Aras Announces Latest PLM Platform Release with Visual Collaboration using new Secure Social Technology

Increases the Pace of Innovation Enabling Greater Participation Across Organizations and Supply Chains

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany, Jan 28, 2015 -- Aras®, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, today announced general availability of Aras Innovator® 11. The release introduces visual collaboration using new secure social technology in the platform. The new capabilities provide the fastest, simplest way to collaborate securely across disciplines, locations and organizations.

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“Developing and manufacturing products that combine electronics, software and mechanical aspects requires a level of cross-discipline collaboration that’s been hard with traditional PLM systems,” said John Sperling, Vice President of Product Management at Aras. “We’ve changed that by making collaboration for everyone secure, visual and easy.”

Breaking Down Barriers

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

Aras Innovator 11 takes a different approach to visual collaboration by:

·       Adding discussion threads with embedded viewables and markups

·       Covering all data types including 3D, 2D, schematics & layouts, Microsoft Office and images

·       Putting everything in the context of product structure & processes such as Bills of Material (BOMs), parts, models, drawings, documents and change workflows

·       Using the PLM permission model to control comment visibility and participation

·       Eliminating added license expenses so there are no extra costs

Context, Control and Security

With visual collaboration people can easily view content, add markups and make comments in the context of PLM items. Marked-up viewables are linked with text comments into discussion threads visible to other users with the proper permissions.

The PLM security model controls visibility and participation in discussions protecting critical Intellectual Property (IP). User authentication means each individual is known with certainty so people can collaborate with confidence.

Global Accessibility

Visual collaboration in Aras is completely enabled in the browser with nothing to install and no plugins. The technology makes it ideal for global enterprises with numerous locations and the need to include suppliers, outsource manufacturers and design partners around the world.

Continuous Engagement

When in meetings, on the factory floor or in the field, Aras Innovator 11 has an integrated mobile tablet app called Aras Flow. For the first time in PLM, change workflows are combined with discussion commenting, visualization and markup in a mobile format.

Platform Extensibility

Visual collaboration functionality is fully extensible and can be combined with custom business items and workflows created in Aras Innovator 11. The underlying secure social technology can also be integrated with other enterprise systems to deliver the capabilities anywhere.

Learn More about Visual Collaboration in Aras Innovator at

About Aras

We offer the best Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for global businesses with complex products and processes. Advanced PLM platform technology makes Aras more scalable, flexible and secure for the world’s largest organizations, and a full set of applications provide complete functionality for companies of all sizes. Customers include GE, GETRAG, Hitachi, Honda, Motorola, Textron and XEROX. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. More at and Twitter @aras_plm

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