• Creating Custom Poly Item Improvements

    Looking back to one of our previous blogs last April, we explain how Poly Items can be used to contain multiple ItemTypes and maintain them as one searchable type. Using these special types we can also create relationships combining similar ItemTypes...
    • 4 Feb 2021
  • A Platform to Own the Lifecycle

    A previous blog, Own the Lifecycle, predicted what manufacturers could need to succeed in an unknown future market: one that is ever-transforming as new, unpredictable business and technology challenges emerge. In this blog, we’ll examine a few of these past ideas to see if they’ve held up to one of the toughest years we’ve all had, and to explore more about what it means to Own the Lifecycle of your product data and…
    • 2 Feb 2021
  • Accelerate Design Reviews with Aras Innovator

    Design reviews can be a time sink: requiring extra effort to create one-off reports on all the changes to a part, product or system. Aras has a better way. See how reporting in Aras Innovator can help your teams accelerate the design review process.
    • 29 Jan 2021
  • Technical Documentation Tips From 12SP10

    Aras Innovator is always improving and being updated frequently with Service Packs and Update Packages. Today, we’re going to go over a couple of new features for the Technical Document Framework (TDF) that were recently introduced in Version 1...
    • 28 Jan 2021
  • Systems Architecture Overview and Installation

    This post goes over the Systems Architecture application and how to install it in your environment.
    • 22 Jan 2021
  • Aras Best Practices: Server-side Code Part 3

    In our previous blog posts on best practices (found here and here), we covered multiple ways to improve the performance of your code by reducing the number of calls to and from the database. We are going to take a bit of deviation away from improving performance in this post and instead focus on another key area of development: maintenance. When writing maintainable code, there are some different goals that we want to…

    • 20 Jan 2021
  • Product Engineering – What Really Changed due to COVID?

    The COVID pandemic has changed the way many of us work....perhaps permanently. Read on to learn why some organizations were more successful dealing with this shift and the factors to consider moving forward into a post-pandemic world.
    • 19 Jan 2021
  • 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