Aras Expands Multidisciplinary PLM Capabilities of Aras Innovator for Management of Complex Product Systems

Partnership with Altium enables new approach for integrating PCB design data into the PLM workflow

ANDOVER, Mass. and Munich, Germany – September 16, 2015 – Aras®, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, in partnership with Altium, a global leader in Electronic Design Automation, today announced a new approach to systems development that allows engineers working on complex products to access Altium PCB design data from within Aras Innovator®. By improving collaboration across electrical, mechanical, and software disciplines, Aras allows engineers to efficiently manage the product lifecycle from requirements through design, manufacture, and service.  

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Multidisciplinary PLM for Complex Product Design

With Aras Innovator connected to Altium Vault, the Altium centralized database for ECAD design data, global businesses can efficiently manage multidisciplinary bill of materials and enterprise-level configuration, change, and requirements management. This provides engineers with full product visibility, breaking down departmental and functional silos and enabling cross-discipline collaboration between mechanical, electrical, and software disciplines.

“Electronics designers must worry not only about a PCB’s circuit design and layout, but also how it will fit into the design of the final product,” said Jason Hingston, CTO of Altium. “By connecting Altium to the Aras PLM solution, we are providing a way for business to seamlessly integrate electronic, mechanical, and software data into the as-designed documents and to access all relevant information throughout the entire product lifecycle.”

Current integration features allow for the seamless transfer of released design and manufacturing data from Altium into Aras Innovator. This includes:

  • Bi-directional collaboration between electronic and mechanical domains
  • Management of electromechanical BOM configurations
  • Full synchronization of lifecycle states
  • Unified control of release revisions and the change management process

“As product complexity increases, a holistic, systems approach to product development that encompasses both mechanical and electrical components is needed,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “By partnering with Altium, we are able to provide Aras users with access to leading ECAD design tools from Altium, as well as provide a unified platform for managing ECAD design components along with other components throughout the design workflow.” 

This partnership, in combination with other PDM and PLM solutions, enables Aras to provide the only fully integrated PLM and PDM platform for multidisciplinary product design, development, and manufacturing. With integrations for all major MCAD, ECAD, and ALM tools, Aras Innovator offers a platform for comprehensive systems engineering of multidisciplinary electromechanical products that spans all stages of the lifecycle.

About Altium

Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) is a multinational software corporation headquartered in San Diego, California, that focuses on electronics design systems for 3D PCB design and embedded system development. Altium products are found everywhere from world leading electronic design teams to the grassroots electronic design community.

With a unique range of technologies Altium helps organisations and design communities to innovate, collaborate and create connected products while remaining on-time and on-budget. Products provided are Altium Designer®, Altium Vault®, CircuitStudio®, PCBWorks®, CircuitMaker® and the TASKING® range of embedded software compilers.

Founded in 1985, Altium has offices worldwide, with US locations in San Diego and Boston, European locations in Karlsruhe, Amersfoort, Kiev and Zug and Asia-Pacific locations in Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney. For more information, visit You can also follow and engage with Altium via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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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