• Do's and Don'ts of Designing Applications in Aras Innovator

    Customization is a core part of the Aras Innovator platform because we know that the unique problems of your business cannot be solved by a one-size-fits-all PLM system. If you've followed along with our Aras Fundamentals series, you've seen that almost every piece of the data model can be configured and extended to fit your use cases. This can be both a blessing and a curse.

    This blog post will cover some common…

    • 8 Jul 2020
  • Intermediate MAC Policy

    This post will cover some new features of Mandatory Access Control policies in Aras Innovator. Mandatory Access Control (MAC) is one way to control access to data based on the properties of the information requested and the properties of the user making the request. We’re going to go over how to incorporate environment attributes and derived attributes to determine whether to allow or deny access. The screenshots in this…

    • 2 Jul 2020
  • Is Your Enterprise Software Prepared for the Unknown?

    Are you ready for the potential impact that unpredictable external events like the recent Coronavirus could have on your supply chain? When was the last time you did a "health check" on your technical ecosystem? Are you prepared to meet whatever challenges may come your way? Bruce Bookbinder examines the importance of a resilient platform that allows users to plan for the unexpected.
    • 30 Jun 2020
  • Context, Traceability, and Security: The Value of Visual Collaboration for PLM Processes

    As we all adapt to working together from a distance, technologies for remote collaboration seem to have proliferated. Each one has a unique purpose, appropriate to the context in which you’re using it: online education, family group chats, networking within your industry, coordinating with your colleagues, or formally presenting on a topic – just to name a few.

    But when it comes to the work of product development…

    • 26 Jun 2020
  • Creating a Custom DPN Query

    One of the most notable new features that came along with v12 of Aras Innovator is Dynamic Product Navigation. DPN is a new way to view 3d visualizations, and allows you to view data related to your assembly through Query Definitions and Tree Grid Views. This blog will quickly show off how you can utilize DPN to create powerful views to be utilized in your organization. This tutorial was created using 12 SP4. The process…

    • 25 Jun 2020
  • You Can’t Handle the Single Source of Truth

    When it comes to Product Development and Product Lifecycle Management, the "Single Source of Truth" is much, much more than a single database or repository for all of your data. Learn the "TRUTHS" about the requirements for a "Single Source of Truth."
    • 23 Jun 2020
  • Configuring Dynamic Product Navigation

    Dynamic Product Navigation or DPN is a great tool created for Aras Innovator SP2 release and up. DPN allows users to view a CAD assembly throughout the various phases of it's life cycle. Included DPN also displays PLM data in context with lightweight CAD viewables, accelerating the design process by providing a more intuitive user experience for anyone who needs access to product information. The 3D viewer generated through…

    • 19 Jun 2020
  • Whose Data Is It Anyway?

    Why do some companies find themselves struggling to get their own data out of legacy systems? Is your organization one of them? There is a better way! Read this blog and discover how to avoid "data obfuscation."
    • 16 Jun 2020
  • Aras Fundamentals: Customizing Relationships with the RelationshipType

    When a Relationship is defined on an ItemType, two new Items are created: a Relationship ItemType and a RelationshipType.  In a previous blog post, we went over how to create a new Relationship for an ItemType and some basic aspects of configuring the Relationship, most of which took place on the Relationship ItemType.  This Aras Fundamentals blog will expand our ability to customize a Relationship by adjusting settings…

    • 15 Jun 2020
  • Overcoming PLM Challenges with the Power of Sight

    Inaccessible data, inflexible processes, and obtuse user interfaces: most PLM software products have quite the reputation. Aras changed all that and continues to revolutionize the user experience in PLM with the introduction of Dynamic Product Navigation.
    • 11 Jun 2020
  • What Just Happened?

