• Product Engineering Overview and Installation

    This blog is a quick overview of what you can achieve with our Product Engineering application.
    • 25 Sep 2020
  • Working with Menus and CUI

    The Configurable User Interface is the next step forward in low code, highly customizable processes for your organization. When you want to get something done, often the first place you go to is a menu. When you’ve added something new yourself, you want to put that in the most appropriate menu. In this article, we’re going to add a menu item, a submenu item, and then selectively disable a menu. Once you've done that,…

    • 24 Sep 2020
  • Change Management in the Time of COVID

    Not unexpectedly, this year’s Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminar was a bit different than usual. But, even in a virtual format, this key industry event offered valuable insights into how the pandemic is impacting digital transformation in the automotive industry.
    • 22 Sep 2020
  • Demystifying Effectivity with Aras Innovator Version 12

    Many companies use “150% Bills of Materials”, also called “overloaded BOMs”, to manage multiple part choices in complex products and to handle different product configurations in one place.  Effectivity is the condition d...
    • 21 Sep 2020
  • Populating a Relationship Tab with a Custom Form

    As we have mentioned numerous times, Aras Innovator allows for wide range of customization in features allowing Admins to create the best possible User Interface for their organizations! One of these items, within Aras Innovator, is the use of forms to add custom html instead of the out of the box item search grids.

    Through some small changes to an ItemType on the front end and some configurations to the RelationshipTypes…

    • 17 Sep 2020
  • Systems Thinking and The Meaning of Things

    When it comes to managing ever-increasing complexity in today’s smart and hyper-connected products, Systems Thinking is more important than ever. But, in Model Based Systems Engineering, the "language" is symbolic, posing a challenge when things are open to different interpretations.
    • 15 Sep 2020
  • The Mapped Document Elements Enhancement

    Mapped Document Elements (MDE) are a core feature added to the existing Technical Document Framework (TDF) application, released in Aras Innovator Version 12 Service Pack 5 for all users.  This enhancement allows for the association of Document Elements in a TDF-enabled document to a Property of a referenced Item.  A Document Element to Item Property association means that the properties of the Item in the Tech Doc will…

    • 14 Sep 2020
  • Extending Multi-CAD Data to the Enterprise

    When access to CAD data is limited to CAD designers, the only users that can realize the value of visualization, collaboration, and coordinated change based on a highly intuitive, graphical representation of the product are the users who created those representations in the first place. Getting visual data to users throughout the enterprise helps companies to extend the value of Multi-CAD data to more teams with more…
    • 4 Sep 2020
  • Outputting Query Results to File

    One powerful tool for navigating your PLM data is Query Builder (QB). QB allows you to build custom queries to traverse connected data. Labs has multiple blogs going over how to use QB and how to utilize it with other technologies, like Tree Grid View and Dynamic Product Navigation. In 12SP8 however a new feature was added to output the results of a Query to an external file. This has many applications, and I’ll quickly…

    • 3 Sep 2020
  • Take Hold of Digital Transformation with Aras Innovator 12: Top 7 Questions

    Get all the highlights from our Demo Series webinar: What’s New in Aras Innovator 12. Learn about key enhancements and new applications along with the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
    • 1 Sep 2020
  • Sidebar Buttons With CUI

    This article will cover handling item view sidebars in Configurable User Interface (CUI for short) as well as a few general CUI tips. Sidebars are often convenient places to access visual information about an item, and increasingly the Aras Innovator interface itself is built using CUI. Today, we’ll create sidebar buttons for all items, as well as a sidebar button that will only show on Parts.

    Screenshots will be…

    • 28 Aug 2020
  • Systems Thinking – Abstraction is Your Friend

    Discover why and how PLM is key to the success of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and why Systems Thinking, design abstractions, and interdisciplinary collaboration are both extremely important and challenging - with many moving parts.
    • 25 Aug 2020
  • Lessons Learned for Digital Transformation Success

    Every company is different. But we’re all facing rapidly changing markets demanding new ways of doing business, further accelerated by multiple, concurrent global upheavals. So what are the factors that actually make one technology enable Digital Transformation better than another?
    • 21 Aug 2020
  • Hiding Tabs Using CUI

