Breaking Down the Barriers

Critical tasks like engineering changes function best when team members can view and discuss the proposal before making decisions.

But files created by specialist authoring tools (like MCAD/ECAD) are not generally accessible to other team members, and there are no easy ways to securely share comments in context.

Security. Control. Context.

Visual collaboration provides the fastest, simplest way to collaborate securely across disciplines, locations and organizations.

Teams from engineering, quality and the supply chain can communicate about products more effectively, make decisions quickly and solve problems faster.

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Key Features

  • Add marked-up viewables to secure threaded discussions
  • Control discussion visibility and participation using the PLM security model
  • Collaborate with confidence with other known, authenticated users
  • Viewable types include 3D, 2D, schematics and layouts, Microsoft Office and images
  • Browser-enabled with no installs or plugins

Aras Innovator 11 Featuring Visual Collaboration

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  • Faster input across roles, disciplines and through the supply chain means better products faster
  • New design concepts can be reviewed in less time
  • Manufacturing or support issues can be identified and rectified before a product goes into production
  • Customer problems can be reviewed and diagnosed more quickly


Platform capabilities are available on either an Open or Subscription basis.

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Aras Innovator 11 Makes Collaboration Flow Visually

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Aras Innovator Demo Series - Customizing PLM (29 Minutes)

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Aras Innovator 11 Demo: Overview Summary (8 Minutes)

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Related Capabilities

API Integration

Aras offers a number of API options to connect to the enterprise systems and authoring tools.

Bill of Materials

Manage complex MBOM and EBOM structures with Aras across mechanical, electronics, and software to assure consistency and control through the product lifecycle.

CAD Integration

Securing CAD data and making it available to other users accelerates development and reduces errors.

Change Management

Change management with Aras streamlines change requests, assessments, and orders and ensures visibility across disciplines and in the extended supply chain, reducing errors and avoiding delays.

Digital Mockup

Perform advanced design-in-context 3D analysis of complete products using ultra-high performance multi-CAD digital mockups with virtual assemblies.


Provides document management including version and change control for files in multiple formats in a secure, searchable repository.

Enterprise Search

Allows PLM content consumers to quickly get product definition data in a secure and controlled manner

ERP Integration

Integrates data, structures and workflow supporting part and BOM release and engineering change processes.


Improves user adoption by supporting multiple local languages in a single system.


Modifying or creating new Item Types gives complete flexibility to configure the functions of the Aras® Platform quickly and easily.


Creating or modifying a lifecycles defines the states in which an item instance exists and that control access and versions.

Office Integration

Making Microsoft Office documents secure and easy to find eliminates delays and keeps everyone on track.


Ensure consistency of information by automatically managing relationships between part items and relevant CAD models, drawings.


Allows organizations to gain greater insight into the progress of projects and the performance of key processes.


Manages user authentication and item access privileges ensuring that information is secure at all times.

Variant Management

Aras enables you to capture variability in one structure with the product data.


Ensuring that CAD files and documents are secure and quick to access using distributed/replicated vault capabilities and high-speed file transfer.


Creating or modifying a workflow defines the set of activities to ensure that a business process is consistently executed in a timely manner.