    Out-of-the-box PLM solutions can leave you "stuck" when it comes time to upgrade. Discover how Aras' Innovator Platform is built for change, allowing you to upgrade as needed regardless of your level of customization.
    • 9 Jun 2020
  • How the Digital Twin Supports Maintenance Effectiveness

    Follow this infographic to discover how the Digital Twin can play a key role in improving maintenance effectiveness while reducing cost and inefficiency.
    • 2 Jun 2020
  • A How-to Guide for Building Digital Twins

    A recent Aras Innovator demonstration showed off how Aras Innovator lets users build, maintain, and leverage a Digital Twin: or, an exact configuration of a physical part in the field. Check out this short overview video, and learn how to build and manage a Digital Twin in Aras.
    • 29 May 2020
  • Building Tree Grid Containers

    This post will cover the TreeGridContainer, a UI component for displaying information in a table while allowing for expanding or contracting to show child rows. For this, we assume basic familiarity with Javascript, as well as comfort with methods and forms in Aras innovator. The screenshots in this post were taken on Aras Innovator Version 12 Service Pack 4, and while the steps should be similar if you’re on Version…

    • 27 May 2020
  • The Digital Twin Time Machine

    Building a true Digital Twin can be the key for looking into the future of assets in the field and change the way companies approach product design, development, manufacture, and operation.
    • 26 May 2020
  • Why Integrate Systems Engineering and PLM?

    Modern, high-tech products rely on systems engineering to realize designs that fully integrate software, mechanical, electrical, and electronic components. But, typically, these processes are not integrated into enterprise PLM software. Aras Innovator is different.
    • 22 May 2020
  • Aras Fundamentals - Type Classes

    People often wonder why Aras Innovator has Type classes and the best way to use them.  Let’s take some time to clear this up.

    For the folks who are configuring their system, class structure is an OOTB property for all items.   It’s displayed as the attribute type which is how they are typically thought of.  To minimize confusion, I’m going to call this property a “Class”.  

    A class is the ability…

    • 21 May 2020
  • Survey Results and Top Questions from our Demo Series: Digital Twin: How to Build, Manage, and Enable a Powerful User Experience

    What were the most common questions and survey results in the Digital Twin Demo Series webinar? Read the blog to find out.
    • 19 May 2020
  • Evaluating Digital Thread Solutions: The Crucible of Change

    Do you have a digital thread? As buzzwords go, when every enterprise software solution suddenly claims to enable “a Digital Thread”, your radar should ping. Evaluate your product's digital thread with three critical questions.
    • 15 May 2020
  • Graph Navigation Sidebar Actions

    As explained in our Getting Started with Graph Navigation Blog; graph nav is a very useful visualization tool within Aras Innovator that provides users a node-edge graph view of related parts, BOM’s, assemblies, etc. In this blog post we will explore how to make the graph nav easily accessible in the side nav for any ItemType through some simple configuration of the CUI. This type of customization is just one example…

    • 13 May 2020
  • Did you miss Aras Virtual?

    Did you miss the Aras Virtual sessions on the Digital Twin, Digital Thread and Building with Aras? Now's your chance to attend these information packed sessions whenever it's convenient for you. And, if you attended the live sessions over the last couple of weeks, here's a chance to see them again.
    • 12 May 2020
  • The Aras Approach to the Digital Twin: What Makes It Different?

    What is a Digital Twin? Everyone you ask might have a different answer; but, in Aras Innovator, our viewpoint is distinct, and you can learn about it right here.
    • 8 May 2020
  • Custom Form UI Best Practices

    This post will cover best practices for building your own UIs in forms. There are many tools but make Aras Innovator respond exactly the way you want it to, from the Custom User Interface selection to the form editor, but today we’re going to assume you’re comfortable writing a bit of your own HTML and Javascript. This isn’t about how to write a UI on the web, but instead intended as some tips and best practices for writing…

    • 7 May 2020
  • Rectifying the Bill of Materials with the Bill of Process: A Story of Nouns and Verbs

    Communication gaps between Design Engineering and Manufacturing can lead to waste, rework, and all kinds of other inefficiencies and errors. What can be done to bridge the gap? Read the blog to find out.
    • 5 May 2020