    The Hide Tabs community project is one of the more popular projects Aras Labs has published. It demonstrates how to hide a relationship tab on a specific item form by using a custom JavaScript method. This is useful when you want to limit the use of a specific relationship to only a handful of users. However, this approach comes with some downsides. If your ItemType uses several forms, you must add this same method to…

    • 20 Aug 2020
  • Regulations, Documentation, and the Digital Twin

    In the world of Medical Devices, the Design History File (DHF) and the Device Master Record (DMR) are records of the development journey of the device (DHF) and details the specific materials, equipment, and environmental requirements for production (DMR). The Digital History Record (DHR) however, offers the potential of creating a Digital Twin of the product instance and opens the potential for exciting new business…
    • 18 Aug 2020
  • Regulations, Documentation, and the Digital Thread

    In the world of Medical Device compliance, two sets of documentation are key: the Design History File (DHF) and the Device Master Record (DMR). While some organizations are still relying paper-based processes to manage all of this information, others have discovered a better way and are enabling a true Digital Thread in the process.
    • 11 Aug 2020
  • Out of Many, One: A Systems Thinking Approach to the Digital Thread

    The ability to maintain a system’s architecture as a single source of truth unifying all of its related engineering domains—requirements, simulation, mechanical, electronic and software— is critical to the development of complex products. 

    This was the subject of a recent Aras webinar, Connecting Systems Models and the Digital Thread with Aras Innovator. Three recently released applications—Requirements…

    • 10 Aug 2020
  • A Way Forward: The Digital Transformation Platform

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced organizations to transform while taking a hard look at how to reduce their spending. Is digital transformation the key to the way out of the current crisis while charting a course toward the post-pandemic future?
    • 4 Aug 2020
  • Flexible PLM: Better Productivity through Multitasking in Aras Innovator Version 12

    Multiple tabs open in your internet browser at the same time, paging through open applications on your phone to find what you need, and 2, 3, or 4 (!!) monitors on your desk at once—if you are a multitasker like me, nothing makes you happier than seeing all of your work laid out side-by-side in front of you. Even if you prefer to focus on one thing at a time, having the choice to configure your work just the way you need…

    • 31 Jul 2020
  • Enhancements to the Technical Document Framework

    The Aras Technical Documentation application has been a powerful tool for creating technical publications with multiple data sources quickly while reducing the chance for errors related to copying data.  The Technical Document Framework (TDF) is available to all Aras users, and can be downloaded and installed using the Aras Update Utility.  The TDF enhancement we’ll cover today (introduced in 12.0 SP4) enables users to…

    • 30 Jul 2020
  • Enabling DPN on Legacy CAD Items

    As we have expressed in our previous blog posts, DPN is a great visualization tool allowing users to view CAD assemblies throughout the phases of its life cycle. The best part about it? DPN not only works on new data but also legacy CAD items as well! All the CAD items stored within your assembly currently can be easily configured to take full advantage of this feature instantly with an action already installed during…

    • 30 Jul 2020
  • Regulations, Documentation, and the Product Lifecycle

    When it comes to Medical Devices, there are, not surprisingly, numerous categories of documents that must be managed to meet regulatory requirements. How are you meeting the challenge of managing your documents, from various sources, to comply to regulations throughout the lifecycle?
    • 28 Jul 2020
  • Efficient PLM: New Search Features in Aras Innovator Version 12

    Few features in modern software applications make users more productive than Search. Aras Innovator Version 12 has been making many updates to its Search functionality, from the Table of Contents all the way through to the way you search for items to create new relationships across the platform. 

    Check them all out in this new video:


    If you missed our previous blog in this series, on Personalization…

    • 24 Jul 2020
  • A&D PLM Action Group EBOM / MBOM Benchmark Shows Digital Thread with Aras

    Industrie 4.0 Digital Thread for Aerospace engineering-to-manufacturing Bill of Materials in PLM with Aras
    • 21 Jul 2020
  • Driving an Exceptional User Experience

    A poor user experience (UX) reduces a team's productivity and can prove to be very costly. This can result in higher costs of doing business -- resulting in lower profits. Read on to learn more about all of the ways an exceptional user experience can make a significant difference -- especially in challenging times.
    • 21 Jul 2020