• 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
  • What Must Change: Overcoming Obstacles on a Digital Business Transformation Platform

    Discover why understanding and getting buy-in to exactly what must change is an essential factor for successful digital transformation.
    • 14 Oct 2020
  • Defining a New Effectivity Scope

    In a previous blog post, we demystified the recently released Effectivity Services. That post provides an overview of how to assign Effectivity criteria and how to then use that criteria to resolve your 150% BOMs. An out-of-the-box (OOTB) Aras Innovator database comes with a standard Effectivity Scope with a few simple variables, but as usual, it's also possible to define your own Effectivity Scope to fit your needs. In…

    • 14 Oct 2020
  • Requirements Engineering Overview and Installation

    Requirements Engineering is one of the newer applications added to Aras Innovator. It enables cross-disciplinary collaboration while drafting and iterating on your product requirements. It utilizes the Aras Technical Documentation Framework (TDF) to generate single requirements, which can then be brought together into structured Requirements Documents.
    • 8 Oct 2020
  • Where's My Flying Car?

    Is the future now? Is it what we had envisioned? While flying cars are still not readily available, many companies are embracing digital transformation as a means of preparing for whatever the future may bring--even in uncertain times.
    • 6 Oct 2020
  • Working with Toolbars and CUI

    Configurable User Interface forms a remarkably complete package for customizing the layout of Aras Innovator, and in this article we’ll take a look at working with toolbars using CUI. The toolbars are present at the top of many pages and forms, providing functions and drop down menus from an accessible location.

    This article assumes you’re logged in as an administrator, and that you have a familiarity with Aras…

    • 1 Oct 2020
  • A Platform Recipe for Success

    As long as they work, is it important to care about how applications are developed ? Learn the answer along with several reasons that a unified platform, using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), is the ideal choice from a business perspective.
    • 29 Sep 2020
  • 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