Aras released the latest version of their platform, Aras Innovator 11, in December 2014. In this release, Aras has added some exciting new functionality (Visual Collaboration) as well as made significant enhancements to existing functionality (Program Management Solution).
It might not be breaking news, but PLM technology users have been awash in new licensing options lately. From monthly subscriptions to all-you-can-eat license plans, major vendors like Dassault, Autodesk, Aras, and more have been bringing new license options to the table – and end-users seem to be the real winners. Here’s a quick summary of some of the new and unique licensing options recently available. Full Article >
Aras recently announced the release of their Aras Component Engineering solution to help product developers make better component decisions early in the product lifecycle. The key value in the Aras solution is exposing the millions of components available in the IHS CAPS Universe Electronic Component Database to designers via their natural interface, the PLM system, instead of via a web search. Putting this information at engineers’ and designers’ fingertips speeds decision-making about a variety of topics including materials compliance, part substitution, and more. Full Article >
Technophiles the world over are buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the HoloLens product. This holographic augmented reality platform is bubbling with cool factor, but could have a significant impact on engineering and manufacturing software. Although there is no official release date for the product yet, we can expect CAD and PLM vendors will be working hard to capitalize on this opportunity to offer new interfaces for design and product-centric tools. Let’s take a look at what Microsoft announced, and what the implications could be for engineering. Read Article >
Dassault’s primary license server, DSLS, has some pretty interesting features, but we just ran into one that could be applicable in a number of situations. DSLS is capable of stacking licenses from more than one license server at the request of a single client. DSLS’s license stacking feature is documented in the manual (around page 72), but it wasn’t until recently that we saw a real-life application of this in the field. Read Article >
Prior to the September 2014 release of Autodesk PLM 360, setting up workflow notifications was not very intuitive. Thanks to some enhancements in that month’s release, workflow notifications are quite a bit easier to configure now. However, there are still some nuances you might not realize with regard to the interrelationships between the ‘My Outstanding Work’ function, workflow notifications, and users authorized to perform a given transition. Read Article >
Generations of children have stood in wonder on their first trip to a bowling alley, mesmerized by the smooth motion of the automatic pinsetters and the sight of brightly colored balls spinning up the ball return. The technology that makes a bowling alley operate isn’t magic – it just seems that way.
Behind the scenes AMF Bowling, a division of QubicaAMF , engineers a complex and carefully timed dance of moving parts to be both rugged and precise. AMF designs and fabricates most of the parts it uses and assembles everything from the ball returns to the laminates for the flooring. The pinspotter, for example, includes more than 3,800 different parts, all of which must be engineered to work smoothly without clashing.
Managing such complexity isn’t easy, as Brian Williamson, CAD-PDM Administrator and design engineer with QubicaAMF Worldwide, will be the first to admit. “When I got here four years ago, I think I spent more time trying to locate the designs for the parts in our machines than I did designing new ones,” he says. “CAD files were scattered all over the network and on local drives with very little chance of being found again so they could be reused.”