Founded in 2000, Aras provides an enterprise PLM software platform called Aras Innovator that enables large global production teams to securely collaborate on the development of complex products, including automobiles and automotive components.
Aras’s uniqueness lies in the architecture of its PLM platform. The model-based service-oriented architecture enables real-time drag and drop customization without complex programming, saving time and eliminating the need for high-priced programming resources. As Schroer explains, “traditionally, implementing a PLM solutions was a 3 to 4 year project with extensive hard-coded customizations which became difficult to upgrade to newer versions, leaving companies stuck on outdated versions of the software or paying huge upgrade fees. The Aras modeling engine, which is more or less like liquid software, is design to be customized to the business environment, and to change as frequently and rapidly as the business itself changes. ” Aras is up and running in a fraction of the time of legacy PLM products and it is so flexible that the company includes upgrade fees in its annual support agreement, regardless of the level of customization.
Along with automotive companies including Getrag, Lear, Honda and Nissan, Aras also works with leading aerospace companies such as Boeing and Airbus.
In 2006, GETRAG FORD Transmissions began to deploy a conventional PDM system with the intent to convert to a broader enterprise-wide PLM scope over time. The PDM to PLM deployment was forced to stop due to the implementation complexities and the significant cost of PLM licensing expenses. In 2010, the team at GETRAG FORD began working with Aras. By mid 2010 the conversion project from PDM to PLM was back underway. Today the company has implemented an integrated application lifecycle management (ALM) solution for software and firmware, replaced its legacy document management system and improved its management of CATIA V5 and Pro/E files, streamlined and automated numerous processes,and is using Aras for enterprise-wide CAPA with 8D and so much more.
With headquarters in the Boston area, Aras is swiftly gaining business traction with top-tier companies in automotive, aerospace and defense, high tech electronics and more. Looking ahead, Aras is opening a center of excellence in Detroit, Michigan, USA to further enhance its relationship with automotive manufacturers and suppliers around the world. The firm is also targeting a few acquisitions and has its eye on an IPO.