech Republic - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spolecnost T-Systems Czech Republic si Vas ve spolupraci s firmou Aras dovoluje pozvat na dopoledni seminar zamereny na problematiku PDM a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systemu , ktere jsou urceny pro spravu CAD konstrukcnich dat a rizeni souvisejicich podnikovych procesu nejen ve vyrobnich firmach.

PARTNER WEBCAST: Minerva Quality and FMEA - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Quality focused webinar on FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis). FMEA helps design and process engineers to analyze the potential failure on the scope they cover. During this 30 minute webinar, we will quickly go through the basics of FMEA and see what are the differences between Design and Process FMEA.

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: COFES Congress On the Future of Engineering Software - Scottsdale, Arizona - April 11-14, 2013

COFES is the engineering software industry's only annual think tank event which brings executives from design, engineering, architectural, development and technology companies together to understand the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of your business.

ARAS WEBCAST: Top Reasons Why Multi-CAD File Management Fails - April 18, 2013

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 Webcast, we dig into the leading causes of failure, and offer practical solutions for achieving multi-CAD success.

ACE 2013: Registration Now Open - Troy, Michigan USA - April 30 - May 2, 2013

ACE 2013 brings together business and technology professionals from around the world to learn and collaborate on PLM best practices that address enterprise process challenges from global product development to outsourced manufacturing and systems engineering complexity.

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 April 10 - 12, 2013 - Orlando FL
  • CM Standards & Practices Update April 15 - 17, 2013 - Washington DC
  • CM Foundations April 23 - 24, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Structures April 25 - 26, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Dynamics April 29 - 30, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Implementation May 1 - 2, 2013 - Myrtle Beach SC
  • CM Assessor April 29 - May 1, 2013 - Washington DC
  • CM Foundations May 13 - 14, 2013 - Houston TX
  • CM Structures May 15 16, 2013 - Houston TX
  • CM Dynamics June 10 - 11, 2013 - Houston TX
  • ANSI/EIA-649B June 10 - 12, 2013 - Washington DC
  • CM Implementation June 12 - 13, 2013 - Houston TX
  • CM for IT & SW Development June 24 - 27, 2013 Washington DC

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
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands - April 22 - 26
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan - May 13- 17
  • Oslo, Norway - June 10 - 14

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.

  • Configuring Solutions - 5 Days (English)
  • Andover April 8, 2013
  • Andover May 6, 2013
  • Andover June 3, 2013

Developing Solutions - 4 Days (English)

  • Andover April 15, 2013
  • Andover May 13, 2013
  • Andover June 10, 2013

PLM Basics - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Tokyo April 5, 2013
  • Tokyo May 10, 2013

Administration 1 - 2 Days (Japanese)

  • Tokyo March 5, 2013
  • Tokyo April 9, 2013

Administration 2 - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Tokyo April 12, 2013
  • Tokyo May 17, 2013

Workflow - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Tokyo April 11, 2013
  • Tokyo April 16, 2013

Developer and API 1 - 2 Days (Japanese)

  • Tokyo April 17, 2013
  • Tokyo May 22, 2013

Developer and API 2 - 1 Day (Japanese)

  • Tokyo April 19, 2013
  • Tokyo May 24, 2013

Configuring Solutions - 2 Days (Chinese)

  • ShangHai April 11, 2013
  • Shenzen May 23, 2013
  • ShangHai June 13, 2013

Developing Solutions - 2 Days (Chinese)

  • Shenzen April 18, 2013
  • ShangHai April 25, 2013
  • Taipei May 20, 2013
  • Wuhan May 23, 2013
  • Taipei June 20, 2013
  • ShangHai June 27, 2013

Solutions and Administrator Training - 2 Days (Chinese)

  • Wuhan May 9, 2013

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

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  • Kymeta
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