Aras Adds Quality Planning to PLM Solution

Innovator Version 7 intended to help companies identify and mitigate new product reliability risks, enabler says

Innovator Version 7 intended to help companies identify and mitigate new product reliability risks, enabler says

Lawrence, MA — July 27, 2005 — Aras Corporation, a provider of enterprise product development software solutions for manufacturers, has debuted the next major release of Aras Innovator, Version 7, which includes a solution for Quality Planning, as well as enhancements in the existing Aras business ready solutions for Program Management and Product Engineering to further support the development of products. Additionally, Version 7 features the incorporation of the Microsoft Reporting Services for custom reporting.

"Ultimately, a company's ability to satisfy customers, compete effectively and drive profitable growth is strengthened significantly when quality processes are incorporated into product development," said Jim Brown, vice president of product innovation and engineering research at Aberdeen Group. "Integrated quality planning functionality within product development can provide significant value to manufacturers."

Aras said that Innovator Version 7 solutions enable companies to identify and mitigate new product reliability risks and build quality in during product development through a process-based approach. Quality planning functionality for Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), manufacturing process flow diagrams, and inspection and test control plans uses integrated Web templates and libraries to standardize practices and feed information through the process, turning plans into deliverables as development activities occur.

The product development solution combines the preproduction quality preparation for supply chain readiness with standard product lifecycle management capabilities in an integrated manner.

Aras Innovator Version 7 functionality enhancements include:

Aras Quality Planning, a new solution

  • Failure Mode & Effects Analysis for risk management during product design [DFMEA] and process development [PFMEA]

  • Control Plans for Inspection and Test definition integrated with Process Flow Diagrams for either on site Production or Outsourced Manufacturing

  • Libraries and Product Family Templates of Failure Modes, Effects, Control Mechanisms, and Critical Characteristics
Aras Product Engineering

  • Design-to-Goal defines and tracks Target, Estimate and Actual Values based on dynamically calculated roll-ups

  • Change Management Workflow based on CMII principles for Configuration Management ensures Compliance with Quality Standards

  • Graphical Scorecard KPI Metric customization capabilities
Aras Program Management

  • Incorporation of the Project Management Institute's PMI principles for project management

  • Support for both Sequentially and Concurrent Product Program Phases & Scheduling

  • Inclusion of all Product Engineering and Quality Planning deliverables as part of each ongoing New Product Program
The underlying Aras Innovator application framework now includes the Microsoft Reporting Services add-in, facilitating the creation of customer reports. Aras said that Innovator remains the industry's only enterprise PLM solution built entirely on Microsoft .NET technology.

Aras Innovator Version 7 customers include Mega Bloks, a provider of building and construction toys, and Freudenberg FDS in Germany, a global automotive supplier.

Aras Innovator Version 7 release is available immediately. The Aras Simple Licensing offers customers all-inclusive access to all of the Aras business ready solutions with each user license; there are no modules or server licenses to buy. Pricing starts at $50,000 and can be purchased directly from Aras Corporation.

Additional Articles of Interest

— Looking for a guide to content management systems to support product lifecycle information? Read the article "Managing Content Throughout the Product Lifecycle" for additional insights.

— For more information on mid-market companies using product lifecycle management solutions to gain competitive advantage, see "Stuck in the Middle" in the April/May 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— Words of wisdom from one university professor go a long way to help business students excel in supply chain management. Read "Interview with Dr. John T. Mentzer: Teaching Supply Chain" in the June/July 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.