• Tracking the Operational Life of Your Digital Twins

    The Aras Innovator application Digital Twin Core creates and manages individual physical part structures to create a digital record for any physical product operating in the field. This can include every change to the part as it evolves throughout it...
    • 15 Jan 2021
  • Simulation Management Overview and Installation

    The Simulation Management (SM) application in Aras Innovator lets users centrally manage simulation inputs and results, providing better visibility and access to simulation data across the enterprise. The item within Aras Innovator that allows users to manage these input and output artifacts is known as a Simulation Study. These Simulation Study items are comprised of individual tasks and various steps taken in external…

    • 13 Jan 2021
  • 2021 Predictions

    A new year means new predictions. Last year's predictions may have missed the mark. After all, no one could have really predicted a year like 2020. Read on to explore are some of the trends that we think we might see in the coming year.
    • 13 Jan 2021
  • What Makes Digital Twins So Compelling?

    Digital Twins represent physical parts in a digital world. In Aras Innovator, they will soon include the part’s life data: both how it should perform and how it did perform.
    • 7 Jan 2021
  • TAF Cookbook

    The Aras Testing Automation Framework (TAF) is a powerful tool, but one that requires some technical acumen to wield. Based on Selenium, developers and testers will need time to familiarize themselves with this environment. While documentation is included with every TAF release, we here at Aras Labs thought we’d highlight some of our more commonly used commands.

    These examples are drawn from TAF 1.4, run against…

    • 6 Jan 2021
  • 2020 A&D Wrap-up and Looking Ahead

    As we wrap up a most "unique" year, let's take a moment to look back on the changes that have been wrought, particularly in the Aerospace and Defense industries and set our sites on what we might expect in 2021.
    • 22 Dec 2020
  • Aras Best Practices: Server-side Code Part 2

    In our previous blog post on server-side best practices, we shared some tips on how to improve the performance of your custom functionality by focusing on two key goals.

    1. Reducing the number of queries sent to the database
    2. Reducing the amount of data returned from the server

    In this blog post, we'll cover a few more tips to help you achieve these goals and keep your Aras Innovator instance running as smoothly as possible…

    • 18 Dec 2020
  • 2020 in Review

    For virtually all of us, 2020 was a year like no other and one that no one could have predicted. As we head into 2021, let's take a look back and see what impact this past year may have on the year ahead.
    • 17 Dec 2020
  • Technical Documentation Overview and Installation

    Aras Technical Documentation, or Tech Docs for short, is Aras Innovator’s state of the art authoring tool to manage, create, and maintain documentation and its contents from images, text, tables, and lists. The Tech Doc framework consists of an intuitive editor allowing users to author product documentation such as catalogs and manuals.

    In addition to the generic document elements such as tables and graphics users…

    • 11 Dec 2020
  • Aras Fundamentals: Creating a Workflow

    This post will cover the basics of Workflows, an organizational tool of businesses everywhere. We’ll go over creating a Workflow map, adding steps to it, and assigning it to an item. At the end, we’ll talk a little about creating tasks for the Workflow we’ve created. Once you finish, you’ll know how to make Workflows for your own organization, and will be able to customize to your heart’s content.…

    • 9 Dec 2020
  • 4 Superpowers of a PLM Platform: can your Digital Thread do this?

    Does it take a superhero and super powers to harness the super power of digital thread? Before you go looking for your cape and trusty sidekick, check out this blog and learn how you, too, can become your organization's superhero.
    • 8 Dec 2020
  • Packaging Tips: Modifications to Forms

    This blog goes over a method for modifying forms and packaging those modifications for movement to other instances.
    • 2 Dec 2020
  • Enabling Collaboration with the Digital Thread Platform

    The efficiencies of a digital thread are very real, and companies are proving that they can also use it to enhance collaboration while transforming their businesses.
    • 1 Dec 2020
  • Testing Automation Framework Overview and Installation

    The Aras Testing Automation Framework (TAF) is a framework to facilitate- you guessed it- the automatic testing of your Aras Innovator instance, available to our TAF subscribers. TAF templates are designed to work with Microsoft Visual Studio, so you’ll need that installed. The best usage of automated testing is to make sure that your applications and instance continues to perform as you expect it to, even as you alter…

    • 20 Nov 2020
  • What Happened? Explore your Digital Thread….

    Undoubtedly, you've heard a lot about the need to break down information silos. But, have you really considered how this new connectedness can dramatically impact your products and business throughout the ENTIRE lifecycle? Discover the many stories the digital thread has to tell.
    • 17 Nov 2020
  • Quality Management System Overview and Installation

    Even the most well designed products fail. Being able to document this failure and plan ways to address it in the future is one of the impost important elements of the design process. The Quality Management System (QMS) application introduces a ...
    • 17 Nov 2020
  • The Myth of the Magical Data Lake

    Data Lake...or Data Warehouse...or something completely different? How do we store and manage data while maintaining a healthy IT ecosystem? Read this blog and learn more.
    • 10 Nov 2020
  • Component Engineering Overview and Installation

    The next installment of our Application Overview series is Component Engineering (CE) within Aras Innovator. CE ensures users have full management and tracking of Manufacturer Parts, including the ease of selection and swapping of components.

    CE within Aras Innovator simplifies electronic component selection by allowing Engineers and Procurement Specialists instant access to current technical data statuses on hundreds…

    • 4 Nov 2020
  • My Mouse Died

    Those who design and engineer products for a living are often all too familiar with the frustrations of lost time and productivity when items or components needed to meet the requirements of a specific design are not readily found. There must be a better way--right?
    • 3 Nov 2020
  • Trick or Treat?

    Is completing a digital transformation project haunting your dreams? Let us show you some ways you can make the process a "treat" and not a "trick!"
    • 30 Oct 2020
  • Compare and Contrast: Diffing Aras Innovator

    For many users you’ll only ever have the one instance of Aras Innovator, and when you have a package or codetree change you’ll only have one at a time. In those circumstances, it’s easy to keep track of where things are and what’s happening. As an administrator and advanced user however, you’ll sometimes have multiple packages, codetree folders, or even entire instances installed. In those circumstances, you want a quick…

    • 29 Oct 2020
  • The Value of a New Point of View

    When it comes to creating new products, taking a step back to examine how a system’s constituent parts interrelate, how the system should work over time, within the context of larger systems, can be a most valuable exercise.
    • 27 Oct 2020
  • Digital Twin Core Overview and Installation

    One of the newest Aras Innovator applications is Digital Twin Core (DTC). DTC allows for tracking of parts in the field, and it will serve as the basis of our push to realize a fully Digital Thread.

    How it works

    The DTC application adds one very important new ItemType: the Physical Part. Physical parts are created from a released engineering part and have additional properties related to its life in the field. In addition…

    • 23 Oct 2020
  • Systems Thinking: Modeling Parameters

    When it comes to effectively exchanging information about critical parameters in complex system-of-systems, a "communication gap" can have serious consequences. Discover how to bridge that gap.
    • 20 Oct 2020
  • Manufacturing Process Planning Overview and Installation

    Expanding on our series, we will be continuing with an in depth look at the installation process and overview of the Manufacturing Process Planning application, or MPP, offered within Aras Innovator. Our MPP application enables creation, management, and use of Manufacturing Bill of Materials (MBOM) and Process Plans ensuring your shop floors are in sync with engineering changes. Engineers can transform Engineering Bill…

    • 16 Oct 2020