• 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
  • 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