Arena Solutions and SiliconExpert Partner to Reduce Supply Chain Risk

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arena Solutions, the pioneer of cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) applications, announced that it has integrated Arena PLM with SiliconExpert Technologies' extensive electronic components information database.  As a result, Arena PLM customers can now perform proactive health and risk assessments on all components within the BOM (Bill of Materials) and leverage their subscription to SiliconExpert's deep and richly documented components database.

To be successful, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) must develop and deliver superior products on schedule and under budget. Success depends largely on maintaining a healthy supply chain and reducing risk factors such as obsolescence, single-sourced components, regulation compliance, and market availability of electronic components. Failure to assess and mitigate these risks can result in product lifecycle issues, increased product costs and poor product quality.

Arena's integration with SiliconExpert addresses these challenges by enabling users with instant access to critical component information and delivering complete transparency across the entire product BOM in a single view. SiliconExpert is an industry leading Electronic Components Database that provides accurate, comprehensive, and current information on over 250 million components from over 12,000 manufacturers. This integrated solution eliminates the need to search multiple websites for component information and allows OEMs to quickly identify, analyze and address BOM risk directly within Arena PLM.

Benefits of the integration include:

  • Improved BOM risk management: Customers are able to take a proactive approach to component lifecycle, regulation compliance and multi-source risk. Identifying and mitigating component and supply chain risk issues early in the product lifecycle reduces the chance of production stoppages with costly rework and redesign efforts that can eat into profit margins.
  • Instant access to component documentation: Eliminate the need to search multiple manufacturer websites to obtain component documentation. SiliconExpert's rich, multi-sourced documentation includes content such as datasheets, RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), conflict minerals and product change notifications. SiliconExpert also diligently maintains its accuracy and freshness, assuring only the most up-to-date information is provided.
  • Accurately forecast electronic component obsolescence: Proactively manage obsolescence with the most up to date lifecycle status, part risk analysis, and years to end-of-life forecasts. Avoid stops and starts of the new product introduction (NPI) process by knowing component status early in the development process.

"With this integration, Arena PLM can serve as the front-end process to identify lifecycle and compliance issues much more quickly and efficiently on all components in the BOM," said Steve Chalgren, vice president of product strategy at Arena Solutions. "SiliconExpert's data and tools analyze the BOM and immediately provide the most up-to-date component information. Being able to leverage the strength of both solutions from a single, intuitive interface allows OEMs to easily be much more proactive in reducing risk in their supply chains."

"By partnering with Arena," said Phil Boucher, vice president of worldwide sales at SiliconExpert Technologies, "OEMs will gain visibility over component issues and allow for early mitigation steps to avoid issues in downstream production processes. Anyone who's spent time searching the Web for component information will appreciate the time savings this integration will provide."

The Arena BOMControl cloud integration with SiliconExpert is available immediately as part of the Arena Summer 2014 Update release. Subscriptions to both services are required. Existing subscribers to both Arena PLM and SiliconExpert may activate instantly with the purchase of an adapter.

SOURCE Arena Solutions

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