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Latest Aras PLM Innovator Platform Released

Aras Corp. (Andover, MA) has announced that latest release of the Aras Innovator PLM (product lifecycle management) platform and solution suite can now be downloaded. The new release, says the company, features a series of CAD-focused enhancements that enable Aras Innovator PLM to deliver improved multi-CAD management performance. Additional highlights reported include enablement of the TRUaras secure cloud-based file exchange, updated Microsoft infrastructure platform support, and other scalability, performance, and usability improvements.

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Aras Innovator PLM offers integrations for AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, NX, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, and other CAD applications. Image courtesy of Aras.

Aras Innovator PLM is based on the Aras Enterprise Application Framework, a model-based service oriented architecture (SOA) built on open web standards. The Aras Framework says the company, drives the creation of highly scalable, flexible, and supportable applications that are said to deploy quickly and adapt to evolving needs. Aras offers a range of PLM solutions for managing such processes as bills of materials, configurations, engineering change orders, quality, regulatory compliance, and supplier corrective action.

The new release of Aras Innovator PLM, says the company, features a 10X increase in speed, 10X reduction in memory, and compressed AML/XML package sizes 6X smaller compared to previous releases. These performance enhancements, explains the company, make Aras Innovator “the fastest PLM platform for multi-CAD check-in/check-out.” Additionally, automated conflict detection, a rapid status check for an entire CAD structure, a single compressed metadata commit, and high-performance parallel, asynchronous file check-ins for each level of the CAD structure are said to provide greater reliability and faster performance.

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The Aras Innovator PLM part lifecycle graphical state map helps users manage part status such as draft, review, released, and superseded/obsolete. Lifecycle transitions can trigger events such as updating information in the ERP system. Image courtesy of Aras.

Now embedded in the Aras Innovator PLM platform are MFT (managed file transfer) capabilities through TRUaras from Trubiquity Inc., a provider of secure cloud-based MFT services. With TRUaras, users can securely share and exchange large CAD assemblies, technical data packages, manufacturing data, inspection and test results, and other intellectual property with full tracking and traceability, according to Aras. Users can send an unlimited number of transactions by means of TRUaras, and file sizes are not limited. The company adds that TRUaras is a free service for users running Aras Innovator and that TRUaras comes with every Aras download.

Among the other enhancements in the new release of Aras Innovator PLM highlighted by Aras are a silent installer for virtual machines, server farms, and cloud environments; improved one-click Excel and Word data export; feature activation for easy evaluation and enablement of new applications; and a variety of new user personalization and configuration capabilities.

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Aras integrated CAD file management solutions are said to enable users throughout product development process to use the MCAD, ECAD, EDA, and other software tools and applications they know. Image courtesy of Aras.

“With improved API (applications programming interface) capabilities and a unified CAD data model across mechanical and electronics, Aras is delivering a new level of multi-CAD management performance in this release,” said Peter Schroer, president of Aras, in a press statement. “We believe global enterprises with complex, geographically distributed design environments need greater scalability and much faster performance than they’ve been able to get from the other major PLM systems, and that’s why it’s been a key area of focus at Aras for this release.”

Aras uses Microsoft products as its infrastructure platform, including server, database, and browser. Required products include SQL Server, .NET, IIS, Windows, and Internet Explorer. The newest version of Aras Innovator PLM offers updated support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Internet Explorer 10.

Aras Innovator PLM can be downloaded directly from the company’s website. Companies with an Aras subscription package receive free upgrades to the latest release regardless of the amount of customization in their current deployment.

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Anthony J. Lockwood is Desktop Engineering's Editor-at-Large. Contact him via de-editors@deskeng.com.